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Independent Student Newspaper of UW Oshkosh Campuses

The Advance-Titan

Independent Student Newspaper of UW Oshkosh Campuses

The Advance-Titan

UWO golf tees off season under new coach

Courtesy of UWO Athletics — UWO’s Ava Downie led the Titans with 176 strokes in the two-day Georgianni Inviational.

The UW Oshkosh women’s golf team traveled to Eau Claire on Saturday and Sunday where they placed 10th of 11 in the UW-Eau Claire Georgianni Blugold Invitational, shooting 715 strokes during the two-round event.

It was the first competition of the Tyler Cassmeyer era for the program. UW Oshkosh announced Cassmeyer as head coach of the golf team on Aug. 11.

Despite the 10th place finish, Cassmeyer was pleased with the team’s performance at the difficult Wild Ridge and Eau Claire Country Club courses.

“I thought we played really good, we just had a couple little mistakes that kept us out of the running,” Cassmeyer said. “We started off with the two hardest courses we’re going to have all season, so that’s one way to start it.”

Cassmeyer thought the course conditions were great over the weekend saying that the biggest thing needed to be cleaned up were small mental mistakes.

The highest placed competitor for UWO was senior Ava Downie. Downie shot an 88 in both rounds, leaving her with a 176 total, placing her tied for 30th individually for the competition.

Junior Sydney Bornhorst shot her career best at UWO with a 180. With an 89 on Saturday, it was her best UWO recorded round by three strokes and followed that outing with a 91 on Sunday which also would be a career best before this weekend. 

She has been a really solid player for us and she has been putting the work in all summer and it’s showing right now,” Cassmeyer said.

Sophomore Taryn Endres shot a 186 over the weekend and said that the team did not achieve the outcome they wanted, but found the invite to be an overall positive.

“We didn’t necessarily score how we wanted to, but we had a good time and are working on some good improvements for the next weekends ahead,” Endres said.

Cassmeyer said that the team has primarily been working on their short game to begin the fall campaign and found it to be a strong point of their game this weekend. 

“I thought we were really good there, we just gotta work on those second shots a little more,” Cassmeyer said. “It was just those little mental mistakes that we made and we can always improve.”

The team morale is high heading into their competition next weekend, according to Cassmeyer.

“We had our little powwow after and said ‘alright we got this over with,’” Cassmeyer said. “No excuses now.”

The Titans pick up play again this weekend at the Division III Classic in Hastings, Minnesota on Sept. 16 and 17 at Emerald Greens Golf Course.

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