Prescott golf wins second conference meet, Salay finishes first
On Thursday, Sept. 2, the Prescott girls golf team won the second Middle Border Conference meet of the season by 15 shots over secondplace St. Croix Central at the Krooked Kreek Golf Course in Osceola.
For the Prescott girls golf team, the second conference meet of the year followed a similar pattern as the first – a commanding team victory by 15 or more strokes. The action at Krooked Kreek Golf Course got underway shortly after 4 p.m. on the first tee box. Prescott junior golf standout Ava Salay got out to a hot start, making birdie on holes three and four to bring her score to -2 by the time she stepped on the fifth tee box.
After a bogey at the 320-yard par four fifth hole and consecutive pars on the sixth and seventh holes, Salay took to the eighth tee box and pulled the driver out of her bag. She hit her tee shot down the middle of the fairway on the short par four. An unfortunate bounce kicked her ball into the left greenside bunker.
Salay’s lie in the hazard wasn’t great, as it took her multiple shots to get out of the bunker and back into a favorable position. When all was said and done, she walked off the eighth green with a double bogey moving her score to +1 for the afternoon.
The finishing hole for the nine-hole meet at Krooked Kreek was the 455-yard par five ninth. Salay split the fairway with her tee shot, hit a hybrid to get on in two, and then took two putts to secure a birdie to shoot level par for the round. Salay’s birdie on the final hole moved her into solo first place for the meet, edging out second- place finisher Sally Vangsness of St. Croix Central who finished with a 37 (+1). Prescott girls golf head coach Chad Salay reflected on Ava Salay’s performance and expectations.
“She played solid except for that one double bogey on the eighth hole,” Chad Salay said after the round. “Other than that, she expected to shoot under par at that course. That’s a course that she can score on. She played with much more confidence than in her last conference round. She finished with a birdie to shoot even, that’s always a good feeling walking off the course.”
According to Chad Salay, Ava Salay’s confidence was a result of extra work that she put in throughout the days leading up to the Thursday afternoon meet at Krooked Kreek. She had spent the week dialing in distances and rebuilding confidence in her swing before the meet.
“She worked on the swing the last few days,” Chad Salay said. “Improvement showed with the work that she put in. She has high expectations.”
Ava Salay was the driving force behind the Cardinals’ team victory at Krooked Kreek. However, she received help from the rest of the Prescott roster. Of the top seven individual scores at the meet, Prescott players tallied four of them. Those scores include Ava Salay’s 36, Liz Rohl’s 42, Maddie Reiter’s 45 and Rhi Stutz’s 45. Lindsay Olson also shot a 46 and Finley Magee finished with a 48 to round out the scores for the afternoon.
According to head coach Chad Salay, the 168-total score for his team is slightly higher than the roster typically shoots, despite winning the meet by 15 shots. Typically, the Prescott girls golf team shoots 164 or 165 at a nine-hole meet.
“It’s not surprising, we’re missing our number three golfer Jessica Heinsch,” Chad Salay said. “That’s probably the difference in those
Photo by Reagan Hoverman.
Photo by Reagan Hoverman.
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four or five strokes. A solid score, nevertheless. That course is pretty getable for our team, but there are some tricky holes out there. To get a win is great, but we’re focused on playing our best.”
With the team victory at Krooked Kreek on Thursday afternoon, the Cardinals have won two consecutive conference meets. The next meet is another conference meet at the Pheasant Hills Golf Course in Hammond. Coach Chad Salay stated his team has confidence at the next venue.
“We always call Pheasant Hills our second home,” Chad Salay said. “We play there so often. It seems like we play there four or five times a year. It’s a fair course, you can see everything out in front of you. It’s one of those courses where you can bomb it and then go find it. We feel like that’s an advantage for us because we have so much length. We’re comfortable out there and we feel like it fits our girls’ game.”
Previously, Prescott season and school golfing records have been broken at the Pheasant Hills Golf Course. Based on history and an experienced Prescott girls golf roster, Chad Salay expects his team to compete and continue posting winning scores at conference meets and tournaments.
The next conference meet is scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 7, at 4 p.m. at the Pheasant Hills Golf Course in Hammond.
Middle Border Conference, RFHS girls golf results
High school girls golf has been in action throughout the last week, including conference meets for Middle Border Conference teams such as Ellsworth, Prescott and Baldwin-Woodville, and River Falls High School in the Big Rivers Conference.
Starting with Middle Border action, the most recent conference meet was on Thursday, Sept. 2, at the Krooked Kreek Golf Course in Osceola. The Prescott girls golf team won the event with a total score of 168 for the nine-hole event. The Ellsworth girls golf team received fifth place as a team out of seven schools at the event. A very young Baldwin-Woodville team didn’t have its best performance at the meet, shooting 245 as a team.
Prescott junior Ava Salay won the nine-hole match with a score of level par (E). Liz Rohl, also of Prescott, took third place as an individual with a score of 42. The leading individual for the Ellsworth Panthers was Katie Gillespie, who posted a score of 49. Other Ellsworth scores include Shelby Lawler’s 52, Kayley Bayer’s 55, Aaliyah Huppert’s 63 and Gabby McChane’s 68. Ellsworth’s total team score was 219.
Baldwin-Woodville scores include Grace Carlson and Teagen Wynveen, who both posted 54. Makenzie Weiss shot a 65 and Julia Politt shot a 72.
The next meet for the Middle Border Conference is scheduled for Pheasant Hills Golf Course in Hammond on Tuesday, Sept. 7. The meet is expected to get underway at 4 p.m.
RFHS Girls Golf
The River Falls High School girls golf team was also in action throughout the last week. On Wednesday, Sept. 1, RFHS traveled to Troy Burne Golf Course in Hudson for a Big Rivers Conference meet.
According to results posted on the Wisconsin Golf website, River Falls finished third overall at the meet as a team. New Richmond took first place with a total score of 169. Hudson High School earned second place with a total score of 185. RFHS finished third with a score of 198. Eight teams attended the golf meet in Hudson.
Individual scores for the RFHS golf team include Mahlia McCane’s 44, Jenna Bergmanis’ 48, Mollie Schmidt’s 52, Alli Lassi’s 54 and Mekinnah Xiong’s 58. The next meet for the RFHS girls golf team is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 9. It’s a Big Rivers Conference meet at Turtleback Golf Course in Rice Lake. The meet is scheduled to tee off at 3:30 p.m.