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Golfers regional champs: Season ends with fourth-place finish at sectional

Raider Jordan Vitek follows through on a tee shot at the New Richmond Regional last Wednesday. Vitek was one of three Raiders with a score of 82 to help Hudson win the regional championship. Photo by Dave Newman

Mike Sarno was the only golfer in the field to break 80 and earned medalist honors with a score of 77 to lead the Raider boys' golf team to a first place finish at the WIAA Division 1 New Richmond Regional Tournament last Wednesday.

The Raiders' season came to an end Monday when they finished fourth at the Eau Claire Memorial Sectional at Wild Ridge Golf Course. The top two teams--Eau Claire Memorial and Wausau East--qualified for next week's WIAA State Championships in Madison.

"It was a nice day for golf, we just didn't play as well as we could have from top to bottom," Raider head coach Bill Schaub said.

Raider senior Jake Miller, the Big Rivers Conference Player of the Year, lost out in his bid to earn a spot as an individual state qualifier when he lost a three-way playoff Monday.

Miller, New Richmond's Jake Bourassa and Wausau West's Matt Klug finished in a three-way tie for second place with scores of 76. Miller bogeyed the par-4 No. 10 hole while Bourassa and Klug made par to earn the final two qualifying spots.

"He hit a heck of a shot in that almost hit the pin," Schaub said. "Then it rolled 25-feet past and he had a quick, downhill putt coming back and missed."

Eau Claire Memorial won the sectional team title with a total score of 307. Wausau East and Wausau West tied for second with 317 and East won a one-hole playoff to earn the second team qualifying spot.

Hudson and Superior tied for fourth with 320 while D.C. Everest was sixth with 327, New Richmond seventh with 332 and Lakeland eighth with 337.

"That wasn't a bad score," Schaub said about the Raiders' team total. "But one more player shooting lower gives you the team score you want. That's what it takes to get through regional and sectional."

In addition to Miller's score of 76, Sarno carded a round of 79 while Hunter Satterfield finished with 81, Jordan Vitek 84 and Zach McFarland 88.

Last Wednesday at the New Richmond Golf Course, Sarno led all players with a 77 and Miller, Vitek and Satterfield all shot rounds of 82 to lead the Raiders to the regional title.

Hudson finished with a total score of 323 to take first while New Richmond finished second with 330, Eau Claire Memorial was third with 335 and Superior took fourth with 341 to all move on to the sectional tournament.

"It was a cool, windy day on a very difficult course," Schaub pointed out. They just had to tough it out and they did a great job."

The Raiders trailed New Richmond by one stroke at the turn, but led by Sarno Hudson was able to catch and surpass the Tigers for the regional title.

"Seventy-seven is one heck of a score," Schaub said about Sarno's first place round.

Eau Claire North finished fifth with 342, Chippewa Falls was sixth with 344, Menomonie finished seventh with 356 and River Falls was last with 358.

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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