Girls golf: Rains leads Tigers in final meet
Inexperience once again proved to be the downfall of the Farmington girls golf team in the Section 1AAA tournament last week.
With a lineup featuring two eighth-graders, two freshmen and just one senior, the Tigers finished last with a round of 454 at Cannon Falls Golf Course.
Lone senior Alexia Rains closed out her career with a team-best round of 110 for 18 holes. Brianna Swenson followed with a 114 and Alexis Preese and Terra Klima provided matching rounds of 115. Mia Johnston added a 116.
Five of Farmington's six golfers improved their scores in the second half of the round after a tough front nine.
"They were very nervous," first-year varsity coach Rob Carpentier said. "As a team we struggled collectively with our first nine holes. The back nine was a different story... Three of them took 10 or more strokes off their first nine scores and that was highly encouraging."
With Rains the only graduation loss, Carpentier is hoping the program can show some improvement next season.
"This is and will be a young team and they will only get much better," he said. "All of the freshmen have a lot of raw talent and if they decide to take golf somewhat seriously -- lessons and play over the summer, etc. -- I wouldn't be shocked if they were a middle of the pack Missota team next spring with big things happening the two years after that."