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Girls golf: Irish take fourth in section play

Rosemount senior Molly Flynn prepares to take a shot at last week's section meet.1 / 2
Rosemount junior Molly Reber lines up a putt. She and senior Molly Flynn were just two strokes from a playoff to earn a trip to the state tournament.2 / 2

After all of the delays, the cancelations and, in at least one case, a round played in "driving monsoon rain," the Rosemount High School girls golf team found itself right where it wanted to be.

The Irish ended their season last week with a fourth-place finish in the Section 3AAA tournament. They advanced to the tournament's second day by tying eventual champion Eagan with a 343 May 29 at Phalen Golf Course. They followed with a 355 two days later at Bunker Hills.

Coach Barry Wallin said the team's goal this year was to make it to the second day of section play.

"Last year was a pretty bitter disappointment when we missed out by a couple shots," he said. "Early on we set it as a team goal to make it to the second day."

Rosemount and Eagan each finished the first day of play 18 shots behind Eastview and East Ridge. As she has for much of the season, sophomore Monica McDonald led the way for the Irish, shooting an 82. Junior Molly Reber had an 84, senior Molly Flynn an 88 and ninth grader Jessica Peterson an 89.

Flynn and Reber both nearly qualified for the state meet as individuals. Flynn shot an 84 at Bunker Hills and Reber had an 88 to give each a 172 for the tournament. There was a playoff at 170 strokes for a trip to state.

"That might be a little disappointing, but it sure gives the girls a lot of incentive to practice," Wallin said.

Flynn, the only senior among Rosemount's top scorers, will play golf next year at St. Joseph's in Indiana.

McDonald shot a 91 on the second day of section play and Peterson had a 92.

Rosemount's 355 at Bunker Hills was the second best score on the day. Eagan shot a 341 to take the title.

Rosemount showed a lot of improvement over the course of the year. The team shot in the 370s and upper 360s early in the season and by the end had gotten its average down to 351, tying the team for ninth in the state in the coaches' ratings.

"When you look at how our girls played toward the end of the season, they had really improved," Wallin said. "They played well in all sorts of weather and at Dakota County, where we shot 351, it was just a driving, driving monsoon rain. It was just unbelievable.

"I've really enjoyed this bunch of girls."