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Girls golf: Wallin likes team's maturity

Rosemount girls golf coach Barry Wallin was reminded again this week what type of team he is dealing with.

Wallin was approached by three of his senior golfers that are currently enrolled in a physics class. The trio had already taken a look at the schedule and realized there was a conflict between a physics field trip and one of the varsity matches.

"And that's not until May 18," Wallin said. "They're looking at the schedule and the calendars and looking to see if there are any conflicts. That's why it's a joy to work with them. There are no surprises. They are very thoughtful and committed to the team."

The academics will come first for the coach and golfers, but it was just another example of the athletes Wallin has been blessed with in recent seasons.

Wallin spoke often about the maturity of his golfers last season and it appears to be continuing this year.

"The positive atmosphere is one of our traditions," Wallin said. "It's a nice tradition to have."

With Tuesday's rain, the coaches and golfers met to talk about being prepared for anything, including inclement weather.

"That right there is a nice, competitive advantage against other teams that come out and aren't prepared for the weather, which still happens," Wallin said. "You come up against teams, in driving rain, and they are wearing sweatshirts. They have to be so uncomfortable.

"These kids are pretty well seasoned. These girls have done well at both the varsity and JV level. They've played in the summer, taken a lot of lessons and been in the junior program for years and years. And we're working hard in academics."

Wallin also has some talent to go with the high level of maturity and seasoning.

Junior Emily Anderson, senior Emily Holtz, ninth-grader Molly Flynn, senior Hailey Johnson, and junior Betsy Wallin each lettered last season for the varsity. Add in sophomore Mackenzie Gogolin and senior Katie Berkopec and the Irish boast seven players that shot a 50 or better in a qualifying round earlier this week.

"We're reasonably deep, reasonably mature as golfers," Wallin said. "If you look at the scores from Monday and we'd be shooting a team 340, which would have been a school record a couple of years ago. The past couple of years have really been some of the best teams Rosemount's every fielded as far as depth.

And the Irish look to continue that trend

"Any given day I like our chances," Wallin said. "I'll be honest. One of the guys at the course came up and asked me how I think we'll do. Coaches sometimes will say, 'The season is still young.' I flat looked at him and said, 'We should be good.'"