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Prescott golf hopes to keep climbing up MBC standings

PRESCOTT - For the first time since 2009 the Prescott High School boys' golf team did not finish in last place in the Middle Border Conference during the 2013 season.

The Cardinals hope to keep moving up the MBC standings in 2014 as they return four lettermen from a squad which placed seventh in the league and eighth in the regional meet out of 11 teams.

"Our challenge is to finish in the top half of the league and I think it is doable given who have coming back and where we're at as a team so far," PHS head coach Jay Bartsch said.

The Cardinals golf their first meet yesterday at their home course, Clifton Highlands. PHS took sixth with a score of 196, getting an early break under 200 to start the season.

Prescott only graduates Nick Strandine from last year's team and brings back seniors Alex Stuhl and Tate Nahorniak along with junior Brendan Fraser and sophomore Bailey Benck.

The Cardinals have good numbers out for golf this spring and nearly half of the 20-person team are freshmen. One of those freshmen, Evan Strand, broke into the varsity line-up for yesterday's meet and shot a 55.

"For the first time in a while we have a good base to build from," Bartsch said.

To meet their challenge Prescott needs more consistent scores from meet to meet.

"We need more consistency," Bartsch said. "We can't have bad rounds shot after good rounds. Right now our four returning lettermen are our most consistent golfers and we hope to get them in the 40s, playing par golf."

Bartsch said Osceola, New Richmond and Ellsworth are going to be the top teams in the MBC this season. Those three teams took the top three spots of the the first league meet yesterday.

Prescott will golf again Monday in an MBC meet hosted by Ellsworth at the Ellsworth Country Club.