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Somerset golfers lead MBC, win title at Bloomer Invitational

The Somerset boys golf team claimed the championship at the Bloomer Invitational on Friday, winning the title by 19 strokes.

There have been more rainouts than completed meets for the area golfers.

One meet that was completed was the Bloomer Invitational on Friday. The Middle Border Conference represented itself quite well, with Somerset winning the tournament championship and St. Croix Central ranking fifth among the 19 teams in the tournament.

St. Croix Central’s Drew Malecek and Somerset’s Wil Gauper tied for second place in the tournament, both of them shooting 77.

Somerset won the tournament due to outstanding depth. All five of the Somerset players in the lineup shot between 77 and 82. Alex Lahde finished with an 80, Charlie Belisle and Jeremy Myers at 81 and Austin Perry at 82. All five Somerset players ranked among the top 14 finishers in the tournament. Somerset won the team competition with a score of 319, 19 strokes ahead of second place Bloomer.

Somerset coach Todd Myers said he was impressed with his team’s results, but said the next goal is for the team to carry this level of play every time it plays 18 holes. Myers said that in charting the success of the players, they’ve been quite consistent, which he hopes will help them maintain success throughout the season.

St. Croix Central received strong rounds from Malecek and Jared Tilton, who finished at 81, to keep the Panthers among the top teams. Trevor Woyda finished at 92, Mick Pearson 93 and Mason Bohatta at 98.

The last Middle Border Conference match played was last Monday at Amery. Somerset kept its string of wins alive, finishing at the top with a 170. Amery was second at 176, with New Richmond at 178. St. Croix Central and Baldwin-Woodville tied for fourth at 180.

Somerset was led by Lahde and Perry, who tied for second in the individual results with rounds of 40. Gauper was one stroke behind them.

New Richmond had a solid top three with Tom McKinney at 40, Blake Peterson at 43 and Zach Swiggum at 45. Tigers coach Jim Saliny said the team needs across-theboard progress if it hopes to gain ground on the MBC leader. The Tigers are now third in the MBC standings, five points behind Somerset.

Tilton played one of his best rounds to lead St. Croix Central in the Amery match, finishing at 41. Malecek was one stroke behind him. The Panthers have steady production in the 3-5 slots, but Baldwin-Woodville is quickly creeping up on the Panthers.

The numerous rainouts have led to a condensed calendar for the remainder of the golf season. A makeup MBC match is scheduled for Thursday at Ellsworth. Several of the MBC teams, including New Richmond, will play at the annual Scott Miller Invitational at Hayward on Friday and Saturday. Because of rainouts, two conference matches will be played next Monday at Pheasant Hills Golf Club, with the start time moved up to 2 p.m. to accommodate the 18 holes.

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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