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County golfers brave bad weather at sectional

Ellsworth's Ali Hofmeister knocks a putt towards the No. 7 hole.

OSCEOLA -- Normally prep golf meets are played through the rain, unless it's a thunderstorm.

There were no storms last Tuesday at the WIAA Division 2 Girls Golf Sectional Meet. However, the strong wind and hard rain did affect the meet enough to cut it short after nine holes.

That left Pierce County's two golfers falling short of qualifying for this week's state meet in Madison.

Ellsworth's Ali Hofmeister finished 28th overall with a score of 56 while Prescott's Erica Riley, shot a nine-hole 60 to finish 31st, both are seniors.

Hofmeister pared two of the first four holes but a score of 10 on hole No. 5 put her out of contention. Riley struggled all morning, shooting mostly sevens and eight across the board.

The top three individuals, who will also qualify for state because neither of them were on a state qualifying team were Osceola's own Lindsay Danielson, who won the sectional title for the fourth year in a row with a score of 38, followed by Amery's Kashia Hill, who finished second with a 43 followed by Maple Northwestern's Emily Stauty who shot a 44.

The Middle Border Conference will not only have two individual qualifiers at the state meet but two teams as well. St. Croix Falls continued a late-season surge to the top of the sectional, shooting a 178 followed by conference champion Baldwin-Woodville, making its first-ever appearance at state, with a score of 180.

The Saints will be participating in their fourth state meet.

The rest of the team scores were as follows, Maple Northwestern 194, Spooner 196, Osceola 207, Stanley-Boyd 216, Ladysmith and Amery both scored 227s.