Titans tee-off in Minnesota

Neal Hogden, Head Sports Editor

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The UW Oshkosh women’s golf team placed seventh at the Division III Classic in Hastings, Minnesota last weekend.

Senior Hannah Braun led the team with a second-place finish after shooting a score of 149 on the weekend.

Braun said the aspect of her game that allowed her to place so well was her putting.

“I think my putting this weekend was very good,” Braun said. “I posted one three putt all weekend. It is a goal of mine to not have any three putts, but one didn’t do much harm. I was able to get up and down a lot, and totaled five birdies, which helped out my score a lot.”

Head coach Liza Ruetten said Braun is very prepared every time she steps out onto the course.

“Hannah is a strong, consistent player, mentally and physically,” Ruetten said. “She always has a positive attitude and preps for every tournament extremely thoroughly. Last weekend she was very focused and stuck to her game plan. Hannah practices very diligently in our off-season and her hard work pays off every fall season.”

UWO freshman Megan Footit had an outstanding showing as she tied with teammate Erika Priebe for 37th place with a score of 165.

Rounding out the UWO team scorers were freshman Lauryn Davis and sophomore Margherite Pettenuzzo in 43rd place with 166 strokes and senior Dianna Scheibe finishing in 60th with 175.

Scheibe said even after a tough day one at the tournament, the team was able to focus in and post lower scores on the second day of competition.

“This weekend most of our team had a tough start on day one,” Scheibe said. “The biggest thing for our team was that we did not let our higher scores get to us the first day, and we all came back the second day with a refreshed mind and knew that we all could score better on the course.”

Next, the team will head to Prior Lake, Minnesota to play in the St. Kate’s Fall Invite. This will be the team’s first trip to the course in school history.

Ruetten said a couple of her golfers went to the course during the summer to provide information on the course to their teammates.

“Two of our players traveled to Prior Lake this summer for a practice round,” Ruetten said. “The Wilds will be a tough layout and one of our more challenging courses this fall.”

Braun was one of the players who went to Prior Lake for a practice round this summer and said she gathered valuable information that can help her this weekend.

“I find it important to play a course before a tournament because you are more familiar with where you should/shouldn’t be on the course,” Braun said.

The Titans will tee off at 11 a.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m. on Sunday.