By Melissa Marohl, Sports Writer
The Waconia girls’ golf team finished fourth in Wright County Conference play this season with 2,145 strokes. Back 153 strokes from first place, the Wildcats were fourth to teams with some of the best golfers in the conference including Litchfield (1,992), Hutchinson (2,115) and Holy Family (2,137).
The Wildcats, however, had the WCC’s top golfer to call their own. Freshman Meagan Rachey clinched her third WCC title on May 23. Rachey averaged 38.67 strokes per contest, and defeated Litchfield’s Kennedy Sommerfeld by 37 strokes in conference play.
Junior Jenna Lund was 15th overall in conference play, 93 strokes out of first and averaging 49.0 strokes per meet. Just behind Lund was senior Laura Wagner in 18th position. Sophomore Brittany Johnson rounded out the top 30 competitors by representing Waconia in the No. 25 position and averaging 54.67 strokes per contest.
At Hutchinson for the section competition on May 31, the Wildcats finished eighth as a team with 397 strokes, missing the cutoff to advance all their players to the second day. After one day of competition, Eden Prairie was on top with 331 strokes, just ahead of New Prague and Prior Lake (332). Chanhassen also advanced to day two with 343 strokes.
Individually, the Wildcats pushed two golfers through to the second day. Rachey finished third overall with 82 strokes, tied with Chaska senior Kara Notvedt. Shakopee’s Alex Schmid finished first with 75 strokes, followed by Chaska’s Jenny Butchart (79).
Lund finished just above the cutoff in 10th position with 95 strokes on the day. Also competing for the Wildcats was Wagner (97), Kohner (113), and Johnson (122).
Lund and Rachey held their own on day two. Rachey tied for second on day two with 71 strokes, giving her a score of 156 overall, a seventh place tie with Notvedt of Chaska. Rachey fell just shy of the state tournament cutoff of 155. Lund scored a 94 on day two for a 189 score overall.
Look for a full season wrap up in the coming weeks.