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Girls golf: Flynn, McDonald named most valuable

The Rosemount High School girls golf team wrapped up a frequently delayed, sometimes frustrating season over the weekend with its annual awards banquet.

Senior Molly Flynn and sophomore Monica McDonald were recognized as the team's most valuable golfers. McDonald also won the Ms. Irish award.

McDonald's sister Gretchen, a freshman, won the Rookie of the Year Award. Jessica Peterson and Ashlee Humble shared the Most Improved award and Petersen shared the Hardest Worker award with Molly Reber.

Reber, a junior who also received the team's Outstanding Scholar Athlete award, will share captain duties with Humble next year.

Flynn, Reber and Monica McDonald all were named all-conference.

The season ended well for the Irish. They advanced to the second day of the section tournament and Flynn and Reber were each just two strokes from a playoff to earn a trip to the state tournament. The team improved its scoring average from 372 after the year's first meet to 351 by season's end, good for ninth in the state. They had two of the program's top 10 team scores this season and shot their second best score ever at Phalen, the site of the section tournament's first day.

Things look good for the future, too. Flynn was the only senior who was a regular contributor to the Irish varsity, and coach Barry Wallin said the junior varsity had a good season.

Flynn's departure will leave a big hole to fill, though, both in terms of scoring and in terms of presence. She has been a part of the Irish program for seven years, first in the youth program and as a member of the high school team since seventh grade. Her 46 tournaments played is a school record and double the number played by the second person on that list. She was part of five of the top nine team scores in Irish girls golf history.

"She's done well," Wallin said. "She's been a big part of this team for quite a few years."