The Waconia girls’ golf team has found success in the early weeks of the season, finishing second at nearly every meet so far.
The Wildcats kicked off their outdoor season April 26 at Hutchinson, finishing third on the front nine with 198 strokes. Holy Family won the round with 190 strokes.
Waconia sophomore Meagan Rachey picked up right where she left off last season, winning the meet with 36 strokes over Litchfield’s Danielle Elam (41). Four other Waconia golfers finished in the top 30, including junior Brittany Johnson (53), sophomore Bridget Muehlberg (54), senior Jenna Lund (55), and eighth grader Lauren McNulty (55). Freshman Jade Scrimgeour also competed, finishing with 63 strokes.
Rachey also won the back nine at Hutchinson, with 34 strokes. Waconia finished second as a team with 187. Lund finished eighth overall at 46. McNulty (53), Muehlberg (54), Johnson (55), and Scrimgeour (63) also competed.
On April 30, the Wildcats traveled to Litchfield, and came up third at 189 strokes behind Litchfield and Holy Family.
With 33 strokes, Rachey was the meet’s top golfer. Lund finished tenth with 47 strokes. Johnson and Muehlberg finished tightly with 54 and 55 strokes, respectively. Scrimgeour swung a 58; McNulty golfed a 64.
Rachey again won on the front nine at Glencoe-Silver Lake on May 2, with 36 strokes. The Wildcats grabbed second place as a team with 180 strokes.
Johnson grabbed her first top ten finish of the season, golfing a 47 for ninth place. McNulty finished 13th at 48 strokes, while Lund was 19th with 49. Scrimgeour finished with 64 strokes.
In addition to the front nine, Litchfield also won the back nine, with the Wildcats ten strokes back in second at 181. Litchfield sophomore Kennedy Sommerfeld defeated Rachey by two strokes to claim the individual title. Rachey finished second at 39. McNulty was seventh with 45 strokes, and Lund finished tenth at 47. Johnson (50) and Scrimgeour (55) also competed.
Rachey currently leads Sommerfeld in the conference by 18 strokes. The Wildcats are second, trailing Litchfield by 47 strokes.
“We have a young team that continues to improve their game in this unique spring,” said head coach Dan Benham. “I was happy to see how well we played in the cool weather.”
Waconia will be at Medina on Monday, May 13, before hosting the conference teams on May 14 at Island View.
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