The experience of the New Richmond girls' golf team shows in the more challenging climate situations.
The wind was whipping furiously when the Tigers hosted a Middle Border Conference match at The Links on Thursday, but the Tigers withstood the elements to record their second win to start the MBC season. New Richmond won with a 175, with Prescott in second at 185 and St. Croix Central third at 204.
Prescott freshman Ava Salay was medalist at 39 with New Richmond senior Jessica Hagman one stroke behind her. The Tigers had three of the top five scores, with sophomores Sydney Nolan at 42 and Lanie Veenendall at 43.
Hagman was most excited about the play of Nolan, saying she played a breakthrough round.
“She’s been taking lessons and I think it’s coming together for her,” Hagman said.
Hagman said the wind was a major factor, saying it was a two-club factor in each of her club choices.
“I don’t think anyone could have practiced for the conditions the wind brought,” Hagman said.
St. Croix Central was led by senior Parker Chladek, who placed sixth with a 47. Central coach Logan Kimberly praised Chladek’s poised play, which included sinking a 40-foot putt. After struggling a bit on the first three holes, Chladek needed 27 strokes over the final six holes.
Brooklyn Mishler shot a 48 for the Panthers, Sally Vangsness shot a 54, with Sydney Burgess at 55 and Jenna Wehausen at 56.
Somerset placed eighth in the match, led by a 51 from senior Haley Myers. Ella Holland shot 58 and Isabella Fagan 59.
Spartan coach Todd Myers said he gave the team a long weekend off, hoping they can regroup for this week’s matches.
Somerset hosted an invitational last Monday, while New Richmond headed to Eau Claire to face more Division 1 opposition.
Central played well at Somerset’s Bristol Ridge course, finishing second with a 397, one stroke behind Prescott. Kimberly was encouraged with this being the site for the Division 2 regionals in a few weeks. Vangsness was the Panthers’ top finisher, including shooting a 42 on the back nine. The Panthers had five of the top 11 scores in the tournament.
Somerset’s girls finished sixth on their home course by shooting 460. Myers finished in fifth by shooting 90. Holland also played well, with a 111, which included a 50 on the back nine.
New Richmond took second place at Eau Claire Monday. The Tigers shot a 385, finishing 10 strokes behind River Falls. Coach Ziller had his top three play, with Hagman shooting 81, Veenendall 83 and Nolan 101. He brought up two girls to get their first varsity experience, saying Elizabeth Ziller and Alison Kolbeck both played well in the tournament.