Golf girls show improvement

Rangers tie for fifth at SEC meet

Senior Maddie Carey tees off during last Tuesday’s Elk River Invitational. Junior Emily Proulx looks on. The Rangers placed seventh out of 19 teams at the event. They will host the Forest Lake Invitational at Forest Hills Golf Club next Monday, May 7. (Photo by TLC Digital Images)

Clint Riese
Sports Editor

There’s no doubt about it: the Ranger girls are playing much better golf as the young season marches on.

Forest Lake showed improvement at its last three events and is positioned in the middle of the Suburban East Conference standings.

The Rangers tied for fifth place at Monday’s SEC meet in North Oaks. Their score of 197 was just five strokes back of second place.

First-year Ranger coach Andrea Brischke is impressed by the quick turnaround after some early-season struggles.

“They’re kind of getting into the swing of things by playing more,” she said. “They’re understanding more of their games…Everything is clicking with them.”

Brischke also feels the team can shoot even better, noting that she saw missed shots from each of her players on Monday.

The Rangers were just one stroke out of fourth and two back of third. Senior Katie Wick led the way with a round of 48. Senior Maddie Carey carded 49, while seventh-grader Maddy Messin and junior Emily Proulx tied at 50.

Stillwater won the meet with a total of 176 strokes. Pony Cassie Deeg and Cretin-Derham Hall’s Celia Kuenster tied for medalist honors with rounds of 35.

Last Wednesday, the Rangers placed sixth in a conference meet at Highland National in St. Paul. The team finished six shots out of second place. Carey put together a round of 45, one shot ahead of Messin. Wick carded a 49 and Maggie Jeans a 51.

Forest Lake also played will in taking seventh out of 19 teams at last Tuesday’s Elk River Invitational. All four scorers finished in the 90s and combined for a total of 376.

Messin totaled 91 strokes. Proulx (93), Jeans (95) and junior Katelin Kruger (97) rounded out the scoring.

“Messin has probably been our most consistent player, which is great because she’s a seventh-grader,” said Brischke. “She’s stepped up her game.”

The Rangers continued SEC play in White Bear Lake this Tuesday. They will compete in the 18-hole Northfield Invitational at Willingers Country Club on Thursday and host the Forest Lake Invitational at Forest Hills Golf Club next Monday. The Red Wing Invitational follows on Tuesday.