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Middle Border Conference boys golf race should be close again

New Richmond and Osceola slugged it out for the Middle Border Conference boys golf championship in 2013 and it looks like that could be the scenario again in the 2014 MBC golf race.

The MBC golfers played their first match of the season on Monday at Clifton Highlands Golf Course, with Osceola edging New Richmond by one stroke for the team victory.

New Richmond coach Jim Saliny said his team’s goal is to win the conference title, but the Tigers recognize it will be another prolonged battle with Osceola. With the Tigers only having a handful of rounds of practice in before Monday’s match, Saliny said he’s expecting to see steady improvement from the team.

The bright spot Monday for the Tigers was the play of senior Tanner Wisemiller. He took a double bogey and a bogey on his first two holes. Wisemiller righted himself, playing excellent golf the rest of the day. He finished his round with a pair of birdies to end the round with a 37.

“He showed some maturity,” Saliny said of Wisemiller’s round.

Somerset placed fourth in Monday’s match with a score of 181. The Spartans return four players from last season’s varsity lineup.

“We have some experience but we also have some good young golfers coming up.  We should have a pretty good team by the end of the season,” said Somerset coach Bill Powers.

The Spartans were led by junior Hunter Iverson on Monday. He shot a 41 in the windy conditions, not using more than five strokes on any hole.

The MBC golf schedule heats up next week. Ellsworth will host a conference match on Monday and the New Richmond Golf Club will be the location for a conference match next Wednesday.

Somerset and Baldwin-Woodville are the hosts for a new tournament that will host 17 schools this weekend. Golfers will play at Pheasant Hills in Hammond on Friday. The second day of the tournament will be played at Bristol Ridge Golf Club in Somerset on Saturday. Action starts on Friday at 1 p.m., and Saturday at 9 a.m.

MBC golf match

at Clifton Highlands

Team scores: Osceola 162, New Richmond 163, Ellsworth 174, Somerset 181, Amery 182, Prescott 196, Baldwin-Woodville 218, Durand 219

New Richmond scores

Tanner Wisemiller 37, Connor McCann 41, Kole Hallmark 42, Charlie L’Allier 43, Joey Turnipseed 44

Somerset scores

Hunter Iverson 41, Danny Green 46, Zach Bahr 46, Brodie Olson 48, Zach Mecl 52

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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