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Girls golf: New course, new challenge

For the first meet of the season, the Rosemount girls golf team wasn't going to be able to rely on course knowledge.

The Irish opened the season last weekend in a meet at the Oaks golf course in Hayfield.

There would be no easing in on one of the area courses that many of the golfers are familiar with and Rosemount coach Barry Wallin liked the new opportunity.

"Any time you're are a new venue like that you are very dependent on your sense of distance," Wallin said. "You have to walk off the yardages. You can be a little distracted looking for yardage plates. It adds a little bit, sort of a distraction. Overall, we did a pretty good job with that."

The Irish shot a combined 378 to place third out of 11 teams at the meet. Rosemount brought just six golfers to the Saturday event, another reason Wallin appreciated the schedule mix-up.

"It was an early-season meet with 18 holes and a good field," Wallin said. "And it was on a Saturday so the girls didn't have to miss any school."

Betsy Wallin shot an 88, one of her top efforts for the high school team.

Molly Flynn carded a 96. Following close behind were Emily Anderson and Hailey Johnson, who each finished with 97s.

Monica McDonald also competed in her first varsity tournament and shot a 118.

Eastview led the team scoring with a 346.

With the first meet out of the way, Wallin expects to see continued improvement.

"It was a solid effort by us," Wallin said. "We'll look to improve upon those scores. The girls definitely were able to isolate some things they need to work on in order to improve the next time out.

"From here on out it goes pretty quickly."