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Girls golf: Team fires 340 at Dakota Meet

Rosemount senior Betsy Wallin tees off during last week's Irish Invitational meet at Emerald Greens Golf Course.

Rosemount girls golf coach Barry Wallin often talks about the character of the golfers on his team.

He speaks of their strong work ethic and accountability. Wallin didn't need any more examples of the qualities of his golfers, but he witness some more last week anyway.

Following a tournament where the Irish finished fifth out of 10 South Suburban Conference teams at Heritage Links, Wallin and the girls talked things over.

"We just sat down and went over it," Wallin said. "They all agreed they have a tremendous opportunity for improvement. We weren't achieving what we want to do on the golf course and we went over different areas with each girl."

Later, Wallin was at Emerald Greens conducting lessons and was approached by two of his golfers for some extra work.

"After my lessons were over we hit some more balls," Wallin said. "We worked on full swings and short games until dusk. It really paid off for both of them on Friday and Monday."

Rosemount shot a season-best 340 last Friday while taking second place in the Dakota County Championships at Emerald Greens. The Irish followed with a 333 at Rich Valley Golf Course on Monday, winning a South Suburban Conference tournament.

"Just having that sort of visit after the tournament on Wednesday, it set the stage for a nice showing at Dakota County," Wallin said. "The 340 is our third-best ever at that point. We had a 350 earlier at Hayfield that was our fifth-best team score ever. You compare last year's Dakota County with this year.

"We were 19 shots better than when we won it last year."

Molly Flynn led the team with a 78 in the Dakota County Championships, one shot behind Sara Detlefsen from Eastview, who was the medalist. Eastview won the team title with a 334 total.

Flynn was one of the golfers that sought out the extra work.

"Little things like that can really turn the season around," Wallin said.

Betsy Wallin shot an 84, good for fifth place. Emily Anderson added an 88 for ninth place.

Monica McDonald carded a 90. Mackenzie Gogolin had a 91 and Molly Reber finished with a 97.

"Even though it was raining and windy, the girls competed," coach Wallin said. "It was pouring sheets of rain and the girls held their composure and still played to our third-best score ever."

The Irish finished the conference schedule by shooting a 333 at par-68 Rich Valley. Eagan was second with a 340.

Betsy Wallin carded an 80 to lead Rosemount. Gogolin came through with an 83 and Flynn finished her round with an 84. Anderson shot an 86.

"Our kids came through," coach Wallin said. "Anytime you step on a golf course with teams like Eagan, Eastview and Apple Valley who has been playing well and Lakeville North, who has recently won a state championship, when you step on a golf course with them head-to-head and beat them by seven it's something you could look at with great improvement."

Rosemount finished the season in fifth overall in the conference standings.

Betsy Wallin tied for second individually in conference play with a scoring average of 85.275. Anderson tied for 13th, averaging 91.525. Wallin and Anderson earned all-conference honors, while Mackenzie Gogolin and Molly Flynn were all-conference honorable mention.

The Irish open the section tournament on Wednesday, June 1 at Phalen Golf Course. The second round of sections, following cuts, is Friday, June 3 at Bunker Hills Golf Course.