Girls golf finishes with positive outlook

Hayden Claesson, Reporter

The LT girls golf team finished the season with several individual members qualifying for sectionals, despite a slight disappointment in conference placement and a failure to send any members to state.

“We had hoped to finish a bit higher in conference, but the teams are very balanced and second to fifth were very close scores during the year,” varsity coach Jeff Johnson said.

The team finished fifth in conference scoring, and had a conference record of six wins and three losses. However, three of the conference matches were decided by three strokes or less, Johnson said. For an entire team to qualify for sectionals, the team must place in the top three at regionals. The team ended up placing fifth at regionals.

“At regionals we were hoping to make it to sectionals as a team, however we did not,” team captain Mia Rago ‘18 said.

Despite falling short of sending the whole squad to sectionals, the team still competed at regionals and three golfers qualified to compete at sectionals, Elizabeth Sommerfeld ‘19, Rago, and Cassidy McNichols ’18, Rago said.

“At regionals I didn’t do as well as I would have liked to,” Sommerfeld said. “I was a little surprised by how I made it to sectionals.”

Despite the season ending a little short of their goals, the returning members of the team look forward to the next season.

“For next season we want to practice a lot and advance the team to sectionals,” Sommerfeld said.

This past season is one that the members of the team will never forget, not just with the performance on the course, but from some of the memories off of it.

“This season was one of my favorite seasons of LT golf,” Rago said. “And I have played all four years so that just shown how great this year was for the team.”

On top of the team competing on the course and as a testament to the team’s kindness, they also raised over $200 to donate to the American Red Cross for hurricane relief, Johnson said.