Girls golf: Season-best 350 tops field at Hayfield
As he drove up to the golf course for practice on Monday, Rosemount girls golf coach Barry Wallin knew his team would be ready to go for the day's events.
Through poor weather this spring, canceled and postponed events and rescheduled tournaments being shoe-horned into the schedule, the Irish have been prepared to compete.
"I know they'll be ready to go," Wallin said on Monday. "They are every single day."
Wallin said it's a testament to his players how they've handled the spring. Rosemount has dealt with any adversity. The past week, the Irish have really persevered with a pair of top finishes.
Rosemount beat Burnsville in a dual last week, shooting a combined 188 to Burnsville's 198. The Irish then won the Hayfield Invitational with a combined score of 350, in the nine-team tournament last week at the Oaks Golf Course.
The 350 total was the lowest tournament score of the season for Rosemount. With their preparation, Wallin expects his team to continue their improvement.
"They're working hard," Wallin said. "We've had terrible weather and the girls' attitudes have been fantastic. They have rain gear, waterproof shoes and they know if the golf course is open we'll be there practicing. We have great leadership with Betsy Wallin and Emily Anderson. All the girls work for each other and encourage each other in matches."
The performance at the Oaks might propel the Irish toward the end of the season.
Betsy Wallin shot an 85 to finish fourth individually. Molly Flynn placed fifth with an 87 and Mackenzie Gogolin carded an 88, good for sixth.
Anderson finished with a 90, placing eighth individually.
Molly Reber shot a 97 and Monica McDonald had a 99.
A few days earlier, McDonald led the way for Rosemount.
McDonald finished with a 46 against Burnsville, placing second. Coach Wallin believes it was the first time since 1984 that an eighth-grader led the team in scoring.
"That's a long time," Wallin said. "Monica has been working hard. She has fantastic natural athleticism and she's been working hard on her swing.
"She's been working with us in the futures club since sixth grade and the first time I ever watched her hit some golf balls I nicknamed her the real deal. She can flat out play. She's very even-keel when she plays. Emotionally, there's a lot to learn in this game. She's really moving along through the things she needs to learn to take her game to the next level."
Reber and Betsy Wallin carded matching 47s against Burnsville.
Anderson and Gogolin each shot a 48.
Flynn finished with a 49.