The Waconia girls’ golf team finished up the regular season with back-to-back meets at Dassel-Cokato May 20-21. After winning the invitational on Monday, the ‘Cats placed sixth in the Wright County Conference meet on May 21, totaling 214 strokes.
Conference champion Litchfield won the meet with 185 strokes, followed by New London-Spicer (190) and Hutchinson (195).
Waconia sophomore Meagan Rachey won the meet at 39 strokes, tying for first place with Litchfield sophomore Kennedy Sommerfeld.
Senior Jenna Lund placed 11th with 50 strokes on the day. Junior Brittany Johnson was third for WHS, finishing with 61 strokes, followed by eighth grader Lauren McNulty at 64. Freshman Jade Scrimgeour (68) and junior Audra Thurman (70) also competed.
As a team, the Wildcats finished second in the conference with 2,255 total strokes, trailing Litchfield (2,121) but leading third place Hutchinson (2,298).
WHS head coach Dan Benham is pleased with the ‘Cats runner up position.
“I thought we had a very good year finishing second in a strong Wright County Conference,” he said. “With the unique spring the girls had to play a lot of golf in a short period of time, which can be difficult without a break.”
Rachey won her fourth consecutive individual WCC title, averaging 37.1 strokes per contest, over Sommerfeld. Rachey and Lund, who finished in a three-way tie for ninth in the conference, both received All-Conference honors. McNulty and Johnson, who finished 18th and 19th, received All-Conference Honorable Mention.
The Section 2AAA tournament begins June 3 in Jordan. In the section, the ‘Cats will see a host of teams they have yet to encounter this season including Bloomington Jefferson, Bloomington Kennedy, Burnsville, Chanhassen, Chaska, Eden Prairie, Lakeville South, Mankato East, Mankato West, New Prague, Prior Lake, and Shakopee.
Benham believes Waconia can hold its own against the larger schools.
“I’m hoping for a strong showing, we have a good opportunity to move some girls deep into sections,” he said. “If we continue to play good golf and not try and do too much, we will do just fine.”
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