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Future is bright for Tiger girls’ golf

    The future of the Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta girls' golf team is bright.

    “Coming into this year's season I was expecting to have three golfers on the team,” said coach Austen Miller. “Turns out I ended up with nine.

     “That may not seem like a lot, but it is more than double what we had last season,” explained Miller.  “I was more than pleased with what each girl showed me throughout the season.”

    The varsity team mainly consisted of junior Lily Erdal, freshman Maddie Hennen, eighth graders Shiori Legate and Katie Ohren, and seventh grader Megan Kirkeide. The junior varsity included freshman Darby Beyer and seventh graders Morgan Ruona, Halli Lubenow, and Rylie Lubenow.  

    “What a great group of girls,” continued Miller.  “This was my sixth season as a golf coach and the group of players I had this year were by far the most coach-able and enjoyable players I've had.  Even with the late start to the season they all worked hard and stayed positive.  

    “Lily, Maddie, and Shiori were the only girls returning from last year.  They were all able to build on their past experiences and make the most out of a wild season.”

    Hennen and Legate earned All-West Central Conference honors and both qualified for the section tournament.

    At the Section 3AA Meet at Eagle Creek Golf Course on May 30, Hennen carded a 101 and Legate posted a 96.

    “As a ninth and eighth grader those are great accomplishments,” said Miller.

    “Katie and Megan were great additions to the varsity team,” added Miller.  “They were both a little nervous to play with the ‘big girls,’ but quickly overcame their fears.  

    “I am very confident that the Morris girls' golf team will be giving some of those top schools in our conference a run for their money in the near future,” concluded Miller.