Rosemount Irish Girls Golf Team Information
Golf is a great sport, and each spring we want to create a team that competes well, improves a lot, and has a lot of fun being together.
If you are willing to commit to the four principles below, then you are right for this team. We want girls on this team who have these goals in common with each other and are willing to make the effort necessary to achieve them. We are inviting you to join this team only if you agree to:
- be chemically free,
- work hard,
- be prepared (have everything at school that you?ll need for practice/matches), and
- contribute to the positive atmosphere of this team.
Varsity Head Girls? Golf Coach: Barry Wallin
Assistant Varsity/JV Coach Girls? Golf: Jackie Regalado
Middle School Program: Henry Gerten
Varsity and Junior Varsity ? The top six girls as determined by MSHSL scoring average (and qualifying score if two players are within one shot for the last spot) will play Varsity, with players #7 and #8 ready as alternates. If any of the #1-#6 girls cannot play a match or tournament, the next girls will be asked in rank order starting with #7, the first alternate. The Varsity team will always be made up of the best available players on a given day. Players #1-#8 must always be available to play in all Lake Conference and Section 1AA practice rounds, matches, and tournaments.
The next six girls as determined by scoring average on a given day will play Junior Varsity. If any of the #7-#12 girls cannot play a match or tournament, the next girls will be asked in rank order. If players #7, #8, and #9 have been playing a lot of Varsity matches, they may elect not to play in a JV event. A total of 18 girls will comprise the Varsity/JV team. The Varsity and JV teams practice five days each week.
Developmental-Club Team An in-house/traveling squad of six to eight or more of mostly first year girls? golfers designed to prepare them for competitive golf on the Junior Varsity team. The Developmental team practices 4 days a week.
Behavior Expectations: Each girl and each coach will create a positive team atmosphere by being prepared, dedicated, positive, safe, and by communicating well. (See our Team Covenants for more details.)
Preseason Practice: ?Preparing You for Tryouts? - Weeks 1 to 4. Practices are Monday-Thursday. Attendance will be kept. 2:30 PM sharp, team meeting, room 219. Practice will then follow with a variety of the following:
- ?Rules of Golf? sessions.
- Strength-training or cardio work.
- 3/4 swing wedges, 3/4 swing eight iron shots, and putting drills.
- Individual swing analysis.
- Course strategy and gamesmanship sessions.
- Team bonding activities.
- Goal-setting discussions.
All of these practices are essential to anyone trying out for this year's team.
Outdoor Preseason Practice: ?Preparing You for Tryouts? - Weeks 3 to 5. This outdoor practice time will focus on preparing golfers to compete in golf. Practices will start at 2:45 at Emerald Greens. Carpools are available. You will need to get a ride home from your parents or a teammate on most practice days. If you want to get a ride with or give a ride to a teammate either to or from practice, you must have a signed permission slip on file with Mr. Wallin. No exceptions. Players are to use great care when driving their own vehicles, and will not drive carelessly or recklessly.
Tryouts: ?Deciding Who Makes Which Team?- Week 4 or 5. Tryouts will cost $10. The first round of qualifying will be a single 9 hole round. The top 18 to 22 golfers will be asked back for the second round of qualifying, which will consist of 2 more 9 hole rounds. New foursomes will be assigned each day. Your qualifying score will be the total of your best 2 out of 3 rounds. The top eight to ten girls will make Varsity and the next eight to ten girls will make JV. The next eight to ten first year ninth or tenth graders will make the Developmental team. All players who miss the cut will receive a refund. Once the initial selections have been made, a player may be moved from one level to another in the best interests of the team at the discretion of the coaching staff. (Some girls have already tried out. Those girls who have posted a 9-hole competitive score under 50 in a varsity match, JV match, PGA Junior Tour, or AAU Junior Tour event are automatically on the team. These girls will play with the girls qualifying, and will help keep score for the group.)
The Season: ?Representing Rosemount High School? - Weeks 6 through 10. Our competitive season is short but busy. Varsity players have an 18 hole out-of-school tournament every week, plus at least another 9-hole match. Stay ahead of your studies. Girls who have played 27 competitive holes in a week may use a scheduled practice to get caught up with schoolwork/life. If you are scheduled to play in a match and are absent from school, immediately notify your coach personally. Ask the secretary to patch you through to your coach?s room. We must know early in the day in order to find a replacement for you. All players will be required to ride school vans to and from all away matches. Rare exceptions may be granted.
Lettering: Golfers who play in 5 varsity matches, who shoot 3 varsity match rounds with an adjusted score of 50 or better for a 9 hole regulation course, who play in 3 varsity conference matches, or whose score counts for us at the region tournament will be considered by the coaching staff for a varsity letter. When we win sections and advance to State, all players on Varsity and Junior Varsity will letter. Good citizenship at RHS is always a factor in awarding a letter. Any students with a MSHSL suspension will not be considered for a letter for a period of one year. Any girl who gets a MSHSL violation in her junior or senior year forfeits any possibility of ever being named a captain for the RHS Girls' Golf team.
Fees and Equipment:
- For 10th, 11th and 12th graders, the golf registration fee is $150.
- For 9th graders, the cost is $125.
- For anyone trying out for Varsity/JV, there will be a $10 fee.
- The Developmental team is a separate and self-supporting program. All players on the Developmental squad (grades 9?10) will have the same fees as Varsity/JV ($150 and $125).
- The Varsity and JV will also need to buy team shirts to be worn at matches. ($30).
Every Varsity and JV player needs a 54° to 56° sand wedge, a 5 or a 7 wood, and a quality putter. NO EXCEPTIONS.
If you need clubs to use, the school does have some to lend. If you already have clubs, please check the grips. If they are worn and slippery, have them replaced them at a local golf shop ($3 a club on average). If you want to buy a set of clubs, please check with me first. I have information on low priced used or custom fit new clubs.
Dress: Dress appropriately. Practices: Nice pants and nice shirt. Matches: Khakis and a collared shirt. No tight clothes. Avoid low cut or wide-necked blouses. No bare midriffs, low rise jeans, spaghetti straps, or bras that show. Wear tennis shoes in the gym. Wear flat-bottomed shoes when we go to the course. Have warm, waterproof clothing, a warm hat, and a good pair of waterproof, spikeless golf shoes. Please see our handout on "What to Wear..."
Rosemount Irish Girls Golf Team Training
Our practices will focus on these aspects of golf:
- Ball Position
- A preshot routine that incorporates these elements
Swing (Our goal: a repeating swing that delivers the desired result, no matter how it looks)
- Club path
- Angle of approach
- Centeredness of contact
- Face angle at impact
Short Game (Controlling the trajectory and roll)
- Approach Shots
- Escape shots
Full Swing (Controlling the trajectory and roll)
- Fairway Shots
- Tee Shots
The Skills of Competitive Golf-
- Know your priorities (Be committed to what you value)
- Be physically fit (Be an athlete)
- Dealing with course conditions (Being prepared)
- Dealing with expectations (Staying in the present)
- Dealing with emotions (Knowing yourself)
- Dealing with distractions, including opponents (Staying focused)
- Following the rules of golf (Honesty)
- Observing good golf etiquette (Respect)
- Adjusting to conditions (Being flexible)
- Playing to position (Having a plan)
- Escaping trouble (Adjusting the plan)
- Learning to win (Working the plan to success)
Set goals to improve in each of these areas.
- Have a dream.
- Visualize exactly what you want to accomplish. Make sure it is YOUR dream.
- Create goals based on your dreams.
- Write it down.
- Be specific.
- It must be realistic and you must be able to measure your progress.
- Put a date down to accomplish it.
- Break every goal down into smaller parts.
- Identify those people who can help you.
- Readjust the goals as you go. You change, so will your goals.