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Woodbury senior Katie Moore returns to help lead the Royals' girls golf team this spring. Moore was Woodbury's lone golfer to qualify for the state tournament last year.

2013 Spring Preview: Moore, Fisher back to buoy Woodbury girls golf team

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With three of its five top players graduating in 2012, the Woodbury girls golf team may seem like its rebuilding, but that's not what head coach Courtnee Den Herder believes.

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"We have a lot of returning varsity players this year," Den Herder said. " I am excited to see how much they progressed through the summer."

This season, Woodbury will need to replace 2012 grads Kari Johnson, Maggie Sweeney and Rachel Letsche - who were the Royals' third-, fourth- and fifth-best finishers at last year's section meet, respectively. However, Woodbury welcomes back its top two finishers from sections - senior Katie Moore and freshman Annemarie Fisher.

Moore was Woodbury's lone golfer to qualify for the state tournament, shooting a two-day, 36-hole 161 at the Section 3AAA Championship Tournament. An All-Conference golfer for the Royals, Moore went on to finish in 37th place out of 88 competitors at state.

As a team, Woodbury, which was the defending Section 3AAA champion, shot a 353 on the first day of sections to earn fourth place in the 11-team section and advance to the second day. On the day No. 2, the Royals totaled a 370 to take fifth place overall. Individually, Moore led the way for Woodbury on both days, shooting a 77 on the first day - the top score overall on day No. 1 - and an 84 on the second day for a 161. Fisher scored a 179, with a 91 on day No. 1 and an 88 on day No. 2, tying for 13th place overall. Another returnee to the Royals is junior Kalley Hakes, who is expected to be a key player.

In the Suburban East Conference, it's believed Cretin-Derham Hall, Stillwater and East Ridge will be the teams to beat this spring. In Section 4, it's thought that Eastview, East Ridge and Rosemount will be the likely squads standing in Woodbury's way of the state tournament.

Weather permitting, Woodbury's first conference match is set for Monday, April 15, at Stillwater Country Club.

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