By Tyler Ohmann
For the first time in more than a decade, Little Falls will field a girls varsity golf team.
Low numbers forced the program to go under after the 2004 season.
However, after interest sparked by a community service-run girls golf program a year ago, more than 20 girls signed up this spring, which meant the team would be back.
“They are improving every day,” said girls head coach Gwen Welinski. “It has been exciting seeing them go from not knowing almost anything, and then being able to really hit the ball.”
“They are just working really hard, and improving immensely,” Welinski added.
She is glad to be coaching the team both as a lifetime golfer and a member of the Little Falls Country Club.
“I am very excited, because this is how you get people engaged in golf, and then they golf as adults as well,” Welinski said.
For this season, the Flyers girls team will only participate in Granite Ridge Conference meets this season.
The first one is scheduled for Monday, April 24 at Spring Brook Golf Course in Mora.
“They are very nervous, but I’m excited to see their excitement when they find out how fun it is,” Welinski said. “I’m anxious to see how they score in their first meets.”
Welinski is appreciative of many folks in the Little Falls golfing community who helped bring the program back.
“Thank you to the many people that have helped try and get this program going with donations,” Welinski said. “Especially the ladies league, they are excited to see the program going.”
Little Falls’ roster currently lists six seniors, seven juniors, three sophomores and five freshman.
Flyers boys golf returns
half of section roster
Three of the six golfers that made up the section roster a year ago return to try and give it another go for the Little Falls golf team.
Juniors Dakota Joslin and Aaron Sanoski, along with sophomore Ethan Ballou return with that experience.
Flyers head coach Joel Youngberg expects the Flyers to be a consistent and deeper squad this season.
“We have a bunch of guys that all fall within a very consistent range of each other,” Youngberg said. “We’re going to be really young, so it will take us a little while to figure out our roster.”
The lone Little Falls senior is Andrew Thompson.
Youngberg expects Cathedral and Becker to be the top competition in both the conference and section.
The Flyers opened the season by shooting a 372 at an invite in Becker, Tuesday.
Ballou paced the Flyers with an 87. Adam Beack added a 93, Joslin a 94 and Jackson Card a 98.