The Ridges Golf Course must seem like a second home for three teams in the Clover Valley Golf League.
Wisconsin Rapids, Stevens Point Area Senior High and Marshfield have spent the last three days at the Rapids area course. The two-day Rapids Invite concluded Monday afternoon, and Tuesday morning the teams were back again for the second leg of the Clover Valley Golf League schedule.
The Tigers finished third with a score of 415 at the CVGL’s Ridges stop, while SPASH came in fourth with a score of 421, followed by Rapids at 449 and Neillsville rounded out the local teams in sixth place with 494 strokes.
Osseo-Fairchild, behind medalist Kelsey Higley’s 80, won the event with 356 strokes and had all five girls score 96 or lower.
While the players were familiar with the ins-and-outs of the difficult course, their previous time on the links didn’t make it any easier Tuesday.
“No, it wasn’t any easier,” said Marshfield freshman Molly Field, who led the Tigers with a round of 93. “Being here three straight days made me more focused and I knew what I had to do, but this is a tough course, so it definitely wasn’t easier today.”
SPASH’s Kelley Krayecki, who carded a 103, added, “The third day was OK, but we’re kind of bored with the course. After three days we knew what shot we had to hit on the holes, so from that aspect it was a little easier.
“My putting was very on today and that made me happy.”
The golf season is just a few weeks old and Rapids junior Myia Peters already is seeing improvement in her game and that of her teammates.
“I had some really good putts today and I was hitting my drives straighter than I usually do. I didn’t slice as much,” said Peters, who led the Raiders with a 107. “We are improving and really focusing on trying to not to get frustrated when we have a bad hole or bad day. Yesterday I had a really bad score and today was better.”
Neillsville, which was led by sophomore Avriel Voigt’s 106, is showing signs of improvement as well.
“We are working really hard to improve and we’re getting better each time out,” Voigt said. “My drives were really going good today, but I have to really work on my putting because that was my downfall today.”
Field, who shaved three strokes from her day 2 Rapids Invite score, is excited about the rest of the season for the young Tigers squad.
“I love our team,” Field said. “Half of us are freshmen and we’re all hard workers. We work well as a team and we’re supportive of each other.”
The next CVGL meet is Sept. 4 at Osseo Golf Course.
Team scores: Osseo-Fairchild 356, Eau Claire Regis 408, Marshfield 415, SPASH 421, Wisconsin Rapids 449, Neillsville 449, Stanley-Boyd 560.
Medalist: Kelsey Higley, O-F, 41-39-80.
Marshfield: Molly Field 93, Macy Fitzgerald 100, Anna Jensen 111, Jordan Fitzgerald 111, Janelle Skaden 128.
SPASH: MaKenzie Eckrote 102, Kelley Krayecki 103, Megan Roth 104, Kristin Wendorf 112, Katyln Dalsbo 115.
Wisconsin Rapids: Myia Peters 107, Kayla Thomas 108, Ariana De Las Alas 116, Stacy Lehman 118, Emily Bubla 127.
Neillsville: Avriel Voigt 106, Haleigh Eisfeldt 108, Courenty Poeschel 138, Hanna Quicker 142.