Although the Janesville-Waldorf-Pemberton girls golf team did not place the way they wanted to at the girls A state championship this week, it was still able to become an important piece of the school’s history.

The Bulldogs team solidified itself as a major building block and as a piece of foundation that will help the program continue its growth for years to come by reaching the state finals this season.

“It was a very fun week. The girls had a great time and have memories they will always remember,” coach Sharon Keyes said.

The Bulldogs finished in eighth overall, as they shot a +165 on Thursday and combined for a +331 between the two days. BOLD high came in a narrow first place at +128 and Park Christian came in second by one stroke at +129. Park Christian had a phenomenal second round as they went +54 on Thursday in comparison to +71 from BOLD.

Lac Qui Parle Valley was +144 overall and +79 on Thursday afternoon to clinch third place. Badger/Greenbush-Middle River came in fourth at +182 overall and at +97 in their second round. There was a tie for fifth place between North Woods and Murray County Central at +224 overall and they had a one stroke difference on Thursday afternoon. Fillmore Central came in seventh with a +114 on Thursday and +236 overall.

Freshman Kirsten Thell led the way all week long for the Bulldogs, as she finished at +54 overall. On day two, Thell started off well by shooting a 42 through the first nine holes and then slipped a bit during the back nine by shooting a 53.

It was an improvement from day one, where she finished with a 103 and then finished with a 95 on day two. Sophomore Taylor Rinehart shot a 59 through the first nine holes and then put up a 54 on the second part of the course to combine for a 113 on the day.

Sophomore Dani Gerdts finished close behind her with a +86 to finish her two rounds. Gerdts shot a 109 on Tuesday and then a 121 on Thursday where she shot a 62 through the first half of the course and then a 59 on the second half to close out her day. Sophomore Kiya Erler shot a 61 through the first nine of the day and then hit a bit of a rough patch on the second half of the course where she put up a 67 to finish her round at the Pebble Creek golf club.

“Today Kirsten Thell shot her best round ever, finishing with a 95. Congratulations Kirsten and the rest of the team for a great week. It’s been a fun season,” Keyes said.

The Bulldogs have youth on their side and now experience under their belt as well. The girls will look to continue their success next season as they attempt to rally together another run to the state finals competition.

Reach Sports reporter Shafin Khan at 507-835-4283.

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