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New Richmond golfers continue drive toward state tournament

Senior Megan Chelberg follows the flight of her drive on the fourth hole of the regional tournament played at the New Richmond Golf Club last Wednesday. 1 / 2
Junior Emma Ongstad chips onto the second green during last Wednesday’s Division 1 regional golf tournament. 2 / 2

The success seen during the regular season by the New Richmond girls golf team has carried into the post-season.

The Tigers hope that it carries them all the way to the WIAA state tournament.

The WIAA Division 1 regional tournament was played at the New Richmond Golf Club last Wednesday. New Richmond placed second in that tournament, earning the Tigers a berth in this Tuesday’s WIAA sectional tournament in La Crosse. The top two finishers among the eight teams in the sectional meet will qualify for state.

The state tournament will be played at University Ridge Golf Course in Madison next Monday and Tuesday.

The Tigers knew they’d run up against some strong competition in the regional meet, where they are mixed in with most of the Big Rivers Conference teams. River Falls and Eau Claire North were expected to be the Tigers’ main competition. North had an excellent day, winning the regional title by shooting 347. The Tigers were four strokes behind the Huskies, with River Falls in third place at 360.

Two New Richmond girls took the top spots in the regional, just as they’d done in the Middle Border Conference tournament. New Richmond senior Alex Wheeler was the regional medalist with a 78. Classmate Megan Chelberg took second place with an 81.

Juniors Hannah Baker and Emma Ongstad were the Tigers’ third and fourth players in the regional. Baker finished with a 93, which placed 10th in the regional meet. Ongstad finished at 99. Freshman Maddi McCann was the Tigers’ fifth player, shooting a 110.

Tiger coach Neal Ziller said the girls weren’t satisfied with their play in the regional tournament. They felt they had issues with their putting strokes and the players and coaches were going to spend their practices last week polishing their putting.

Ziller said one of the skills that sets Wheeler and Chelberg apart is their ability to recover from a bad shot. That means neither is putting any large numbers on their scorecard. In the regional meet, they each had a seven as their worst score of the day. Ziller said Baker is learning the same skill and its helping her become more consistent.

The team was scheduled to drive to La Crosse on Monday so the girls could get in a practice round before playing in the sectional tournament on Tuesday.

WIAA Division 1 New Richmond Regional Golf Tournament

Team scores: Eau Claire North 347, New Richmond 351, River Falls 360, Hudson 396, Rice Lake 411, Eau Claire Memorial 424, Superior 460, Chippewa Falls 463

New Richmond scores

Alex Wheeler 40-38=78 (medalist); Megan Chelberg 40-41=81; Hannah Baker 46-47=93; Emma Ongstad 50-49=99; Maddi McCann 57-53=110

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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