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Rosemount girls' golf hosts tournament at Emerald Greens

Rosemount sophomore Nidhi Sunkam shot a 90 on Emerald Greens' silver course Saturday, May 4. Alec Hamilton / RiverTown Multimedia1 / 3
Rosemount head coach Barry Wallin praised senior Lauren Ebeling as her score has counted in every varsity meet she has participated in. She shot a 91 on Saturday, May 4. Alec Hamilton / RiverTown Multimedia2 / 3
Rosemount junior Swedish exchange student Emilia Svaerd led the Irish with an 81 during their home tournament at Emerald Greens Golf Course on Saturday, May 4. Alec Hamilton / RiverTown Multimedia3 / 3

The Rosemount Irish girls' golf team hosted their annual tournament at Emerald Greens Golf Course on Saturday, May 4, in what was probably the nicest day of spring so far. The Irish welcomed 10 teams to Emerald Greens and played on its silver course, which is the longer of the two 18-hole courses there.

Rosemount shot a 351 as a team and the top three teams were Edina, Red Wing and Lakeville North.

Junior Emilia Svaerd—an exchange student from Sweden—led the Irish with an 81 while fellow junior Sam Sable shot an 89. Sophomore Nidhi Sunkam added a 90 and senior Lauren Ebeling contributed a 91 to round out their top four scores that counted toward their team score. Junior Ellen Murphy shot a 99 and seventh-grader Lily Vancelli came in with a 100.

Overall, head coach Barry Wallin said he was pleased with how his team performed and where they are at in their season.

"We had 351, which is a very good score. We've got some kids who this is their first year on varsity," he said. "You look at our scores, we have some kids who are really improving, and that's the thing. I love the model of the New England Patriots, they might not start the strongest out of the gate but they're using those games to figure some things out. We're looking to peak in about four weeks, and at sections, to do our best. Shooting a 351 right now is really solid for us with where we're at."

"Lauren Ebeling's score has counted for us in every single match and tournament so far that she's participated in. It's a credit to her hard work," Wallin added. "Lily Vincelli is a seventh-grader posting 100 here in her first big tournament, that's pretty good. Ellen Murphy, it was her first big-time tournament."

Wallin said that during the start of the season they spent as much time playing as possible to get into playing shape and also emphasized the long-game off the tee and hitting into greens. But now, they will change focus.

"We've worked on our short game, but now we're going to dial in on that and I think that could save us another four or five shots a kid which brings us down to the mid-330s and should give us a pretty serious look (at sections)," he said.

The Irish played at Rich Valley Golf Course for a South Suburban Conference meet on Monday, May 6 and went to Heritage Links Golf Course on Tuesday, May 7.

Alec Hamilton

Alec Hamilton is a RiverTown Multimedia sports reporter covering Hastings, Farmington and Rosemount athletics. He graduated from Drake University with a journalism degree in 2014. 

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