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Girls Golf: Eager Rosemount stays among Lake Conference's best

The Rosemount girls golf team assembled late last week and shuffled into a van with coach Barry Wallin to head to Phalen Golf Course.

It wasn't a trip to a competition. Instead, it was the Irish's one chance to get a round in at the site of the section tournament.

"This is a special group of kids," Wallin said. "It's a Friday and we're going to a practice round and not a single one was saying, 'Aww, do we have to go?' They're really a great group of kids. We're heading up to St. Paul. I told them to grab their rain gear. We're going to get rained on. Not one said anything, didn't ask if we had to go. They went to their car and got their rain gear."

Wallin knew his team had potential entering the season. For the coach, it's the players' attitudes that have made the difference.

"We we're looking at the days remaining and this was it," Wallin said of making the trip to Phalen. "I moved some lessons around and the girls pitched in and we went.

"We even had one girl in OnStage at the high school that wasn't able to attend the last tournament and she was begging to go.

"She didn't want anyone to be disappointed that she isn't pulling her weight. It's rare, and I've been doing this for 19 years. This is a really nice group."

It would have been easy for the Irish to have a sense of security.

A day earlier, Rosemount competed in a Lake Conference meet at Chaska Town Course and beat Bloomington Jefferson and Apple Valley.

Rosemount finished with a combined score of 185, beating Jefferson's 189 and Apple Valley's 198.

The Irish are 6-2 in the Lake Conference this season.

"Our girls are playing pretty solid," Wallin said. "It was another awesome performance. Becca (Eggers) was the medalist again. She's been medalist two out of the three times in the Lake Conference."

Eggers led the way for the Irish with a 42.

Betsy Wallin scored a 45 and Amanda Northwick added a 47. Molly Flynn finished with a 51.

Caitlin Hanson and Hailey Johnson each scored a 52.