Rangers close season with two top-10 finishers
The Ranger golf girls closed their season this past week in Hinckley with a second-place finish at the Section 7AAA meet, earning a score of 693, which put them at a tie with Grand Rapids. Forest Lake won the tiebreaker with a stronger fifth score on day two by senior Katelin Kruger (96). Andover won with a score of 666.
Senior Emily Proulx led the Rangers in scoring on both days and just missed qualifying for the state tournament by two strokes. Proulx shot an 83 on day one, which had fair weather conditions, and an 85 on day two, despite wind and rain, for a total of 168, good for eighth place overall.
“She took it pretty well; it was her two lowest scores ever shot in high school competition after all,” head coach Andrea Brischke said. “Both her and I were extremely happy. She went out and played the best she could have played.”
Ninth-grader Kate Schaaf took 10th with a total of 170 (83, 87) while ninth-grader Heather Claussen tied for 17th place with a total score of 175 (87, 88). Eighth-grader Maddy Messin (91, 92), Kruger (88, 96) and Madison Wohlberg (88, 98) finished in 22nd, 23rd and 24th, respectively.
With the season now over, Brischke said there are many reasons to be pleased with the season: The Rangers were the only squad in the section that kept all golfers under 100, they earned second place at the Suburban East Conference tournament (falling only to East Ridge) and the girls fine-tuned their short game.
“The kids worked very, very hard this year,” Brischke said. “Considering the weather and how few practices we got in, they really worked hard to get out there on their own, and it showed up at Hinckley. They all seem better around the green — their chipping is really good, and they’re shaving a lot of strokes with shots around the green. I’m really excited for the next couple years.”