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WARRIORS ATHLETE OF WEEK: Freshman golfer all-conference for third time

Jenny Muesing has three years of varsity golf remaining but the freshman is already a success story.

Following the final Central Lakes Conference meet of the season Monday at Blackberry Ridge Golf Club in Sartell, the 14-year-old garnered all-conference honors for the third time with a season average of 83.25. Although she shot 92 in the season’s final meet the honor rewarded her for a third solid conference season.

“The meet started out good but my putting kind of struggled, I started to get frustrated, and it led to some silly mistakes,” Muesing said, “but I was hitting the ball well.

“I like the course. I played it last year, and it was one of my lower scores of the year. I like the way course is laid out. It was really wet (Monday) so that kind of played into (a high score) a little bit.”

On May 10, Muesing was medalist in a CLC meet at Rich Spring Golf Club in Cold Spring with a 77.

“Going into the meet I was confident,” she said. “We finally had a warm day. I usually do well when the weather gets warmer so I had a positive attitude going into it. I just tried to keep my mind steady, not let anything affect me and have fun.”

Muesing was the Warriors’ No. 1 golfer all season after playing the position a few times last year when senior Molly Hoppe was not in the lineup. Warriors co-head coach Brian Stark said Muesing was up to the challenge of being No. 1.

“I was really happy with her as our No. 1 golfer this year,” he said. “It was a lot of pressure for her throughout the year. As the year went on she was working hard at handling the pressure and a leadership role and the expectations she had for herself playing that position.

“A good thing about playing No. 1 as a freshman is you play with lots of kids who might be juniors or seniors and you can learn from them, how they handle themselves on the course, how they conduct themselves in meets. That will only help her in years to come.”

Muesing conceded there was a “little pressure” playing No. 1 “but I tried to push it out of my mind and have fun with it,” she said. “I love to golf, I just want to do it all the time. I just try not to let (the pressure) get to me.

“I’m pretty happy how my season went. I was happy with my average at conference. I would have a good round one day and a not so good round the next day so I would like to have been more consistent. I know next year will be better. I will be more mature and will be able to handle the pressure.”

She hopes to punctuate this season by finishing as one of the top five individuals in the Section 8-3A tournament June 2-3 at Long Prairie Country Club. Muesing said Long Prairie can be a challenging course.

“It’s a course that kind of gets to you all the time,” she said. “It’s not the most visually appealing course, and I need to get past that. I want get past that mental part of the course being harder and play golf the way I know I can play there, and hopefully make it to state.”

Even if she doesn’t qualify for state this year Muesing’s future appears limitless.

“Even though she had a few rounds she was not happy with I kept telling her ‘You’re only a freshman,’” Stark said. “She has a lot of years to be successful here at Brainerd. Her effort shows the amount of time she’s put in during the offseason, in the success she’s had so far, not only last year, but this year.”

Other notable efforts:

• Nikki Anderson, softball, pitched a no-hitter against St. Cloud Apollo.

• Carlie Sweet, softball, had six hits in a doubleheader against Moorhead.

• Tommy Olson, boys golf, finished eighth in the conference season to earn All-CLC honors.

• Sydnie Mauch, girls track and field, won the shot put at the CLC meet.

• Megan Holmes, girls track and field, won the 800 run at the CLC meet.

• The 4x100 relay of Jordan Hayes, Dan Lauer, Grant Reuer and Joe Nelson set a CLC record with its win at 43.30.

• The 4x200 relay of Jack Luke, Nelson, Hayes and Lauer won the 4x200 at the CLC meet.