Welch sisters tie for third individually
Northfield had four scores below 90 – including one who shot even-par 72 – and that was enough for the Raiders to edge Lakeville North and Simley by one stroke at the Dakota County Girls Golf Championships last Friday at Emerald Greens.
Lakeville South placed fourth, Eagan fifth, Eastview seventh and Burnsville eighth in the 12-team tournament. Rosemount, the event host, entered two teams that finished sixth and 12th.
Lakeville North, which led the South Suburban Conference race at the halfway point, has shown remarkable consistency at Emerald Greens. The Panthers had a team score of 331 last Friday; six days earlier they shot 330 on the same course to finish second in the Rosemount Irish Invitational.
Simley shot the same team score as Lakeville North on Friday but dropped to third place after the tie-breaker, which is each team’s fifth-best individual score. North had a three-stroke advantage in the tiebreaker.
Northfield senior Molly Stevens shot 72, matching par on Emerald Greens’ Silver course, to earn the individual medal. Simley seventh-grader Isabella McCauley shot 74 to finish second. The other two players to break 80 were Lakeville North’s Megan Welch and Emma Welch, both of whom shot 75 to tie for third.
Northfield also counted an 84, 86 and 88 to finish with a 330 team total. Lakeville North’s Olivia Plotnik shot 89 and Emma Plotnik shot 92 to count toward the Panthers’ 331 team score. Shannon Whalen (98) and Ashley King (101) also competed for the Panthers.
Lakeville South sophomore Jessica Smith shot 83 to tie for sixth place individually and help lead her team to fourth place. Meghan McBride, a sophomore, shot 84, good for a tie for 10th. Alexa Weber (86) and Josey Benolkin (97) also counted toward the Cougars’ 350 team total.
Eagan was next with 351, with Rosemount Blue taking sixth at 352. Eagan ninth-grader Josalynn Abbott shot 83 to tie for sixth. Joleen Werden (85), Carly Schreiner (91) and Sarah Rutzick (92) also counted toward the Wildcats’ team total.
Rosemount Blue’s top player was Gretchen McDonald, who was in the tie for sixth place with 83. Sydney Regalado (85), Renee Boldus (92) and Nidhi Sunkham (92) also turned in scores that counted for the Irish. Rosemount Blue was the only team in the tournament that had all six varsity players break 100.
Eastview junior Courtney Carson shot 81 to finish fifth individually. Cassidy Carson (87), Tessa Schafer (90) and Abby Schoonover (103) also turned in scores that counted toward the Lightning’s 361 team total.
Burnsville shot 388, with senior Sloane Taylor shooting 90 to lead the Blaze. Maria Berger shot 95, Avery Sawchuk shot 98 and Emma Missling added a 105.
The top player for Rosemount Gold was junior Kaylin Engelmann, who shot 97.