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COLFAX – The Lady Vikes golf team hosted CloverCroix conference meet on Tuesday, September 10, and showed signs of improvement as the squad posted its best score as a team thus far this season after turning in a 259.
“The girls are really practicing well and trying to clean up those spots in which we make silly mistakes,” said Colfax head coach Ryan Krall. “I’m optimistic that we are on the right path to improving as a team.”
Fall conditions on Colfax’s home course – Whitetail Golf Course – are typically difficult for players as the greens are fast, according to Krall, which tends to give a lot of the athletes field problems.
As a team, Colfax finished in last place, with Osseo-Fairchild/Fall Creek taking first with 201 strokes and Regis/Altoona came in second with a 225.
The Vikings’ Abby DeMoe finished tied atop the individual standings with Ariel Hauer of OF/FC. Both golfers shot a 42 in the nine-hole meet. DeMoe has started to find her rhythm again for the Lady Vikings and will be working to stay in that top spot the rest of the season.
“I was really happy for Abby to get back into a tie for first today after having been beaten in the last two conference matches we had played,” Krall said. “When she gets her confidence going she is tough to beat, and I think we are really close to finding that again in her game.”
Finishing in fourth place overall for Colfax was Morgan Schleusner with a stroke count of 51. Schleusner rarely allows frustration to show on her face, even on a tough course, and proved that to coach Krall and the rest of the CloverCroix conference.
“Morgan played really well today again for us,” Krall stated. “She moved solidly into a position as one of the Top 5 golfers in our conference with her performance.”
Hannah Lemler and Lillie Hayden fought through the day last Tuesday as they finished in 21st and 24th place respectively. Lemler finished with 70 strokes and Hayden tallied 96 strokes.
“Hannah would definitely admit that today wasn’t her best day, but we really need her down the stretch if we are going to try to make a move as a team in the conference standing,” explained Krall. “I’m hoping she can see it all come together in the next couple of weeks.”
Hayden, according to Krall, has worked hard to try and find some consistency as a golfer, in her first year she has shown some signs of life as a player and is critical to the Lady Vikings posting team scores that are in contention daily.
“I like the progress she (Hayden) is making to this point in her first year of competitive golf,” Krall said.
Currently the CloverCroix Conference is not recognized by the WIAA as they did not know they would be adding Flambeau before the cut off day in January of 2019.
“You need five schools for the conference to be recognized by the WIAA,” Krall explained.
The Colfax Girls’ golf team will head to Eau Claire’s Princeton Valley Golf Course on Thursday, September 19.
Individual Results: 1. Abby DeMoe 42, 1. Ariel Heuer 42, 3. Izzy Popple 49, 4. Morgan Schleusner 51, 4. Madyson Rosman 51, 6. Elli Anderson 52, 6. Emma Anderson 52, 8. Abby Bratanich 54, 9. Emme Felmlee 58, 10. Brenna Seefelt 59, 21. Hannah Lemler 70, 24. Lillie Hayden 96.
Team Results: 1. Osseo-Fairchild/Fall Creek 201, 2. EC Regis/Altoona 225, 3. Flambeau 242, 4. Stanley-Boyd 258, 5. Colfax 259.