Led by back-to-back individual meet medalist performances by Brooke Knutson and much improved play by the rest of the team, the Westby/Viroqua cooperative girls golf team earned second- and third-place team honors at a pair of Coulee Conference matches last week.

Knutson captured her first medalist honor of the season, Tuesday, Sept. 5, firing a four over par 39 at the Whitehall Country Club Course in a Coulee meet hosted by Blair-Taylor High School. Knutson, a VHS senior, used a red-hot putter to win low putts at the event, needing just 13 to complete the nine holes.

Heaven Saunders and Emilie Brose chipped in with matching 54 score cards and Arianne Valle was right behind with a 56. Saunders and Valle are WHS seniors and Brose is a Lady Norse freshman. Viroqua freshman Alicia Stuber completed the team score with a 73. The 203 team total was good for a second-place team finish at the meet, the best for the Westby/Viroqua squad this season.

G-E-T won the team title with a 190, followed by Westby/Viroqua’s 203, Arcadia was next with a 212, C-F-C 217, Black River Falls 241 and Blair-Taylor 267.

Knutson continued her hot streak just two days later, recording a sizzling one-over par 35 at the Walnut-Grove Golf Course, located near Cochrane, in an event hosted by Cochrane-Fountain City High School. Knutson not only won medalist honors for the second consecutive Coulee Conference meet, but also recorded low putts for the third straight Coulee event with 14. The consistent stretch has moved Knutson into first place individually in the Coulee, with a season point total of 56.5, just ahead of G-E-T’s Madison Schmidt with a 55.5.

As a team, Westby/Viroqua broke the 200 mark for the first time this season, recording a 191 and earned a third-place finish. Saunders, with a 50, joined Knutson in carding personal best career rounds, leading the co-op to a third-place team finish. Valle recorded a solid 52, Brose a 54 and April Roth (a WHS sophomore) a 62, to round out the team scoring.

G-E-T was the team winner again with a 176, followed by Arcadia’s 187, Westby/Viroqua 191, C-F-C 196, BRF 224 and Blair-Taylor 246. The third-place team finish also moved Westby/Viroqua into third place in the Coulee Conference season standings with 20 team points.

“The girls have done a great job increasing distance on their drives and their short game has come around nicely,” coach Heidi Hubatch said. “I am so proud of them for working hard and wanting to improve.”

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