2018 conference champion
New Richmond placed three golfers in the top eight and shot 357 at Pheasant Hills GC in Hammond and won its fourth straight Middle Border Conference Championship by 27 strokes over runner-up Ellsworth. St. Croix Central (396) was third.
2018 conference medalist
New Richmond senior Maggie Veenendall shot 76 and topped Ellsworth's Erica Feuerheim by five shots to take medalist honors at the Middle Border Conference Championship at Pheasant Hills GC in Hammond. New Richmond junior Jessica Hagman shot 83 and finished third.
Top 2018 WIAA finishes
Team: New Richmond shot 352-343 at the WIAA Division 1 state tournament and, with a 36-hole total of 695, finished fifth, 45 strokes behind champion Kettle Moraine. Individual: New Richmond's Maggie Veenendall, a University of Sioux Falls recruit, shot 81-75 at the Division I state tournament and, with a 36-hole total of 156, finished fifth, 14 shots behind champion Jo Baranczyk (72-70) of Bay Port.
Preseason top three
New Richmond, Prescott, St. Croix Central.
First team: Alexis Fredericks, sr., Prescott; Jessica Hagman, sr., New Richmond; Haley Meyers, sr., Somerset; Ava Salay, fr., Prescott; Lannie Veenendall, so., New Richmond.
Second team: Morgan Brotzel, sr., Amery; Holly Carlson, sr., Ellsworth; Madi Link, sr., Osceola; Sydney Nolan, so., New Richmond; Anna Sweere, Ellsworth.
What to watch
New Richmond begins its drive for five straight Middle Border Conference titles by reloading with a capable mix of youth and experience led by Concordia-St. Paul recruit Jessica Hagman. However, the depth of the Tigers' lineup comes from sophomores Lanie Veenendall and Sydney Nolan and freshman Abbie Ritzer, who have served them well through two MBC mini-meets. However, Prescott has the conference's best 1-2 punch in freshman Ava Salay and senior Alexis Fredericks and, as its Nos. 3 and 4 golfers develop, could be a team to watch by the end of the season, especially when the Cardinals take the Division 2 path for the WIAA tournament while New Richmond looks to get back to the state tournament in Division 1.
Circle these dates
Sept. 5 — Middle Border Conference Mini-Meet #3 (Bristol Ridge GC-Somerset). Sept. 9 — Middle Border Conference Mini-Meet #4 (Pheasant Hills GC-Hammond). Sept. 12 — Middle Border Conference Mini-Meet #5 (Ellsworth CC). Sept. 16 — Middle Border Conference Mini-Meet #6 (Amery GC). Sept. 19 — Middle Border Conference Mini-Meet #7 (Clifton Highland GC-Prescott). Sept. 23 — Middle Border Conference Mini-Meet #8 (Phesant Hills GC-Hammond). Sept. 25 — Middle Border Conference Championship (Ellsworth CC).