Tartan girls win first-ever golf title

Girls’ golf is a sport that doesn’t often make the news. This year is different.

For the first time in the history of the sport at Tartan High School, the Titans have managed to tie — with Mahtomedi — for the first place conference trophy.

Points are awarded for each of the matches played in the Metro East Conference. In the four matches played between the eight schools, the Titans and the Zephyrs each won two and each finished in second place in the match they didn’t win. Both schools amassed a total of 96 points.

The Titans’ four-year head coach, Barb Miller, has literally built the program from scratch. She started with four players out for the team. This year 23 have played in Varsity, JV and “B” squad matches.

Coach Miller, a Hall of Fame golfer at Winona State University, said, “Some of these girls on our team began as 7th and 8th graders and many took up golf for the very first time. We began with the very basics and have progressed to one of the best teams in the conference.”

Miller is assisted in the program by Amy Mousel.

The top four Tartan players include — not surprisingly — Miller’s daughter Madelyn. In the championships played at Bunker Hills. Madelyn recorded an 85 -- just two strokes off the pace set by Mahtomedi’s top shotmaker, Tali Cossack.  Senior Miller is joined in the top four by senior Jessica Yang and her sophomore sister Ericca Yang, along with sophomore Cali Pearcy.

The fifth spot on the Tartan team has varied between sophomore Sydney von Frost and junior MaKenzie Ahn (11).

Madlyn Miller is following her mom’s footsteps, signing on a full golfing scholarship to Winona State.

The conference champ Titans will next play at the Section 4AAA tournament held at Bunker Hills May 26 and 28.

— Wally Wakefield

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