Girls golf: Ponies climb to second at Forest Lake Invitational

FOREST LAKE — Competing on the course that will host its section meet, the Stillwater girls’ golf team showed more progress on Wednesday, May 3 while finishing second at the Forest Lake Invitational at Tanners Brook Golf Course. The Ponies posted a score of 364 to place second behind host Forest Lake (337) in the 16-team field. Cretin-Derham Hall (368) followed in third place, four shots behind the Ponies.

“It was kind of a section preview with Central, Mahtomedi, Cretin and Roseville and White Bear Lake,” Ponies coach Peter Deeg said. “We’re definitely optimistic.”

Catherine Monty led the Ponies with an 82 and Sydney O’Neal followed with an 96. They are Stillwater’s returning players with the most experience and they have been showing imporovement each time out, the coach suggested.

“Syd and Catherine are starting to get back into form,” Deeg said. “Catherine played well and Syd played fairly well. With those two playing well, we can compete with Cretin and we have so many kids who can fit into those last four spots.”

Savannah Vincent was next for the Ponies with a 95 and Kalley Taverna completed teh scoring with a 101. Caitlyn Garrity was just one shot behind Taverna with a 102.

“We’re starting to get the last four spots some experience and I think we’ll continue to get better,” Deeg said.

Team standings

1. Forest Lake 337; 2. Stillwater 364; 3. Cretin-Derham Hall 368; 4. Woodbury 374; 5. Spring Lake Park 376; 6. White Bear Lake 382; 7. Mounds View 391; 8. Roseville 397; 9. Holy Family 402; 10. Anoka 404; 11. Park 405; 12. Maple Grove 414; 13. Hill-Murray 414; 14. Mahtomedi 441; 15. East Ridge 484; 16. St. Paul Central 485.

Stillwater results (par 72)

Catherine Monty 82, Sydney O’Neal 86, Savannah Vincent 95, Kalley Taverna 101, Caitlyn Garrity 102 and Amy Foss 116. Medalist — Hannah Kohls (FL) 78.

Ponies ninth at Bunker Hills

At Woodbury, Catherine Monty and Sydney O’Neal set the pace for the Ponies as they played ninth at the Girls Preview Invitational on April 28-29 at Bunker Hills Golf Club.

The Ponies improved by eight shots in the second round on the way to a two-day total of 762 (385-377). Top-ranked Edina posted an impressive score of 614 (303-311) to outdistance runner-up Forest Lake (344-350—694) by 80 shots.

Monty led the Ponies on both days, following up an opening-round 89 with an 87 for a total of 176. O’Neal matched Monty’s 89 on Day 1 and followed with an 88 to finish one shot back at 177.

“It was tough weather conditions, but Syd and Catherine both had two rounds in the 80s, which was good,” Ponies coach Peter Deeg said.

Ellie Rice (105-98) improved by seven shots on Day to finish at 203 for the Ponies and Grace Gabriel (105-104) was steady while finishing at 209. Savannah Vincent provided Stillwater’s third score on Day 1 and finished at 211 (102-109).

Team standings

1. Edina 303-311—614; 2. Forest Lake 344-350—694; 3. Lakeville North 356-345—701; 4, tie, Buffalo 359-361—720 and Minnetonka 379-341—720; 6. Breck 370-361—731; 7. Chanhassen 388-358—746; 8. Rosemount 384-375—759; 9. Stillwater 385-377—762; 10. Lakeville South 377-388—765; 11. Rogers 396-375—771; 12. Holy Family 389-400—789.

Stillwater results (par 72)

Catherine Monty 89-87—176, Sydney O’Neal 89-88—177, Ellie Rice 105-98—203, Grace Gabriel 105-104—209 and Savannah Vincent 102-109—211. Medalist — Grace Kellar (Ed) 71-76—147.

Stillwater JV places 11th

At Woodbury, sophomore Caitlyn Garrity shot a 97 to lead the Ponies to a 11th-place finish at the Woodbury Invitational on Friday, April 28 at Eagle Valley Golf Club. Stillwater’s lineup included JV players competing against mostly varsity teams. Lake City turned in a score of 340 to outdistance runner-up Woodbury (349) by nine shots. Stillwater finished with a score of 402.

Seventh-grader Caroline Monty was next for the Ponies with a 99 and freshman Anna Lindeberg finished at 100. Eighth-grader Sam Kane completed the scoring with a 106.