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Golfers second at own invite

Senior Mike Sarno watches his putt slip just by the hole on the par-3, ninth hole at the 30th annual Hudson Invitational Monday at the Hudson Golf Club. Raiders finished second at the 21-team invite with a team score of 314. Photo by Bob Burrows

Expectations are high for the Raider boys golf team this season, and the team showed why at the 30th annual Hudson Invitational Monday.

The Raider team score of 314 left them second to only Woodbury's 307 at the 21-team tournament, which featured teams from Wisconsin and Minnesota. Big Rivers Conference rival Eau Claire Memorial placed third with 322 and New Richmond was fourth with 330 while Tartan finished fifth with 340 and River Falls sixth with 343.

Senior Zack McFarland paced Hudson with a round of 75 while Jake Miller came in with 76. Luke Burbach contributed 80 to the team total while Sam Stevens finished with 83.

Head coach Bill Schaub said McFarland, Miller and Junior Sam Jacobson lead the list of experienced returning players while Burbach gained some valuable experience last year as a sophomore. Senior Mike Sarno is expected to contribute as a first-year player along with Richie O'Connor, Cole Funk and Hunter Satterfield.

"The team has 10 strong players, so we look for some great competition among the players," Schaub said.

The Raiders will travel to Wisconsin Rapids for a two-day, 36-hole tournament this weekend against some of the better team in Wisconsin, and Schaub said the team is up to the challenge.

Schaub said the team is excited about its prospects in the BRC this season as well, and expects the Raiders to contend with Eau Claire Memorial and Rice Lake for the conference title.

"We are looking forward to some great golf this year," he said.

The Raider junior varsity also started its season on a high note last week by defeating Tartan on Wednesday with a 9-hole score of 146. Jack Holland fired a 34 and Patrick Hughes was right behind with 35. Satterfield added a 38 and Chris Berglund finished with 39.

"The team score was one of the best I have ever seen from a JV team," Schaub said.

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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