Both the Caledonia/Spring Grove boys and girls golf teams saw their season come to an end with four girls competing at the Section 1AA Tournament at The Eastwood Golf Course in Rochester May 29 and three boys also making it to the section meet as well.
For coach Jacquelyn Hauser and the girls, four players, including Katie Meyer, Julie Sand, Ashley Gavin and Claudia Melde, advanced to sectional play out of the sub section meet at The Bridges at Winona.
“Even though we didn’t qualify for sections as a team, it is a big accomplishment for those four to make it individually,” Hauser said.
For coach Jeremy Leis and the boys, Devin Schiltz, Drew Stemper and Hunter Rud all advanced to the sectional meet as well.
At Rochester Meyer finished the day with a score of 95 and placed 21st overall out of 42 golfers. Freshman Ashley Gavin carded a score of 109 and placed 35th, while Melde, also a freshman, placed 38th with a 113. Sand placed 40th at 115.
Hauser said, “The girls represented themselves well at the section tournament. Katie Meyer finished with a competitive score of 95 and finished in 21st place out of 42. I was also proud of Ashley, Claudia and Julie for the way they played on a course that they had never seen before. It was a great experience for those three that will hopefully benefit them next year.”
For the boys it was also a youth movement. Rud, just a sophomore, placed 24th with a score of 85, while Schiltz carded an 87 to finish in 28th place. Sophomore Drew Stemper finished 32nd at 92. “Hunter played really well,” Leis said. “It was really wet, but I thought they all played well. Hunter has improved his game so much, especially his drives. Last year he was hitting 220 yards and he has had a couple this season close to 300. He’s really improved in that aspect of his game.”
Looking ahead to next season Leis feels that the sky is the limit, saying, “I’m excited about next year; if we can just get out and play I think the opportunity is there to get to the sectional tournament as a team and compete at it. The potential is there; they just have to put in the work.”
Hauser is also excited, with Gavin, Sand and Melde all returning. “These girls have great potential, and I am excited to see their progress in the next few years.”
– Brady Ambrose