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Girls golfers get their season started in a good way

It took only two meets into the season for Rosemount girls golf team to show the potential coach Barry Wallin knew it had.

Last week, the Irish finished fourth out of 13 teams at the Stan Otness Invitational at Fountain Valley Golf Course. A day later, they tied for first in a Lake Conference meet at Bent Creek Golf Course in Chaska.

The first-place tie told Wallin he was right about the team's promise. There was a feeling of "what might have been."

"The girls, each one of them were second-guessing their round," Wallin said. "It was 'If only I had done this or done that. If only we got one more shot we would have beaten Eden Prairie.' I was just reminding the girls that looking at each match, to just improve and get the process right. If we get the right process the results will follow. Take the fact that we tied one of the best teams in the state; last year went to state. You realize we're making progress and heading in the right direction.

"It's a team game in that season. It doesn't come down to one person. It comes down to all six."

Rosemount finished with a combined 362 at Fountain Valley to place fourth, 17 shots behind leading Lakeville North.

"They are very strong again this year," Wallin said. "We beat them twice last year. They'll be a tough team to beat this year."

The 362 was the lowest team score ever recorded by the Irish at Fountain Valley.

The Irish then followed with a 182 at Bent Creek, tying Eden Prairie in a four-team, nine-hole meet.

On Monday, Rosemount placed seventh out of 12 teams at Chaska Town Course with a 374.

"It was very tough conditions," Wallin said. "The greens were fast. It was cold and windy and yet we did a good job of matching what he we did, very similar scores at the Otness. I'm pleased with the direction the girls are headed. To be able shoot the same as they did on a nice, calm sunny day is an awesome step."

At Chaska, Rebecca Eggers led the Irish with an 87. Amanda Northwick finished with an 89. Betsy Wallin added a 95, and Caitlin Hanson had a 103.

Eggers had an impressive showing at Bent Creek, with the top individual finish. She beat the next-closest competitor by five strokes. She carded a 39.

Northwick shot a 45, and Betsy Wallin had a 46. Molly Flynn added a varsity score of 52.

Eggers was 10th individually at Fountain Valley. She shot an 88. Northwick was 11th with an 89. Hailey Johnson also finished in the top 20, tying for 17th with a 92.

Flynn carded a 93.

"The girls were around 36 putts, 35 putts, ideally we're going to be around 30, 32," Wallin said. "We're going to be working on our putting. Our full swing and short game is coming around. We're getting the rust off."