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Spring Valley golfers place fourth in first meet

SPRING VALLEY - Spring Valley and the rest of the Dunn-St. Croix Conference are some of the first are prep golf teams to hit the links this spring.

The Cardinals participated in the first D-SC meet of the season hosted by Colfax at Whitetail Golf Course back on Tuesday.

SV finished fourth with 209 strokes. Defending D-SC champ Glenwood City won the meet with a combined score of 169 followed by Mondovi 191, St. Croix Central 195, Spring Valley 209, Elk Mound 234 and the host Vikings 250. Elk Mound competed in its very first prep varsity meet as a new program.

Sophomore Jason Richardson had the Cards' best score with a 46 followed by junior Taylor Leach 50, sophomore Mitchell Wittmer 56, sophomore Jordan Jensen 57 and freshman Blake Klatt 82. 

Winning meet medalist honors was Glenwood City's Jake Hierlmeier who shot a 41.

Richardson, Leach and Jensen are the returning letter winners for this year's Redbirds' squad, who will be led by new coach Matt Ducklow. Richardson made second team All D-SC last season.  Valley finished third in the conference in 2013 and qualified for the Division 3 sectional meet by finishing third in the regional meet. That team graduated jacob Richardson and Nick Jensen while letter winners James Hannack decided to run track this season.

"We don't have any seniors and only one junior," Ducklow said. "When you can't get on the course right away it's a hard situation trying to teach and work on the game indoors. We're going to have to depend on players with less experience to fill the rest of the varsity line-up."

Wittmer and fellow sophomore Jordan Ninneman both were on JV squad last season. Other members of the team are freshmen Tucker Hunter and Cody Anderson.

"jason has the most experience for us since he's been golfing since middle school," Ducklow said. "Taylor and Jordan have shown good swings so far in practice."

Despite all the inexperience, Ducklow says expectations are still high for a good season and to try and knock off Glenwood City from atop the D-SC perch.

"Glenwood is the team to beat but I feel we have a team that like last season, can get better and better each week and keep progressing to where they could shoot good and make it to sectionals. We hope to do so again." 

The D-SC meet scheduled for Thursday at Glenwood City was postponed to Monday at Glen Hills Golf Course. SV will also be in action Tuesday at Mondovi.