Prescott freshman Ava Salay continues to earn medalist honors during the early stages of the 2019 golf season, but the Cardinals aren’t solely concerned with individual standings.
The Cardinals have bigger goals than just sending individual golfers to the state tournament, which is why they’ll need to lean on all five of their varsity golfers — just like they did on Thursday, Aug. 29 at their Middle Border Conference meet.
The Cardinals landed a second place finish at New Richmond Links by tallying up a team score of 185 and earning four individual scores under 50.
“I was very excited to see Jessica Heinsch and Liz Rohl break 50 with a pair of 49s,” Prescott’s head coach Chad Salay said. “That was huge for us. They continue to improve and will be a key factor for us when we get to the tournament series.”
The Tigers topped the Cardinals by 10 strokes to win their hosted meet but were unable to defeat Salay’s low, individual score of 39.
“I was again happy for Ava having another solid round,” coach Salay said. “She played very steadily. She was very consistent in her ball striking and never got herself into trouble. She didn’t have many good birdie looks but often was tapping in for par with good lag putts.”
The freshman beat New Richmond’s Jessica Hagman by one stroke and currently leads the conference standings with 20 points to Hagman’s 18.
Coach Salay said senior Alexis Fredericks got into some trouble early in her round at the Links but maintained a positive attitude, battled back and salvaged a decent round with a score of 48.
“It was great to see our team fill in and pick (Fredericks) up a bit,” Salay said. “That is what we will need to do to be successful as the season progresses.”
The Ellsworth Panthers finished in fourth place — three strokes behind the third-place St. Croix Central Panthers — despite being without varsity golfers Ruby Straub and Kennedy Schommer.
The Panthers were led by senior Holly Carlson who completed the nine-hole course in 43 strokes, which earned her a fourth place finish.
Anna Sweere also turned in a sub-50 score at her first MBC meet of the season by shooting a 48, which put her in a four-way tie for seventh along with Fredericks.
Even without Straub and Schommer, with the addition of Sweere, the Panthers were able to lower their team score by 15 strokes compared to their first nine-hole MBC meet of the season at Krooked Kreek Golf Course.
The Cardinals and Panthers will look for more improvement on Thursday, Sept. 5, when they return to Bristol Ridge Golf Course in Somerset for their next MBC meet, which is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m.
Team scores: 1. New Richmond (175), 2. Prescott (185), 3. St. Croix Central (204), 4. Ellsworth (207), t6. Baldwin-Woodville (216), t6. Amery (216), 7. Osceola (232) 8. Somerset (240)
Prescott: Salay (39); Fredericks (48); Heinsch, Rohl (49); Finely Magee (55)
Ellsworth: Carlson (43), Sweere (48), Charlize Smith (51), Halle Flock (65)