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Ellsworth golfer qualifies for state championship

Ellsworth junior Erica Feuerhelm is shown in action during last week's Division 2 regional golf tournament played at Pheasant Hills Golf Club. Dave Newman / RiverTown Multimedia

Ellsworth junior Erica Feuerhelm has qualified to play in the 2017 WIAA Division 2 Girls Golf State Championships.

Feuerhelm qualified for state by shooting an 87 at the Division 2 sectional tournament played at the Frederic Golf Club.

Feuerhelm was one of three girls who shot 87, but there were only two remaining spots left for individual state qualifiers. Because rain moved in before a playoff hole could be started, the WIAA was contacted. Based on the tiebreakers approved by the WIAA, Feuerhelm and Colfax’s Abby DeMoe get the spots in the state tournament field, while Amery senior Annie Lorsung did not.

Feuerhelm needed outstanding play on the back nine to earn her ticket to the state tournament. She shot a 46 on the front nine, but came back with a 41 on the back nine to pass several golfers.

All of Ellsworth’s girls played solidly at the sectional tournament. Sophomore Holly Carlson was in the running for state too, finishing at 94. Sophomore Anna Sweere shot a 103, freshman Ruby Straub a 107 and senior Taylor Feuerhelm a 108.

The WIAA State Girls Golf Championships will be played at University Ridge Golf Course in Madison next Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 9-10.

Prescott sophomore Alexis Fredericks advanced to the sectional meet as an individual qualifier and she played a very sharp round at Frederic. She shot a 44 on the front nine and 47 on the back to finish with a 91.

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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