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Tigers, Spartans win key MBC golf matches

The race for the Middle Border Conference boys golf championship is shaping up as one of the best races for the title in many years.

New Richmond and Somerset claimed wins in six-team MBC matches on Monday. Those two teams and Osceola are packed tightly at the top of the conference standings as the conference race reaches its final week.

New Richmond scored an easy win on its home course Monday, beating second place Amery by 11 strokes.

Somerset pulled out one of its biggest conference wins in years, winning by one stroke over Osceola in a six-team match at Colfax.

New Richmond's golfers were smart and steady in Monday's rainy conditions. Jake Bourassa and Tyler Bottolfson each shot a 41 and Tyler Bohmke and Cody McGregor each shot a 42 to put the Tigers in a solid position for the win.

Somerset's golfers tied a school record by shooting a 159 score to win Monday's match. The Spartans started slowly, but collectively played much better after the opening holes.

"They are starting to believe that they are as good as Osceola and New Richmond," said Somerset coach Bill Powers.

Isaac Haukom led the Spartans with a 37. Jarod Bordynoski shot a 39, Jake Green a 40 and Preston Germain a 43 for Somerset's four scores.

Scott Miller Invitational

For the first time in 30 years, the Scott Miller Invitational was shortened due to weather conditions.

The tournament, scheduled for last Friday and Saturday in Hayward and Cable, was shut down after nine holes on Friday.

New Richmond was in ninth place out of 23 teams when the tournament was called. The Tigers had a score of 174. Eau Claire Memorial got the tournament title, with a score of 152.

Bohmke led the Tigers with a 41 and McGregor shot a 42. Bourassa finished at 45, Harstad at 46 and Bottolfson at 47.

Saliny saw enough from the tournament to know which teams will be tough opponents in the WIAA Division 1 tournament. He said Memorial and Superior were two Division 1 teams that will make it difficult for the Tigers to advance to the sectional level.

Colfax Invitational

St. Croix Central's golfers took fourth place among eight teams in the 2010 Colfax Invitational last Wednesday.

The Panthers were without several varsity golfers, but it opened up opportunities for others to play at this level. John Aaby and Jake Bonte led the Panthers with scores of 103. Bonte was playing in his first varsity match.

Conference schedule

New Richmond plays in a tournament at Rice Lake on Thursday. The local teams then start a concentrated schedule of conference matches.

On Friday, New Richmond and Somerset will play in a conference match at Osceola, while Central golfs at Pheasant Hills.

The teams will play in a 12-team match at Glenwood City on Monday.

That's followed by the 2010 Middle Border Conference Golf Tournament. This year's tournament will be played next Tuesday at Kilkarney Hills Golf Club outside of River Falls.

MBC six-team match at New Richmond Golf Club

Team scores: New Richmond 166, Amery 177, Durand 183, Glenwood City 190, Baldwin-Woodville 193, Ellsworth 194

New Richmond scores

Jake Bourassa 41, Taylor Bottolfson 41, Tyler Bohmke 42, Cody McGregor 42, Kellen Harstad 46

MBC six-team match at Colfax Golf Club

Team scores: Somerset 159, Osceola 160, Mondovi 184, Colfax 189, Prescott 190, St. Croix Central 199

Somerset scores

Isaac Haukom 37, Jarod Bordynoski 39, Jacob Green 40, Preston Germain 43, Jordan Hansen 50

St. Croix Central scores

Josh Peterson 45, John Aaby 47, Thomas Arneson 51, Luke DeGross 56, Jake Bonte 56

2010 Colfax Invitational

Team Scores: Siren 390, Cadott 393, Eau Claire Regis 408, St. Croix Central 417, Glenwood City 426, Bruce 434, Colfax 445, Flambeau 447

St. Croix Central scores

John Aaby 103, Jake Bonte 103, Luke DeGross 105, Josh Peterson 106, Thomas Arneson 108