The West Central Area Knights have finished the 2018 girls golf season as a team, but look forward to cheering on Jessica St. Martin as she enters day 2 of the section tournament on Wednesday, May 30, as an individual. The Knights competed in day one of the section meet at Willmar’s, Eagle Creek Golf Course on Wednesday May 23.
“It was a crazy day, starting out cool and overcast, followed by two different storm delays and finished with full sun and humidity,” reported WCA Head Coach Kari Kreft. “Eagle Creek was a new golf course for us and due to scheduling conflicts we were unable to get a practice round scheduled. Coming in blind today was a challenge for us and being interrupted twice with long delays in between due to the weather made for a tiring and difficult day. I was super proud of the perseverance the girls showed, their great attitudes and the eagerness to compete that they showed today.”
Jessica St. Martin had a nice 93, qualifying her to compete in day two’s competition. Her driver and long iron shots were a real asset for her today. Kate Wrolson has really been golfing well in the postseason and golfed a strong 108 with some amazing chipping, including a chip in on hole #10. Lexi Poyzer had several good shots, but found herself in tricky lies and missing some close putts here and there leading to a higher score than typical at a 125. Libby Poyzer had a rough start on #10, her first hole but was able to recover and worked hard throughout the day, scoring a 131. Emily Courrier rounded out the scoring with a 147. This was Emily’s first appearance in section play and she handled the pressure and added stress well.
“We are super excited for Jessica as she continues to compete, and proud of our 2018 season,” added Kreft. “The girls overcame a late spring and very little legitimate practice opportunities and worked together to earn second place in the conference and several individual medals throughout the season. We enjoyed the beauty of Willmar’s golf course and are excited to attack with experience and confidence next year.”
Other individual qualifiers were Sirada Chitthong (84) of Lakeview, Mikayla Rassett (91) of Ortonville, Abi Morris (96) of Canby, Isabelle Plagge (98) of MACCRAY, Ella Mork (99) of Dawson-Boyd, and Mallary Fink (104) of Canby.
Lac qui Parle Valley led team scoring with a 340, followed by Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa with a 364, Minneota with 412 and Benson with a 413. All four teams advance to Day two competition on May 30.