Waukon girls golf team will have just one competitor in 2022

2022 Waukon girls golf ... Freshman Alyssa Connelly is the lone player for the Waukon girls golf team for this 2022 season.

The 2022 Waukon girls golf season will feature an unprecedented situation in the fact that there will be just one young lady taking to the course for the Lady Indians this spring. Freshman Alyssa Connelly makes up the entire roster for this season’s golf Tribe, as no golfers returned from previous seasons for this spring campaign.

“The census of the team is down considerably, but my individual is working hard, is excited about the game, and has personal goals that she wants to achieve,” Waukon girls golf coach Kathy McMillan said.

Even though her team size may be the smallest it has ever been, Coach McMillan will continue to provide the tutelage she has for all golfers who have gone through her program. “I want to teach my individual good course management skills and establish solid fundamentals,” she explained.

With her focus being much more centralized this spring than ever before, Coach McMillan will try and do all she can to make her lone competitor become the best golfer she can be. “I want my individual to make All-Conference as a freshman,” she said.

Providing a challenge to achieving that goal will be the typically strong field in the Northeast Iowa Conference (NEIC). “New Hampton and Waverly-Shell Rock will be contenders to win the Northeast  Iowa Conference Tournament, which is held in Waukon this year,” Coach McMillan explained.

This season’s low participation census does not seem to be an issue solely plaguing the Waukon girls golf program, as several other teams competing in the Northeast Iowa Conference also have participation limitations to contend with this spring. Decorah and Charles City have barely enough players to field a full scoring team themselves this season and there will be just 29 golfers competing in the annual NEIC Meet with current reported participation.

The Waukon golf season was scheduled to get underway with consecutive nights of competition to start this week, beginning at Oelwein Monday, April 4 before hosting South Winneshiek Tuesday, April 5. A busy first week is scheduled to continue at Decorah Thursday, April 7 before another consecutive pair of nights next week that include hosting Crestwood April 11 and a trip to Luana to compete against MFL/MarMac and Postville April 12.

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