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Golf: Youth no deterrent for Wolfpack girls

Park will have a young, yet veteran, group hitting the golf links this spring with five returners leading the way.

All five varsity veterans are either freshmen or sophomores.

"We expect the varsity returners like ninth grader Carissa Oberding, sophomores Alli Lentz and Mackenie Husaby, ninth-grader Emily Waldo and sophomore Maddy Bloedel to have a great year," said co-head coach Bay Shock.

Only missing this spring are graduated seniors Victoria Bade and Lindsay Stehr from last year's team.

"We see players like junior Molly Jensen, sophomore Emily Chilton, freshman Sophie Wellman and senior Grace Tester fighting for the final varsity spot," said Shock. "We have a large group of seventh, eighth and ninth grade girls that are hitting the ball and improving each day.

"I think one of our strengths is going to be the leadership of our returning girls," said Shock. "We have five returning varsity players. They understand how to score well, now they will have to use their experience to start putting up more consistent scores.

"Another goal is to get better each meet," Shock added. "Results will vary from day to day but if we can get the compete factor up and minimize mistakes we can improve throughout the year."

Park opened the season Monday, April 9, in a tournament at Dellwood Hiils Golf Club featuring all nine Suburban East Conference teams.

"We have nice numbers again this year," Shock said. "We have a lot of new golfers. The JV should have another nice season."