2011 Spring Preview: Park girls golf team begins new eraThe Park girls golf team lost longtime leaders Sam Whillock and Krissy Salmon to graduation, but return three of its top golfers from last year who hope to fill their spots.
By: Patrick Johnson, Staff Writer, South Washington County Bulletin
As one era ends another one begins.
The Park girls golf team lost longtime leaders Sam Whillock and Krissy Salmon to graduation, but return three of its top golfers from last year who hope to fill their spots.
Back from last year’s varsity squad are junior Lexy Lamar, sophomore Emily Ruiter and freshman Anna Keys.
“The returning girls have worked hard in the off-season to improve their game,” Park head coach Greg Juba said. “They look forward to improving their scores from last year.”
Keys and Whillock were the Wolfpack’s lone golfers to reach the second day of the two-day, two-course Section 3AAA Championships last year based on their first rounds.
Whillock, who earned All-Conference honorable mention as a senior, narrowly missed a trip to the state tournament, finishing eighth in the section with a two-day 178 score. Whillock shot an 86 on the first day at Phalen Golf Course and a 92 on the second day at Bunker Hills Golf Course. Keys advanced to day No. 2 by winning a playoff after shooting a 98 at Phalen and totaled a 199 for the tournament after a 101 at Bunker Hills.
At the Suburban East Conference Championships, Whillock led the way with a 48, while Keys and Salmon each turned in 55s.
Juba said this year, he expects to see more consistent and competitive scores from Lamar, Ruiter and Keys.
“All three student-athletes have a goal to receive SEC honors at the end of the season,” Juba said. “They also plan to make it to the Section 3AA finals at Bunker Hills.”
Juba said Park has an additional eight girls out for the team this year, many of whom are first-year golfers. He said, in addition to Lamar, Ruiter and Keys, other potential varsity golfers include senior Megan Thompson, junior Megan Diamond, sophomore Danielle Johnson and eighth grader Natalie Johnson.
“We are excited with the number of new golfers and we look forward to teaching them the great game of golf,” Juba said.
Park starts the season on Thursday, April 21, with a SEC meet at Prestwick in Woodbury.