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Tabery has veteran golf team

Photo by Brian Hansel Wadena-Deer Creek golf coach Melissa Tabery, left, shows golfer Ella Harrison a grip during an indoor practice session.

Missy Tabery may have lost state qualifier Tracy Gustafson to graduation but with five of her top six golfers back, the prospects for a very decent 2009 season are definitely there.

Gustafson tied for 36th in the Class AA state meet last June at Ridges of Sand Creek in Jordan with a two-day round of 185.

Tabery, who guided her 2008 team to a fourth place finish in the section last year, knows she has the nucleus of another good squad.

Katie Anderson is the only returning senior letterwinner in the team.

"Katie is a good athlete," said Tabery, who is in her 12th year as coach. "She will likely be my No. 1 or No. 2. She is very strong and she has a great long game."

Junior Kayla Krause is out for her fourth season.

"She's a strong player and she hits the ball far," said Tabery, who sees Anderson and Krause flip-flopping in the role of the team's No. 1 golfer.

Freshman letterwinners include Jenna Ludovissie, Amanda Kramer and Breanna Speed. While Tabery tabs Ludovissie as the strongest of the three, she is anxious to see what all of her freshmen can do this season.

Seventh-graders on the team are Paige Hartman and Ella Harrison. Both come from strong golfing families and have good skills.

Staples-Motley and Detroit Lakes shape up as the strongest teams in the Mid-State Conference this year. Three-time defending state champion Minnewaska will once again be the section favorite.