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New Richmond girls golf closes in on 2012 Middle Border Conference title

Tiger senior Rachel Ziller was co-medalist along with teammate Megan Chelberg at the Middle Border Conference golf match played at Hammond last Thursday. Both Tigers shot rounds of 41.

Another one-stroke win over Osceola has the New Richmond girls golf team on the verge of winning the Middle Border Conference title.

The Tigers carry a six-point lead into this Wednesday's MBC 18-hole tournament, which will be played at the New Richmond Golf Club. The Tigers have only lost once in MBC action this season, to Osceola on the Chieftains' home turf.

New Richmond earned a narrow win on Monday, shooting a 179 to beat Osceola by one stroke at NRGC. New Richmond was able to win on Monday by getting four players to score in the 40s. That offset the 34 shot by Osceola standout Casey Danielson.

Junior Alex Wheeler and senior Leah Bauer led the Tigers on Monday, with each of them shooting a 42. Megan Chelberg shot a 46, Jordan Peterson a 49 and Rachel Ziller a 51.

Somerset took fourth place in Monday's match, shooting a 220. St. Croix Central placed fifth by shooting a 230.

Somerset was led by sophomore Stacy Bracht, who shot a 49. Rachel Briggs and Cassie Peterson each shot 59 and Meghan Wolner finished with a 59.

St. Croix Central senior Arinn DiSalvo shot 43 to place fourth overall in Monday's match. Katlyn Delander finished with a 53 as the only other sub-60 round for the Panthers.

Last week the Tigers scored two lopsided wins in MBC matches. Danielson, the three-time defending state champion was reportedly in Europe in a golf competition. In an 18-hole meet at Bristol Ridge Golf Club in Somerset last Tuesday, the Tigers won with a score of 367. Osceola was second at 398.

Bauer and Wheeler again shared top honors for the Tigers, with both shooting an 88. Chelberg finished at 94, Ziller at 97 and Peterson at 100 for the tournament. Osceola's Megan Baehr was medalist, shooting an 85.

In last Thursday's match at Hammond, the Tigers won with a round of 170. That score is two strokes off the Tigers' nine-hole team record.

Coach Neal Ziller said the 170 score is an indication that the Tigers are peaking at the right time of the season.

"They're starting to accelerate, to get themselves in good shape for the playoffs," Ziller said. He credited the girls with doing a much better job of avoiding troublesome situations on the course that could lead to higher scores on any hole.

The Tigers had the three top scores in that match. Chelberg and Ziller shared medalist honors with rounds of 41 and Wheeler was third with a 43. Bauer finished fifth with a 45 and Peterson was sixth by shooting 46.

St. Croix Central had its best team showing of the season on its home course, shooting a 216 to take second place, one stroke ahead of Osceola.

DiSalvo again led the Panthers by shooting a 44. Brittney Nabors finished with a 54 and Rebecca Isnardi shot a 58.

Somerset was fourth in a tightly-bunched team competition, shooting a 219. Briggs led the Spartans by shooting a 52 and Peterson shot a 53. Bracht finished with a 56 and Sam Swanson carded a 58.

All the girls golf teams are now preparing for their WIAA regional tournaments. New Richmond will host the WIAA Division 1 regional meet next Wednesday. Somerset and St. Croix Central will play in the Division 2 regional meet at Osceola, which has been moved to Thursday, Sept. 27.

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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