Spartans' Berg claims third straight medalist honorsHayward wins Spartan Invite., Northwestern second and SHS third
It has been a three-team battle in Heart O’ North girls golf action at the start of this season, and so far Hayward has come out in front.
The Hurricanes won the Superior Invite at Nemadji Golf Course Tuesday with a team score of 358. Northwestern was second at 372, and Superior was third at 375. Barron, Chetek, Cumberland, Ladysmith and Spooner also played in the invitational.
Individually, Superior’s Cassie Berg continued her strong season. The senior finished at 85 to claim medalist honors for the third straight meet, edging Northwestern’s Taylor Prior by one stroke. Berg played her final five holes at one-under par.
“Cassie played each shot on the final five holes perfectly,” said SHS coach Dan Schulz. “She hit the final five fairways and her approach shots were all inside 15 feet from the hole. She only converted on one of the five birdie opportunities but on the others she left herself casual tap-in pars.”
In all, Superior and Northwestern had six golfers finishing within the top 10 Tuesday. Hayley Botten had an 88 to take fourth place for the Tigers. For Superior, Allison Gotelaere carded a 92 to finish seventh overall, and Janelle Strewler shot a 95 to tie Northwestern’s Jordan Lindberg for ninth place.
“Janelle Strewler struggled with her driver today,” Schulz said. “She was missing on both sides of the fairway which makes it difficult to come up with a proper plan of attack for each hole. But she battled all day and shot a 95.”
Gotelaere, meanwhile, had a few errant shots that led to penalty strokes, but Schulz said she otherwise played very consistent golf.
"I am absolutely thrilled with our efforts," NHS coach Stacy Burfield said. "the girls have all been working really hard at improving their course management and maintaining focus after a bad hole."
The Spartans host the Tigers again in a duel meet at noon Thursday at Nemadji Golf Course.
1. Hayward, 358; 2. Northwestern, 372; 3. Superior, 375; 4. Ladysmith, 440; 5. Cumberland, 468; 6. Spooner, 493; 7. Chetek, 515; 8. Barron, 533.
Top 10 Individuals
1. Cassie Berg, SHS, 85; 2. Taylor Prior, NHS, 86; 3. Acacia Crow, Hayward, 87; 4. Hayley Botten, NHS, 88; 4. Brittany Neff, Hayward, 88; 6. Britt Adams, Hayward, 89; 7. Allison Gotelaere, SHS, 92; 8. Emilee McCusker, Hayward, 94; 9. Jordan Lindberg, NHS, 95; 9. Janelle Strewler, SHS, 95.
Cassie Berg (41-44—85); Allison Gotelaere (44-48—92); Janelle Strewler (46-49—95); Anne Tracy (58-45—103); Abby Clemons (66-56—122).
Taylor Prior (45-41—86); Hayley Botten (42-46—88); Jordan Lindberg (48-47—95); Yui Tabata (50-53—103); Nicolette Lindberg (53-54—107).
Superior’s Berg must like golfing at the Hayward Golf Course.
One day after sharing medalist honors during a three-way meet with the host Hurricanes and Barron, Berg was at it again at Friday’s Hayward Invitational as she took medalist honors all alone with an 84.
“She played her most consistent round of golf so far this season,” Schulz said. “Her score (Friday) could have even been lower, but she missed two really short putts on the 13th hole, walking away with a double bogey 7 when she could have easily made a par.
“I was really proud of her though, after missing those two short putts she rebounded nicely, making pars on the 14th, 16th and 17th holes.”
Berg also lipped out a par attempt on the final hole to finish off a solid round (41-43—84).
Berg’s teammate, Strewler, tied for second place at 86 and Gotelaere finished sixth with a 90. Also for the Spartans, Abby Clemons finished at 100 and Anne Tracy came in at 106.
“To this point in the season we have struggled to put together consecutive quality holes,” Schulz said. “Friday, however, I was pleased to see the girls play one hole at a time, as a team we made a lot of pars.”
The Northwestern Tigers were also in action at Hayward on Friday with Prior finishing fifth with an 88 and Botten ninth at 94.
“Taylor did extremely well on the front nine, going even par through hole No. 5,” NHS coach Stacy Burfield said. “She ran into trouble on six, carded a quadruple bogey, and then went on to finish the front with a 43. A lot of kids tend to panic after a blow up hole, but I’m extremely proud of her for keeping her composure and finishing strong.
“She has worked really hard over the last three years on keeping mentally tough. She is a disciplined athlete and serves as a good leader for our team.”
Also for the Tigers, Jordan Lindberg cam in at 98, Yui Tabata had a 102 and Nicolette Lindberg a 115.
“I am very pleased with our results on Friday,” NHS coach Stacy Burfield said. “Three of our five girls were playing 18 holes in competition for the first time, but overall our team improved 11 strokes per nine holes compared to last Tuesday’s match at Botten’s.
“I think our short-game practice really made a huge difference in scores at Hayward. The girls still admitted struggling here and there, but overall felt much more comfortable and confident around the greens. I’m looking forward to watching the girls continue to grow both individually and as a team this season.”
DIVOTS: Hayward won the team title with a score of 355, followed by Superior, 360; and Northwestern, 382. … Both the Spartans and Tigers will be back in action in the Superior Invitational at 9 a.m. Tuesday at the Nemadji Golf Course. … Superior will also golf at Northwestern at noon Thursday.
Hayward, 355; Superior, 360; Northwestern, 382; Stanley-Boyd, 408; Ladysmith, 424; Cumberland, 464; Eau Claire North, 471; Chetek, 526; Barron, 533; Spooner, 544.
Top 10 Individuals
Cassie Berg, SHS, 84; Emilee McCusker, Hayward; Janelle Strewler, SHS, 86; Britt Adams, Hayward, 87; Taylor Prior, NHS, 88; Allison Gotelaere, SHS, 90; Brittany Neff, Hayward, 91; Chelsea Tremblay, Hayward, 91; Hayley Botten, NHS, 94; Karalee Krisak, Ladysmith, 95.
Cassie Berg (41-43—84); Janelle Strewler (41-45—86); Allison Gotelaere (45-45—90); Abby Clemons (50-50—100); Anne Tracy (51-55—106).
Taylor Prior (43-45—88); Hayley Botten (45-49—94); Jordan Lindberg (48-50—98); Yui Tabata (53-49—102); Nicolette Lindberg (57-58—115).