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Two Tigers advance to WIAA golf sectional meet

New Richmond senior Alex Nutzmann is shown during his round at the WIAA Division 1 regional tournament at Troy Burne Golf Club in Hudson last Tuesday. Bob Burrows / RiverTown Multimedia

With the best teams from the Big Rivers Conference as the main competition, the New Richmond boys golf team knew it would take a near-perfect performance to advance through last Tuesday's WIAA Division 1 regional tournament at Troy Burne Golf Club in Hudson.

The Tigers nearly pulled it off. They needed to finish among the top four teams to advance as a team to the sectional tournament. The Tigers finished with a 350 team score, but it was four strokes behind fourth-place Chippewa Falls.

There was good news out of the Tigers' performance though. Four individual qualifiers advance from the regional to sectional meets. With the Tigers' strong showing, they earned two of those four spots. Juniors Max Davis and Blake Peterson both advanced, with Davis shooting an 84 and Peterson an 86 at the regional meet.

Davis and Peterson will compete at the WIAA Division 1 sectional meet at Stevens Point Country Club with a chance to qualify for the WIAA State Championships, which will be played at University Ridge Golf Club in Madison on June 4-5.

All five Tigers scored well at the regional meet. Freshmen Mike Benedict and Owen Covey both finished at 90 and senior Alex Nutzmann shot a 94.

New Richmond coach Neal Ziller has some experience with the Stevens Point course, having coached the Tiger girls team there at two different sectional meets. Ziller compared the Stevens Point layout to the New Richmond Golf Club, saying they have similar elevation styles. The Tigers will play a practice round on the sectional course on Monday.

Peterson has been the Tigers' top player all season and he continued his smart, steady play in this tournament. Davis is the Tiger who has recently rocketed up the ranks.

"Max played a stellar round," Ziller said. "He has really stepped up."

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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