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Hudson High School golfers, from left, Michaelem Sellisen, Justin Moksness, Mitchell Simonet, Patrick Fisher and Joey Griese practice their putting on the snow-covered practice green at Troy Burne Golf Club last Wednesday, April 16, before the start of the Hudson Golf Invitational. (Hudson Star-Observer photo by Bob Burrows)

Raider golfers overcome snow, cold to win Hudson Invitational

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Neither rain, nor sleet nor snow could stop the Raider boys golf team at its annual Hudson Invitational at Troy Burne last Wednesday.

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The Raiders had to deal with all three elements, and one of the most challenging course layouts in western Wisconsin, but came out on top of the 15-team tournament, 11 strokes ahead of second place Eau Claire North.

The 10 a.m. scheduled tee off was pushed back over an hour due to accumulating snow on the greens and sub-freezing temperatures. But after practicing inside for most of the spring, Raider head coach Bill Schaub said the players were excited to get outside for the shotgun start regardless of the weather.

“It was the first actual round of golf for the players,” Schaub said. “The weather was very cold and windy in the beginning. We started playing with some snow on the course, including the greens. I was thrilled to see the team come out strong like this under the conditions. They handled the weather not just physically, but mentally.”

Hudson combined for an 18-hole total of 310 while Eau Claire North was second with 321. River Falls was a close third with 322.

Hudson’s top four players all shot sub-80 rounds to account for the Raiders’ team total. Pat Fisher posted a five over-par 76, good enough for third place individually, while Joey Griese rallied with a 35 on the back nine to tie for fourth place with 77. Mitch Simonet carded a 78 to tie for fifth and Justin Moksness tied for sixth with a 79.

Sophomores Michaelem Selissen and Colton Bloomberg shot 84 and 90, respectively, to round out the Raider lineup. Tyler Bee of Eau Claire North earned medalist honors with 74.

Schaub said the race for the BRC title this season should be a tight one, with defending champion River Falls, state qualifier Eau Claire North, Hudson and Eau Claire Memorial all in the mix. Hudson and the rest of the BRC teams kicked off conference play with a nine-hole meet this past Tuesday, April 22, at Lake Wissota in Chippewa Falls.

“I am looking forward to the challenge this year,” he said. “We have a young team with only one senior on the roster. We need to gain some experience this year and see where it takes us.”

Weather permitting, the Raider schedule continues with a BRC meet Thursday, April 24, at Turtleback Golf Course in Rice Lake. They return to Lake Wissota for the 18-hole Chippewa Falls Invitational Saturday, April 26, and compete in the White Bear Lake Invitational at Dellwood Hills Country Club Monday, April 28, before visiting Wild Ridge in Eau Claire for the Eau Claire Memorial Invitational Tuesday, April 29.

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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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