Girls golf: Ponies struggle against the elements at Prestwick


The tough conditions on Thursday took a toll on the Stillwater girls’ golf team, which posted a season-high total of 219 to place eighth in a Suburban East Conference meet at Prestwick Golf Club.

The Ponies had not placed outside the top five in any of their three previous matches this season, East Ridge posted a winning score of 177 and Forest Lake followed in second place at 185.

“What an amazingly tough day,” Ponies coach Nate Schwarz said. “We took the brunt of the weather no doubt, along with Cretin-Derham Hall and Hastings, who also struggled, but not as much as we did.”

Erin Thiets led the Ponies with a 49 while Sydney O’Neal came through with flying colors in his first-ever varsity match to contribute a 55. Maddie Luoma (57) and Amanda Wolf closed out the scoring with a 57 and 58 while Leah Kroenning and Rachel Billingsley were one shot back at 59.

“We’re giving way too many shots away around the greens. There will be a renewed focus on the short game in the next week.”


Team standings

1. East Ridge 177; 2. Forest Lake 185; 3. Woodbury 189; 4. Mounds View 191; 5. Hastings 200; 6. Park 208; 7. Cretin-Derham Hall 209; 8. Stillwater 219; 9. Roseville 220; 10. White Bear Lake 226.

Stillwater results (par 36)

Erin Thiets 49, Sydney O’Neal 55, Maddie Luoma 57, Amanda Wolf 58, Leah Kroenning 59 and Rachel Billingsley 59. Medalist — Celia Kuenster (C-DH) 41.


Ponies 3rd at Highland National

At St. Paul, competing in its first 18-hole match of the season, the Stillwater girls’ golf team finished third in Wednesday’s Suburban East Conference meet at Highland National Golf Course. The Ponies turned in a score of 356 to finish behind Forest Lake (346) and host Cretin-Derham Hall (354), but in front of fourth place Woodbury (359) by three shots.

Erin Thiets set the pace for Stillwater with an 86 while teammates Leah Kroenning and Amanda Wolf were just two shots back at 88. Maddie Luoma completed the scoring with a 94.

Cretin-Derham Hall’s Celia Kuenster remained unbeated in conference play this season while posting a 1-under 71.


Team standings

1. Forest Lake 346; 2. Cretin-Derham Hall 354; 3. Stillwater 356; 4. Woodbury 359; 5. Hastings 368; 6. Mounds View 369; 7. East Ridge 380; 8. Park 392; 9. White Bear Lake 394; 10. Roseville 406.

Stillwater results (par 72)

Erin Thiets 86, Leah Kroenning 88, Amanda Wolf 88, Maddie Luoma 94, Katie Clark 105 and Ana Reding 106. Medalist — Celia Kuenster (C-DH) 71.