Paetynn Bliese finished with the lowest score for the Osceola girls golf team at the latest Middle Border Conference meet Sept. 9 at Clifton Highlands.
Bliese carded a 56, five shots better than the rest of her team.
“The weather was awesome, and we were ready to play some good golf,” explained OHS coach Lisa Richert. What hurt us today is having a blow up hole as they say and being tough enough to push through it. Highlands is a fun course but plays tight, so one has to play a pretty straight ball and that is not always the case.”
Defending state champion Prescott won the meet with a 173. St. Croix Central took second at 189. Ellsworth was third at 226. Osceola was fifth at 238.
Prescott’s Ava Salay and St. Croix Central’s Sally Vangsness tied for medalist honors with a 40. Prescott’s Jessica Heinsch was third at 43.
Alivia Maki was the next Chieftain at 60, followed by Amanda Steffen and Morgan Gjovig, who each posted a 61.
“It’s about shaving scores and hopefully everyone on the team to shoot below 60,” Richert said. “Every shot counts whether it is a 30 foot putt or a long drive, make it count.”
Maki posts team low score
Alivia Maki posted the lowest score for Osceola at the MBC meet Sept. 7 at Pheasant Hills. Maki carded a 53, as the Chieftains tied with Ellsworth for fourth place.
“The name of the game today was course strategy and staying mindful on each hole,” said OHS coach Lisa Richert. “What surprised me is that if a player had a bad hole they were determined to play better and to focus on each shot and not let the past hole affect their game.”
Prescott won the meet with a 163. St. Croix Central shot a 180. Somerset was third with 189. Ellsworth and Osceola finished with a 225.
Prescott’s Ava Salay was medalist with a 35. Somerset’s Ava Pesha was second, four shots behind. Prescott’s Maddie Reiter was third at a 40.
Amanda Steffen finished one shot behind Maki, while Ashlyn Tinney posted a 58. Morgan Gjovig and Abby Jonas each had a 60.
“Alivia and Ashlyn really played well and took each shot and worked with it,” Richert said. “They were really happy with their scores and how they played.”
Richert added what’s between the ears is just as important as the physical part of golf.
“Mistakes are made on the golf course, but it is how you recover from them,” she said. “That is the key to being a good golfer.”