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ISSUE 117 VOL 2 PUBLISHED 9/26/2003

Women’s golf primed for success

By Stephanie Soucheray
Staff Writer


Friday, September 26, 2003

Golf coach Le Ann Finger has been coaching women’s golf for six seasons at St. Olaf.

This year she added men’s golf to her coaching schedule, and she’s enjoying the challenge.

"It’s a lot of fun to coach both teams," Finger said. "We play and practice together, and both teams really care for the other’s success."

This season, both St. Olaf golf teams have a lot of ground to cover if they want to be serious contenders in the MIAC.

As it stands now, Finger believes she and her players have what it takes to improve their records greatly. "My job is to build big strides in the conference this year," she said. "I predict both teams will finish in the top half of the MIAC.."

The women are optimistic that they will break into the top three teams of the conference.

This season the women’s team has three players who Finger calls the "core" of her team. This core is made up of junior Naomi Schwegler and seniors Abby Sprenger and Stacia Polzin.

Finger said that, "Schwegler has been my number-one golfer for the past two years. She’s hitting the ball more confidently.

"Sprenger also hits a big ball, and Polzin is the most improved since her freshmen year."

Women’s golf has become more serious in the past years, and Finger is glad to have witnessed the turnaround

As a former St. Olaf student golfer in 1985, Finger says women’s golf was, "treated as a social sport ... not above club sport level of play."

Things have changed since then," Finger said, "There are team goals and individual goals in golf, but the whole team feels the responsibility of success and has to work hard."

Finger practices with both the men’s and women’s team, but travels with the women’s team to matches on the weekends.

Finger will make the short trip to Willinger's Golf Club in Northfield on Sept 28. as her girls tee off in the College City Classic starting at 1:30 p.m.





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