The Osceola Chieftain golf team got off to a slow start in Middle Border conference play this season. It looks like Osceola has persevered through the valley and is now starting to climb the hill. The Chieftains competed in a 9-hole Middle Border conference event at Bristol Ridge in Somerset last week and placed sixth as a team, just three shots behind fifth place Amery and nine behind fourth place Ellsworth. Osceola currently resides in eighth place in the MBC standings but is only a point from seventh place Somerset.
“(Last) Thursday night at Bristol went pretty good for us,” Osceola coach Lisa Richert said. “We shaved 15 strokes from our last time finish of seventh, to finish sixth this week at Bristol. Shelby (Tembreull) had her personal best score this far and is excited for our next match promising to even drop more strokes. Everyone else is playing with more confidence, and with much practice on staying mindful of our game, making adjustments, and being more accurate with our chip shot so less putts need to be made.”
New Richmond won their third straight MBC event in the meet at Bristol and is showing that they will be hard for anyone to catch. The Tigers had a team score of 186. The Osceola team score was 220 led by Mady Link with a 52. Link’s score tied for the ninth best overall score of the day out of 39 golfers. Close behind Link for Osceola was Savanna Nord with a 53 and Brooklyn Wegner with a 54. Tembreull continued to improve her game for the Chieftains by shooting a 61.
“I think my game is improving as we get further into the season with more practice,” Tembreull said. “Also I have been trying to focus more on just playing one shot at a time, and not focusing on numbers.”
The season is still early in MBC play. Osceola is showing signs of moving up in the conference standings and hopes to hit the upper half by season’s end.