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Confident Irish 4th at Dakota Invite

There was something different with the Rosemount boys golf team after participating in the Dakota County Invitational last weekend.

New coach Kyle Frederickson felt a change in his squad. The players' attitudes and the atmosphere around the team were different.

'There were some of them saying, 'OK, this is it,'" Frederickson said. "Some of them, I think quite frankly, were surprised. Like, 'Wow, we're good.' I said, 'Yeah, you guys are.' The adage I always use is confidence is tricky. Do you play well because you're confident, or are you confident because you are playing well? It's a double-edged sword. Really, the only way to gain confidence is to practice your butt off and prepare as best you can."

The Irish now have the results to add confidence to their repertoire.

Rosemount placed fourth at the Dakota County Invitational, shooting a season-low total of 310. Lakeville North won the team title with a 293.

Previously, the Irish's season low was 328 in their first meet.

"The place wasn't as important as the number," Frederickson said of the combined 310-shot total. "As a team we now know we can have four guys in the 70s pretty consistently, I think."

From the beginning of the season, Frederickson felt his team had potential. With more rounds under their belts and increased confidence, Frederickson is hoping the Dakota County Invitational is the jumping point to an improved season.

"The neat thing about golf is the only two days that matter is the section tournament," Frederickson said. "You can play lousy the entire year. If you play well those days at sections you're going to state. We'll prepare to play well those last two days. We have huge confidence riding off the 310. The guys are good enough, it's a matter of them going out and knowing it. It's pretty much up to them."

Sam Reber led the Irish last weekend, placing fifth overall with a 73.

Josh Doyle tied for sixth after carding a 74.

"Sam knows he can play that well," Frederickson said. "He had a couple of bad rounds, but he's starting to get it back. Josh can play like that. He knows it. It's a matter of doing it."

Charlie Frahm wasn't far back, shooting a 79.

Tony Warweg carded an 84, and Ryan Sword finished with a score of 86.

Travis Park added a 91.

"I would say they are starting to play up to their potential, and we can do even better," Frederickson said. "These guys are good and they're starting to get it."