ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: Eau Claire Memorial boys golf team

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EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- The Eau Claire Memorial boys golf team is going to the State Tournament for the first time since 2014 as they won the Division 1 sectional in Marshfield yesterday by ten strokes over 2nd place River Falls. The Old Abes boys golf team is our Osseo Automotive Athlete of the Week.

They're young, they're talented, and they're winners. The 2017 Eau Claire Memorial boys golf team is featured by all underclassman, no seniors. However, it hasn't stopped them from just winning the Big Rivers Conference championship this season, the Old Abes now have a shot to win a Division 1 state championship.

"It's been really fun," sophomore Zach Bernhardt said. "We're all best friends, and we hang out off of the course. We work really hard together in the summer, and see the hard work pay off so far."

"All of us are really good friends, all of us really worked hard last year to be where we are now," fellow sophomore Billy Peterson added. "It's been really cool to see us grow as a team."

"My goal for them all year was to get down to Madison and experience this," assistant coach Mark Barstad said. "It's a lifetime experience for them, and I'm just thrilled they get to experience it, really."

The Old Abes have created a highly competitive culture amongst themselves. On any given day, golfers one thru five have the chance at bringing home medalist honors.

"Our practices are really competitive, but obviously we're really good friends. We're all pulling for each other to do really to our best out there. Sometimes we just hope that our best is a little better than everyone else," Bernhardt said.

"I mean, we don't necessarily have that one guy that can go out there and shoot one-under or even par, but it helps because we all have consistent scores one thru four," junior Will Nordlund added.

"It's nice to that every round coming into the clubhouse knowing that you have people behind you that are able to score good just like you," fellow junior Matt Fladten said.

The state boys golf tournament starts on Monday morning at University Ridge G.C. in Madison.

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