Home field advantage is talked about in many sports, but not everyone appreciates the impact of home course advantage in WCC golf meets. Each conference team hosts one meet, and thus has the advantage of being more familiar with the course layout. Friday was Paynesvilleís day. The Lady Bulldogs were at home, and despite the conditions, went out determined to make the most of the opportunity to play at ďhome.Ē
The Bulldogs just about won the meet, shooting 195, and finishing second to Albany, 191, but just four strokes. Sauk Centre was third, Litchfield fourth, Long Prairie/Grey Eagle fifth, Cathedral sixth, and Melrose last.
Leading the way for Paynesville in their best finish of the year was junior Mary Frandson, who shot 45. Lynn Stoneburner came in with 47, Rachael Larson shot 50, and Mackenzie Merrill had 53, to comprise the team score of 195.
Albany - 191
Paynesville - 195
Sauk Centre - 199
Litchfield - 203
Long Prairie/Grey Eagle - 223
Cathedral - 225
Melrose - 231
The Lady Bulldogs were greeted by sunny and 65 degree temps. when they arrived at the home course of their northern most WCC opponent, Long Prairie-Grey Eagle on May 5.
The Long Prairie course conditions were fair for early season. The course is always a challenge.
The Bulldogs were expecting to improve from third and fourth place finishes last week, but failed to do so.
Once again, the Albany Huskies came out on top, with a team score of 175. In a stunning performance, Albanyís number five golfer, Kristin Wolford, shot 40 for the meet to gain medalist honors.
Litchfield was second with 195, led by Cassie Fentonís 45. Sauk Centre was third with 195, led by Jackie Beste, 46.
The Bulldogs were fourth, led by senior Rachael Larson, who turned in a 49. Other Paynesville golfers contributing to the team total, 204, were: Mary Frandson, 50; Lynn Stoneburner, 52; and Mackenzie Merrill, 53. Trailing the Bulldogs and finishing fifth, sixth, and seventh, respectively, were the Cathedral Crusaders, the host Thunder and the Melrose Dutchmen.
Albany - 174
Litchfield - 195
Sauk Centre - 195
Paynesville - 204
Cathedral - 214
Long Praire/Grey Eagle - 216
Melrose - 241
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