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Hastings girls' golf off to a great start

The Hastings Raiders girls' golf team is off to a great start to the season despite some massive cancellations due to mid-April's snowstorm and recent rain.

At the start of April, the Raiders played South St. Paul at Rich Valley Golf Course and beat the Packers before the snowstorm hit. Senior Hannah Hubbart led the Raiders with a 45 on the nine-hole course, while freshman Madison Daley came in with a 48. Senior Sam Benson and freshman Ashlyn Endres both shot 49s.

After close to three weeks off, Hastings then played their Mid-Conference 18-hole tournament at Phalen Golf in St. Paul and took third behind Hill-Murray and Simley. Hubbart once again led the way with an 87 while freshman Megan Brown scored a 97. Daley shot 100 and Endres was right behind her with a 101.

Head coach Becky Hartung said she believes that her team can hang with the Pioneers and Spartans atop the Metro East Conference.

"Those two teams are going to be hard to beat, but I think if we focus and work on what we can control we can hang with them," she said. "We have a lot of depth this year and kids scores are improving with each match we play."

This past Wednesday, April 24, the Raiders traveled to Inverwood Golf Course in Inver Grove Heights where they faced off against Simley. They lost by just seven strokes to the Spartans, 183-190, as Brown led the team with a 44. Not far behind her were Hubbart with a 46 and Daley with a 48. Benson added a 51.

Hartung praised the improvements Brown has made early on in the season after some early struggles.

"Megan Brown went from shooting a 51 in our first match to shooting a 44 in our last match," she said. "She was sticking her approach shots and making her putts She's been having a little trouble off the tee, but she has recovered well."

She also talked about the play of Daley.

"Maddy Daley has been hitting the ball really well," Hartung said. "She's been hitting her 3-wood off the tee and crushing it. We are working on her putting and approach shots. She has shaved a lot of putts off her score from her first match."

Last Friday was LPGA Day and three LPGA teachers came to Hidden Greens Golf Course and put on a clinic for the team.

"It was awesome, they have so much experience between the three of them and they bring so much enthusiasm for the game of golf," Hartung said. "This is the fourth year they have been here."

Hastings was scheduled to travel to Keller Golf Course on Tuesday, April 30, where they were to face off against Hill-Murray. On Thursday, they return to Keller for a 9-hole MEC meet and Saturday they have an invitational at Emerald Greens Golf Course for an invitational hosted by Rosemount.

Alec Hamilton

Alec Hamilton is a RiverTown Multimedia sports reporter covering Hastings, Farmington and Rosemount athletics. He graduated from Drake University with a journalism degree in 2014. 

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