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Golfers keep pace in BRC

The Wildcat boys golf team tied Rice Lake for second place at the Big Rivers Conference match at Wild Ridge in Eau Claire to remain in second place in the conference standings behind BRC leader Eau Claire Memorial.

River Falls and Rice Lake each finished at 163, 10 strokes behind the Old Abes.

"The rain was steady for the whole round," Wildcat coach Josh Bazey said. "But the boys played well through it, just hitting solid shots all day."

Blake Skogen led the Cats with a score of 38 to finish in a four-way tie for third place while Max Morrow carded a 40. Jaxon Knotek finished with a 41 and Jesse Cudd scored a 44 while Taylor Thompson finished with 45.

Friday the Wildcats competed against some of the top teams in the state at the 18-team Onalaska Invitational at the La Crosse Country Club and came away with a seventh place score of 340, three strokes behind sixth place Madison Memorial. Defending Division 1 state champion Milwaukee Marquette won the event with a score of 311 followed by Madison Edgewood with 318 and last year's state runner-up Middleton with 326.

"The weather was pretty nice there actually, but the greens were rolling very quick and there were many tough pin locations, making a tough course even more difficult," Bazey noted.

Knotek battled hard all day with some par saves on the front nine and adding a couple of birdies on the back to post a score of 75, good enough for third place individually.

Skogen finished with a round of 80 and Cudd scored 90 while Morrow and Thompson each finished with 95.

"I think we learned a lot about ourselves and how to mentally grind through a tough round," Bazey said.

This week the Wildcats competed at the 18-hole Superior Invitational at Nemadji Golf Course on May 3. The Hastings Invite scheduled May 1 was canceled due to weather.

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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