Backed by a solid core of veterans, the 2013 OHS girls golf team, the second place team in the Wisconsin Little Ten conference last year, expects to be a contender for the title again this fall.
Cooney coach Jason Dahl lost Sydney Snyder, a second-team all-conference choice from that team, but he returns two other second-team all-conference slections, senior Allie Dahlke and junior Carly Garcia. Last year Dahlke was sixth and Dahlke ninth in the conference for individual round scoring.
Dahl said earlier this week that his 2013 could be “One of the strongest I’ve had in my six years in terms of experience.”
Dahl add, “Allie Dahlke and Carly Garcia qualified for sectionals last year as individuals and should lead us throughout. Then Carly Paton, Kalli Parra, Zoe Quinette, and sophomore Alix Larson will help make a solid varsity squad. If those four kids can be under 50 for us on a consistent basis in conference matches, we’ll be hard to beat.”
Quinette, a senior, is pictured right during a round at the Wanakee golf course earlier this week. Photo by Malcolm McIntyre.
According, Dahl says he expects his team to “be in the mix” for the conference title with Beaver Dam and West Bend (a team that combines the East and West schools). “Both teams will be hard to beat. Abby Chase, by far is the best player in the WLT and one of the top 10Â in the Milwaukee area, even the state.” Chase, a junior, the daughter of Beaver Dam girls golf and girls basketball coach Tim Chase, was the WLT conference player of the year last year.
To challenge for the 2013 title, Dahl says that for his team to “maximize its potential it needs to deal with two things: mental stability, and course management. ” I know we have work really hard on these two themes. The game of golf can be brutal at times, but it also can be rewarding. I really emphasize to the kids to stay calm and keep the emotions in check. Course management is key – making a bogey instead of making a triple bogey is huge and sometimes that is the difference in a conference match.”
Dahl also says he’s pleased with the number of girls who want to compete on the team: “We have 20 girls out this year, our highest total in a long time, perhaps, ever. I’m really pleased that we have seven freshmen out this year.”