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Somerset getting pushed in race for Middle Border Conference golf lead

St. Croix Central’s Hunter Schmidt is shown in action during last week’s match at Ellsworth.

The Middle Border Conference boys golf has reached the homestretch and any of three teams could rise to the top by the time next Tuesday’s conference tournament is completed.

Amery won the only MBC match played last week and the results couldn’t have been any tighter. Amery won the match by shooting a 170. New Richmond and Somerset tied for second place, both finishing one stroke behind the Warriors.

With those results, Somerset maintained the lead in the MBC team standings, but by the thinnest margin possible. The Spartans held the team lead with 37 points, followed by Amery with 36 points and New Richmond with 32 points. St. Croix Central and Baldwin-Woodville are tied for fourth with 21 points.

The MBC title will be decided over a nine-day span that started Monday. The MBC golfers were scheduled to play at Hammond on Monday and at Amery on Tuesday and they play Friday at Prescott. The title race concludes next Tuesday at the 18-hole conference tournament, where the team points count double. The conference tournament will be played at Pheasant Hills Golf Club near Hammond.

Amery won the match with good balance, led by junior Thomas Christensen, who leads the conference in points earned this season.

Somerset was led by Alex Lahde, who finished third overall, with a 39. Osceola’s Alex Wolfe was the meet medalist with a 37.

Somerset coach Todd Myers said his team played consistently, but left several shots on the course.

New Richmond has had different players step up, but the Tigers have yet to put four good scores together consistently. Maxx Wisemiller had one of his best rounds by shooting a 40. Nic Schlicht and Thomas McKinney both finished at 41. Tiger coach Jim Saliny said he’s looking for his teams to finish with four scores of 45 or lower.

St. Croix Central was led by junior Drew Malecek, who shot a 38 to place second at Ellsworth. Bryan Bresina finished with a 45 and Jared Tilton with a 46.

Central coach Chris Buckel said he’s hoping the Panthers can consistently get four strong scores, with a team goal of advancing to the WIAA sectional tournament.

Scott Miller Invite

The New Richmond golfers put together a strong performance over the weekend at the annual Scott Miller Invitational at Hayward. The Tigers placed seventh among the 23 teams in the tournament. McKinney led the Tigers by shooting a 159 in the two-day meet. Wisemiller finished at 165, Brady Maus at 174, Zach Swiggum at 176 and Schlicht at 184. New Richmond finished ahead of most of the teams it will see at the Division 1 regional meet, including Menomonie, Superior and Chippewa Falls, but the Tigers were behind both of the Eau Claire schools.

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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