School hadn’t even started yet in Osceola but that didn’t keep the Chieftain golfers from getting in a ton of competition last week. Osceola started their week by hosting the first Middle Border conference event of the season. Two days later the Chieftains golfed in an 18-hole get-together at Pheasant Hills and then ended their week with another 18-hole Invitational, this time in Amery.
The week did not start out as well as Osceola head coach Lisa Richert had hoped. Playing on their home course the Chieftains could not get it going, placing eighth in the MBC season opener.
New Richmond demonstrated that they will again be the team to beat in 2019 as they led the field with a first place finish. The Tigers had a comfortable 11 stroke advantage over runner-up Prescott.
Madi Link and Savanna Nord led the Osceola scoring as each golfer shot a 50. Brooklyn Wegner was next in line for the Chieftains with a 65 and Amanda Steffen shot a 68.
“We did finish last and overall the team was not feeling good about a few things that we know we can do better,” Richert explained. “Golf is a game of mental toughness and perhaps the first match jitters got the best of us but we will not let it win. With our season only starting this was truly the first time in a competitive match for this year.”
Osceola packed up their clubs and shook off their disappointment and headed to Pheasant Hills for the Baldwin-Woodville Invitational.
Things went better for the Chieftains as they took as they took 432 strokes combined for their top four golfers to finish the course leaving them in fifth place out of 12 teams. Prescott won the team title led by Ava Salay who was meet medalist with a 77.
Link scored very well shooting an 87 for the Chieftains which was the sixth best score overall out of 69 golfers. Nord had the next best score for Osceola with a 102 good for 15th overall. Wegner and Steffen were the Chieftain’s third and fourth best golfers respectively.
Osceola finished their work week in Amery where the home team placed first overall. Somerset and Baldwin-Woodville tied for second place with the Chieftains finishing fourth. Link shot her best round of the week with an 85 which was the second best individual score of the day. Somerset’s Haley Myers was medalist with an 81. Nord shot a 103 for the Chieftains. Shelby Tembruell was next in line for Osceola followed by Steffen.
Although the results in the MBC event was not what was hoped for, the team persevered and got better as the week progressed.
“Our team approached this first week with a positive attitude,” Nord remarked. “We did our best and showed some improvement throughout the week. We continue to work hard to better our game.”