MBC Golf: Veenendall shoots New Richmond record round
New Richmond senior Maggie Veenendall has been the best player in the Middle Border Conference each of the past two seasons. And now as a senior, she may be playing the best golf of her career.
Veenendall shot a New Richmond team record score of 71 last Wednesday as the Tiger girls won the Superior Invitational at Nemadji Golf Course in Superior.
Veenendall was one of three Tigers who shot career-best scores in Wednesday's match. That led to the Tigers winning the meet championship, finishing with a team score of 331. Hayward was second at 346 and River Falls took third at 348. The 331 is the second best team score in Tiger history. The team record 18-hole score stands at 328.
Veenendall topped the school record of 73 that was previously held by Alex Wheeler. Tiger coach Neal Ziller said Veenendall shot the 71, though she didn't use her driver most of the round. She saw in warmups that she was being erratic with the club, so she used her 3-wood for most of her drives.
"Maggie is starting to make decisions that players older than her would do," Ziller said of the senior's advanced golf knowledge.
Veenendall's younger sister, Lanie, also shot her career-best varsity round, finishing at 87. Senior Ashley Swiggum also posted a career-best score of 90.
Junior Jessica Hagman finished sixth overall in the tournament, shooting 83. Ziller said Hagman was playing with high expectations, because she shot a 75 at Nemadji two years ago.
Getting a look at Nemadji was important to the Tigers' team plans, because this is where the WIAA Division 1 regional tournament will be played.
A team that is rising fast in area finishes is St. Croix Central. The Panthers shot a season-best 392 last Wednesday to take second place at the Baldwin-Woodville Invitational, played at Pheasant Hills Golf Club.
Brooklyn Mishler and Hanna Wehausen gave the Panthers an electric 1-2 combination as they shot 90 and 92.
"They really played up to their potential," said Central coach Logan Kimberly.
Parker Chladek finished at 103 and Hannah Schwechler at 107. The 392 team score is an improvement of almost 50 strokes from the Panthers' previous best for 18 holes this season.
The Panthers also had a JV player, Sally Vangsness, shoot 105 and two others shot under 125.
"This freshmen class of golfers as a whole is oozing with raw potential, and if we're able to keep them out and develop this talent, we could have a very bright future ahead of us," Kimberly said.
The Spartans haven't had their top five players all available for any match yet this season. They were still able to place fifth out of the nine teams at Pheasant Hills last Wednesday. The Spartans finished with a 443 score. Somerset coach Bill Powers said he thinks the Spartans can get down to 420 or lower this season.
Somerset junior Haley Myers tied for fourth place in the tournament, shooting 89. Cora Atkins shot 107, Briley Olson 118, Mara Erickson 129 and Serenity Slayton 134. Olson and Slayton are freshmen and Powers spoke about their dedication to improving their individual skills.