Girls golf team second at sections

This article submitted by Lynn Stoneburner on 6/2/98.

They say all good things must come to an end. So it was for the Lady Bulldogs in the Section 5A finals, held at the Rich Spring Golf Course on Tuesday, May 26.

Having beaten Albany in the final WCC meet of the regular season, and having won the sub-section by seven strokes at Little Crow in their last two outings, the team was confident.

Playing off against the Bulldogs were: the Dassel-Cokato Chargers, the Albany Huskies, and the Pierz Pioneers.

Despite the great weather, wonderful conditions at Rich Spring, and having beaten Albany in their last encounter (by one stroke), the Bulldogs fell short of winning the meet. Hopes and expectations of taking the section were dashed. The Albany Huskies shot a team total of 356 to win Section 5A, and advance to state competition. Paynesville was second with 379, Pierz third at 389, and Dassel- Cokato trailed with 402.

Making the trip to the section meet for the second place Bulldogs were: Lynn Stoneburner, Mary Frandson, Rachael Larson, Mackenzie Merrill, Melinda Norris, and Sally Heitke, as only six compete at sections. Those comprising the team score were: Lynn Stoneburner, 92; Mary Frandson, 93; Rachael Larson, 96; and Mackenzie Merrill, 98. Underclassmen Melinda Norris, 104; and Sally Heitke, 105; performed very well under considerable pressure in their first (but not last!) experience with section play.

Coach Todd Knudsvig was pleased with the performance. While everyone knew Albany was the class of the section, the Bulldogs had a realistic chance of beating the Huskies, and did bring home a nice second place trophy.

Team scoring
Albany - 356
Paynesville - 379
Pierz - 389
Dassel-Cokato - 402

Awards banquet
The annual post-season awards meeting was held at the high school on Thursday, May 28. Coaches Todd Knudsvig and Jim Elseth presented awards to three team members. ďMost ImprovedĒ went to Sally Heitke, who the team will be counting on next year. Named ďMost ConsistentĒ was Mary Frandson, who was truly a steadying influence on the entire team. Maryís scores varied by only five strokes from high to low in WCC play. ďMost ValuableĒ went to Lynn Stoneburner.
The 1999 season will feature three veteran seniors, Frandson, Stoneburner, and Merrill. A returning letterwinner also expected to factor in the success of the Lady Bulldogs next year is Sally Heitke. The team loses and will greatly miss graduating senior and letterwinner Rachael Larson, and letterwinner Melinda Norris who is moving and will probably be golfing for the Willmar Cardinals next season.

Team awards
Most Improved- Sally Heitke
Most Consistent- Mary Frandson
Most Valuable- Lynn Stoneburner

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