Don’t study the scores too hard. It was a tough day to score well at the Regional golf tournament at Bristol Ridge in Somerset because of the cold and misty weather conditions. Osceola struggled as a team and was unable to advance to the next level but Chieftain Madi Link will play in Sectionals as an individual qualifier.
“Golfing during the Regional tournament was definitely tougher because of the rough weather conditions,” Link said. “The most important aspect in facing that kind of weather is to play smart and not take risky shots, which is what I focused on.”
The top four teams, Prescott, St. Croix Central, Ellsworth and Somerset all qualified to play in Sectionals this week at Pheasant Hills. The top four individuals not on a qualifying team also will continue their tournament play. Link was the top individual qualifier not on a qualifying team, shooting a 107. Also qualifying as individuals were Morgan Brotzel of Amery and Leslie Weyer of Baldwin-Woodville with 108s and Missy Jones of St. Croix Falls with a 109.
“Madi’s round was consistent and had some minor mistakes but she stayed focused and was able to come through and have a score that was just what she needed to make it to the next round,” Osceola coach Lisa Richert said. “I am excited to help Madi fine tune some skills and give her best at Sectionals.”
The rest of the Osceola team started slowly as they coped with the miserable conditions. Savanna Nord shot a 116, Brooklyn Wegner a 130 and Shelby Tembreull a 134 to go along with Link’s 107. The Chieftain team total of 487 was good for seventh place.
“We once again gave it our best,” Richert reported. “It took us a few holes to get used to the conditions of the weather and the course so our first nine holes were a bit of adjustments, self-talk, and determination to do better. For Shelby and Amanda that was the case, each shaving their second 9 (hole) scores by 12 shots and Savana also improved her game by a few strokes. Brooklyn had a hard time adjusting to the weather but continued to have great drives and tried her best to stay strong and finish not having her best game but played a good round to end her year.”
A total of eight teams will compete at the Sectional meet at Pheasant Hills. Flambeau, Spooner, Northwestern and Barron join the four qualifying teams from the Bristol Ridge Regional with the top two teams at Sectionals qualifying for the State meet in Madison.
“My goal for Sectionals is to play my best round of the year and hopefully advance to State,” Link said.