Wagner nearly is medalist
Post-Bulletin, Austin MN
FARMINGTON — The Austin Packers girls golf team finished in seventh-place on Wednesday at the Farmington Invitational.
There were a total of 14 teams in the event at the Fountain City Golf Club. The winning team was Lakeville North with a 354 score, and Austin finished with a 391 team total on the day.
"Some of our varsity members were missing due to other commitments," Austin coach Carissa Gabrielson said. "The course was very difficult for some of the girls due to its length."
Despite the tough nature of the course, Catherine Wagner of Austin was once again chasing meet medalist honors in the meet. Wagner finished second with a round of 82 after losing a playoff hole in the battle for overall medalist.
Kirsten Stanek was also under 100 on the day for the Packers. Kristen Schulstad and Meg Brucker rounded out the top four scoring for the Packers.
"The course was 400 yards longer than our home course," Gabrielson said. "While the putting for most of the girls was improved from Monday, a few seemed to struggle off the tee. With the course being so long, it was hard for some of the girls to recover if they had a bad tee shot.
"It was good to actually see the sun for once. It made playing much more enjoyable for the girls. Hopefully, we will see an improvement in scores when we travel to Winona next week."
The Austin girls junior varsity team played at Heritage Links in Lakeville on Tuesday. The Packers got first place out of five teams with a team total of 221 in the event.
Natalie Swan was the medalist of the junior varsity meet with a 49. Lauren Stasi (55) and Lauren Schwab (58) were both among the top five individuals as well. Alex Larson had a 59, Jacy Eggum had a 69, and Kristi Burton shot a 71.
Austin girls golf goes on the road Tuesday afternoon to the Bridges Country Club for a Big Nine Conference triangular hosted by Winona. Mankato West will also compete in the conference meet.
- At Fountain Valley Golf Club, par 72
Austin (391): Catherine Wagner 82, Kirsten Stanek 98, Kristen Schulstad 102, Meg Brucker 109, Sam Brucker 111, Lauren Schwab 112.