Some of the best young golfers you've never heard of - but are likely to hear a great deal about in the coming years - will descend on Troy Burne Golf Club Monday through Sunday, July 5-11 for the Nationwide Tour's inaugural Scholarship America Showdown hosted by PGA Tour player Tom Lehman. The Nationwide Tour, now in its 15th season, is a member of the PGA Tour family. It began in 1990 as the Ben Hogan Tour and eventually became known as the Nike Tour in 1993.
The first thing Wildcat junior Josh Wells did after making a hole-in-one at the WIAA State Golf Championships last Tuesday was try and set a new state high jump record. "He jumped about this far off the ground," Wildcat coach Paul Meyer said, holding his arm at shoulder level. "He was a little excited." And who cold blame him? Wells had scored a hole-in-one once before on a par-3 course but had never even competed at a state tournament, never mind record an ace. "I felt like Tiger Woods," he said. "There's really no words to describe it.
You might say Wildcat junior Tyler Obermueller played his guts out at last week's WIAA State Golf Championships in Madison. Less than 24 hours after shooting a three-under par 69 at University Ridge Golf Course to tie for the lead in the race for the individual title at the WIAA State Golf Championships, Obermueller woke up sick to his stomach Tuesday morning. "I didn't feel very good at the beginning of the day," he said. "I tried to eat something right before the match and that didn't go down very well. It really started kicking in right about the turn and on the back nine.
The Wildcat baseball team proved the theory that hitting is contagious in their 17-3 win over Rice Lake in last Tuesday's regional playoff opener at the high school field. Unfortunately, in Friday's regional title game at Superior, they also proved that so are errors. The Cats pounded out 16 hits and scored seven runs in the fourth inning and nine more in the sixth on their way to disposing of Rice Lake 17-3 last Tuesday.
The Wildcat softball team took its share of lumps in the Big Rivers Conference this season, but now that the WIAA Division 2 playoffs have started it's the Cats' turn to hand out some lumps. The top-seeded New Richmond Tigers are the latest victim of the Cats' playoff run following a 4-1 River Falls win in a second round regional game Monday in New Richmond. The Wildcats advanced to the second round by opening regional play with an 8-4 win over Ellsworth last Thursday. "We've gained a lot of confidence," head coach Paul Haugland said about the Cats' 2-0 postseason record.
The Wildcat girls soccer team played what head coach Mike Babler said "might be the best game we've had all year," in a 2-1 win over Menomonie last Friday. Babler and the Cats hope that trend continues when they kick off the WIAA Division 1 regional playoffs at Eau Claire North on Thursday (May 27). The winner of Thursday's game between the fifth-seed Wildcats and the fourth-seeded Huskies will advance to take on top-seeded Eau Claire Memorial Saturday at 11 a.m.
Monday at the WIAA Division 1 boys tennis subsectional at Eau Claire Memorial, Wildcat sophomore Cameron Paulson won a pair of matches in three sets to advance to Thursday's WIAA sectional at Eau Claire North. Paulson is the only Wildcat to advance to the sectional round of the postseason. He defeated Superior's Cody Johnson 4-6, 6-2, 6-2 in his opening round match before clinching a sectional berth with a 6-2, 4-6, 6-2 win over Hudson's Sam Wegleitner. "Wegleitner lost to Cameron early in the season but beat Cam at the conference tournament," Wildcat coach Steve Papp said.
The Wildcat track and field teams took full advantage of their final meet of the regular season last Tuesday at the high school. The girls took first place at the four-team meet while a number of Wildcat boys turned in personal best performances in preparation for this week's Big Rivers Conference Championships. "The 'tune-up' meet was exactly what we needed," boys head coach Steve Stocker said.
The Wildcat baseball team dropped a pair of Big Rivers Conference games last week, falling to Eau Claire North at home last Tuesday before losing an 8-2 decision at Menomonie on Friday. Monday at Hudson, the Cats and Raiders played to a 0-0 13-inning tie in the first game of a scheduled doubleheader before play was postponed. The teams picked up from where they left off, then completed the doubleheader on Tuesday.
If the Wildcat boys golf team points to one tournament at the end of the season as serving as a springboard to success, perhaps it will be the Cats' own invite last Wednesday at the River Falls Golf Club. Playing against some of the toughest competition in Minnesota and Wisconsin, the Cats put together their lowest score of the season, 303, to take first place in the 20-team field. "I think we surprised a few teams with our low score," head coach Paul Meyer said. "I hope we didn't surprise ourselves.