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Golfers shine up north

Hudson's Charley Chase hits a shot out of the fairway on his way to shooting a score of 82 at the Superior Invitational last Wednesday. Submitted photo

High School Golf

Rain and cold wiped out last Monday's Hastings Invitational, but the Raider boys golf team found plenty of warm weather and sunshine Wednesday at Superior, and responded with its best 18-hole score of the season to finish second at the 10-team Superior Invite.

Led by Tyler Wingad's career-low 74, the Raiders posted a team score of 319 to finish 10 strokes behind first place Eau Claire Memorial.

Head coach Bill Schaub said the team was happy to find ideal playing conditions up north, especially after seeing what the weather was like two days earlier down here.

"Normally the weather is not real good in Superior this time of year, but this year was different," Schaub said. "The temps were good and the sun out. We enjoyed a great day of golf. The players had not played here before but were up for the challenge."

The Raiders started out well at Nemadji Golf Course with Tyler Dove recording three straight birdies at one point on the front nine.

The tight back nine presented more challenges but Wingad shrugged them off and came in with a career-best score of 74 to finish second in the field of 60 golfers.

"Tyler played his best golf, showing that he has the ability to play really well," Schaub said. "We hope it continues."

Dove contributed a season-best 79 to the Raiders team score and Charley Chase carded an 82 while Craig Cernohous and Brandon Gilbert both finished with 84.

Schaub said he was pleased with the Raiders' effort but said the team is capable of shooting even lower.

"We are starting to play more consistent now, but still need to lower some scores, especially from the four and five players in the lineup."

Hudson hosted a Big Rivers Conference match at Troy Burne this past Monday and traveled to Menomonie for another conference test Tuesday before heading to Rice Lake for a 24-team invitational Thursday, May 11.

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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