The Wildcat girls golf team is right on the heels of defending Big Rivers Conference champion Eau Claire Memorial heading into the conference tournament Thursday, Sept. 21 at Troy Burne.
Just one stroke separated the Cats and Old Abes in the final two regular season matches last week. Eau Claire Memorial took first Tuesday, Sept. 12 at Tanglewood Greens in Menomonie with a score of 181 while the two teams tied with 182 Thursday, Sept. 14, at Turtleback Golf Course in Rice Lake.
Eau Claire Memorial currently leads the conference standings with 34 points and River Falls is second with 31. Chippewa Falls is a distant third with 22.
Wildcat assistant coach Gabe Van Pelt said the team has high hopes heading into Thursday's BRC Tournament.
"We are pleased with the consistency the girls have put forth throughout the season and especially now during crunch time," he said. "Hopefully that carries over to a conference victory."
Hannah Harper shot 42 to finish fourth overall and Jacqueline Balsiger tied for fifth place with a 44 last Tuesday in Menomonie while Makaylin Harer finished with a ninth place score of 47. Emma Vik carded a 49 to round out the Cat's team total while Anna Cernohous finished with 51.
Eau Claire North finished ten strokes behind the Wildcats to take third in the team standings and Hudson was fourth with 195 while Menomonie placed fifth with 196, Chippewa Falls was sixth with 197 and Rice Lake finished seventh with 238.
Thursday at Rice Lake, Harper, Vik and Balsiger all shot 45 and Harer finished with 47 as the Wildcats and Old Abes each finished with team scores of 182. Eau Claire Memorial was awarded first place based on the tiebreaker.
Claire Young rounded out the Wildcat lineup with a score of 55. Eau Claire North finished third with 187 followed by Chippewa Falls with 193, Menomonie with 194, Hudson with 207 and Rice Lake with 234.
Harper enters the BRC Tournament in fourth place in the conference individual standings with 33 points while Harer is seventh with 23. Lexi Meade of Eau Claire Memorial is first with 50.
Van Pelt said the Wildcat's balance has helped them stay in the hunt for a conference title this season.
"We're pleased with the depth this team offers, that the girls have made it difficult for us coaches to pick our top five due to the quality golfers we currently have," he said. "A credit to the hard work this crew has put in the past couple of years."
The 18-hole BRC Tournament gets underway Thursday, Sept. 21, at 10 a.m. at Troy Burne.