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Girls have numbers, talent

By Staff | Apr 3, 2016

The 2016 Blue Earth Area Buccaneer Girls Golf team is pictured above, back row from left to right: Emma Sullivan, Mateja Lane, Gabby Weerts, Olivia Stewart, Claire Jordan and Erin Hannaman; middle row: Paige Eastvold, Grace Haugh, Natali Fellows, Marie Jevnesveen, Maddie Armon and Ashley Petersen; front row: Olivia Myers, coach Carol Weerts and Malarie Scholtes.

The Blue Earth Area girls golf team has the numbers and a good variety of talent to kick off the season.

The Buccaneer girls golf coach Carol Weerts is optimistic about the potential of the golfers this season and for the next couple of seasons to come especially since they have 14 girls this year.

“This is really good, it is the most I have had since starting as coach,” she explains.

The team consists of one senior, three juniors, one sophomore, six freshmen and three eighth graders.

“The next couple seasons will be growing years with this many freshmen,”?the coach adds.

The returning senior, Natali Fellows, will add experience to the varsity team again.

“We have a strong number one with Natali,”?Weerts says. “She has been to the State Tournament two years in a row and hopes to make it back again this year.”

Joining Fellows on the varsity team will be two juniors, one sophomore and one freshman.

“The sixth opening on varsity is still fair game for anyone on the team,” she adds.

Weerts notices a lot of improvement in the varsity players already, including sophomore Malarie Scholtes who has been working in the off season.

“She has been working all summer and is showing great improvement,”?Weerts says.

Mateja Lane is the one ninth grader on varsity. But, according to the coach, almost all of the freshmen have had some experience.

“We can have six girls on the varsity level and they count the four lowest scores,”?Weerts explains.

Other players will include: Emma Sullivan, eighth grade; Paige Eastvold, eighth grade; Grace Haugh, eighth grade; Gabby Weerts, ninth grade; Olivia Stewart, ninth grade; Claire Jordan, ninth grade; Erin Hannaman, ninth grade; Maddie Armon, ninth grade; Marie Jenesveen, 11th grade; Ashley Petersen, 11th grade and Olivia Meyers, 11th grade.

The girls first golf meet is scheduled for Monday, April 4, at 4:30 p.m. at Riverside.

“We’re going against Maple River who we did not play last year,”?Weerts says.

But she thinks it will be a close match up.

“They are pretty consistent and could give us a run for our money,” she adds.

As for other teams to look out for during their season, coach Weerts says St. Peter will be the tough competition on BEA’s side of the Big South Conference.

“Overall, Marshall is always the one to beat,” she adds.

Weerts also thinks that the Section could be difficult this year.

“Mankato East and Jordan are in our section and the bigger schools are always a little bit tougher,”?she explains.

New Ulm, who is usually tough competition, has lost their number one player to graduation, which Weerts says could give the Bucs a chance.

Although the girls have their eye on winning, the coach does have some other goals for the team this season.

“I hope we can break under 215 as a team total,”?Weerts says.

The team’s first meet last year was a 205, but the coach says the rest were downhill from there.

“On 18 hole courses I hope we can stay under 415,” she adds.

Weerts also says that while it is fun to win she hopes to accomplish something much more important with these girls.

“Winning is great but if we can get them out playing a life-long sport, that is more important,”?she says.

So, the maroon and gold girl golfers have been out practicing their swings, chips and putts in preparation for the upcoming season.

“They have been hitting pretty well and getting the cobwebs out,”?Weerts says. “I really couldn’t ask for a better bunch of girls.”