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Hudson second, RF third at BRC Golf Tourney

Hudson's Bennett Swavely watches his tees shot split the fairway on the first hole of the River Falls Golf at the 2018 Big Rivers Conference Golf Tournament Thursday, May 17. Swavely and teammate Charley Chase shared medalist honors with rounds of 76. Bob Burrows / RiverTown Multimedia

Hudson teammates Bennett Swavely and Charley Chase each shot four over-par rounds of 76 to share medalist honors but it wasn't enough to catch Eau Claire Memorial as the Old Abes edged the Raiders by four strokes to clinch their second straight conference championship at the Big Rivers Conference Tournament Thursday, May 17, at the River Falls Golf Club.

Eau Claire Memorial clinched the title with a score of 321 and Hudson was second with 325 while host River Falls placed third with 341. Rice Lake was third with 344 followed by Eau Claire North with 369. Menomonie with 372 and Chippewa Falls with 381.

Swavely and Chase edged Eau Claire Memorial's Billy Peterson by two strokes Thursday but Peterson outpointed both Raiders to claim conference player of the year honors.

Ben Pendleton contributed a ninth place score of 84 to the Raider's team total while Tate Nickerson shot 89.

Max Morrow shot a 79 for River Falls to finish in a three-way tie for fourth place. Taylor Rotsaert had an 86, Jaxon Knotek shot 87 and Maxamillian Xiong scored 89 to round out the Wildcat's team total.

Swavely and Chase earned spots on the All-BRC First Team for Hudson while Xiong and Knotek represented River Falls on the second team.

The Raiders and Wildcats will tee off next at the WIAA Division 1 Regional Tuesday, May 22, at Troy Burn in Hudson.

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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