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Golfers get BRC win at Wissota

Hudson's Charley Chase shot a 36 to help the Raider boys golf team to a first place finish at a 9-hole Big Rivers Conference match at Lake Wissota Golf Course in Chippewa Falls Thursday, May 3. Submitted photo

After knocking on the door two days earlier at Lake Hallie Golf Course, the Raider boys golf team posted its first Big Rivers Conference win of the season Thursday, May 3, at a 9-hole match at Lake Wissota Golf Course in Chippewa Falls.

The Raiders posted a season-best score of 149 to take first, two strokes better than Rice Lake and three ahead of Eau Claire Memorial.

The victory moved the Raiders into third place in the BRC standings, 2.5 points behind co-leaders Rice Lake and Eau Claire Memorial.

"We needed to play well today or it will be hard to come back and challenge for the top of the conference," head coach Bill Schaub said. "I was proud to see how the team responded to get back into the conference race."

Freshman Bennett Swavely posted six pars and a pair of birdies, including holing a shot from 40 yards out, to lead the Raiders with a round of 35, tied for medalist honors with Rice Lake's Simon Cuskey.

Charley Chase tied for third with an even-par 36 while Ben Pendleton parred the final six holes to tie for sixth with a 37. Tate Nickerson finished with 41 and Brandon Gilbert scored a 42 to round out the Raider total.

Two days earlier at Lake Hallie, Swavely tied for third in his varsity debut with a 38 but no other Raider cracked the top five as Hudson finished third with a 162 behind Rice Lake's 157 and Memorial's 159.

Pendleton posted a 40 in his first varsity match, despite a triple bogey on his card, while Chase, Nickerson and Gilbert each finished with 42.

"As the round progressed the team did struggle some with the small greens that were hard to hit," Schaub noted.

Friday, May 4, the Raiders were part of the 12-team field at the 18-hole Onalaska Invitational at the La Crosse Country Club and came away with a fourth place score of 328.

"My goal for the team was to be around 320 but we had too many big numbers to get there," Schaub said. "The team is still struggling to avoid the big numbers, but they are getting many birdies. The season is still early, so we still have a lot of work to do to become more consistent."

Swavely led the way with a round of 80 while Chase finished with 81 and Pendleton 83. Nickerson added a score of 84 while Gilbert had an 85, including the shot of the day by holing out from 90 yards after hitting into the water on a par 3.

The Raiders competed at a 9-hole BRC match at Tanglewood Greens in Menomonie Tuesday, May 8, and will play in the Rice Lake Invitational, which will also count as a BRC match, Thursday, May 10, at Turtleback before hosting the Hudson Invitational Monday, May 14, at 8 a.m. at Troy Burne. The tournament was originally scheduled for April 9.

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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