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Raider boys' golf team still in hunt in BRC

Members of the Raider boys golf team that took fourth place at the Hayward Invitational last weekend include, from left, Jordan DeLao, Ben Lewis, Brody Belland, Pat Bowers, David Kein and Jake Quade. Submitted photo

The Raider boys' golf team entered last Monday's Big Rivers Conference match at Troy Burne one point behind conference leader River Falls. When the day was over, the Raiders had slipped to three points back.

Head coach Bill Schaub said Hudson struggled a little on its home course, finishing with a 9-hole team score of 164. River Falls won the event with a score of 157 while Eau Claire North took second with 160.

The Raiders now sit three points behind River Falls and five points ahead of third place Eau Claire North in the BRC standings, with two conference matches remaining -- this past Tuesday at Eau Claire North and Tuesday, May 15, at Menomonie. The BRC Tournament is scheduled for Thursday, May 17, at Chippewa Falls.

Last Monday at Troy Burne, Ben Lewis and David Kein each finished with 40 to lead the team. Pat Bowers and Brody Belland had 42's and Jordan DeLao had a 43.

"I was happy with Kein's score today," Schaub said. "He is starting to come on and play good golf."

The team traveled to Hayward and Telemark last Friday and Saturday for a 24-team, 36-hole invitational. The Raiders won the tournament last year.

Hudson had a nice first day at Hayward before the wind picked up and the temps started to drop. The Raiders finished the first day in second place with an 18-hole score of 318.

DeLao paced the Raiders with a season-best, one over-par score of 73.

"Jordan DeLao played great golf, hitting most fairways and doing everything well," Schaub said. "Ben Lewis faded down the stretch with a triple bogie but still finished at 80."

Bowers shot 81 and Belland 84 to finish out the scoring.

Day two started well with Lewis even after 9 holes at Telemark, and DeLao playing at two over-par through nine holes. Belland, Kein and Bowers were all working hard in the cool weather but could not get on track as the day went on. The team eventually finished the day with a 36-hole score of 648, which dropped them to a fourth-place finish in the tournament.

Virginia, Minn., took first with a tournament record 611 while Northwestern was second with 339 and Superior third with 344.

Lewis shot a 74 the second day to finish with a two-day total of 154 and place fifth overall, while DeLao finished in 11th place.

"The Telemark course is a very narrow, tight course that can be very difficult to play," Schaub said. "The team overall did not play as well as I expected. We need to start playing better, more consistent golf at this time of year."

Hudson will compete in the Rice Lake Invitational Thursday, May 10, before hosting a dual match with Tartan at Troy Burne Friday afternoon, May 11.