By Reagan Hoverman
The River Falls High School boys’ golf team earned a third place finish at the annual Big Rivers Conference meet held at the Hallie Golf Course in Chippewa Falls on Thursday, May 19.
For River Falls, a Big Rivers Conference title was likely out of the question this season, as Eau Claire Memorial has one of the best Division 1 teams in Wisconsin and will likely win a state championship in the coming weeks. The Wildcats were – for the most part – fighting for second place with the rival Hudson Raiders.
The Wildcats’ total team score of 313 trailed only Hudson’s second place 300 and Eau Claire Memorial’s winning score of 284. Individual scores include junior Matthew Marsollek’s 72, senior Trey Timm’s 75, sophomore Will Benedict’s 83, senior Ethan Campbell’s 83 and senior Jacob Landgraf’s 87. River Falls head coach Tim LaVold spoke about the conference meet, overall results and Eau Claire Memorial’s dominance.
“We knew that we had a chance to overtake Hudson for second place in the conference, but when it was all said and done, they just played a little better than us,” LaVold said. “Memorial is crazy good this year. It’s hard to shoot a team score under 300 and they shot 284 at conference. They have a great chance to win State this year.”
For a couple of the players on the varsity roster, the Big Rivers Conference meet in Chippewa Falls was the most pressure that they’ve faced this entire season. In a sport like golf, pressure can significantly alter their final score and how a player approaches the round. LaVold spoke about some of that youth.
“For Will (Benedict) and Jacob (Landgraf), it was the first event they played that really meant something and I think the nerves got to them a little,” LaVold said. “This experience will help them for the upcoming week (of regionals).”
The aforementioned Marsollek and Timm have been the stand outs for River Falls all season. Marsollek has been the traditional varsity #1, but at any given meet, Timm or Marsollek could post the best score on the team or even in the entire meet. LaVold pro vided some analysis of Marsollek’s team best 72.
“Matthew (Marsollek) has been striking the ball really well all year,” LaVold said. “As a team, everyone shot about what they’ve shot all year. Matthew (Marsollek) was maybe a little bet
On Wednesday, May 18, the River Falls boys’ golf team com
peted in a varsity invitational at the Nemadji Golf Course in Su perior. At that meet, Timm posted a personal best round of 69. LaVold spoke about the challenge of playing well after shooting a personal best.
“Trey shot a 75,” LaVold said. “I know he wanted a little bet ter, but they say the hardest round is the one after you shoot your best score ever, and he did that on Wednesday with his 69 at Ne madji in Superior. So, 75 was a pretty good score.”
River Falls battled with Hudson throughout the season and in the end, Hudson edged out the Wildcats for second place in the conference standings. Moving forward, River Falls has regionals and potentially sectionals and state for individuals or as a team. LaVold spoke about the coming weeks.
“I felt pretty good about our team score of 313 on Thursday,” LaVold said of the conference meet in Chippewa Falls. “We are excited to play in regionals at Troy Burne on Tuesday. It kind of feels like a home meet. The boys are playing well. It should be a fun couple of weeks.”
For LaVold and the River Falls boys, it should feel like a home meet. They’ve played Troy Burne at least once this year – if not more – and Marsollek even calls it his home course. He is as com fortable there as anywhere, which will be an advantage for when Tuesday morning rolls around and regionals get going.
Regionals were at the Troy Burne Golf Course in Hudson and were slated to begin at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, May 24.