JORDAN, Minn. — Heading into their fourth Class AA State Golf Meet, Eveleth-Gilbert’s Mollie Albrecht and Taya Kwiatkowski are ready to draw on those years of experience.
The Golden Bear juniors are both playing well right now after Albrecht won the Section 7AA championship last month and Kwiatkowski captured third place.
The E-G golfers will need that veteran savvy if the course softens up today with the rain that is expected, according to head coach Cathy Larson. The course was hard and fast Monday for their practice round, which enabled the girls to hit the ball farther. And if the ground softens up, the girls will be able to stick the ball better.
A changing course will lead to somewhat of a guessing game on club selection, said Larson.
“They’ll have to use of all of their experience to deal with that the next few days. It’s going to be an interesting few days.’’
But the experience will definitely help the Golden Bears golfers.
“That is a big benefit in this sort of atmosphere,’’ Larson said via cellphone as the girls were finishing their practice round at the Ridges of Sand Creek in Jordan, Minn.
Individually, Larson added that Kwiatkowski’s game has improved quite a bit and she has been playing better and better all season. Watching her ball striking in the last couple of days, the coach said she is “excited to see what she can do’’ if she can stay consistent.
Regarding Albrecht, Larson said she continued to improve as she got bigger and stronger. Her game has always stayed on an even keel and the E-G junior doesn’t get thrown by a bad hole.
The coach was especially impressed at the Section 7AA Tournament on the last nine holes when all of the other golfers were dragging. Albrecht was just the opposite, she said.
“Mollie found this whole new gear. This fierce competitor came out in her that I’d never seen before. She really showed me something new.’’
Despite the skill the two golfers have shown, the weather could be the ultimate factor today and Wednesday.
“This is going to be a trial with the weather,’’ Larson said. “If we have to play in adverse conditions for rain, that’s another time where experience and patience will be as important as the physical part of the game. Now we just have to be prepared and then hope for the best.’’
As far as goals set for the girls, Larson believes they will do well. The girls are in two of the last groups going out onto the course — and if they play like they have been, “there’s a decent chance at some hardware this year for either one of them.’’
Both girls have improved a little each year at state and they are thinking top 10 or top 20, the coach said. “I would like to see somebody end up on the podium.’’
The Class AA State Golf Meet will be held today and Wednesday at the Ridges Sand Creek in Jordan, Minn. The girls begin teeing off at noon.