Faith Justesen, now playing golf at the University of Jamestown, and Sydney Cook both missed out on their senior years of golf at Hawley High School as the season was canceled due to COVID 19.
Head Coach Ben Gunkelman said, “We lost some major talent with Sydney and Faith graduating. It will be hard to fill their spots, but many of the girls spent some time out at the course this last summer and I am hoping someone will step into the #1 and #2 spots.”
Gunkelman and Assistant Peter Wollin welcome back three varsity letter winners for the 2021 season. Senior Mia Tickel, junior Kensie Larson and freshman Ivy Tickel all return. After that, without last year as a reference, Gunkelman is unsure of what the rest of his varsity lineup will look like, but feels that junior Tallyn Ranstrom and eighth-grader Sophie Cook will be in the mix.
“I think one of our strengths is our team unity,” noted Coach Gunkelman. “All the girls want to succeed and are very supportive of each other, which makes for a really enjoyable season. If I had to guess at our weakness, I would have to say our age and we do not have a lot of tournament experience. Overall, I think we should have a great team this year and I look forward to this season.”
Gunkelman says Perham and Barnesville are the toughest teams in the Heart O’ Lakes Conference year in and year out. As for Section 8AA, Perham, Fergus Falls and Barnesville are the top teams in the South.