Girls golf opens with mid-conference event

After weeks of postponements and cancellations the North Branch girls golf season began at what would normally be the middle of the season with the Mid-Season North Suburban Conference 18 Hole Meet.

The Vikings scored 465 to place eighth ahead of Chisago Lakes’ 476 and behind Benilde-St. Margaret’s 377, Spring Lake Park’s 387, St. Francis’ 393, St. Louis Park’s 420, Totino-Grace’s 428, Irondale’s 430 and Fridley’s 455 at Bunker Hills Golf Course April 29.

Sophomore Janice Elkerton was low for North Branch with a 110.

Other Viking scores that counted toward the team score were senior Emily Lawrence, as well as juniors Emily Carlson and Hannah Gomes. Junior Sarah Harris and eighth grader Ruth Elkerton also were in the North Branch line-up.

“We just didn’t do anything very well on Monday,” said coach Dave Ambers. “We struggled on the greens, off the tees and out of the sand. This was our first time on a golf course all year, and it would be nice to blame it on that. But most of the other teams were in the same situation as we are. Bunker is a long, tough golf course, and when you make as many mistakes as we did, your scores can balloon. These girls have a lot more ability than we showed in this first outing. We started slow last season, too. Once we get some outside practice time and get to work on some of the things we had trouble with at Bunker, I’m confident we’ll show some significant improvement.”

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