By Matt Bunke, Community Editor
The Watertown-Mayer High School golf teams recently wrapped up their seasons in June, each with one golfer receiving all-conference honorable mention recognition in the Minnesota River Conference.
On the girls’ side, sophomore Hallie Harding received that distinction for the second year in a row. On the boys’ side, junior Jacob Menth was named honorable-mention all-conference.
Harding finished the season just two spots from making the all-conference first team, which is reserved for the top six scoring golfers over the course of the season. Harding finished in eighth place at 45-over par for the year.
Several other Watertown-Mayer girls’ golfers were also knocking on the door for all-conference honors. Tiffany Anderson finished in 11th place at 58-over-par, Alli Lague was 14th and Sarah Horlocker was 16th. All six Watertown-Mayer golfers finished in the top 23, with Lyndzi Durkin finishing 20th and Madeline Nolan 23rd.
Overall, the Watertown-Mayer girls finished in fourth place in their first season in the conference, a strong improvement from their last several seasons in the Wright County Conference. The girls’ team benefited from having all of its regular varsity golfers return from the year before, while the boys’ golf team found itself in the opposite predicament.
For the Watertown-Mayer boys’ team, there was not a senior on the roster, and Menth was the only returning letter winner. Menth ended up earning his honorable-mention all-conference honor by taking fourth place in the conference at 34 over par, just six places and 10 strokes from being in all-conference position.
"We were really inexperienced, but we worked hard to improve," Royals’ coach Gary Alvig said of his team, which finished in eighth place in the conference. "Our best team performance was in the subsections, so I was especially proud of their effort on that day."
Alvig is stepping down after a long tenure as the boys’ golf coach. However, he said he’ll continue to keep an eye on the team’s progress, and said there is lots of room for growth with a team that will be returning everybody.
"The team was really fun to work with, and if they work on their game over the summer, I’m sure they will surprise other teams on how much better they have become," Alvig said.