Girls golfers continue winning ways
Erica McKenzie was not the only Raiders golfer scoring low during the Hastings High School girls golf team's outings this past week. Callie Harp was instrumental in Hastings winning their home tournament on April 29 and taking second out of 21 teams at the Forest Lake Invitational at Forest Hills on May 3.
McKenzie scored a five-over-par 41 at the Hastings tournament and medaled the Forest Lake invitational with a six-over-par 79, but Harp was not far behind. The sophomore shot a career low of 44 at Hastings Country Club and placed fifth overall at Forest Hills with a 91.
"Callie is getting to the greens in regulation," coach Mary Bartley said. "She was 10 strokes better than the week before. Callie's playing steady golf."
That said, McKenzie is still pulling ahead of the pack at meets. The Hastings senior was six strokes better than second-place Laura Taylor of Woodbury at Forest Hills.
"She was head and shoulders above the rest," Bartley said of McKenzie's performance at Forest Hills. "Erica got off the tee box very large. It was straight and long. Of the six bogies she made (at Forest Hills), four of them had her putting for birdie. She just got a little too aggressive."
Hastings Country Club
Hastings won their second conference tie-breaker of the year on April 29 at Hastings Country Club with a score of 188. In addition to McKenzie's 41 and Harp's 44, Sarah Duea scored a 50 and Amy Hoeschen shot a 53. Rachel McNary's score of 55 gave Hastings the tie-breaker win.
Forest Hills Golf Course
The Raiders scored 381 at the Forest Lake Invitational, putting them three strokes behind first-place White Bear Lake's combined score.
McKenzie and Harp had the best performances of the day for Hastings. Amy Hoeschen scored a 105, and Duea and Leslie Storlie each scored 106.
Hastings will travel to Southern Hills in Rosemount on May 6, where McKenzie will possibly be paired with defending state champion Laura Huhnerkoch of Burnsville.
The Raiders are the defending champions of the tournament.
"It's a course you can score well on," Bartley said. "You can spray it around pretty good."
The tournament will be one of three 18-hole competitions the Raiders will play in during an eight-day course. In response to the demanding schedule, Bartley is giving her girls Wednesday, May 8, off from practice.
"They get it off to do their homework," she said. "We have very good students on our team who are very concerned about their grades."