Second place as a team and fourth place as an individual seem like pretty good finishes, but Mankato West’s Mariah Chesley had higher hopes Monday at the Big Nine Conference girls golf meet.
“It was disappointing,” the West junior said. “I didn’t feel like I played real good. Overall, we kind of struggled.”
Faribault won the Big Nine championship with a team score of 351 at North Links Golf Course, 10 strokes clear of the Scarlets. Owatonna was third at 365, with Mankato East was fourth at 377.
Albert Lea placed fifth at 379, followed by Rochester Mayo at 383, Winona at 384, Rochester Century at 393, Rochester John Marshall at 398 and Austin at 413.
The medalist was Century’s Taylor Wells at 81, one stroke better than Paige Cook of John Marshall and Kristi Boyle of Faribault.
Chesley and teammate Brittany Dugan were tied for fourth at 86 with Jackie Johnston of Faribault and Taylor Numedahl of Owatonna.
Chesley said her goal was to break 80, but she shot a 46 on the first nine. She rallied some on the final nine, shooting 40.
“I had a couple of holes where I lost it,” she said, adding that she found a couple of water hazards on the course.
East’s Cassidy Miller was tied for eighth at 88, but made a quadruple bogey on the final holes after hitting her second shot into the hazard. With a par on the final hole, she would have tied for second.
“That was disappointing, but I did pretty well,” Miller said. “I thought we did pretty good as a team.”
The other East players to count were Maren Peterson at 95, Ashley Jensen at 97 and Jean Smith at 97. The other West scores were Aryel Boney at 92 and Olivia Klehr at 97.
West plays in the first round of the Section 2AAA tournament June 1 at Oakdale.
“I think this is going to make us more determined to shoot better scores and do better as a team,” Chesley said.
East plays in the opening round of the Section 2AA tournament today at Dodge Center Golf Club. The Cougars are the defending section champions.
“I think this will give us a lot of confidence,” Miller said. “We want to make it as far as we can and get back to state.”