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Golfers look rusty early

After spending four weeks primarily hitting off indoor mats at practice, the Raider boys golf team finally got a chance to get outside last week. And two days later were playing their first match of the season.

"As with all other spring sports this year, it has been a strange and difficult beginning to a season," head coach Bill Schaub said. "The team actually was out hitting on grass only two days before the match."

That match was a 9-hole Big Rivers Conference event hosted by Eau Claire Memorial Tuesday, April 24, at Mill Run. And the Raiders looked a little rusty as they tied for fourth place with Chippewa Falls with a team total of 171.

Schaub said some big numbers on a few holes came back to haunt the team at the end.

"I was a little disappointed in how we started," he said. "The big numbers really hurt us, costing us around eight extra strokes on the team score."

Host Eau Claire Memorial finished first with 160 and River Falls was second with 162 while Rice Lake was third with 166. Hudson and Chippewa Falls finished ahead of Eau Claire North (172) and Menomonie (186).

Junior Charley Chase was the most consistent player for Hudson and posted a team-low score of 41 while senior Tate Nickerson rebounded from a tough opening hole to finish with a 42. Sophomore Nolan Wagner carded a 43 while seniors Brandon Gilbert and Logan Funk each shot 45 despite Funk taking a triple bogey due to a lost ball on hole No. 2.

With the BRC Tournament scheduled for May 17, the Raiders will have a busy next three weeks beginning with conference matches at Lake Hallie Golf Course Tuesday, May 1 and Lake Wissota Golf Course Thursday, May 3. They'll compete at the Onalaska Invitational at the La Crosse Country Club Friday, May 4 before hosting a BRC match Monday, May 7, at 3 p.m. at Troy Burne.

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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