SOMERSET, Wis. -- New Richmond dropped a point to Prescott in the Middle Border Conference girls’ golf standings Tuesday, Sept. 8 at Bristol Ridge, but Tiger junior Lanie Veenendall fired a 39 to edge Prescott sophomore Ava Salay by two strokes and move into a tie with Salay for the lead in the MBC’s individual points race.
Prescott totaled 185 strokes Tuesday to finish eight strokes ahead of New Richmond and extend its lead to three points over the Tigers in the MBC team standings, 49-46. St. Croix Central was third with 199 and sits six points behind New Richmond.
Veenendall earned 10 points for her first place finish while Salay picked up nine points to leave the two tied for first in the individual conference standings with 47 points each. St. Croix Central’s Sally Vangsness is seven points behind the leaders with 42 points. Vangsness, Prescott’s Liz Rohl and Somerset’s Ava Pesha tied for third Tuesday with rounds of 46 each.
Abbie Ritzer contributed a 49 to New Richmond’s team total and Nora Harris had a 50 while Sydney Nolan and Kailey Stevens scored 55 each.
St. Croix Central got a 49 from Sarah McHenry and a 50 from Sydney Burgess while Jenna Wehausen shot a 54 and Gil Holme had a 57.
Somerset finished with a team score of 299 to place fourth on its home course. In addition to Pesha’s team-low 46, Isa Fagan shot a 57, Mandy Baillergeon had a 58, Serenity Slayton 59 and Briley Olson 60.
Hudson wins two BRC matches
After a 13-stroke win in a Big Rivers Conference match Tuesday, Sept. 8 at Spring Valley, Hudson had to sweat out a one-stroke victory two days later in Rice Lake to extend its lead in the BRC standings to three points over second place River Falls.
The Raiders posted a team score of 197 in Tuesday’s match hosted by Menomonie while the Wildcats were a distant second with 210. Things got a lot tighter Thursday at Turtleback Golf Course with Hudson edging River Falls 176-177 to earn a crucial five points in the conference standings.
“As we always say; ‘Every shot counts,’” Hudson coach Tom Holland noted. “This was the perfect example of that.”
River Falls’ Jaden Woiwode shot a 39 to edge Hudson’s Paige Hillman for medalist honors, but Hudson recorded five of the top seven scores on the day to earn the team win.
Makayla Shilts shot a 43 to place third behind Hillman and Lauren Parker, Maliah Pytleski and River Falls’ Mahlia McLane tied for sixth at 46 while Hudson’s Maddy Berg and Rachel Randleman tied for seventh with 47.
Mekenna Xiong contributed a fifth place score of 45 for the Wildcats while Jenna Bergmanis shot a 54.
“I’m proud of our players, who showed marked improvement over the previous match at Spring Valley,” Hudson coach Holland said. “River Falls played very well also and the result was a win by only on stroke.”
Hillman fired a 43 to earn medalist honors two days earlier at Spring Valley, four strokes ahead of Woiwode. Parker finished in a three-way tie for third with a 50, along with Xiong, while Raider teammates Shilts and Olivia Grothaus tied for fourth place with 52s and Berg placed fifth with 53.
Randleman contributed a sixth place score of 54 to the Wildcats’ team total while Bergmanis had a 59 and Kiara Therriult shot 64.
The BRC teams return to action Thursday, Sept. 17, at Lake Wissota Golf Course in Chippewa Falls.