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Irish scores keep getting lower as section tourney approaches

Becca Swords highlighted another good week for Rosemount's girls golf team.

Just a few days after scoring an even-par round at the Irish Invite, Swords scored even par again, this time at the Dakota County Invite at Emerald Greens as the Irish finished second as a team.

"Becca Swords was the story of the week," Rosemount coach Barry Wallin said. "She lipped out a birdie putt on the 18th hole or she would have been 1-under. She is just realizing her potential."

Wallin said Swords seemed to take the next step with her game last month after she signed a national letter of intent to play golf next season at South Dakota State.

"She felt like some of the colleges maybe overlooked her in terms of scholarship offers," Wallin said. "I get the sense that was sort of a relief to have it all done. It has freed her up to go play and have fun with it."

When the state rankings were announced last week, Swords found herself as the top-ranked golfer in the state thanks to her recent hot streak.

Swords' 72 was one of several solid scores for Rosemount. Kylie Nuernberg shot an 85 to finish second lowest for Rosemount.

"She really controlled her driver well," Wallin said. "Even in the wind. It was probably 20 to 25 mph constant wind. She plays a higher trajectory ball. In the wind, it can get blown around a bit. She did a phenomenal job of controlling it."

Wallin was also pleased with the way the rest of the team played.

"We had two 99s that we counted," he said. "Those girls are usually down around 90. It is there. It is right there for us to take. We just need to be ready and be loose when it comes our turn."

Rosemount finished with a team score of 351, while Eagan was the winner with a 339. Sibley was third with a 367.

"The rest of the team played pretty solid," Wallin said. "It gives us a lot of optimism for Thursday (during the Section meet). The pieces of the puzzle are there. I like our chances."