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Golfers maintain lead in BRC

River Falls' Joe Bodahl watched his putt roll towards the middle of the hole on the 18th green at Clifton Hollow Golf Course last Wednesday. Bodahl shot a 77 to help the Cats to a second place finish. Bob Burrows photo.1 / 2
Wildcat senior Holden Ohlsen follows through on his tee shot on the first hole at a 18-hole tournament at Clifton Hollow Golf Course last Wednesday. Ohlsen fired a team-low score of 76 to lead the Cats to a second place team finish. Bob Burrows photo.2 / 2

The Wildcat boys' golf team tied Eau Claire Memorial for first place at a 9-hole mini-meet at Troy Burne Golf Course last Tuesday, May 7 to maintain its slim lead over the Old Abes for first place in the Big Rivers Conference.

The Cats played in three 18-hole invitational later in the week, taking second at Clifton Hollow and Chippewa Falls, sandwiched around a first place finish Thursday at Rice Lake.

"We didn't play poorly in either of these losses, but I'd like to think not our best either," head coach Matt Garber said about the Clifton Hollow and Chippewa Falls invites. "Hopefully, the sting of losing when we still played OK will serve as motivation as we close out the conference season, and more importantly, enter the post season a week from tomorrow."

Garrett Loomis shot an even-par 36 to tie for first and Holden Ohlsen took third with a 38 while Blake Heimen finished fifth with a 40 to lead the Cats at Troy Burne last Tuesday.

Wednesday at Clifton Hollow, Ohlsen carded an 18-hole score of 76 and Loomis, Heimen and Joe Bodahl all had 77 as the Cats posted a team score of 307, five strokes behind first place Hill-Murray's 302.

Loomis shot an even-par 71 to earn medalist honors Thursday at Turtleback, and Ohlsen finished with a 79 to lead the Cats to a first place score of 314 at the 20-team Rice Lake Invitational. Hayward was a distant second with 322.

Heimen added a score of 81 while Bodahl and Mike Xiong each finished with 83.

Saturday, on a cold, blustery day at Lake Wissota Golf Course, the Cats put together a score of 315 in the rain and sleet but finished second to Eau Claire Memorial's 310.

Ohlsen led the way with a 76 and Loomis and Xiong each finished with 79 while Heimen carded an 81.

The Cats will compete at the BRC Tournament this Friday, May 17, at Wild Ridge in Eau Claire before returning to Rice Lake for a WIAA Division 1 regional at Turtleback Tuesday, May 21.

Bob Burrows
Bob Burrows has been sports editor at the River Falls Journal since 1996 and at the Hudson Star-Observer since 2009. Prior to joining the Journal, Burrows served as sports editor with Ledger Publications in Balsam Lake, Wis. A native of Bayonne, N.J. and a U.S. Navy veteran, Burrows attended Marquette University before completing his studies at UW-River Falls in 1992.
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