Viking golfers continue to improve

Sophomore golfer Hannah Gomes and the Vikings team have been improving their scores as the season progresses. Photos by Dave Ambers

By Victoria Dahlin—

In two meets last week, the North Branch girls golf team continued to improve its scores from the previous week.

At the Princeton 18-hole Invitational May 14, Emily Carlson led the Vikings to a second place finish out of four teams. She carded a total of 104 after scoring a 52 on the first nine and 52 on the last nine. Lauren Ibinger finished with a 107 (53/54), Janice Elkerton 108 (57-51) and Emily Lawrence 113 (56/57) to give the Vikings a team total of 432.

“Emily has shown consistent improvement all season,” said Coach Dave Ambers. “We’ve come to depend on her score to be among our top four. This was the first time she’s had the low score for us.”

The team continued to improve when it recorded season best individual scores on the way to a 2012 best team score of 197 at the May 15 conference meet at Victory Links.

The Vikings earned sixth place ahead of Totino-Grace (198), Fridley (219) and Chisago Lakes Area (238) and behind Spring Lake Park (178), Irondale (180), St. Louis Park (184), St. Francis (186) and Benilde-St. Margaret’s (190).

Ibinger and Elkerton both finished with a 47, while Carlson carded 50, Hannah Gomes 53, Sarah Harris 58 and Lawerence, a 58.

“Only two weeks ago, in almost perfect weather conditions, we totaled 214 on the same golf course against the same opponents,” said Coach Ambers.

Emily Carlson, a sophomore, has shown consistent improvement all season and carded the low score for the team last week in Princeton.

“On May 2 we finished 50 strokes higher than the leading team (164) and only 16 ahead of the last place team (230). This time, on the same course, playing in a strong and gusty west wind, we were only 19 strokes behind the winners (178) and 41 strokes ahead of the last place team (238),” he added.

The North Branch girls golf team will compete in the Section 7AAA preliminaries on Monday, May 28 at Grand National Golf Course in Hinckley. The finals will be held Thursday, May 31.

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