Crimson girl golfers make late but successful start to season

After being kept indoor by the longest winter in recent memory, the Maple Grove girls’ golf team opened the season with several successful meets.

Jillian Klasen is one of the returning players on the Maple Grove girls’ golf team.
Jillian Klasen is one of the returning players on the Maple Grove girls’ golf team.

In their opening match the Crimson defeated Park Center 189 to 224 at Sundance Golf Course. Team and match medalist was Jenn Galloway with a 45. Also posting good scores were senior captain Kristin Stoffels, Jillian Klasen and Sarah Erickson. Contributing to the win were Kasey Nelson and Sydney Lee.

The Crimson then took part in a 22 team 18 hole Invitational Tournament at Tanners Brook Golf Course in Forest Lake. What a difference a week makes. Sunscreen and visors were necessary additions to everyone’s golf gear. Despite the soft and wet conditions the girls posted an impressive team total of 382 (total of the 4 lowest scores). Klasen was the team medalist with a 93. Closely following were Stoffels and Ericson with 94s and Galloway with a 101. Filling out the lineup were sophomores Grace Jensen and Taylor Colliton

Maple Grove coach Randy Glasman said the golfers were thrilled to finally able to compete.

“I don’t think there are words that can properly summarize this golf season for the girls,” Glasman said. “Our first day of outdoor practice was April 29, more than a month later than last season. We had some pretty creative indoor practices. Our final indoor practice ended with driving contest using marshmallows.”

Glasman looks for good results from this team because it consists of mostly returning players.