Raiders golfers win BRC Tourney
After finishing second to River Falls in the final 9-hole Big Rivers Conference match of the season last Tuesday (May 15) in Menomonie, the Raider boys' golf team took first at Thursday's (May 17) BRC Tournament in Chippewa Falls, but it wasn't enough to catch the Wildcats in the final conference standings.
Hudson won the 18-hold conference tournament with a team score of 322 while the Wildcats took second with 326. The Raiders needed the Cats to finish at least fourth to win the outright BRC title.
"It was great to win this one today," Raider coach Bill Schaub said about Thursday's victory. "But we needed more wins earlier in the season to keep pace with conference champion River Falls."
Hudson finished second in the final conference standings after winning the BRC title the previous two seasons. Eau Claire North was third followed by Eau Claire Memorial, Chippewa Falls, Rice Lake, and Menomonie.
River Falls' Garrett Loomis fired a 73 to clinch BRC Player of the Year honors.
"Ben Lewis worked hard to catch him today but Loomis played very well," Schaub said about the Raider senior.
Pat Bowers led the Raiders with a season-low score of 78 while Lewis and Jordan DeLao each scored 81. Brody Belland finished with 84 while David Kein had an 87.
Lewis earned All-BRC First Team honors along with Belland, who defeated Nate Webb of Eau Claire Memorial in a playoff to clinch fifth place. Bowers came on strong at the end of the season to finish in eighth place in the individual standings and earn All-BRC Second Team honors.
"It was a nice finish to the conference season," Schaub said. "Winning the final match and having three players in the top 10 is a great showing for the Hudson team."
The Raiders entered last Tuesday's regular season finale trailing River Falls by four points in the conference standings and needed a win to close the gap.
Schaub said the team got off to a good start before things changed.
"Belland birdied the first hole and played well the entire nine," he noted. "Lewis also was doing well, and Jordan DeLao started well and was even par after five holes."
The Raiders struggled down the stretch, however, and finished six strokes behind River Falls with a team score of 162.
Belland led Hudson with an even-par 36, one stroke behind medalist Loomis of River Falls. Lewis carded a 39 and DeLao had a 41 while Bowers finished with 46.
"We had three good scores but you need four to win these matches," Schaub said.
The golf team was scheduled to tee off at the WIAA Regionals this morning (Wednesday, May 23) at 9 a.m. at New Richmond. All seven BRC teams plus Superior and New Richmond will be in the competition. The top four teams will move on to the sectional a week later in Marshfield.
"Any time we get to the playoffs anything can happen," Schaub said. "New Richmond Golf Club is a very challenging course. The team is practicing hard and preparing well for New Richmond."
Results will be posted online in the Local Area Sports Results on this web site (www.hudsonstarobserver.com) when they are available.