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Hudson's Cassie Wurm. Bob Burrow file photo

Wurm ties for 23rd at state golf

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Hudson senior Cassie Wurm shot back-to-back rounds of 84 to finish in a tie for 23rd place at the WIAA Division 1 Girls State Golf Tournament Monday and Tuesday at University Ridge Golf Course in Madison.

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Wurm, the Big Rivers Conference Player of the Year, posted a two-day total of 168. Emily Joers of Waukesha carded a pair of 73s to win the Division 1 title with a 146. Homestead won the Division 1 team title with a two-day total of 657.

River Falls, aided by a hole-in-one by senior Mari Pechacek in Tuesday's final round, moved up two spots to place seventh in the final team standings with a two-day total of 701.

Wurm finished third at last Wednesday's WIAA Division 1 La Crosse Sectional at Forest Hills Golf Course to earn her fourth straight trip to the WIAA State Tournament as an individual qualifier. Last year she had her best finish, tying for eighth place with a two-day total of 156.

The Raiders finished fifth overall at the 8-team sectional with a score of 376.

Wurm carded a round of 83 at the sectional, one stroke behind River Falls' Halle Hauer and La Crosse Central/Logan's Grace Onsrud. Hauer defeated Onsrud in a 1-hole playoff to earn medalist honors.

Other Raider scores from Wednesday's sectional included Hayley Uzpen with 96, Jill Wanner with 98, Leisha Cory with 99 and Lindsey Frank with 107.

River Falls won the team title with a total score of 346. Tomah took second with 369. Both advanced as teams to the state tournament.

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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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