By Amber Hayden
COLFAX — It has been a busy first few weeks for the Colfax girls’ golf team.
The Lady Vikings will play eight matches in just 20 days to start this year’s links’ campaign.
Colfax teed off its 2018 season with a strong performance in Barron on August 10.
Finishing second in the small school division, coach Ryan Krall is optimistic at what the start could mean for the rest of the season.
The Lady Vikings then played at Pinecrest Golf Course in Chetek on August 13. The ladies final tally was 220 which put them in first place.
The team attended the Eau Claire North Invite the following day, August 14, for the first time, and had an eye-opening experience competing against some of the area’s top-level girls’ golf squads. Faced with hot weather and a challenging course, the Colfax team shot a 441.
Two days later, August 16, the Lady Vikings would take to another challenging course at Big Fish for the Hayward Invitational. Difficult greens and hilly fairways tested the girl’s patience and stamina for much of the match, but they managed to finish fourth overall.
The team made its way to Pheasant Hills Golf Course in Hammond August 22. Colfax has looked forward to this meet knowing the WIAA Regional competition will be played there later this season. The Lady Vikings struggled with the course shooting a 473.
The Vikings also competed in Amery on Monday, August 20 but meet results were not available prior to press time.
The Colfax ladies hosted their first conference match yesterday (Tuesday, August 28) at Whitetail Golf Course against Osseo-Fairchild, Stanley-Boyd and Regis/Altoona. The squad then heads to Whispering Pines Golf Course on Thursday, August 30 for a rematch with Osseo-Fairchild, Stanley-Boyd and Regis/Altoona before taking a short break for the Labor Day holiday.
Coach Krall could not have scripted a better start for the 2018 season for the girls’ golf team.
The team finished second in the small school division and shot an even par 70 after shooting 80 last year at the same event.
“Everyone contributed great shots for us in what ended up being a pretty stress free round for the most part,” according to Krall.
The team leaned on Junior Abby DeMoe for a largest number of their shots and McKenna Yingst helped the team on tee shots.
TEAM RESULTS: 1. Ellsworth 69, 2. Colfax 70, 3. Somerset 71, 4. Northwestern 73, 5. Baldwin-Woodville 75, 6. Spooner 75, 7. Cumberland 76, 8. Luck/Unity 76, 9. Barron 77, 10. Altoona/Regis 83, 11. Chetek-Weyerhaeuser 85, 12. St. Croix Falls 90.
According to coach Krall the team has always liked to start the year with this tournament. “It’s low key and gives our kids a chance to get back into the flow of competitive golf,” he said.
Abby DeMoe won the event for the Colfax girls’ team, and senior Abby Klueckmann tied for third.
“Klueckmann really showed the potential we have known she has for a long time,” commented Krall.
Krall feels if the team continues to perform the way they have it will be a positive season.
TEAM RESULTS: 1. Colfax 220, 2. Cumberland 234, 3. Barron 240, 4. Chetek 250, 5. Flambeau 331.
With the caliber of schools and golfers coach Krall was pleased with the results for his Vikings’ team.
“Abby DeMoe proved she could play with most of the really good golfers in our area regardless of division,” he said.
DeMoe finished the tournament in third shooting an 85, proving she is off to a great start and gaining confidence with every match they play.
McKenna Yingst completed her first 18-hole varsity match on August 14, showing improvement and gaining experience moving forward for the 2018 season.
“She (Yingst) performed really well today under tough conditions,” coach Krall commented.
TEAM RESULTS: 1. River Falls 375, 2. Eau Claire Memorial 393, 3. Menomonie 416, 4. Hudson 425, 5. Eau Claire North 432, 6. Colfax 441, 7. Chippewa Falls 447, 8. Eau Claire Regis 467.
The girls had a great day according to coach Krall, shooting 16 shots better as a team than they had two days earlier.
Morgan Schleusner posted her first top 15 finish of the 2018 season.
“Morgan is a tremendous competitor whose only fault is that sometimes she tries too hard to do well, I was happy to see her post a finish that is a little closer to what she expects every time out,” commented the Vikings’ coach.
McKenna Yingst took a step forward for the team shooting 13 shots better than she had at the Eau Claire Invitational. “She will be key to our success moving forward,” explained Krall.
Abby DeMoe finished fourth for the team shooting better on a course that has given her problems in the past.
TEAM RESULTS: 1. Hayward 368, 2. Northwestern 405, 3. Osseo-Fairchild 417, 4. Colfax 425, 5. Superior 429, 6. Amery 438, 7. Barron 440, 8. Eau Claire North 440, 9. Eau Claire Regis 447, 10. Ladysmith 447, 11. Cumberland 448, 12. Luck 463, 13. Chetek 513.
On August 22 the girls took to the links for a meet they have been looking forward to all season. “Our kids have really worked hard at some specific parts of the game that we need to improve on to really see our scores drop,” Krall said.
Hannah Lemler has stepped up to play for the injured Abby Klueckmann, Lemler had yet to experience any varsity play until the August 22 meet. “She (Lemler) did a great job handling the pressure … she has some potential to really help us down the road,” according to Krall.
Morgan Schleusner has been steady for the Lady Vikings team in the 2018 season. Shooting 107 for the day earning her nineteenth place.
TEAM RESULTS: 1. Ellsworth 382, 2. St Croix Central 392, 3. Prescott 425, 4. Amery 432, 5. Somerset 443, 6. Baldwin-Woodville 465, 7. Colfax 473, 8. Osceola 480, 9. St. Croix Falls 537.