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Girls golf: Flynn leads team at Creeks Bend

The Rosemount girls golf team is comfortably in the middle of the pack after three South Suburban Conference meets, but coach Barry Wallin has his eyes on bigger things. The sixth-place Irish have six points in the conference's scoring system, four ahead of seventh-place Burnsville and four behind fifth-place Lakeville North.

"We've got three more tournaments coming up before the start of section play. We're looking to significantly improve on our average right now, which is about 368, 370," Wallin said. "We've been working hard to improve our short game. That's where we're really losing a lot of strokes to the field and to the scorecard."

Irish golfers spent two practices recently working on sand shots at Emerald Greens.

Junior Molly Flynn has led the way so far for the Irish in conference meets. She is currently in line for all-conference honors after shooting an 86 in the most recent South Suburban meet, held April 30 at Creeks Bend Golf Course. Freshman Monica McDonald and sophomores Ashlee Humble and Molly Reber are both currently honorable mention all-conference.

The Irish finished second to Eastview in their only other recent competition, an April 21 tournament at The Oaks Golf Course in Hayfield.

Flynn led the way for the Irish with an 18-hole score of 85, good enough for second behind a 75 by Eastview's Sara Detlefsen.

McDonald earned eighth with a round of 91, Robyn Tousignant shot a 96 and Humble had the team's final counting score with a 97.

Reber shot a 111 for the Irish and Jessica Petersen had a 109.

Wallin is confident things will come around before the end of the season.

"Molly Flynn has been very steady and very solid for us," he said. "Monica McDonald has posted a couple of scores in the 80s for us, but I look for two or three of our other girls to bring their scores down pretty close to the 90 barrier as well. Allie Schmitz did place first for us at the conference event at Valleywood, which is an excellent performance by Allie."

Wallin said Mackenzie Gogolin has improved dramatically this year, and Katie Peare, Schmitz, Peterson and Tousignant are all within a shot of the team's sixth position.