The West Central Area girls golf team concluded its season after the first day of the Section 5A tournament in rainy and storming conditions on Wednesday, May 25 at Benson Golf Club.

"It was a crazy, but good ending to a good season," WCA head coach Kari Kreft said. "[This] is the first year of the two-day section format versus the traditional subsection and section tournament. All golfers use the cumulative scores from the two-day tournament to advance to the state tournament, with the low four teams and 25 percent of of the remaining individuals in day one, qualifying for day two [on Wednesday, June 1]. It is a little unique in the fact that it is a two-day tournament with the two days separated by a week."

After an hour and a half rain delay, the golfers were able to begin their rounds.

Katie Merrick was the Knights' low scorer with a 102, followed one stroke behind by Jessica St. Martin with a 103.

"These were great scores for these two rookie golfers," Kreft explained. "Benson is a much longer and more challenging course than those they are used to playing and they were each just strokes from their personal bests. Katie was especially proud of her 46 on the back."

Kate Wrolson carded a 121, while Lexi Poyzer (131) and Libby Poyzer (134) rounded out the WCA lineup.

"Kate also had a very strong day, pulling off a par of one of the most challenging holes on the course (No. 6) and having a chip in on a different hole. Her score of 121 was one of her best; a great accomplishment on a challenging course," Kreft said. "They felt proud of many shots and stayed away from much of the trouble the course has to offer. Although Lexi and Libby didn't have the best rounds with a 131 and 134 today, they felt good about shots they made and predicaments they got themselves out of."

Kreft added that while the team knew its chances for qualifying as a team after the first day were slim, this group is excited about the potential for next spring.

"As a team, they are very much looking forward to next year," Kreft said. "This team started out as a young, novice team - lacking some of the skills they needed to be competitive - and have ended the year as confident golfers who know what to do to get to the next level. As a coach, I am super excited for our future."