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Girls golf: Five Irish among Lake's top 20

Rosemount girls golf coach Barry Wallin was scanning the conference scoring averages when he realized something for the first time.

"Ooh," Wallin exclaimed earlier this week. The surprise and excitement was easily apparent.

The Irish have five golfers in the top-20 in the Lake Conference in scoring average. With just one conference match and the conference tournament remaining, Rosemount is in second place with an 8-1 record and a 173.5 team average. Eastview is 9-0 and averages 171.8. Eden Prairie and Chaska are tied at 7-2. Eden Prairie is averaging a 180.3.

With his five golfers leading the way, Wallin likes where his team is sitting.

"If we play exceptionally well and catch a couple of breaks, I think a scenario exists where we can tie for first or win it," Wallin said. "We have to take care of business (this week)."

The Irish shot a 176 to beat Chanhassen (211) and Bloomington Kennedy (221) last week.

A day later, Rosemount added another source of pride for Wallin.

The Irish won the Dakota County championship tournament at Emerald Greens golf course by shooting a 359. Lakeville North was second with a 362.

"It was a very good day for us in terms of making adjustments," Wallin said.

Hailey Johnson competed in the No. 1 spot for the first time and shot a 91.

"It's a different thing to play No. 1 and I thought she handled herself pretty well," Wallin said. "She had two holes early on as she was adjusting that gave her good experience playing at the No. 1 spot as we go into the section and conference tournaments."

Johnson has earned the top spot with a 42.2 scoring average in Lake Conference meets, which ranks her fifth in the conference.

Betsy Wallin and Katie Berkopec led the Irish at the Dakota County tournament with matching 89s as they tied for sixth overall. Molly Flynn shot a 90 to tie for ninth.

Johnson and Emily Holtz tied for 11th after carding 91s. Emily Anderson finished with a 100 to place 25th.

"The girls had a pretty good perspective," Wallin said of the win. "They enjoyed the moment and the next day they were back ready to work hard and not taking it easy because they were Dakota County champs."

Johnson was the medalist against Chanhassen and Kennedy last week. She scored a 42.

"She's been on an amazing streak," coach Wallin said.

Anderson had a 43, followed by Flynn with a 44, and Betsy Wallin had a 47.