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Panther golfers ready to challenge for top spot

Ellsworth golfer Holly Carlson drives the ball at the Somerset MBC match Tuesday, Aug. 15. Carlson led the Panthers with a 48. Dave Newman / RiverTown Multimedia

With two matches of the Middle Border Conference girls golf circuit completed, the Ellsworth squad has implanted itself firmly in second place in the MBC standings.

This is familiar territory for the Panthers. Ellsworth finished second to New Richmond in the MBC standings in 2016 and the Panthers are hoping to put more pressure on New Richmond this season.

"I'd like to take a few wins away from them this year. I think we can do that," Ellsworth coach Carson Huppert said.

Ellsworth has four strong veteran players who form the varsity lineup. In Holly Carlson, Erika Feuerhelm, Anna Sweere and Taylor Feuerhelm, the Panthers possess a rock-solid top four that should be in contention in every meet.

The second round of MBC golf was played last Thursday at Krooked Kreek Golf Course in Osceola. The Panthers shot a respectable score of 201 to take second place. New Richmond won with 186. Amery finished in third place, six strokes behind Ellsworth.

Carlson led the Panthers by shooting a 43, which ranked third overall in the match. She is currently second in overall conference individual points.

"She took a nice step forward," Huppert said of Carlson's play.

Erica Feuerhelm shot a 46 to tie for sixth place in the match. Sweere showed continued progress, finishing at 54. Taylor Feuerhelm shot a 58, but Huppert said he expects her scores to be improving shortly.

"Taylor is more talented than she's showing. In practice, she does awesome," Huppert said.

Prescott finished seventh in the team results on Thursday, but the Cardinals are playing a much more competitive level this season. Their score was 220, putting them just 19 strokes out of second place.

Alexis Fredericks has emerged as a viable No. 1 golfer for the Cards. She shot a 46 on Thursday to tie for sixth place. Laura Pryor finished at 56, Gigi Gangi at 57 and Jillian Boles at 61. With all of them having past varsity experience, this is a group that could continue to make reductions in their scores through the season.

The MBC golf schedule continues this Thursday, Aug. 31 with a match at the New Richmond Golf Club. Prescott will host a match next Wednesday at Clifton Highlands Golf Club.

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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