Golf Preview: The Laker dynasty continues to grow
So what more can the Detroit Lakes girls’ golf team possibly accomplish after winning the Class 2A state championship two years in a row, while leaving a trail of dominating victories along the way over the course of the last three years?
Yes, the Lakers return their full slate off the 2013 state championship team, including the Class 2A state co-medalists, sophomore Kate Smith and senior Natalie Roth.
Yes, the Lakers haven’t really been challenged the last two years in any meet.
And yes, the Lakers will be overwhelming favorites to extend their state championship streak to three when June rolls around.
But there are several feats the Lakers have not reached, yet, and one of the biggest is 296.
“They are looking at making history,” said DL head coach Cali Harrier. “After shooting a 297 at the state last year and only being one stroke off of tying the all-time meet record, it’s definitely something they are striving for.”
That 296 meet record was set by another girls’ golf dynasty of Minnewaska, which won state titles from 2006 through 2010.
It’s a mark the Laker team has its sights set on, as well as having a meet where all six players shoot under 80.
There is still a lot of focus and motivation for these Lakers, as they enter the 2014 season with a 20-meet winning streak.
Their last loss came 2012, when they took fifth place in the Red Wing Invite.
“That’s impressive, because we’ve been in some very competitive meets over that time,” Harrier said. “But we try hard not to think of wins and losses, because we are not taking anything for granted.
“It’s all about maintaining what we have accomplished thus far.”
Another advantage the Lakers will have entering the season is the focus will be there for DL’s four seniors, who have already committed to their respective college golf teams and can just play their game, starting April 10 with their opener in Becker.
This Laker team has been together for five years and with the four seniors of Roth, Trisa Hutchinson, Matty Tschider and Emma Thompson making their grand departure, there is motivation to make it memorable.
“We know this will be our last run together and realize it will be an emotional season,” Harrier said.
“But we are living by the saying, ‘Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.’”
There will be lots of competition on the team itself, as each player looks to be shooting low in every meet.
Individually, the Lakers had three on the state podium last year, with Hutchinson joining Roth and Smith.
This year, they are hoping for more, after the Lakers placed four in the top 10 last year, including junior Sydney Busker taking 10th overall.
“They all want their teammates on the podium with them,” Harrier said.
The notoriety the Lakers are receiving has also been positive.
“We’ve been invited to some of the best meets in the state, it’s too bad we can’t make all of them,” Harrier said. “It’s also a big compliment when coaches from other successful programs are asking how we are doing it.
“It’s been fun.”
The 2014 Detroit Lakes girls golf schedule:
10 at Becker
21 at Staples-Motley
22 at Wildflower
25 at Bemidji
26 at Grand Rapids
28 at Park Rapids
30 at Alexandria
9-10 at Jordan
12 at Brainerd
13 at Red Wing
15 at St. Cloud
16-17 at Fergus Falls
17 at Duluth
20 DL Invite at DCC
22 at Wildflower
28 Sub-Section at Wildflower
2 Section at Walker Longbow Golf Course