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Prep golf: Leach, Cards take DSC

Spring Valley junior Tyler Leach reads the green before attempting a birdie putt in a DSC match at Spring Valley Golf Course on Thursday, May 4. Jalen Knuteson / RiverTown Multimedia

GLENWOOD CITY -- Tyler Leach completed a perfect sweep of Dunn-St. Croix Conference prep golf matches after shooting a 70 at Glen Hills Golf Club to win an 18-hole DSC tournament on Tuesday, May 16. Junior Garrett Gifford took second place in the tournament shooting an 81.

Led by Leach, Spring Valley won the tournament as well as the regular season title.

“We finally won the conference tournament,” Leach said. “We let it barely slip away from us the last two years, so it was good to finally get that.”

The junior won all eight 9-hole matches prior to the tournament to accumulate all 100 total points possible for an individual. Gifford took second place overall for the regular season with 83 points.

“People do not realize how difficult that is to win every match or tournament that you play in,” SV head coach Matt Ducklow said. “In golf, you can have one bad hole and that can ruin a round.  Very impressed with his poise and look forward to good things for him come tournament time.”

Senior Zach Boisen, who shot an 84, joined Leach with first-team all-DSC honors. He finished with 63 points.

Boisen gave credit to the daily grind of practicing at Spring Valley Golf Course for the team’s success.

“We definitely felt like we had a good shot to win conference because of the fact that we work so hard on the finer aspects of our game every day in practice,” he said. “Playing Spring Valley (GC) everyday -- with it being a challenging course -- definitely makes us all better.”

Before the season started, Ducklow said he thought Boisen would be a solid No. 2 for the Cardinals. The senior was driven this season to crack into the first-team all conference category.

“That was one of my goals this season,” Boisen said. “I definitely take pride in getting that because it shows the hard work that I put into the game paying off.

“It’s difficult to go back and find a day where Leach and I weren’t practicing until it was dark.”

Behind Leach and Boisen, Ducklow is hoping to get consistent play to drive the Cardinals on another postseason run -- Spring Valley has been to state each of the last two years.

“Our team is playing more consistent golf now than we were at the start and middle of the season,” Ducklow said. “I think we need our No. 3 through No. 5 to play consistent -- not necessarily great, but consistent -- and we should be okay.”

But being okay certainly may not be good enough in a loaded regional.

“Our regional is really good this year,” Ducklow said. “We have Eleva-Strum coming in with an average of 163 and returning all five golfers from last year’s state teams, and four to five other teams that I think will challenge for the top four spots to advance to sectionals. There will be some good golf teams to advance out of our regional.”

Said Leach, “This time of the year is probably my favorite because everyone wants to make it to state. Only the best teams advance but you can really prove to everyone what you’re made of.”

DSC Tournament

Team scores: Spring Valley 336; Mondovi 373; Glenwood City 377; Durand 383; Elk Mound 387; Colfax 456.

Top five individuals: 1, Leach, SV, 70; 2, Gifford, Mon, 81; 3 (tie), Ruben, EM and Boisen, SV, 84; 5, Tulip, Dur, 85.

Spring Valley: Leach 70; Boisen 84; Konobeck 88; Hannack 94.

Final results

Team scores: Spring Valley 58; Mondovi 45; Durand 44; Glenwood City 31; Elk Mound 24; Colfax 10.

Top five individuals: 1, Leach, SV, 100; 2, Gifford, Mon, 83; 3, Tulip, Dur, 69; 4, Boisen, SV, 61; 5, Schone GC, 50.