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Hudson's Mitchell Simonet follows through on his tee shot on the par-5, 598-yard 16th hole at Troy Burne Golf Course during the Hudson Invitational Monday. The Raiders finished fifth in the 12-team Division 1 portion of the event with a team score of 354. Photo by Bob Burrows

Hudson golfers place fifth at Troy Burne

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To say the conditions were blustery at the Hudson Golf Invitational Monday at Troy Burne Golf Course would be an understatement.

Fighting gusts approaching 20 miles per hour and a temperature in the low 30s at the 9 a.m. start, all 22 teams at the season-opening event struggled with the conditions.

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Tartan topped the 12-team Division 1 field with a team score of 333 while Unity won the 10-team Division 2 competition with 337. The Raiders ended up finishing fifth in Division 1 with a score of 354, three strokes behind third place Superior and four behind third place Woodbury. River Falls was second with 343.

Only four players in the 110 player field broke 80 on the day, with River Falls' Garrett Loomis and Unity's Evan Lundy earning their respective medalist honors, each with a 76.

Despite the conditions, Raider coach Bill Schaub said neither he, nor his players, were happy with their performance.

"They have been playing in the wind for several weeks on this course, but just couldn't handle the conditions today," Schaub said. "We have some work to do before conference play begins next week. I expect them to rebound next Monday at the Tartan Invitational."

The Raider will compete in the Tartan Invitational Monday, April 16, and begin Big Rivers Conference play with a 9-hole meet at Mill Run Golf Course on Tuesday, April 17. Thursday, April 19, they have BRC meet at Clifton Hollow Golf Course beginning at 3:45 p.m.

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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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