Two Royals advance to 2nd round at girls' golf sections

By Matt Bunke, Community Editor

The Watertown-Mayer girls’ golf team competed at the Section 5AA meet last Thursday, May 31, and had two golfers advance to the second round on Monday.

Both Hallie Harding and Sarah Horlocker scored well enough at last Thursday’s first round at Pebble Creek Golf Club in Becker to advance to this week’s second round. Harding carded a 97 in the first round, good for a tie for 21st place, and Horlocker shot a 100, which left her in a tie for 27th heading into the second day.

In Monday’s second round, Harding shot a 93 and moved all the way up to 16th place with a total score of 190, just four strokes outside the top 10 and eight shots away from being among the top eight individuals that earned a trip to the state tournament.

Horlocker shot a 104 in Monday’s second round. That gave her a total score of 204 and put her in 33rd place out of 82 golfers in the section.

"Both girls got a great experience making it to the second day of the sections," Watertown-Mayer coach Tyler Finkelson said. "I was proud of how they competed." As a team, Watertown-Mayer finished in 10th place out of 14 teams with a score of 433 last Thursday. The Royals were not among the four teams that moved on to the second round as a team. Those four teams were Providence Academy, Litchfield, Holy Family and Hutchinson, with Providence Academy ultimately winning the section title.

After Harding and Horlocker, the Royals’ next best scores last Thursday were turned in by Madeline Nolan and Lyndzi Durkin, who both finished at 118. Tiffany Anderson shot a 123 and Alli Lague carded a 127.

"We were hoping for a top five finish as a team, but it didn’t quite work out," Finkelson said.