Women’s golf concludes season

Neal Hogden, Managing Editor

The UW Oshkosh women’s golf team traveled to Rock Island, Illinois, last weekend where they placed ninth out of 13 teams.

After the opening round of the event was canceled due to inclement weather, teams had only one round to record the best scores they could.

Freshman Margherite Pettenuzzo led the Titans as she shot an 81 on Sunday to take 13th place.

Pettenuzzo said she knew the first round was going to be cancelled so she was that much more motivated to golf well in her last event of the year.

“I knew going into the weekend that the first day of the tournament was canceled,” Pettenuzzo said. “I wanted to make sure I left everything out there that I could on Sunday because it was the last tournament of my freshman year, and I wanted to end on a round I was proud of.”

Teammate and senior Ireland Dunne was seven shots behind Pettenuzzo as a score of 88 gave her 37th place.

Dunne said playing well in the last round of her career was important to her.

“For me, it was everything,” Dunne said. “I personally was disappointed in myself for the way my fall senior season went. I just didn’t play well, so for me ending my college golf career with a great or decent round was extremely important to me.”

Rounding out the Titan golfers were junior Sophia Mazurek in 45th, freshman Mackenzie Retzlaff in 55th and sophomore Claire Hamburg in 66th.

Head coach Liza Ruetten said the team played on a tough course and in windy conditions but did well despite that fact.

“All five players did a fantastic job of handling the tough hills of Highland Springs Golf Course in windy conditions,” Ruetten said. “Wind and rain were our two biggest opponents all season. Highland Springs is a challenging course, and all five were playing it for the first time in their Titan careers.”

Pettenuzzo said the seniors on the squad have helped her in her first season as a Titan.

“The seniors on this golf team have been incredible people to look up to and learn from,” Pettenuzzo said. “As a freshman, Ireland and Kayla both made an effort to make me feel comfortable, and they told me everything I needed to know when I needed to know it. They will definitely be missed by the rest of the team next year.”

Dunne said she will look back on her junior year as one of her favorite memories playing on the team.

“Something I look back on fondly would definitely be my junior year, fall season,” Dunne said. “It was just a lot of fun for me. I was playing great golf, we played some amazing courses [and] being able to travel with the team every weekend was something I was proud of. There were a lot of great memories on those trips.”