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Girls golf: Rosemount second at section golf meet

Rosemount girls golf coach Barry Wallin watched his team compete on the first day of the Class 2A, Section 3 tournament last week and liked what he saw.

The Irish finished the first day in second place, trailing Woodbury by four shots. Wallin felt his team was ready to challenge for the section title.

"I really liked how we were positioned after watching how the girls were playing," Wallin said. "There was still room for improvement and talking with some of the Woodbury girls some of them said they posted career rounds. Everybody came to play on Friday."

It set the stage for a close round on the second day, but the Royals held on to win the section title. Rosemount finished second.

Woodbury shot a combined 712. The Irish carded a 356 after the first round at Phalen Golf Course and followed with a 363 at Bunker Hills Golf Course on the second day for a 719 team total. Eastview was third with a 722.

"I followed the girls and felt they played really well," Wallin said of the second day rounds. "They stayed in their pre-shot routines. They played smart. Credit to Woodbury on that day; we went toe-to-toe and they beat us fair and square. I like our chances on another day, but Friday they beat us by three shots. That was seven shots overall, just one shot per kid, per day. I was very proud of the effort our kids gave."

Molly Flynn and Betsy Wallin qualified individually for next week's Class 2A state tournament at Bunker Hills.

Flynn shot an 85 at Phalen and finished with an 86 at Bunker Hills to total 171, placing her in a tie for second overall in the section.

Betsy Wallin equaled Flynn's 85 at Phalen and carded a 90 at Bunker Hills, totaling a 175 and finishing in a tie for fourth place individually.

Flynn and Wallin will play practice rounds at Bunker Hills this week, where coach Wallin believes his players can compete well at next week's state tournament.

"It's always a strong field," coach Wallin said. "I like how the girls are playing. Both of these girls hit the ball a long way. They average 240 yards, 260 yards off the tee on average. Their wedge game is good. They're good out of the bunkers. We're working on putting, an area at Bunker that really distinguishes the good players from the great players. You have to be a good putter because their greens are so good."

Scoring for the Irish on the first day at Phalen, Emily Anderson shot a 91 and Monica McDonald had a 95.