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2017 Fall Preview: Somerset golfers hoping to make experience pay off

Somerset senior Grace Bauer chips a shot onto the green during a recent Spartan practice.1 / 3
Senior Emma Westmoreland is among a handful of experienced players that the Somerset girls golf team will be relying upon this season.2 / 3
The 2017 Somerset girls golf team3 / 3

This is the season the Somerset girls golf team has been building toward.

With most of the girls being seniors, the Spartans have the experience to be competitive golfers. And with six girls vying for the five roster positions, there will be plenty of competition within the team, as well as against the rest of their Middle Border Conference opponents.

The Spartans struggled with injuries all through the 2016 season, which led to their eighth place finish in the MBC. In their first match of 2017, the Spartans showed they are ready to put 2016 in the past. The Spartans tied with St. Croix Central at last Friday’s Barron Scramble, placing sixth among the 13 teams in the small school division of the tournament.

Seniors Grace Bauer, Megan Erlitz, Emma Westmoreland, Emma Woulfe and junior Cora Atkins played at Barron. Sophomore Haley Myers was at a family event Friday. Spartan coach Kristin Flater said she expects that Myers will be the team’s top player this season.

Myers played golf nearly every day this summer and Bauer and Atkins also played significant amounts of golf.

“Grace is playing better than she finished last year, Cora and Megan are too,” said Flater, the team’s third-year coach.

Flater said that she expects New Richmond to be the leader in the race for the MBC title and that Ellsworth and Baldwin-Woodville bring back talented teams. But she made it clear that she thinks the Spartans are capable of competing evenly with any other team in the conference. Flater said her players share the positive outlook toward the season.

“When you have some success, you see the competitive desire come through,” Flater said. “It feels pretty positive. They’ve been practicing hard.”

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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