The Stanley-Boyd and Chi-Hi girls golf teams finished in third and fourth place, respectively, on Thursday afternoon at the Chi-Hi invitational at Lake Wissota Golf Course.

The Orioles were third with a team score of 397 while the Cardinals were fourth at 408. Eau Claire Memorial won the team championship with a 351 and Old Abes golfer Lexi Meade carded a 77 to earn medalist honors.

Savanna Anderson led a balanced effort for the Orioles with a 94, closely followed by Ella Koenig shooting a 95. Megan Goodman and Grace Williams each shot 104s to round out the scoring golfers for Stanley-Boyd.

Camryn Schaller shot a team-best 93 for the Cardinals with Caitlin Swim finishing with a 102. Kyra Coubal carded a 104 and Rachel Fransway shot a 109.

The Cardinals faced a quick turnaround after winning the Superior Invite on Wednesday at Nemadji Golf Course. Chi-Hi opened the week with a second-place finish at the Old Abe invite at Wild Ridge Golf Course in Eau Claire. Chi-Hi coach Rick Silloway said the team would’ve liked to have played a little better on its home course, but was happy with a strong week of play overall in 18-hole tournaments.

“All in all, I think we’re going to be just fine,” Silloway said. “Now we go into the 9-hole (conference) matches and we’ll be stronger for it because we had these (18-hole matches). I think we’re capable of doing some good things.”

Chi-Hi now has a bit of a break and is off until Monday when the Cardinals open Big Rivers Conference play with a league event at River Falls Golf Club. One day later the Cardinals compete in another BRC meet hosted by Eau Claire Memorial at Lake Hallie Golf Course.

For Koenig and Williams, their scores represented season-best rounds and first-year Stanley-Boyd coach Devon Wenndt said avoiding 3-putting has been a big focus for his veteran group.

“It was nice to see us get under the 400 mark again as a team,” Wenndt said. “We had done that once before this year at Mill Run (to start the season), so we know that we are certainly capable of coming in under that number.”

Stanley-Boyd opened the week by finishing tied for third at the Old Abe invitational at Monday before backing that up with a second-place finish as a team at Tuesday’s Amery invite. Anderson shot an 85 in Amery to earn medalist honors while Koenig (106), Williams (109) and Goodman (114) also put forth strong performances to help the Orioles finish as the runners up.

Stanley-Boyd returns to action on Saturday in an invitational at Sparta before more matches next week, including hosting an event at Whispering Pines Golf Course in Cadott on Thursday, Aug. 31.

“For the most part we took a good-sized step in the right direction today and I’m anxious to see how the girls follow up a good showing when they tee it up in Sparta on Saturday,” Wenndt said.

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