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Girls golf: RHS posting great scores thus far

Rosemount's girls golf team is putting up scores that haven't been posted at RHS in more than 15 years.

RHS coach Barry Wallin has been busy crunching the numbers, and he found that through the first handful of matches this season, his team is averaging 374 (93.5 strokes per golfer).

"That ranks right up there with the best teams," Wallin said. "You'd have to go back 18 years to find a team here with this much talent. We have four girls who can post scores below 100, easily. Three or four of them can come in under the 90s. It's a really solid group. A very good group of girls. They're good golfers and they have a great attitude about playing the game."

Rosemount placed third at a five-team Lake Conference meet on Thursday. Burnsville, one of the state's top teams, shot a 163 to lead the way at Heritage Links. Jefferson placed second with a 172 and Rosemount third with a 186. Lakeville South (189) and Lakeville North (199) also competed.

Rosemount was led by Becca Swords, who shot a 41. Emily May had a 45, Kiley Nuernberg a 49 and Erin Strom a 51.

"That was a very good, solid showing for the girls," Wallin said. "Kiley injured her shoulder on the second hole, but she stayed with it and battled. She really had to work hard to shoot the score that she did."

So far

Rosemount has had a number of matches so far.

The season began with a Lake Conference match at Emerald Greens on April 20. The match was played in very poor conditions with wind and rain.

Swords shot a 42 to earn medalist honors. Nuernberg had a 46, Strom a 54 and Amanda Northwick a 56.

The Irish had a team score of 198 to beat Lakeville South (203) and Eastview (205).

On April 24 the Irish played at the Chaska Town Course in a Lake Conference event.

Nuernberg shot an 85 to place fourth out of 84 golfers.

"It was just an outstanding tournament for Kiley," Wallin said.

Swords had a 90, Strom a 105 and Northwick a 107.

Rosemount's team score of 388 placed them ninth out of 14 teams. Jefferson won the meet with a 354.

"Our girls showed a lot of poise, playing a tough course in windy weather," Wallin said.

On Wednesday of last week, the Irish competed at the Stan Otness Invitational at Emerald Greens in Farmington. RHS placed third out of 17 teams with a 369.

"We're definitely moving in the right direction," Wallin said. "That's a really outstanding score for us."

Swords placed third out of 102 golfers with an 86.

Nuernberg placed ninth with an 88.

Emily May shot a 92 to place 13th. Northwick had a 103 and Becca Eggers shot a 108.

The conditions were perfect, finally," Wallin said. "The girls put together a lot of nice back-to-back nines."