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Whittell golf team finishes strong

The girls’ golf team at Whittell High ended its new program with an impressive fourth-place finish at the 2002 NIAA /U.S. Bank 2A State Girls Golf Championship.

One of five teams to compete at state with a complete roster, the Warriors finished with a combined two-day score of 1,483.

That put them ahead of White Pine (1,557) but trailing Faith Lutheran (1,194), which finished in third.

The score wasn’t important to Warrior head coach Laura Amaral, who wanted her team to accomplish two goals: to improve and have fun.

And that, she said, is what the Warriors did.

“At the beginning of the year the girls were afraid to compete and now they want to compete. They feel bad if they have a poor round and they want to do better,” Amaral said.

Most of the seven girls on the team had never picked up a golf club before they came out for the golf team, Amaral said.

Now it’s among the larger 2A programs in the state, and Amaral said it’s poised to continue growing.

The top team in the Oct. 23-24 championship at Eagle Valley Golf Course was Incline with a two-day total of 946. Wells finished runner-up at 1,052.

Leading the Whittell lineup was freshman Sarah Angstadt, who tied for 24th overall with two-day total of 277. Behind her from Whittell were junior Hanna Ouellette (288), freshman Maria Tracy (296), junior Elisa Seppa (301) and junior Elise Ehrler (321).

Amaral said she plans to return to coach the team next year and that all of her golfers expressed interest in coming back.

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