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MBC Golf: Rain makes The Links tougher

Last week’s rains made The Links course in New Richmond even more challenging for the Middle Border Conference girls golf teams last Thursday.

Everyone except New Richmond senior Maggie Veenendall. She was the medalist, shooting a 37, in leading the Tigers to a 20-stroke victory over second place Ellsworth. Somerset was the surprise of the day, moving up to third place in the results, with St. Croix Central in fourth place.

Veenendall started the day red-hot, scoring threes on the first three holes of her round. With her accurate swing and power, Veenendall was able to navigate the course with little trouble. Tiger coach Neil Ziller said most girls found the course difficult. He said the rough had U.S. Open difficulty and the wet grounds cut down on the distance of many shots.

Sophomore Lanie Veenendall ranked second for the Tigers with a 44. Jessica Hagman shot 45, Ashley Swiggum 51 and Sydney Nolan 58.

Somerset continues to make immense progress, with all four scores coming in at 56 or below. Junior Haley Myers again led the Spartans by shooting a 47. Freshmen Briley Olson and Mackenzie Weeks both shot 55 and senior Cora Atkins finished at 56. The 213 Spartan score is a mammoth improvement over what they were shooting a few weeks ago.

St. Croix Central finished in fourth place at 216, but the Panthers placed one stroke ahead of Amery and two strokes ahead of Osceola. Central coach Logan Kimberly said this was a good reminder to the Panthers that every shot they take carries importance.

“I'm happy that we were able to muster a fourth place finish not necessarily playing our best, but we all feel that our best golf is still ahead of us,” Kimberly said.

Brooklyn Mishler led the Panthers with a 50 and Parker Chladek shot 51. Hannah Schwechler finished at 54, while Hanna Wehausen and Sally Vangsness both shot 61.

The MBC golf schedule continues this Wednesday when Prescott hosts a match at Clifton Highlands Golf Club. The golfers will also be in action on Friday, playing a match at Pheasant Hills Golf Course, beginning at 1:30 p.m.

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 more than 30 years.

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