The girls’ golf season continues to roll on and refuses to slow down even when rainy weather hits.

The Prescott Cardinals and Ellsworth Panthers competed at Bristol Ridge Golf Course for a non-conference Somerset Invitational on Monday, Aug. 26, despite running into rain throughout the 18-hole course.

Neither the Cardinals or Panthers were satisfied with their performances, but both squads managed to finish within the top three at the eight-team meet. The Cardinals won the meet with a team score of 396 edging out the St. Croix Central Panthers by one stroke. Prescott was led by Ava Salay who earned yet another medalist honor by recording a score of 83.

“It wasn’t our best performance, but we grinded it out and didn’t get down on ourselves,” Salay said.

Salay was followed by teammate Alexis Fredericks who landed in a three-way tie for second by shooting an 89.

The five Cardinal golfers unanimously agreed that they all need to work on their short game in their next two practices before Thursday, Aug. 29’s Middle Border Conference meet in New Richmond, but they also agreed that they’re exceeding their expectations and having fun along the way.

The Cardinals may have had an “off” day, but they still brought home hardware and are ready to move on to their next task ahead.

“If you have a bad hole, there’s always another one to move on to,” Jessica Heinsch said.

The Panthers finished in third place with a team score of 422 and were led by senior Holly Carlson who shot a 91 on the 18-hole course. Carlson said a late start and the weather affected the Panthers’ results, but said she’s glad the varsity team is now complete with the return of Anna Sweere and Ruby Straub.

Holly Carlson led the Ellsworth Panthers to a third-place team finish at Somerset's Invitational by recording a 91 at Monday, Aug. 26's 18-hole meet. Katie Davidson / RiverTown Multimedia
Holly Carlson led the Ellsworth Panthers to a third-place team finish at Somerset's Invitational by recording a 91 at Monday, Aug. 26's 18-hole meet. Katie Davidson / RiverTown Multimedia

“A positive thing is that we have our whole varsity team now,” Carlson said. “We can already see our scores dropping.”

Sweere and Charlize Smith both shot 109s, Straub recorded a 113 and Kennedy Strommer rounded out the varsity score with a 133.

“We only have about 17 practices left this season, but we’re going to make the most of those so teams don’t leave us in the dust anymore.”

The Cardinals and Panthers will return to MBC play on Thursday, Aug. 29, at New Richmond’s golf course at 4 p.m.

Team scores: Prescott (396), SCC (397), Ellsworth (422), Osceola (452), Baldwin/Woodville (453), Somerset (460), Grantsburg (503), St. Croix Falls (504)

Prescott: Salay (83), Fredericks (89), Heinsch (109), Liz Rohl (115), Lindsay Olson (117)

Ellsworth: Carlson (91); Smith, Sweere (109); Straub (113), Schommer (133)