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For the first time in its brief albeit successful history, the Colfax-Elk Mound girls’ golf cooperative has won a conference championship – the CloverCroix Conference title to be precise.
Holding a three-point advantage (42 to 39) over Bloomer heading into last Thursday’s CloverCroix Conference tournament championship held at the Lake Hallie Golf Course, all that Colfax-Elk Mound had to do was finish at least second in the 18-hole meet to secure its first conference crown.
It did one better, winning the tournament, and thereby the title, by 18-strokes over runner-up Bloomer. Colfax-Elk Mound finished with score of 378 to Bloomer’s 395. Stanley-Boyd was a distant third with a 554 as was fourth-place Mondovi who tallied a 582. The conference’s other member, Osseo-Fairchild, did not have enough golfers to earn a team score – at least four golfers are needed to calculate a team score.
With teams earning points in each of the nine-hole meets (five points for first, four for second, three for third, two for fourth and no points for incomplete squads) and double points at the conference tournament, Colfax-Elk Mound earned an additional ten points for its conference tournament win to claim this year’s championship with 52 points. Bloomer was second with 47, Mondovi finished third with 23 and Stanley-Boyd was fourth with 21.
Belle Kongshaug wrapped up the conference player of the year honors by shooting a 71 in the conference tournament. In addition, the Elk Mound sophomore won all nine regular season meets and finished with a perfect tally of 110 points on the leader board. Bloomer senior Kaitlyn Bohl was this season’s individual runner-up with a score of 100.
Joining Kongshaug on the first team all-conference squad was fellow sophomore Gabi Amble. Teammate Selena Clickner earned a spot on the second team while Josie Seehaver and Isabelle Baier were honorable mentions.
Prior to Thursday’s CloverCroix Conference championship, the schools played the final two nine-meets on Monday and Tuesday, September 18 and 19. Bloomer threw a scare in the locals by winning its third straight conference meet Monday which was held at the Bloomer Golf Course. Colfax-Elk Mound, however, rebounded the following day in Mondovi as it won its sixth CloverCroix meet of the season to take a three-point lead.
Colfax-Elk Mound opened WIAA tournament play today (Wednesday, September 27) at the Division 2 Stanley-Boyd Regional at Whispering Pines Golf Course. The first three teams and top three individuals, who are not members of a qualifying team, will advance to the sectional tournament which will be held next Tuesday, October 2 at Clifton Highlands in Prescott. From there, the first two teams and top three individuals, who are not members of a qualifying team, will participate in the State Tournament on Monday and Tuesday, October 9 and 10 at University Ridge in Madison.
Colfax-Elk Mound played well in its final regular-season match – the CloverCroix Championship – which was held at the Lake Hallie Golf Course Thursday, September 21.
Sophomore and team leader Belle Kongshaug won the 18-hole tournament after shooting a 71. Kongshaug won all ten of this season’s CloverCroix matches.
Teammates Gabi Amble (So.) and Selena Clickner (Sr.) finished fourth and fifth, respectively, in last Thursday’s championship tournament. Amble fired a 99 and Clickner signed off on a 103. Jose Seehaver (Sr.) scored a 105 to place ninth and Isabelle Baier finished in 13th place after hitting a 119.
That all added up to a Colfax-Elk Mound tournament win with a team score of 378, 18 shots less than runner-up Bloomer. The finish also assured Colfax-Elk Mound that they would take home the 2023 Conference Championship plague.
CloverCroix Meet #9
After finishing second to Bloomer in the previous three conference meets, Colfax-Elk Mound was hungery for a conference victory when the teams convened for their final nine-hole meet in Mondovi on Tuesday, September 18.
Colfax-Elk Mound ended Bloomer’s win streak as it captured its sixth conference win of the year with a score of 195. Bloomer was 18 strokes back with a 213 followed by Stanley-Boyd at 288 and host Mondovi with a 302.
C-EM’s Belle Kongshaug tied with Bloomer’s Kaitlyn Bohl for medalist honors, both shot a 38.
Josie Seehaver had a 50 and Isabelle Baier shot a 52 to finish third and fourth, respectively. Selena Clickner tied for sixth with a 55 and Gabi Amble closed out the team’s round with a 60 to tie for tenth place.
Clover Croix Meet #8
The Colfax/Elk Mound girls’ golf team continued to hold a slim lead in the season-long CloverCroix Conference standings, but Bloomer is making things less than comfortable.
Bloomer knocked off Colfax/Elk Mound for the third consecutive conference match, this time notching a 12-shot victory at Osseo Golf Club on Monday, September 18.
Colfax/Elk Mound’s Belle Kongshaug was the match medalist for the eighth straight match, claiming a four-shot victory over Bloomer senior Kaitlyn Bohl. Kongshaug was followed by a triad of Colfax/Elk Mound girls that all shot 55 – this group included sophomore Gabi Amble, and seniors Selena Clickner and Josie Seehaver. Seehaver’s 55 was her best varsity nine-hole score of the season. Anne Baier finished out the varsity scoring, posting a 60.
In junior varsity action, Colfax/Elk Mound sophomore Isabelle Baier tied for meet medalist, shooting a 56. Senior Elizabeth Wisemiller fired a 58 and senior Abby Werner navigated the course in 60 shots as well.