Marshall girls’ golf team competes in Hutch

The Marshall girls’ golf team’s grueling stretch of four road meets in five days concluded on a rainy Friday afternoon at Crow River Golf Club in Hutchinson, where the Tigers placed seventh out of 12 teams.

Marshall shot a team score of 367 despite missing two of its regular varsity golfers, who were at Marshall High School’s graduation ceremony. Minnewaska won the event with a 326.

Hanna Peterson led the Tigers with at score of 84. Kirsten Webskowski added an 88, Jessica Blanchard fired a 92 and freshman Mallory Griffin rounded out the top four Marshall scores with a 103.

In the absence of seniors Allie Pogatchnik and Laura Mitlyng, Marshall girls’ head coach Nancy Blanchard thought the remaining golfers did well to make up for the loss.

“I’m definitely very pleased,” Blanchard said. “Kirsten had a career low and Hanna shot a really good round as well. That’s something she’s capable of for sure. We’ve kind of been waiting for her to bust out a bit and I’m happy to see her do that today.

“Jessica, she struggled a bit on her front nine but came back strong on the back. And Mallory had her best round for us today, too.”

McKenzie Neisen of New Prague and Alexis Guggisberg of Minnewaska each shot a round of 76 for the low score on the day, but Neisen earned medalist honors due to a scorecard playoff.

Friday ended a long week of competition for the Tiger girls that began Monday with a win in Pipestone and continued Tuesday with another win in a Southwest Conference dual in Luverne. Thursday the Tigers tied for 10th in a 20-team invitational at St. Cloud Country Club.

It was a lot of travel and a lot of golf for the Tigers, but Blanchard said they performed about as well as she could have hoped.

“I thought we did very well, I’m very pleased,” she said. “It was a long week that started with setting a school record on Monday and they really played pretty strong golf the whole week. The team seems to be coming together nicely and peaking at the right time.”

The Tigers are off for the weekend but are right back in action Monday when Marshall hosts the Southwest Conference Championships at Marshall Golf Club.