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ISSUE 117 VOL 4 PUBLISHED 10/10/2003

Women look forward after unfulfilling finish to year

By Julie Gunderson
Sports Editor


Friday, October 10, 2003

The women's golf season came to an end on a disappointing note last Sunday.

The Oles finished in seventh place at the MIAC championships held at the Ceder Valley Golf Course in Winona, Minn.

The team's top individual scorer was captain Naomi Schwegler ‘04, who fired back-to-back rounds of 89. It was good enough to earn her a tie for 15th place overall.

The women's only other top 30 finisher was Stacia Polzin '05 who tied for 29th place after shooting rounds of 94 and 98.

On a sunny and mild fall day at the golf course, St. Thomas ran away from the competition claiming their third consecutive team title. St. Thomas breezed to the victory finishing 35 strokes ahead of second place finisher St. Ben's.

The Oles went into the tournament hoping to maintain or improve upon last year's fifth place finish.

In addition, the team set a goal to shoot 360 for both days. Instead, they ended up posting scores of 383 and 386.

Although disappointed they did not place as highly as they would have liked, the team has their sights set on the future.

"We're looking forward to the spring season," Polzin said. "Overall, the season went well, we just weren't able to finish as strong as when we started. I still have faith that we can improve in the seasons to come."

Despite the finish, the season was not without bright spots for the Ole women. The team's high point came during its first weekend of competition when they posted a team score of 356 at the Concordia Invitational in Detroit Lakes, Minn. The score marked the lowest total any Ole team has shot in the past half-decade.

“We really came together that weekend, which was fun to be a part of,” Polzin said.





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