Two years ago, there weren’t enough girls on the North Branch golf team to field a full varsity lineup. Last year, there were just enough.
In 2017, head coach Jerome Huselid has 15 girls out for his ever-growing program.
The team is very young, with no seniors at all, and only a few juniors and sophomores. Many of the players have little golfing experience.
“This is very much the beginning for a lot of our players,” Huselid said. “There’s generally some golfing background, maybe they’ve been out with a family member before, or they come out because they have a friend on the team. When the kids are younger, a whole group of friends is apt to come out.”
Three Vikings played varsity last year: sophomores Alyssa McClaskie and Sydnie Sampson and freshman Ali Kress.
The remaining 12 players will have the opportunity to differentiate themselves from the crowd and help the team move up in the standings.
“This is the year we’ll emerge with some good scores,” Huselid said. “For now we’re just getting some rounds in, building confidence and experience and focusing on ourselves.”
The Vikings use Bulrush in Rush City as their home links. The Vikings will play host to the midseason Mississippi 8 championship on May 2, as well as a quad-match on April 26.
The end-of-season M8 meet will be held at Monticello Country Club on May 24. The Vikings will shoot for spots in the state tournament at the Section 7AAA tournament on June 1 and 3 at the Grand National in Hinckley.
The girls played their first match on April 18 after press time.