After sophomore Meagan Rachey’s 26th place performance at the state tournament June 11-12, the Waconia girls’ golf season has officially closed, just in time for summer.
Competing in Class AAA at Bunker Hills last week, Rachey finished Day 1 with 87 total strokes, golfing 44 in and 43 out. Day 2 fared even better for Rachey, who finished at 80 (43 in, 37 out). With a total 167 strokes, Rachey finished in a six-way tie for 26th position.
Wayzata’s Sarah Burnham and New Prague’s Kenzie Neisen tied for the state title at 140 strokes.
Waconia head coach Dan Benham said the Waconia team and coaching staff was very excited to see Rachey qualify for state.
“Meagan had a good showing at state, finishing the last 10 holes one over par,” he said. “I believe she gained a lot of confidence and experience over the past few days, which will help her this summer and next season.”
In a competitive section, as well as conference, Benham was very happy with the Wildcats’ second place Wright County Conference finish, although the weather made the first few weeks a bit messy.
“The weather definitely was a low point this season, but the girls were tough and had a great attitude,” he said.
During the season, the Wildcats won an invitational at Dassel-Cokato (May 20) and the front nine at Baker National Golf on May 13. Waconia finished second as a team on the back nine at Hutchinson on April 26, at Glencoe-Silver Lake on May 2 (both front and back nine), on the back nine at Baker National on May 13, at home on May 14, and at New London-Spicer on May 16. Third place finishes came on the front nine in Hutchinson (April 26) and Litchfield (April 30). The team’s only finish that was not a top three was May 21, when the Wildcats finished sixth.
“Overall I am very pleased with the season, I believe we played well and continued to improve,” Benham said. “We have a great team.”
Rachey was the individual winner in seven meets this season and finished runner up at the other three. Senior Jenna Lund had a handful of top ten finishes including seventh at Baker, fifth at home, eighth at Hutchinson, tenth at Litchfield, and tenth at Glencoe.
Brittany Johnson made a few top ten lists as well at Baker (fifth) and Glencoe (ninth). Lauren McNulty finished seventh at both Baker and Glencoe.
Lund is the only departing senior from this year’s team, but will take a host of experience and quality scores with her.
“Losing Jenna will hurt,” Benham said, “we used her score at every meet. She also has a great attitude and was a positive teammate.”
But with the departure of Lund, a 2013 All-Conference recipient, the ‘Cats will return many faces including Rachey, who is a four-time WCC individual champion, Brittany Johnson (All-Conference Honorable Mention), and Lauren McNulty (All-Conference Honorable Mention), along with other varsity competitors such as Audra Thurman, Bridget Muehlberg, and Jade Scrimgeour.
“I’m excited for next season, we have a lot of returning players,” Benham said.
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