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Golfers find good fortune at home

Wildcat senior Shelby Kay watches as her putt from off the first green stops inches from the hole at a five-team Big Rivers Conference mini-meet Thursday at the River Falls Golf Club.Bob Burrows photo

The Wildcat golf team took a big step towards finding its groove by winning a five-team Big Rivers Conference mini-meet on its home course Thursday.

All five Wildcats posted scores in the 40s and the team finished with a total score of 186 to win the meet by six strokes over second place Eau Claire Memorial.

"We are finally getting closer to the goals we set for ourselves," Wildcat head coach Deb Meyer said. "I know we haven't peaked yet, there's a lot more golf to be played and the girls have a lot more left in them."

The Cats will be busy this week with matches at Hudson Tuesday and Mill Run in Eau Claire Thursday.

"As always, we'll take it match by match, shot by shot," Meyer said.

That approach worked Thursday at home as Alyssa Casey led the way with a 9-hole score of 44 to finish second overall.

"Alyssa was due and she finally got her day in the sun," Meyer said. "She put up a 44, and although like most golfers she had a lot of strokes she wished she could take back, it was nice to see her play the way I knew she could play."

Mari Pechacek finished fourth overall with a 46 while Shelby Kay and Larissa Jackson both came in with 48.

"Mari has done a tremendous job this year," Meyer said about the sophomore. "I am so impressed with her attitude and confidence. I have no doubt she will continue at this pace and will only get better with each success experienced.

"Shelby and Larissa could both go much lower and they are frustrated because they are so close, but the nice thing is they are consistent. I call them my "Steady Bettys.'"

Kayla Swanson played the No. 5 spot for the Cats and finished with a round of 49 despite carding a nine on the ninth hole.

"Kayla Swanson and Kacey Simone have been sharing the No. 5 slot," Meyer noted. "Realistically, I have a six-person varsity team. All of those girls have proven they belong on the team. As a coach, it is a good problem to have, but it's a tough deal when one of them has to sit out a match."

With the BRC championship tournament just a week from Thursday, Meyer said she's looking forward to a strong finish from the girls.

"As the Rice Lake coach stated, 'I've learned to never rule out River Falls,'" Meyer said. "We are just hitting our stride."