New Richmond boys close in on MBC golf title
There won't be much drama at the 2018 Middle Border Conference boys golf tournament, which will be played Wednesday at the New Richmond Golf Club.
The New Richmond boys team won two MBC matches on Friday and another on Monday to build an almost insurmountable lead heading into Wednesday's conference tournament. New Richmond junior Blake Peterson is also in excellent position to earn conference Player of the Year honors, taking an eight-point lead into Wednesday's tournament.
The Tigers head into Wednesday's tournament with 60 team points. Amery ranks second in the conference standings with 51 points. St. Croix Central has moved into third place with 47 points.
The Tigers extended their lead by winning Monday at Krooked Kreek Golf Course in Osceola. The match was held in intermittent rain, but that didn't stop the Tigers. They shot a 163 to win by nine strokes over Amery. New Richmond freshman Owen Covey was the meet medalist, shooting a 39. Peterson tied for second place with a 40. Alex Nutzmann and Mike Benedict shot 42 and Nick Andersen a 44.
This came after the Tigers' two wins last Friday at Pheasant Hills. Because of a previous cancellation, the front nine was played as one conference match and the back nine was played as another. The Tigers were challenged by Baldwin-Woodville in both rounds, but managed two wins. The Tigers shot a 167 on the front nine and a 164 on the back nine.
On the front nine, Peterson shared medalist honors by shooting a 40. Nutzmann and Covey shot 42, Benedict 43 and Andersen 44. On the back nine, Nutzmann led the Tigers with a 39. Peterson shot a 40, Max Davis 42, Covey 43 and Benedict 44.
First-year Tiger coach Neal Ziller has used eight different players in the varsity lineup this season. He said that depth gives him hope that the Tigers will be even better in future seasons.
The Tigers will play in Division 1 in the WIAA tournaments this season. That puts them up against some outstanding competition. The regional tournament will be played next Tuesday at Troy Burne Country Club in Hudson.
St. Croix Central
The Panthers have been solidly consistent this season, finishing in the top half of the results in every conference match played. The Panthers graduated three seniors last year, but returned three players with varsity experience and several top JV players.
"I was pleased that a few freshmen stepped up and played well," said Central coach Chris Buckel.
The Panthers currently have three of the top nine golfers in the conference results. Trevor Woyda ranks fifth, Mason Bohatta seventh and Jacob Sanders ninth heading into the conference tournament.
Woyda shot a 42 and Bohatta a 43 to lead the Panthers at Osceola on Monday, with Jordan Woyda shooting 44.
Bohatta was the medalist in the round played on the back nine at Pheasant Hills last Friday with a 36. Trevor Woyda was second on the team with a 43. In the round played on the front nine, Sanders led the Panthers with a 41 and Trevor Woyda shot a 42.
The Panthers are scheduled to play next Tuesday in the Rice Lake Division 2 regional tournament at Turtleback Golf Club. Buckel has high expectations for his team.
"The key for our success in the postseason will be consistency. If all five play to their potential then we can compete for sectionals and beyond," he said.
The Spartans played their best golf of the season in the past week, bringing their scores down with each successive match. They finished with a 193 at Osceola on Monday to take sixth place in the team standings. Seniors Francisco Gomez and Jake Wittstock led the Spartans with a 43 and a 45 on Monday. That was the team's best score of the season, as were the 195 and the 198 the Spartans shot in the two rounds at Pheasant Hills on Friday.
The Spartans will also be playing at Rice Lake on Tuesday in the Division 2 regional tournament.