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Girls golf: In the swing of things

Rosemount sophomore Molly Flynn tees off on the second hole at Emerald Greens golf course for the Irish Invitational last week. Flynn finished with a 92 over 18 holes.

As the coaches gathered at Emerald Greens golf course last week for the Irish Invitational, several coaches expressed relief that they would be able to get the tournament in.

The weather this spring has taken a toll on the coaches and golfers.

"It's a funny indication of the type of spring we've had," Rosemount girls golf coach Barry Wallin said. "All the coaches were just thankful it wasn't raining. It was mid-40s with 20 mile-per-hour wind and everyone was just happy as can be it wasn't raining like it did the next day."

The Irish were pleased to participate in the Irish Invitational because they continue to show depth.

Rosemount placed sixth out of 12 teams with a combined total of 360.

Emily Anderson and Mackenzie Gogolin tied for the team lead with matching 89s.

Gogolin was coming off an 88 at the Hayfield Invitational a week earlier and her 89 last week adds to the Irish's depth.

Entering the season, Rosemount knew it could count on returning seniors Anderson and Betsy Wallin and sophomore Molly Flynn. Now Gogolin is providing another solid scorer.

"We were just looking for that fourth scorer and Mackenzie has really done that," coach Wallin said. "We have four girls in the 80s, four girls breaking 90 with regularity. That's thrilling. I will put that up against any team.

"There are some teams that have a stud in the 70s or whatever, but to have four girls in the 80s, we're thrilled with that."

Betsy Wallin carded a 90 last week for the Irish. Flynn finished her round with a 92.

"We played the course at 5,600 yards, so it was a really good test of the golfers' abilities," Wallin said.

The Irish shot a season-best 350 at the Hayfield tournament. It was the fifth-best score in team history.

A 360 on a long course adds to the optimism.

"I think it was a good learning experience for us," Wallin said. "The girls talked after the round about different areas they wanted to refocus their efforts on to help with our scoring."

Rosemount has two regular season tournaments remaining.

The Irish compete tomorrow in another tournament at Emerald Greens and finish the regular season on Monday with the South Suburban Conference tournament at Rich Valley Golf Course.

"Generally where we are sitting right now, most of the girls have a stretch of really good holes then they have one or two holes that get away from them," Wallin said. "On those holes we have to get away from taking a double and try and hold it to a bogey, and not try to make the heroic shot. Get a shot back and make up for it with a putt or two.

"I'm very pleased with their work ethic and where we're at, at this point."