The margin continues to grow smaller, but the New Richmond girls continue to win their Middle Border Conference golf matches.

In a round played in a drizzle at Pheasant Hills Golf Club in Hammond on Monday, Sept. 9, the Tigers won, with just a one-stroke margin ahead of Prescott. The Tigers shot a 187, with Prescott at 188. St. Croix Central finished third and the Panthers are also feeling an opponent at their heels. Central shot 196, finishing one stroke ahead of Ellsworth.

Prescott freshman Ava Salay was medalist by shooting 36. New Richmond sophomore Lanie Veenendall tied for second with Ellsworth’s Holly Carlson, both at 40. New Richmond senior Jessica Hagman took fourth place at 41.

New Richmond coach Neal Ziller said the Tigers are aware that Prescott is inching closer to them with every MBC round that’s played.

“Prescott’s improving and we’ve got to answer that call. That’s going to be a discussion point,” Ziller said.

Sydney Nolan was the Tigers’ third player at 47, with Kailey Stevens finishing at 59 and Abbie Ritzer at 61. Ziller said he was pleased with how the Tigers handled the weather issues.

Central has been the “Steady Eddie” of the conference, staying in third place in every round. Getting three scores in the 40s helped maintain that on their home course Monday. Sophomore Sally Vangsness led that showing with a 47, followed by Brooklyn Mishler at 48, Parker Chladek at 49, Jenna Wehausen at 52 and Gil Holme at 57.

Central coach Logan Kimberly said Ellsworth’s presence is an imminent reason why the Panthers need to stay focused on improvement.

“Our girls are continuing to put together solid holes and stretches of holes, that's it's only a matter of time before we collectively put together a really good round as an entire team,” Kimberly said.

Somerset took seventh on Monday by shooting 220. Senior Haley Myers led the Spartans at 46. Isabella Fagan showed improvement by shooting 56, with Ella Holland at 58, Briley Olson at 60 and Cam Paradies at 64.

Somerset coach Todd Myers said the weather conditions made this a mental grind for many of the golfers. He said there’s one aspect of the game that needs the most attention.

“Our short game is what is killing us right now and will continue to be our focus,” he said.

Thursday’s Middle Border Conference match at Ellsworth was postponed and will be made up on Tuesday, Sept. 17. The golfers will be in action again two days later, playing at Clifton Highlands Golf Club.