Minnewaska girls favored to win second straight state golf title despite having only one senior
The Minnewaska Area girls' golf team has been so dominating this spring that their scores are comparable to a good boys team. The Lakers, who won the Class A state title last season, have won 21 straight tournaments they've played in.
They are heavily favored to make it two straight state titles beginning today at Izatys Resort near Onamia.
Taking a look at the Lakers' roster makes an observer wonder if they will have to add a wing to the school just to house all the trophies this team will amass before they're done.
There is only one senior on the team, so the Lakers should again be dominant next season.
There is also only junior and one sophomore. By losing only one regular each year for the next three years, this team has all the makings of a dynasty.
The Lakers were fifth in the state two years ago.
"We knew last year that this was a special group of girls, being as young as they are" said Minnewaska coach Peggy Falk. "Five of the six players (Emily Roering, Sarah Roering, Courtney Boe, Chelsey Falk and Lisa Blair) live on or almost on the golf course and are up at the course all of the time. The sixth player (Allie Ostrander spends most of her time during the summer at the course, too."
The Lakers reached their straight third Class A state tournament in convincing fashion, winning the Section 6A tournament by an astounding 48 strokes with a state-record 298.
Minnewaska players garnered the top four spots in the section tournament with sophomore Emily Roering scoring an even-par 72 to lead the way. Junior Chelsey Falk shot 73, freshman Sarah Roering 76 and Freshman Courtney Boe a 77.
The Lakers return all six members of last season's state championship team. The other two are Lisa Blair, a senior, and freshman Allie Ostrander.
Boe tied for ninth individually in the state meet last year. Emily Roering tied for 11th last spring and was 15th as an eighth-grader.
"Most of the girls have taken year-round golf lessons from our (Minnewaska Golf Course), Scott Dirck, for many years and have dedicated many hours working on their game" said Falk. "These girls are also very unique in that they are good friends and support each other so well."
Having a solid team in which anyone can be a medalist on a given days takes a lot of pressure off the girls. They are able to relax on the course and have fun, knowing that if they are having a bad day, they will likely be picked up by a teammate.
"A bad round only seems to motivate them to work harder to shoot better the next time," said Falk.
Do the girls see they have a chance to win several state crowns?
"We have discussed the promising future of this season," Falk says. "By graduating only girl each year for the next few years, they will only continue to improve their games through each golf season and summer events. These girls love golf. Anyone who has seen them at the golf course can tell how much they love to golf."
Below is a closer look at each of the six girls on the state tournament team.
Lisa Blair, senior: Best score this year was a career-low 37 at a West Central North Conference meet in Melrose on May 14. State meet last season: 29th
Chelsey Falk, junior: Best score and career-low was 73 at the Section 6A meet at Fergus Falls May 29. State meet last season: Tied for 30th.
Emily Roering, sophomore: Best score this season was 36 at conference meet at New London-Spicer. Career-low was 72 at Section 6A meet in Fergus Falls May 29. State meet last season: Tied for 11th.
Sarah Roering, freshman: Best score and career-low this year was 76 at the Section 6A meet in Fergus Falls May 29. Also had a 76 at the section tournament in Fergus Falls last May. State meet last season: Tied for 20th.
Courtney Boe, freshman: Best score and career-low was 72 at Wadena-Deer Creek Invite May 7. State meet last season: Tied for 9th.
Allie Ostrander, freshman: Best score and career-low was 80 at Minnewaska Invite April 25. State meet last season: Tied for 34th.