The Middle Border Conference girls' golf teams had relatively cooperative weather in the first half of the regular season until Monday's cold rain hit and challenged teams to battle through the conditions.
Prescott freshman Ava Salay was up for the challenge.
The freshman shot an even-par 36 at Pheasant Hills Golf Course and earned her fourth medalist honor of the MBC season. She was the only golfer to shoot below 40 at Monday's meet.
"Ava's round of even par in those conditions is incredibly impressive," Prescott's head coach Chad Salay said. "That's probably a two or three under par around on a nice day — that's how well she played."
Salay currently leads the standings with a perfect 40 points while New Richmond's Lanie Veenendahl and Jessica Hagman are tied for second place with 33 points apiece.
At the halfway mark of the regular season, the Prescott Cardinals are currently in second place in the MBC team standings with 36 total points. Prescott came two strokes shy of claiming its first first-place conference finish of the season on Monday after shooting a team score of 188. The New Richmond Tigers won their fourth conference meet of the season by shooting a team score of 187.
"It was really tough to gauge our game tonight as the weather was miserable," Salay said. "We definitely struggled on the greens for some reason, and we took too many putts. Unfortunately, each of those count just as much as a 250-yard drive."
Salay said his team battled through the weather and grinded out some solid rounds and noted the way the Cardinals challenged the Tigers on Monday night.
"We definitely still have some work to do, but we gave New Richmond the biggest scare they have had in a number of years in a conference match," Salay said. "The girls truly believe we can hang with them. That's all we can ask for."
The Tigers have yet to be dethroned from their first-place status, and it’ll be a mighty challenge for the Cardinals to do so with only four regular-season meets left on the schedule. Like their freshman, they're up for it.
Ellsworth senior Holly Carlson trails closely behind Veenendahl and Hagman and is currently in fourth place with 31 conference points.
The senior Panther shot a 40 at Pheasant Hills to tie for second with Veenendahl and lead her team to a fourth-place finish. Ellsworth was one stroke shy of matching St. Croix Central’s — a team they’ve been chasing so far this season — third-place score of 196.
Ellsworth has earned 25 conference points this season and currently sits in fourth place, seven points behind the third-place SCC Panthers.
The Ellsworth Panthers’ best chance at gaining some ground in the standings will come on Thursday, Sept. 12, when they host the MBC teams for the fifth conference meet of the season at 4 p.m.
Team scores: 1. New Richmond (187) 2. Prescott (188) 3. St. Croix Central (196) 4. Ellsworth (197) 5. Amery (212) 6. Osceola (217) 7. Somerset (220) 8. Baldwin-Woodville (240)
Prescott: Salay (36), Alexis Fredericks (46), Lindsay Olson (52), Jessica Heinsch (54), Liz Rohl (58)
Ellsworth: Carlson (40); Charlize Smith, Anna Sweere (48); Stella Anderson (61); Halle Flock (70)