Maple Grove golf girls endure busy stretch

The Crimson girls’ golf team has been very busy the past two weeks with six matches played under all kinds of weather conditions.

Senior captain Kristin Stoffels has been a consistent performer for the Maple Grove golf team.

Senior captain Kristin Stoffels has been a consistent performer for the Maple Grove golf team.

A more normal spring day at Bunker Hills produced a one-stroke win over Coon Rapids. Freshman Sarah Ericson paced the team with medalist honors. Blustery and cold conditions met the Crimson and Osseo at Cedar Creek Golf Course.

“What a switch from the 80 degree weather at the Forest Lake Invitational a week earlier,” Crimson coach Randy Glasman said. “The challenging conditions brought out the best in the Maple Grove golfers. We defeated Osseo with a season low team total of 185.”

Senior captain Kristin Stoffels paced the team with a 5 over par 42. Close behind were Ericson (44), Jenn Galloway (46), and Decora Topp (53).

“Hopefully we’ve seen the last of the golf days that have a wind chill factor,” Glasman said.

Last week was an endurance test for the Crimson, who played four matches.

MG took on Centennial at Chomonix Golf Course Tuesday. The match was tied after the four lowest scores were posted. Centennial won when the tie breaker procedure was used. Stoffels was the team medalist, posting a 45.

Crimson golfer Grace Jensen makes a putt in a recent meet.

Crimson golfer Grace Jensen makes a putt in a recent meet.

The Crimson traveled to Baker National Golf Course to play Armstrong Wednesday.

“Baker is probably the most difficult course we play, with many hills and long rough made for a tough walk in the park,” Glasman said.  “Kristin, Jillian, Jenn and Sarah gave it their best only to be bested by Armstrong by four shots. Jillian took medalist honors for the team with a 48.”

For the first time the Crimson participated in a 20-team Invitational at the St. Cloud Country Club. Playing under perfect weather, the Crimson placed eighth out of 20 teams.

“That was a great outcome, considering the girls had never played that course,” Glasman said. “We finished ahead of many of the stronger teams in the St. Cloud area. Our team total of 354 was a record team low.”

An 11 over par 83 by Stoffels led the way for MG. Galloway (88), Ericson (90), and Klasen (93) rounded out the team scoring.

Maple Grove’s fourth match in five days at the Links At Northfork Friday required rain gear and hand warmers. Even those conditions could not stop the Crimson as they posted another win against Anoka. Ericson took medalist honors this match with a 45.

Glasman is impressed with her team’s ability to handle the grueling schedule.

“These girls have played liked Energizer Bunnys,” Glasman said. “It’s hard to believe that this week will be the last of conference competition. It has been a busy May. Weather permitting, we still have three days of 9 hole matches.”

The Conference Tournament will be an 18-hole event at Bunker Hills May 24.

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