Priebe sets school records

Neal Hogden, Sports Editor

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The UW Oshkosh women’s golf team placed eighth out of 17 teams at the Wartburg Fall Invite last weekend while breaking a couple of school records.

Sophomore Erika Priebe led the Titans with a fourth-place finish at 1-over par. Her score of 145 over the two days of the Invitational were the best in school history.

After recording a 74 on the first day, Priebe followed it up with a school-record 71 on the second day of the Invite to set records for the lowest 18- and 36-hole rounds in school history.

Priebe said she was happy with the result, but she was all business as she pointed her attention to the team’s next event in Minnesota.

“We are always looking to lower our score each week,” Preibe said. “Different players struggled with different things this weekend, whether it was driving or putting or something else. This next week, we will continue to work on these things so that we can improve on them in Minnesota.”

Priebe earned the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Kwik Trip Women’s Golf Athlete of the Week for her efforts at the Wartburg Fall Invite.

Senior Hannah Braun and sophomore Margherite Pettenuzzo tied for 26th place with a score of 155 on the weekend.

Pettenuzzo said starting the season off on the right foot is important for the team.

“It is extremely important to start our season out well,” Pettenuzzo said. “Starting the season with two good tournaments back to back will give us the confidence we need toward the end of the season. Golf is a sport with many ups and downs that are hard to control, but starting out well lets us know what we are capable [of] as a team in the future.”

The eighth-place finish comes fresh off the heels of the team’s victory in their opening meet, the Titan Fall Classic.

At the Titan Fall Classic, the team defended its team championship, shooting a combined 655 during the two-day tournament.

Priebe took the individual title for her first career victory, shooting a 77 and 79 on Saturday and Sunday.

The second-place finisher, Maija Tranberg of UW-La Crosse, led Priebe by a stroke heading into the final round of the tournament. Tranberg shot an 84, which opened the door for Priebe.

Other Titans in the top 10 included Braun in fourth, Pettenuzzo in sixth, Anna Scheibe in eighth and Lauryn Davis in ninth.

Head coach Liza Ruetten said the familiarity of home soil allowed the team to perform very well in the meet.

“It is an advantage to play at home for many reasons,” Ruetten said. “Oshkosh Country Club is a tough course and having inside knowledge of its greens and course layout definitely assisted in our performance there.”

Next, the Titans head to Hastings, Minn., to compete in the Division III Classic Sept. 14-15 at the Emerald Greens Golf Course.

Ruetten said her senior class will be crucial to the team’s success this season.

“Our ‘senior squad’ has a great plan in place to lead this team to the end of our season,” Ruetten said. “In practice and competition, I continue to witness displays of leadership within all four players: Hannah Braun, Sophia Mazurek, Hanna Rebholz and Anna Scheibe.”

Ruetten said the squad has a duty to make sure the underclassmen feel comfortable on the course and on campus.

“All four play a role in ensuring that our 11-member roster feels included and involved in every aspect of our team dynamic, on and off campus,” Ruetten said. “This dynamic is also key when traveling over our long weekends of competition.”