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ISSUE 119 VOL 17 PUBLISHED 4/21/2006

Bromen leads golfers

By Matt Tiano
Sports Editor

Friday, April 21, 2006

Although the women'’s golf team has struggled with consistency on a team level in the fall as well as spring season, one individual has been consistent during each and every match.

That should not come as a surprise, as less than a year ago, she was a member of a Division-I golf program at Furman University.

Meet Paige Bromen.

Having transferred to St. Olaf, Bromen has embraced every opportunity on the golf course in full force, the latest being an impressive performance at the Carleton Invite, which was held last Saturday.

Bromen shot a 78 to finish fourth overall in the final day of play, which was good for the second-best score of the round. Her performance earned her fourth-place overall.

"“I was able to hit many fairways and greens, which took some pressure off my short game,”" Bromen said.

However, St. Olaf finished sixth out of eight teams. St. Thomas racked up a dominant performance, winning the meet by 15 strokes over second-place Buena Vista University.

The Tommies were led by Maureen Hardwick, who shot a 74, which was good for a tournament record and individual title.

Bromen only finished four srokes behind Hardwick, indicating that Bromen can contend with anybody.

"“I had a triple bogey, which obviously hurt,”" Bromen said. "“It shows that anyone can set a course record, and I feel my skills are at that same level."”

In the Oles'’ three meets this spring, Bromen has consistenly led her squad.

On April 2, she finished second at the Bulldog Invitational in Kirksville, Mo., in which she was the only Ole competitor at the event. A week later, she finished seventh at the Winona State University Invite.

One could only imagine what Bromen’'s absence would mean to the young Ole squad.

St. Olaf has already seen improvement upon their eighth-place finish at the MIAC meet held in the fall.

The Oles have finished third, fifth and fourth at the three team meets in which they have competed.

“"Golf is different in that it is an individual sport,"” Bromen said. "“However, the five girls that are playing are commited to getting better and working together. We feed off each other which will only lend itself to success down the road."”

Looking forward, the Oles hope to contend at the annual MWCGA State Championships, held at Pebble Creek Golf Course in Becker, Minn., on April 22 and 23.

"“Our first goal is to beat Carleton as a team,"” Bromen said. “"Each individual has a specific score in mind. When you are playing golf you are not playing against any team or individual, so focusing on individual improvment is what matters.”"

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