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Power play: State experience, strong newcomers for Mount Si girls golf
Mount Si's nine-member girls golf team boasts the veteran returners and promising newcomers to pack a significant punch this spring.
Three seniors spearhead the team: Julia Dorn, Maggie Robinson and Genna Magnan. Dorn and Robinson have played all four years on the Mount Si program. Robinson went to state last year, while Dorn was an alternate.
Dorn practiced on her own all winter, took lessons, and shot one of her best games yet at Mount Si Golf Course in the first week of practice.
"Julia's swing is looking awesome, and her short game is starting to come around," said new Mount Si girls coach Brandon Proudfoot, who also took over the Wildcat boys program from Mike Johnston last fall.
"There's only three of us seniors," Dorn said. "Our goal is to win three matches. Practice matches and jamborees will help a lot with nerves."
Dorn is usually within a stroke or two of Robinson, another four-year returner and state veteran. Robinson hopes to score in the 30s and return to state.
Magnan played during the last two seasons, and it catching up fast with the vets. She nailed a birdie during practice March 7.
"We're making a couple of swing changes, and for only working on it for a couple days, she's really come around well," Proudfoot said.
Young players also have potential. Freshman Tabitha Dorn, Julia's sister, is showing skill, and sophomore Danielle Burns hits the ball well and far.
In the league, Proudfoot expects Mercer Island to be strong competition, and the team will match up well with Lake Washington, Sammamish and Liberty.
The team and new coach seems to be transitioning well together.
"He's a really good teacher," Robinson said. "He has good drills for us to work on, that I will doing after practice today."
Dorn said the game requires a lot of patience.
"It's a lifelong sport," she said. "It's something fun, especially when you're playing well."
"You can always improve," added Robinson.