North girls golf team completes SSC sweep

Panthers win all four conference tournaments

Lakeville North won the final South Suburban Conference girls golf tournament of the spring and repeated as the league champion.

The Panthers needed to finish fourth or better May 25 at Southern Hills to clinch the overall title. They came in eight strokes ahead of second-place Eagan to complete a sweep of the conference’s four spring tournaments.

North eighth-grader Emma Welch shot 77 and junior Megan Welch shot 78 at Southern Hills and were the only two players in the tournament breaking 80. Eagan ninth-grader Josalyn Abbott and Rosemount junior Sydney Regalado tied for fourth at 81. Eagan senior Sarah Rutzick and Rosemount senior Gretchen McDonald tied for sixth, with both shooting 82. Lakeville South senior Alexa Weber tied for eighth with 83 and Eagan senior Carly Schriner was 10th with 85.

North’s winning score was 337. The Panthers didn’t have to count a score higher than 94 and their fifth and sixth players both shot 95. Eagan shot 345 and Rosemount was third with 351. Lakeville South was fifth (353), Apple Valley was sixth (385), Eastview was seventh (385), Burnsville was eighth (388) and Farmington was 10th (411).

Rosemount was second in the season-long SSC team competition, with two second-place finishes and two thirds in the four conference tournaments. Eagan took third overall on the strength of two third places in conference tourneys. Lakeville South was fourth, with the Cougars’ best finish a third place in the third SSC tournament at Heritage Links. Eastview, Apple Valley and Burnsville were sixth through eighth, and Farmington finished 10th.

North’s Emma Welch and Megan Welch were first and second in the conference’s individual point standings, leading 19 players that qualified for the All-South Suburban team. Also earning all-conference were Rosemount’s Regalado (fourth in the point standings), Eagan’s Abbott (fifth), Rosemount’s McDonald (sixth), Eagan senior Joleen Werden (tied for seventh), Lakeville South’s Weber (tied for seventh), Lakeville North ninth-grader Olivia Plotnik (ninth), Eagan’s Rutzick (10th), Eastview ninth-grader Tessa Schafer (tied for 11th), Lakeville South sophomore Jessie Smith (tied for 13th), Lakeville South sophomore Megan McBride (tied for 13th), Eastview junior Courtney Carson (15th), Rosemount eighth-grader Nidhi Sunkham (16th), Apple Valley sophomore Josie Nyblom (17th), Apple Valley senior Amy Breckner (tied for 18th) and Eagan’s Schriner (tied for 18th).

Burnsville ninth-grader Avery Sawchuck was among 11 players earning all-conference honorable mention.

South Suburban Conference teams will compete in section tournaments beginning this week. Lakeville North, fifth in the Minnesota Golf Association all-class girls rankings, will play in the Class 3A, Section 1 tournament beginning Thursday at Cannon Golf Club. Lakeville South, Farmington and No. 1-ranked Red Wing also are in the field in the 36-hole Section 1 tourney, which has its final round Monday, June 5.

Apple Valley, Burnsville, Eagan, Eastview and Rosemount play in the Class 3A, Section 3 tourney starting Friday at Bunker Hills in Coon Rapids. The final round is scheduled Monday. Woodbury and Rosemount, 27th and 28th in the MGA rankings, are the highest-ranked teams in the field.