June 10, 2010 at 9:26 a.m.
North Branch concluded their girls golf season on Memorial Day last weekend.
Despite nearly perfect weather conditions, the girls couldn't overcome the talent-laden section offers.
"We played OK, but we just could not compete with the top teams in the event," Head Coach Dave Ambers said after the event. "Grand Rapids had three scores in the 70s!"
The Vikings carded a 410 as a team, which pit them in eighth place. Grand Rapids won the meet with a 314, with Elk River just behind them with a 320. "I was satisfied with the way the girls played," Ambers said. "All of them are competitive and I'm sure they would like to have a shot at the next round."
North Branch's leader was Katie Foley. As she has all year, the senior carded the lowest score for North Branch, a 92, at Hinckley Grand National Golf Course. "Katie shot a 92 on a day when things did not go well for her," Ambers explained. "She has a terrfic future in golf, if she decides to pursue it."
Another senior, Emily Juve, carded a 108, and although her scores were always counted in the team total, she will be missed more for her contributions around the course and in practice.
"With a quick wit and the ability to laugh at herself, she'll do well in the future," Ambers said.
In her final day of competition for North Branch, third senior Laurel Dresel shot a 104, her best ever 18. "Her brains and positive attitude will continue to serve her well, whatever she does," Ambers noted. "All three of them have made us proud. They'll be missed."
Sophomore Lauren Ibinger's 106 completed the scoring for the Vikings, who totalled 410.
Also, sophomore Cassedy Coleman and freshman Alyssa Ramberg both gained valuable experience which should help them in future seasons. They both struggled the first nine, and finished strong on the back nine. Ambers noted that it should be something the pair can build on into next year's golf season.