Red Wolves girls golf team seeks return to glory

Looking forward to this year
Looking forward to this year's season, boys and girls Cedarcrest golfers pictured from left are, front, Samantha Dunn, and co-captains Lauren Houk and Sierra Berg; back, Taylor Fields and boys captain Josh Benedict.
— image credit: Carol Ladwig/Staff Photo

Several strong seniors and a promising transfer may give the Cedarcrest High School girls golf team an edge toward return to league greatness.

The Red Wolves took fifth place in league last year; the 2010 season ended a run of four straight league titles. But the Cedarcrest girls are eager to compete and earn it back, said coach David McLaughlin, back for his seventh season.

The Red Wolves return some of their top golfers.

"We also have some new players joining the team, that will contribute quite a bit," McLaughlin said.

Among seniors, Lauren Houk is a returning state qualifier who held third place in league last year; she is expected to be one of the contenders for the league individual title. Sierra Berg is a two-year varsity letter winner, and Sam Dunn is new to the golf team, but has shown skill in the early season. Junior Courtney Hoekstra is a transfer student coming in with strong past golf experience

Kings, last year's champion, is a probably league favorite, though the Knights did lose a few key seniors.

McLaughlin hopes to improve on last year's finish, and ensure that the Red Wolves' four-year veterans qualify for state play.

"We will be very competitive in our league, and carry that on into the district tournament," he said. "We want the girls to have fun and learn the game of golf.  Once those two are taken care of, we build their skill set to get the best golf our of them that we can. We tell the girls that it is a four year process, and we are constantly working to improve."

McLaughlin is assisted by Bobbie Simoni, who is in her fifth season helping the boys and girls teams.

Learn more about the Cedarcrest program at their team website.

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