By Sahnje McGonigle
The Caledonia Argus
Representing Caledonia at the Class A individual state tournament were four golfers. Gina Steele, Jenna Wiebke, Ally Jilek and Vanessa Hawkins all competed on June 11, 12. The course that hosted the state tournament was Pebble Creek Golf Course in Becker.
Competitors had lucked out with the rain as rainfall had been expected to be a factor on both days, instead it had not been much of an issue.
“We lucked out with the weather on Tuesday with rain being predicted, we only had a few drops,” head coach Mitch Mullins said. “We had some wind to deal with on the second day, but the girls handled it well.”
Jenna Wiebke, a sophomore, finished in fourteenth. The highest place finish for Caledonia. In the first round she had a score of 91. She would improve in the second round with a score of 88. Both rounds combined equate to a final score of 180. She tied for fourteenth with Izabella Stender of Lac Qui Parle Valley.
Vanessa Hawkins had the second highest placement for Caledonia finishing twenty fifth. Her first round score was 93. In the second round she would fall two shots to 95. Her final total for both rounds was 188.
Ally Jilek, a freshman, placed thirty fifth in the tournament. The first round would prove challenging to her. Her first round score was 100. She would bounce back in the second round with a score of 94. Her final total score was 194. Jilek tied for thirty fifth place with Maya Merchant of Mounds Park Academy.
Many competitors placed within a few scores of each other. Gina Steele would follow Jilek in thirty seventh. In the first round she golfed 99. Steele would improve on the second day with a score of 96. Her total for both rounds was 195.
If Caledonia had competed as a team with these scores they would have finished in fourth place.
“Unofficially, we would have placed fourth as a team,” Mullins said. “We feel good about that.”
Sending four golfers to state has been an accomplishment for this team.
“What better way to end your season than at the state tournament,” Mullins said. “I am happy and proud of how the girls performed at the state tournament. I am looking forward to working with these ladies next season.”