The Hastings Raiders girls' golf team is peaking at the right moment as sections approach at the end of the month. In the past few weeks, they had two great showings at the difficult Keller Golf and then played against some of the best teams in the state at Emerald Greens Golf Course. This past week, the Raiders two home duals against Tartan and Mahtomedi. They then host Henry Sibley at Hidden Greens Golf Course on Tuesday, May 14, and go to Goodrich Golf Course to face North St. Paul on Thursday, May 16. The Metro East Conference championships are May 23 at Highland National Golf Course and the Section 1AAA meet is June 11-12 at Faribault Legacy Golf Course.
Hastings defeated Hill-Murray at Keller on April 30 with a team score of 183. Senior Hannah Hubbart shot the best competitive nine-hole round of her career with a 41. Freshman Madison Daley shot a 46, right behind her was fellow freshman Megan Brown with a 47 and freshman Ashlyn Endres added a 49.
"Despite the cold, rainy weather the girls stayed focus played well," said head coach Becky Hartung.
The Raiders returned to Keller on May 2 for their MEC mid-conference tournament. They took second with a team score of 182-their best of the season so far-out of eight teams with Simley winning with a 158. Hannah Hubbart and freshman Lauren Hubbart both shot 44s while Daley added a 46. Brown contributed a 47 and Endres a 49.
"The girls played really well that day," Hartung said. "Hannah (Hubbart) is really on her game this year. She had a great shot out of the sand and had two birdies that day. Lauren Hubbart is playing with a lot more confidence this year and hitting the ball well."
That Saturday, May 4, Hastings played in an invitational at Emerald Greens hosted by Rosemount. The tournament featured power houses like Edina, Red Wing and Lakeville North, some of the best teams in the state. They took ninth out of 12 teams with a score of 366 in the 18-hole meet. Hartung said it was a valuable experience for her team.
"Although, the girls placed ninth out of 12 teams in the invite, it was a great learning experience," she said. "The top teams in the state play in this invitational and it's good for the girls to see that level of talent in girls' golf in this state. It allows us as a team to see what's out there and set goals to eventually get to that level of play."
Brown led the Raiders with an 89, while right behind her were Hannah and Lauren Hubbart with 90s. Senior Sam Benson and Daley both shot 97s while Endres came in with a 99. The top four scores counted toward the team score.