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Hudson golfers slip into second in Big River Conference action April 26

Raider Jordan DeLao tees off at the Onalaska Invitational last Friday. Submitted photo

The Raider boys' golf team started last week with a sixth-place finish at the White Bear Lake Invitational Monday, April 23, before coming up one stroke short at a Big Rivers Conference match Thursday, April 26, at Rice Lake.

The Raiders wrapped up the week with a 10th-place finish at Friday's Onalaska Invitational.

The team will head north to the Hayward/Telemark Invitational this Friday and Saturday, May 4 and 5, where it will try to defend its title from a year ago.

Last Monday's field at White Bear Lake included several Minnesota ranked teams. On a beautiful golf day the Raiders played well on a difficult course, but were only able to put together a sixth place finish, shooting an 18 hole score of 324. Mounds View won with a 311.

The Raiders were led by Ben Lewis, who shot a 77. Pat Bowers and David Kein followed with 82s. Jordan DeLao shot 83 and Brody Belland had an 84 to round out the scoring.

Thursday at Turtleback Golf Course in Rice Lake, the Raiders entered the day tied with River Falls for first place in the BRC standings.

On a cool, windy afternoon the Raiders played well, getting a 42 from Kein and 41 from Bowers. DeLao started the comeback with a 38 and Belland had his best score of the year, shooting a one over-par 36.

With one player from each team still on the course, Hudson had a one-stroke lead over Eau Claire North and a four stroke lead over River Falls. Lewis came in with a 38 for Hudson but River Falls' No. 1 player, Garrett Loomis, surprised everyone by shooting a two under-par 33, with a birdie on the last hole, to give River Falls the one-stroke victory over Hudson.

The Raiders finished second in the match and are in second place in the conference. Eau Claire Memorial is third and Eau Claire North is fourth.

"It was a fun finish today but we just came up a little short," Raider coach Bill Schaub said.

Friday the team then headed down to Onalaska for an early morning 18-hole invitational against some top-ranked teams from Wisconsin. Onalaska won with an impressive score of 298, beating defending state champion Middleton, who shot a 311.

Schaub said Hudson struggled from the beginning on a very difficult course. The team finished 10th with a 345.

"It was not a good day at all," Schaub said. "It was cold and windy, and the boys just could not get on track. It was a long course with thick rough all around the course, and the players really struggled hitting fairways and greens. It was a real learning experience.

"Many of the courses we are playing are new to all the players except Ben Lewis," he added. "We need to do a better job of staying tough and focused in these conditions."