Girl’s golf preview: Top-end talent to make for special spring

Andover

2012 finish: fourth place in NWSC, fourth place at section meet, missed state by three strokes.

Andover junior Sierra Langlie will attempt to return to the state tournament for the fourth season in May.File photo

Andover junior Sierra Langlie will attempt to return to the state tournament for the fourth season in May.File photo

Coach: Wade Johnson

Returning: Juniors Sierra Langlie (all-conference, state entrant), Lauren Peterson and McKenzie Skurat, sophomore Haley Tollette (all-conference) and ninth grader Lindsey Peterson.

Outlook: Junior Sierra Langlie hopes to make it four state meet appearances this June after tying for 10th place in Class AAA in 2012. Tollette was close to earning her first trip to state, but fell a bit short of the top-10 individual cut-off to make state. Andover is coming off a record-setting best season and returns a lot of its firepower this spring. Johnson expects the team to compete for the Northwest Suburban Conference title and section team title as well. “Individual expectations are for every girl to work on improving every aspect of their game resulting in lower scores allowing for our team to be successful,” he said.

Anoka

Coach: Scott Boline

Outlook: No information was provided.

Blaine

2012 finish: Section 5AAA team champions return five scorers from the team which placed second to Elk River in the Northwest Suburban Conference standings. The team also earned Academic All-State honors with an unweighted 3.87 GPA. Senior Hannah Andrews tied for 45th place, Leah Swanson (50th) and Caroline Andrews (53rd), Karie Francen (73rd) and Jenna Francen (85th) at the state meet.

Blaine’s Hannah Andrews will be a key scorer this spring.File photo

Blaine’s Hannah Andrews will be a key scorer this spring.File photo

Coach: Bill Davids and Maribeth Suter

Returning: Senior captains include Hannah Andrews and Leah Swanson with junior captain Rylee Slotsve. Sophomores Caroline Andrews and Jenna Francen return from the section squad.

Coon Rapids

2012 finish: Ninth in the NWSC and Section 5AAA.

Coach: Chad Kuehne.

Returning: Senior and lone all-conference selection Megan Bratland returns along with classmates Kelsey Patricelli, Kelsey Hedman and Amber Ammann plus junior Amanda Craft.

Outlook: Kuehne has the Cardinals penciled in among the middle of the pack in what should be a strong Northwest Suburban Conference and Section 5AAA line up with teams like Elk River and Blaine. “We have the potential to go further and the team unity and character is at a very high level,” he said. “[We have] no opportunities for disapointment. We will take dead-aim and learn what we can from the game.”

Legacy Christian

2012 finish: Fourth place at Class A State meet, graduate Rachel Gray won Class A state championship by five strokes.

 Legacy Christian’s Kayla Ruf is one of several returning Lions with state experience. Not returning this season is reigning Class A state champion Rachel Gray, who graduated in 2012 and is now part of the Concordia University squad.File photo

Legacy Christian’s Kayla Ruf is one of several returning Lions with state experience. Not returning this season is reigning Class A state champion Rachel Gray, who graduated in 2012 and is now part of the Concordia University squad.File photo

Coach: Dan Nelson

Returning: Sophomore Jillian Johnson placed 44th at state; eighth grader Kayla Ruf placed 48th; sophomore Anna Cleveland placed 67th; sophomore Lindsey McAlpine placed 70th.

Outlook: No information was provided.

Spring Lake Park

Coach: Tom Benson

Returning: Freshman Aly Rogers (among the top NSC golfers); sophomores returning for a third-season include Allie Guzy, Ali Schultz, Rochelle Perzel and Andi McKenzie.

Outlook: The Panthers return quite a few experienced golfers this season including four sophomore third-year starters in addition to freshman Aly Rogers who finished among the top of the North Suburban Conference. Benson said the collection of younger players stems from a push to draw out hockey players, which yielded several players. “We have kids who are hungry to play,” Benson said about the drive to get on the course. “We had every kid show up to practice last Friday watching The Masters on their iPads.”

Spring Lake Park’s Allie Guzy hopes to guide a young but experienced group around the course for Tom Benson’s squad this spring.File photo

Spring Lake Park’s Allie Guzy hopes to guide a young but experienced group around the course for Tom Benson’s squad this spring.File photo

Benson added that this group has played well at times. “The key will be how they manage their games. For the most part they all come off the tee well and now how can they develop that consistency.”

St. Francis

2012 finish: Saints finished third in the North Suburban Conference and didn’t qualify anyone for state.

Coach: Brent Swaggert, second year at St. Francis

Returning: The team returns senior all-conference honorees Emily Larson and Paige Berg along with honorable mention golfers Makenzie Belisle and Alex Hillesheim.

Outlook: The Saints finished third in the conference without a senior, so odds are the experience from the rest of the summer will carry over to this spring. The JV squad won the conference meet with a mix of eighth graders and underclassmen. Larson will continue to play at Jamestown College in North Dakota next season.

Jason Olson is at jason.olson@ecm-inc.com

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