A lot was expected of the Prescott girls' golf team this season, and they definitely are playing up to those expectations. In fact, they’re on a tear, putting up numbers that is putting the …
A lot was expected of the Prescott girls' golf team this season, and they definitely are playing up to those expectations.
In fact, they’re on a tear, putting up numbers that is putting the Wisconsin golf world on notice.
It was enough that Prescott is the reigning WIAA Division 2 champions. So far, they look like the best team in the state, in any division.
'We obviously anticipated having a solid team back, but the numbers we’re shooting already are pretty exciting. We’re shooting numbers that are like the top in the state, Division 1 or Division 2,” said coach Chad Salay. “We anticipated having some solid performances by the middle and the end of the year. We’re already posting some great scores. It’s pretty cool to see the girls hard work paying off.”
Salay said his team has unbelievable depth and players who support and push each other toward their goals.
“We keep focusing on getting better. Golf is one of those sports where there’s always something to improve. The girls all have their personal goals. They want to achieve. Some of them have a goal to break 80, to win a tournament or whatever it is. There’s always easy objective goals you can set. Some of them have already achieved it,” said Salay.
He noted Liz Rohl’s goal to score under 80. Check that one off the list.
“She shot a 74. That’s amazing. She shattered it. That was great,” said Salay.
He also pointed to Jessica Heinsch.
“Her scoring average for nine holes is 41 already. She’s within distance of shooting 70s,” said Salay.
On Monday, Prescott dominated the Osceola Invitational at Krooked Kreek Golf Club, winning by 41 shots over all other Middle Border Conference teams. Ava Salay set a new school record, shooting a four under par 68. She had an eagle and five birdies. Heinsch shot an 85 at the meet, while Rohl shot 87, Rhi Stutz had an 88 and Finley Magee posted a score of 98. All five golfers were in the top 10 overall at the meet.
On Friday, the Prescott varsity and junior varsity finished number one and two at the Amery Invitational. The varsity took the title with a team score of 330, while the JV claimed the second-place trophy with a team score of 426. The varsity team had five players in the top seven. On the JV, Lindsay Olson took eighth overall, while Gabbi Matzek was 13th, Ava Franco was 15th, Jeanne Rohl was 21st and Maddie Rundquist was 26th.
“Our depth is crazy. That’s a testament to the girls pushing each other. I wouldn’t say it’s an exaggeration to say our JV would be the third best (varsity) team in the conference,” said Salay.
“We have players in our six, seven and eight spots that would be top three players on any team in our conference and any roster.'
The Cardinals wrapped up the summer portion of their schedule this week and compete next in a Middle Border Match hosted by Amery Monday.
Photo courtesy of Prescott girls golf