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Girls Golf: 2009 squad was 'special'

Rosemount girls golf coach Barry Wallin knew he had a special group of players this season.

But, for Wallin, never was it more apparent than when the Irish were competing for a state-tournament berth.

With a week in between the first and second rounds of section play, the players wanted to take their own free time to drive to Bunker Hills - site of the second round - to play a practice round.

"It was the Thursday prior to Memorial Day weekend and the girls were unanimous in going to play a practice round," Wallin said. "Then they go up on their own during Memorial Day weekend."

The Irish finished third in the section, just missing a trip to the state tournament. Senior Amanda Northwick qualified individually and placed 47th.

Rosemount also shot a 350, one of the best tournament scoring marks in school history, while winning the Dakota County Invitational. The Irish were fourth in the Lake Conference.

"They worked hard in the offseason, pushed themselves during the season, and practiced hard," Wallin said. "It was the type of team that a coach looks forward to coaching. They were just an amazing group of girls that I was fortunate to work with."

Senior Becca Eggers was named the team's MVP and was all-conference.

Northwick was also named all-conference. Senior Caitlin Hanson was all-conference honorable-mention.

Junior Emily Holtz was named the team's most improved golfer.

Emily Anderson and Betsy Wallin, sophomores, were on the varsity this past season. Wallin was an all-conference honorable-mention.

Ninth-grader Molly Flynn was the team's rookie of the year.

"I am really excited to see what the future holds," coach Wallin said. "There is nothing guaranteed."