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Girls golf teams perform well at Barron Scramble

Junior Miah Olson is a contender to fill one of the vacancies left in the New Richmond girls golf varsity lineup. 1 / 2
Junior Cally Meixner has been playing in the varsity lineup for the Somerset girls golf team since her freshman season. 2 / 2

The New Richmond and Somerset girls golf teams put together an impressive start to their 2014 season in last Friday’s Barron Scramble Invitational.

New Richmond placed third in Division 1 and Somerset was third in Division 2 in the 22-team tournament.

New Richmond was without its top returning player, senior Hannah Baker. The Tigers used senior Emma Ongstad, juniors Liz Towberman, Beth Duncan and Miah Olson and sophomore Maddi McCann for its varsity lineup to put together a score of 67. Osceola won Division 1 with a 65 score and Eau Claire Memorial was second at 66. New Richmond also had two junior varsity teams play in the tournament; they finished with scores of 82 and 92.

The teams must use a minimum of three drives from each player on the team. Tiger coach Neal Ziller said all the girls drove the ball well in the varsity lineup. Ziller said the tournament gave an immediate indication that the Middle Border Conference will again offer formidable competition. Osceola, New Richmond and Somerset ranked among the top teams in the tournament, with Prescott and Baldwin-Woodville not far off the pace.

Somerset’s girls put together four birdies and two bogeys to finish with a 68. The Spartans utilized a lineup of Stacy Bracht, Ally Wittstock, Cally Meixner, Susie Schmitt and Caitlin Tighe for the tournament.

Somerset coach Bill Powers said some of the team’s best drives in the tournament came from the new varsity members: Schmitt and Tighe. Powers said the team’s goal was to finish in the 60s. He said the team’s score showed that the girls are on target in terms of early season progress.

The conference schedule began on Tuesday with a meet at Somerset. New Richmond will host a tournament on Wednesday, with Division 1 teams visiting to see the course where the Division 1 regional meet will be played. Another Middle Border Conference match will be played on Thursday at Pheasant Hills Golf Club. New Richmond will play in another Division 1 tournament on Friday at the La Crosse Country Club. New Richmond plays at another Division 1 tournament next Monday at Eau Claire Memorial. The MBC teams will get together again next Tuesday for a meet at Amery.

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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