Captains Auni Edwards (left) and Rachel Warnke are looking to make this year the best yet for girls golf at Mount Si. (Evan Pappas/Staff Photo)

Spring Sports Update: Golf girls will build on experience, senior leadership this season

This year’s team has once again broken records on overall team size with 23 players. Two thirds of the team are returning players, Botulinski said. The team also has the most seniors the program has ever seen.

  • Tuesday, March 14, 2017 5:17pm
  • Sports

Head coach: Steve Botulinski

Team captains: Rachel Warnke and Auni Edwards

Team strengths: This year’s team has once again broken records on overall team size with 23 players. Two thirds of the team are returning players, Botulinski said. The team also has the most seniors the program has ever seen.

“Our depth this year might even be stronger from the new additions to it, one through 10 are very competitive,” head coach Steve Botulinski said. “I think the coolest thing about it is now we have five seniors, where we had one or two the past few years. Adding a little bit more depth at the top, older kids at the top, they’ve been in the program for a while and can pass on some of the legacy and the culture that we built over the past few years.

Captains Rachel Warnke and Auni Edwards said that some of the new and returning players are students who have participated in other sports and are bringing their abilities to golf.

“We have a lot of people who have played other sports in the past and are new to golf. They have that athletic ability so they can transfer their strength into their golf swing,” Edwards said. “They have some good speed with them, they hit with power.”

Challenges: The snow and rain so far this season have been an issue for the golf team. They met in a classroom last week to go over golf rules and regulations because of the poor weather outside. They had to play in their first jamboree in the rain.

“We started two weeks ago, through the rain and sleet and snow and everything else, it’s been a little bit of a rough start for all sports, but we’ve found ways to still make progress,” Botulinski said.

The captains agreed, and to counter some of the bad weather’s impact, they organized an optional practice at Mount Si Golf Course.

“It’s been a lot rougher this year. Last year we were blessed with the nice sun. This year we started off super rainy, but it’s really nice to see all the girls have still kept with it in the rain,” Warnke said. “We organized optional practices and we actually had some girls come out even when it was pouring down rain like this.”

Don’t miss: Their first league match of the season will be played at 3:15 p.m. at Mount Si Golf Course against Issaquah High School on Tuesday, March 21.

From there they will have to play against Newport at Newcastle Golf Course, a course that is known to be very difficult, the captains said.

2016-17 Mount Si Varsity Girls Golf Schedule

  • Tue, Mar 21 Issaquah 3:15 pm at Mt.Si Golf Course
  • Wed, Mar 22 Newport 2:45 pm at Newcastle Golf Course
  • Mon, Mar 27 Cedarcrest 3 pm at Blue Heron Golf Course, Carnation
  • Thu, Mar 30 Eastlake 3:15 pm at Mt.Si Golf Course
  • Thu, Apr 6 Bellevue 3:15 pm at Mt.Si Golf Course
  • Thu, Apr 20 Bothell 3:15 pm at Mt.Si Golf Course
  • Mon, Apr 24 Woodinville 3:15 pm at Mt.Si Golf Course
  • Tue, Apr 25 Suncadia Invite 9 am at Suncadia Resort
  • Thu, Apr 27 Skyline 3:15 pm at Mt.Si Golf Course
  • Mon, May 1 Inglemoor 3 pm at Inglewood Golf Course
  • Thu, May 4 Liberty 2:55 pm at Maplewood Golf Course

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