A rising tide lifted all scores at Hiawatha Golf Club Wednesday.
Three golfers broke 40 and more than half the field broke 50 as the Tomah High School girls golf team finished third in a Mississippi Valley Conference meet held on its home course.
Tomah coach Tonya Gnewikow said the dry, warm day couldn’t have been much more favorable.
“Conditions were very conducive to good play,” Gnewikow said.
Tomah’s Molly Larsen took advantage of the nice afternoon to shoot a nine-hole score of 40, good enough for fourth overall. She got off to a strong start and was just one-over-par through four holes before parking a tee shot under a tree on her fifth hole.
She still stayed among the leaders thanks to a solid short game.
“Molly’s strength is her short game, and that came from all of her time and effort over the summer,” Gnewikow said.
Larsen was followed by teammates Grace Pokela, 44; Josie Mathison, 47; Sarah Peterson, 48; Abby Sherwood, 51; and Madeline Adler, 55.
“We got four scores into the 40s, and that’s good,” Gnewikow said. “The last few matches, we’ve had to take scores in the 50s.
The four lowest scores count toward the team total.
Onalaska’s Erin Ericson was meet medalist with a 35. She was followed by teammate Alyssa Achenreiner and La Crosse Aquinas’ Annie Balduzzi, both of whom shot 37s.
Team scores: Onalaska 157, La Crosse Aquinas 164, Tomah 177, Sparta 212, La Crosse Central/La Crosse Logan 228, Holmen incomplete.
Gnewikow said the rest of the team still needs work on shots close to the hole.
“We’re still trying to improve our short game,” she said. “They had some good chips, but putting still isn’t our strong suit.”
The Timberwolves also fielded a pair of junior varsity squads. Scores for the first jayvee team: Amelia Schanhofer, 56; Cassie Carlson, 56; Jayda Zhu, 57; Amanda Lowery, 57; Angie Bauman, 71; Jenny Lane 71.
Scores for the second jayvee team: Allie Kemp, 52; Tatianna Briggs 60; Emma Van Treese, 69; Hope Carlson, 70; Logan Eirschele, 72.
The Timberwolves get eight days off before the 18-hole MVC finale at Fox Hollow Golf Course in La Crosse.
Tomah begins post-season play Wednesday, Sept. 27 with a trip to the WIAA Division 1 Stevens Point Regional.