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Girls' Golf: Hillman two strokes short of state

Hudson sophomore Paige Hillman shot a round of 88 at Monday's WIAA sectional tournament at New Richmond, just two strokes shy of earning the third and final individual qualifying spot for next week's WIAA State Tournament in Madison.

Hillman and senior Lauren Gertschen were the only two Raiders to advance out of last Wednesday's regional tournament in Superior as Hudson finished fifth overall, just short of earning one of the four team qualifying positions.

Hillman's 88 Monday at New Richmond was good enough for sixth place in the 48-player field but two strokes short of Sydney Brown of Eau Claire North and Abby Nickel of Stevens Point, who tied for fourth with scores of 86 to earn two of the three individual qualifying spots. Medalist Lexi Meade of Eau Claire Memorial also qualified with a winning score of 78.

Gertschen finished 39th overall with a score of 112.

The top two teams and the top three individuals who are not members of qualifying teams advanced to the WIAA State Tournament Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 8-9, at University Ridge Golf Course in Madison. New Richmond won the sectional team title and will be joined at state by second place Onalaska.

Last Wednesday at the regional tournament at Nemadji Golf Course in Superior, Hillman shot 85 to tie Brown for fourth place and earn one of the four individual sectional qualifying positions. Gertschen earned the fourth and final spot with a 19th place score of 101.

Sophomore Makayla Shilts finished at 108, junior Courtney Dummer shot 113 and senior Ali Wefel scored 118 to give the Raiders a total team score of 407, 17 strokes behind fourth place Menomonie. New Richmond won the team title with 340 followed by Eau Claire Memorial with 358 and River Falls with 362.

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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