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Girls golf: Irish shoot 362 in 2nd time on the course

With a late start to the season, the Rosemount girls golf team didn't start out hitting as well as its past averages would suggest.

The Irish, along with every other spring sports team, had to deal with the poor weather. They were also missing one of their top golfers in the season's first meet.

While Rosemount is still trying to find its top game, coach Barry Wallin's optimism hasn't been tempered.

"I think we'll start hitting on all cylinders," Wallin said. "They've been practicing hard, despite the weather. We were out there (Monday) in the 35-degree tundra. I am very, very optimistic about this team and how it looks for us the rest of the season."

The Irish placed seventh in a South Suburban Conference tournament at Crystal Lake Golf Course last week with a combined score of 362. Eastview won the team title last week with a 341.

The final score for Rosemount was an improvement over the season-opening 371 a week earlier at Emerald Greens Golf Course.

"We haven't quite put things together," Wallin said. "We're getting three good scores. We're looking for that fourth."

Betsy Wallin again led the way for the Irish, shooting an 83 at Crystal Lake last week. Entering this week, she was tied for the conference lead after tying for fourth overall at last week's tournament.

Emily Anderson followed her opening 90 with an 87 last week, placing her in a tie for 11th.

"Betsy's hitting the ball pretty good," coach Wallin said. "Emily is top-20 as well. Monica McDonald is the top eighth grader. Things are looking good."

McDonald has been among the team's top scorers in her first two tournaments, a rarity for an eighth grader. McDonald carded a 98 last week after shooting a 92 the previous week.

Molly Flynn joined the lineup last week after missing the opening tournament with an illness.

Flynn ended with a 99 at Crystal Lake.

"Near the end of her round she was starting to get her swing back," coach Wallin said. "It was her first competitive round of the year. Her tempo and timing improved dramatically.

"It will certainly be helpful when she gets back into last season's form."

Mackenzie Gogolin improved by 14 shots, carding a 94 last week.

"Mackenzie Gogolin had a dramatic improvement," coach Wallin said. "That's a very big, positive sign for us.

Katie Peare shot a 104 for the Irish

Rosemount's earlier tournament at Hayfield was postponed and is scheduled for May 7. The Irish are scheduled to compete May 13 at Emerald Greens.