Viking girls battle rain

NB golfers take fourth at St. Francis

Junior Sandy Fernow putts during a meet at St. Francis last Wednesday. Photo supplied
Junior Sandy Fernow putts during a meet at St. Francis last Wednesday.
Photo supplied

The North Branch girls golf team traveled to St. Francis last Wednesday for a Mississippi 8 Conference East meet.

Head coach Dave Ambers said the weather turned from bad to worse, with the teams having to compete with steady rain showers throughout much of the three-hour competition, which had been cut in half due to the conditions.

“None of the girls I talked to seemed disappointed that they weren’t going to be able to spend a few more hours getting colder and wetter,” Ambers said.

North Branch finished fourth of five teams with a team score of 233. The Fighting Saints won their home meet as the only squad to score under 200 at 189 strokes.

Juniors Sandy Fernow and Janice Elkerton were the low scorers on the day for the Vikings with each shooting a 57.

Senior Hannah Gomes also stayed under 60 strokes with a 59, while eighth-grader Natalie Olinske rounded out the scoring with a mark of 60. Junior Grace DeVault recorded a 64 on the day.

Ambers said a positive on the outing was how Fernow showed significant improvement by bouncing back after hitting her first shot of the day out of bounds. He added that there are still things to work on from a team standpoint.

“With the exception of the home school, team scores were significantly higher than hoped for,” Ambers said. “Some of that was due to the weather conditions and some due the difficulty of the course. Most of our increased stroke total was because Janice had a real big number on one tough par 4 and because our No. 2 golfer (Emily Carlson) wasn’t at the event.”



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