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McCann, Veenendall just missed qualifying for WIAA Division 1 state golf

New Richmond freshman Maggie Veenendall follows the flight of her drive on the fourth hole at the New Richmond Golf Club during last Wednesday’s Division 1 regional meet.1 / 2
New Richmond freshman Mallorie Brinkman watches her putt roll toward the cup on the third green at the New Richmond Division 1 regional tournament last week.2 / 2

New Richmond’s Maddie McCann and Maggie Veenendall played outstanding rounds of golf at the Division 1 WIAA sectional meet at Tomah on Monday.

They played themselves into contention to be state qualifiers. It wasn’t until the final group of the day came in that McCann found that she’d missed qualifying for state by one stroke and Veenendall missed qualifying by three strokes.

McCann shot an 85 at the Hiawatha Golf Course in Tomah, with Veenendall shooting an 87. Three girls advance to state as individual qualifiers from each sectional. Hudson’s Lexi Jonas, Tomah’s Ilayna Long and Eau Claire North’s Alyssa Bee are the three qualifiers. Long solidified her place as a state qualifier by hitting a hole-in-one on the 16th hole at her home course.

“Which was a very, very tough hole,” said New Richmond coach Neal Ziller.

The coaches had McCann warming up as the final groups of the day came in, in case there was a playoff. Bee was in the final group of the day and it was her 84 that bumped McCann out of the top three individual qualifier spots.

Veenendall and McCann played in the first two groups of the day because they were individual qualifiers to the sectional. They both started the tournament well, with McCann getting a birdie on the opening hole and Veenendall a par.

They both played exceptionally steady golf all day. McCann’s only troubles of the day came from a few missed putts.

“Tee to green, she was the best player (in her group),” Ziller said.

Veenendall was one of two freshmen to place among the top 19 girls at the tournament.

“An 87 under that pressure, she played a heckuva round,” Ziller said. “She handled herself just like a veteran player.”

Veenendall did an exceptional job of staying out of troublesome situations on the course, not taking more than a six on any hole.

Dave Newman
Dave Newman has been the sports editor at the New Richmond News since 1988. He has covered the action in the Middle Border Conference, Dunn-St. Croix Conference and Big Rivers Conference for nearly 30 years.
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