Ariana Valle

Ariana Valle, a Westby High School senior on the Westby/Viroqua girls co-op golf team, plays in the Coulee Conference match held at Viroqua Hills Golf Course, Wednesday, Aug. 23.

Three of the five Westby/Viroqua co-op girl’s golfers, all underclassmen, recorded personal best 18-hole scores at the nine-team Baraboo Invitational held at the Baraboo Country Club, Tuesday, Aug. 29.

Westby High School freshman Emily Brose used an improved chipping game to card a career low 120 at the event. April Roth, a WHS sophomore in her debut season as a varsity golfer, on the strength of a solid driving round, scored a career best 134 and VHS freshman Alicia Stuber totaled a personal best score of 150.

VHS senior Brooke Knutson led the team once again, with a team low score of 96, placing third individually at the tournament among 45 golfers participating. Westby senior Arianna Valle played well, but a couple of tough holes resulted in an 18-hole score of 121.

“I was very proud of the way the girls played today…they worked hard,” coach Heidi Hubatch said. “We still have work to do on our chipping and putting.”

Host Baraboo took home the team title, while Bailee Bussen of Southwestern/Cuba City was the individual meet medalist.

The Westby/Viroqua team returned to conference competition Thursday, Aug. 31, in a Coulee meet hosted by Gale/Ettrick/Trempealeau and played at the Ettrick Country Club Course.

The Westby/Viroqua golfers showed solid improvement individually, resulting in a strong team effort and a fifth-place team finish in the tightly contested event. G-E-T won the team title with a 198, but just six strokes separated the next four teams. Arcadia finished second with a 220, Cochrane/Fountain City was third with a 224, followed by BRF’s 225 and Westby/Viroqua with a 226. Blair-Taylor did not have a complete team score.

Knutson led the co-op team once again with a 43, good for a second-place finish individually, just a single stroke off the pace of meet medalist Maddie Schmidt of G-E-T. Knutson and Schmidt shared low putt honors each needing 17 strokes on the greens.

Valle needed just one more putt than Knutson and Schmidt to finish her round totaling 18, finishing with a nine-hole score of 57. Brose was just three strokes off the pace of Valle, with a 60, while Roth and Heaven Saunders each carded a 66. Stuber recorded a 76, but her score did not count in the team total.

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Angie Cina is editor of the Vernon County Broadcaster. Contact her at 608-637-5616.

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