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New Richmond senior Connor McCann hits out of a trap during the Middle Border Conference match at the New Richmond Golf Club last Friday. 1 / 2
Junior Tyler Anderson has been one of the leading golfers for the St. Croix Central boys team this spring.2 / 2

Rain washed away Middle Border Conference boys golf matches the past two Mondays, and with them, it severely cut down New Richmond’s chances of catching Osceola in the race for the conference title.

Heading into Tuesday’s MBC tournament, it appears that the two rainouts won’t be made up and no extra scoring will be added to Tuesday’s tournament to compensate for the lost meets.

The two lost meets severely hurt the Tigers’ chances of catching Osceola. The Chieftains held a four-point lead heading into Tuesday’s conference meet.

The Tigers have been gaining ground on Osceola in recent matches, including beating the Chieftains by one stroke in an MBC match played at Bristol Ridge Golf Club in Somerset last Tuesday. The Tigers finished at 171, with the Chieftains at 172. Somerset kept pressure on the leaders by shooting a 175 to finish in third place.

New Richmond coach Jim Saliny said it’s good to see his team stepping up its game. He was also philosophical toward the lost chances to gain ground on the Chieftains.

“We should have played better early in the year,” Saliny said.

Osceola’s Dan Cronick was winning the medalist title in every MBC match early in the year, but in recent matches he’s been surpassed by New Richmond senior Tanner Wisemiller. Wisemiller shot a 37 to produce the best score at Bristol Ridge. Cronick and Amery’s Tyler Mathews tied for second place at 41.

New Richmond got a 43 from Kole Hallmark, 44 from Jack Leverentz and 47s from Connor McCann and Charlie L’Allier to edge Osceola on Somerset’s challenging home course.

The Spartans kept the heat on the two leaders. Freshman Wil Gauper tied for third place in the match by shooting 42. He was followed by Zach Bahr at 43, Alex Lahde at 44, Danny Green at 46 and Hunter Iverson at 47.

Somerset also played in a pair of non-conference tournaments last week and won them both. They tied Ellsworth for the title at the Colfax Invite last Wednesday, with the Spartans winning the tie breaker. Somerset finished with a 327 score. Gauper produced another low score, earning medalist honors by shooting a 76. Green finished with a 79 and Bahr with an 84.

The Spartans also were champions at Spring Valley on Friday. The Somerset boys produced a team record by finishing with a 311 team score for the day. Green and Gauper led the way, both shooting 75s.

SCC golfers

The Panthers continue to hang in the middle of the pack in the Dunn-St. Croix Conference golf race. The Panthers took fourth place in a D-SC match played at Colfax. This was the makeup of a match that was postponed the previous week at Spring Valley.

Central finished in fourth place with a team score of 192, six strokes behind third place Spring Valley. Glenwood City continues to dominate the D-SC matches, winning with a 166 score.

Tyler Anderson and Tyler Koats led the Panthers in Thursday’s match, both of them shooting 46. Jonah Tczap shot 48, Tyler Dennis 52 and Drew Malecek 56.

The Dunn-St. Croix Conference tournament was scheduled for Monday, but it was one of the casualties of the heavy rains that rolled through the area. The tournament, being played at Pheasant Hills Golf Course in Hammond, did get started on Monday. It will be resumed this Thursday.

WIAA tournaments

The WIAA tournament series begins next Wednesday, with New Richmond and Somerset both hosting WIAA regional meets.

New Richmond’s Division 1 regional meet includes Chippewa Falls, Eau Claire Memorial, Eau Claire North, Hudson, Menomonie, Rice Lake, River Falls and Superior. Play at the New Richmond Golf Club is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m.

Somerset will hold the WIAA Division 2 regional tournament at Somerset’s Bristol Ridge Golf Course next Wednesday. Teams joining the Spartans in that event include Altoona, Amery, Baldwin-Woodville, Bloomer, Durand, Ellsworth, Osceola, Prescott, St. Croix Central and St. Croix Falls. That meet also begins at 9 a.m.

Middle Border Conference match at Bristol Ridge

Team scores: New Richmond 171, Osceola 172, Somerset 175, Amery 181, Ellsworth 185, Durand 187, Prescott 216, Baldwin-Woodville 225

New Richmond scores

Tanner Wisemiller 37, Kole Hallmark 43, Jack Leverentz 44, Connor McCann 47, Charlie L’Allier 47

Somerset scores

Wil Gauper 42, Zach Bahr 43, Alex Lahde 44, Danny Green 46, Hunter Iverson 47

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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