Boys Golf: Finishing with a flurry
When Greg Gamache accepted the job this season as the Rosemount boys golf coach, he knew he had one simple task -- let hist team's talent shine and stay out of the way.
"My job is just keeping the train on the tracks," Gamache said. "That was my whole thing coming in to this new role. When (former coach Dick Forsberg) left he knew this team's potential. Sometimes teams reach their potential, sometimes they struggle. I'm just happy the guys are playing like they can."
There was concern as Rosemount struggled early this season. Those concerns are quickly fading.
The Irish won the Dakota County Invitational last week, shooting a season-best 312.
"We've been on a little roll," Gamache said. "The conference matches are really grounding for us. Our last four matches we've placed second, first, third and first. We've shot lower each round, going 324, 318, 313, and 312. We'll see if we can keep it going."
The turnaround continued at the Dakota County Invitational Saturday at Emerald Greens. Rosemount finished with a 312, besting second-place Eagan's 316.
"The key, we talked earlier, and we had one shooting a round in the 70s, but we didn't have four at a time," Gamache said. "That's the big difference. We've dropped four to five strokes off our averages over the last four to five matches, which is huge. We're in the 70s now instead of the low 80s, and we're dropping 12-15 strokes as a team."
Sam Reber was one of the medalists at the Dakota County meet, placing second with a round of 76.
Eric Frahm shot a 77 for the Irish. Kevin Kearney added a 78.
Collin Anderson finished the team scoring with an 81.
Grant Weierke scored an 86 and Tony Leske carded a 91.
"It helps to be on the home course," Gamache said of playing at Emerald Greens. "It was a cold day. Actually, I think when you get those cold days it levels the field and you get bunched up and tight. You get a warm day and some of those kids can really put spin on the ball and things really drop."
On Tuesday, the Irish finished seventh in a Lake Conference meet at Heritage Links, shooting a 333.
Kearney had a 79. Reber finished with an 81. Weierke scored an 86, with Frahm carding an 87.
Alex Speer finished with an 89 and Anderson had a 91.
"They let the wind get to them," Gamache said. "You could see it wore them down. They were frustrated with their scores."