13 June 2012

Girls Golf: A season to grow on

Seniors Megan Elliott (above) and Amanda Stienkeoway
With a new coach and a team full of new players the Tigers' to-do list for the 2012 season was a long one with individual improvement sitting on the top rung of the ladder.

Not unexpectedly the Tigers finished at the bottom of the Missota Conference standings in each of the five league meets. But they did beat a couple of teams at the Section 1AAA Championships and had one player, sophomore Brianna Swenson, advance to the final day of competition.

"This was an amazing year," first-year coach Jon Stock said. "It was great to be able to see the improvements that all of the golfers made. I am honored to have had the pleasure of working with such a great group of young people. 

"Coaches teach more than a game. We teach young people how to deal with challenges, follow rules, and how to choose the honorable path. In that sense, this season was a huge success."

Eight players competed on the varsity team at one time or another this season and all earned varsity letters, including seniors Amanda Stienkeoway and Megan Elliott; junior Alexis House; sophomore Swenson and freshmen Kaitlin Jokinen, Jessica Singewald, Jessica Olson and Halea Wright.

Stock said that the individual improvement of all of the girls provided the biggest highlight of the 2012 campaign.

"Everyone on the team achieved a new personal best score," he said. "Everyone did their best and played with honor...One player improved her game by 30 strokes."

Stock said with six letterwinners returning next season, future success will depend on two things: 1) continued individual improvement and 2) the addition of new players to the program. 

"The more practice we get, the more competitive we will be," he said. "We also need to raise our numbers. We have a number of interested parties for next season."