Williams scores school record; Tigers make big jump
The New Richmond girls team was due, probably overdue, for a breakout round of golf.
That round came last Thursday when the Tigers hosted a Middle Border Conference match at The Links.
Led by senior Jessica Williams, who shot a school record nine-hole round of 39, the Tigers put together a team score of 188. That put them one shot behind Baldwin-Woodville for the team victory.
The second place finish also keeps the Tigers in contention for the MBC season team title. The Tigers are fourth in the MBC with 31 team points. B-W leads the conference with 37 points.
Williams was the medalist in Thursday's meet. She was the first Tiger golfer to earn medalist honors in five years of MBC matches. That's became the medalist position has been nearly entirely taken by the Danielson sisters. Lindsay Danielson won nearly every MBC match from 2005-08. Her younger sister, Casey, has been the winner in every MBC match until Williams beat her on Thursday. Danielson finished Thursday's round with a 40.
Four Tigers finished among the top 10 spots in Thursday's match. Freshman Rachael Ziller shot a career-best 49. Sophomore Patty Nelson also recorded her career-best at 50, which was matched by junior Caitlynn Singerhouse. Sophomore Kelsey Gilkison shot a 52 in her first varsity match for the Orange and Black.
Tiger coach Neal Ziller said the girls have been working hard to improve their chipping. With their chips getting closer to the pin, it has knocked down the number of putts the girls are needing on each hole.
"It's good to see their hard work pay off for them," Ziller said.
St. Croix Central
Another team that saw substantial improvement in Thursday's round was St. Croix Central.
The Panthers had two girls shoot in the 40s for the first time this season. That helped them to move up to sixth in the meet standings, with a score of 209.
Senior Tia Perry tied for third in the match by shooting a 44. Freshman Arinn DiSalvo had the best round of her career with a 46. Shelby Thomley also advanced her game in this round, dropping her score to a 56.
The Spartans placed eighth in Thursday's match. They are playing well on most holes, but are still having one or two holes inflate their round scores.
Spartan coach Bill Powers said that once the girls get over letting one bad shot result in two or more bad shots, they will really see progress.
Freshman Sadie Gilbertson had her best round thus far, shooting a 51 to lead the Spartans. Carley Seibel finished at 56 and Sammi Wolff at 58. Alex Swanson had her first round under 60, by shooting a 59. Shanise McMahon finished at 61.