MVHS girls golf expects to be in the thick of it

Each year the main goal of the Mounds View High School girls golf team is to contend for a berth in the state tournament. That’s no different this spring as the Mustangs look to get the team to state for the first time since 2011.

“We played good golf last season,” said Mounds View head coach Paul Bailey. “We made progress and could reach our potential this year.”

Leading the way this spring are senior tri-captains Felicia Kenitz, Ellie Sachse and Kylie Monson. The Mustangs also have a trio of talented underclassmen in junior Kendall Monson and sophomores Kristen Cash and Lauren Ganske.

Getting past Blaine in Section 5AA is the key to getting back to state. The Bengals are the two-time defending section champion. Bailey also expects Spring Lake Park and Maple Grove to be contenders in 5AA.

The section tournament format has changed this year with it becoming a two-day event for the first time. The change brings 5AA in line with the rest of the sections, which have conducted two-day tournaments for a number of years already.

Prior to playing in the section tournament, Mounds View has to run the gauntlet of the Suburban East Conference. Bailey rattled off eight different teams that could win an SEC match on any given day.

“It’s going to be a constant battle in the Suburban East Conference,” said Bailey. “I’d like to think we can finish in the top three.”

Mounds View was scheduled to open the season with a Suburban East Conference match on Monday at Oak Glen in Stillwater. Results were not available for this edition of the Bulletin. Also on the schedule this week is an invitational at River Oaks Golf Course in St. Paul Park on Saturday.

Brian Meyers can be reached at bmeyers@lillienews.com.

 

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