The Osceola Chieftain golfers are starting to pull things together as a team. Osceola has three experienced golfers from last season, Savannah Nord, Brooklyn Wegner and Amanda Steffen, who are playing up to expectations. The other three on the Chieftain roster, Abby Jonas, Ashlyn Tinney and Natalee Bjornstad are getting their feet wet this season as new varsity members. The results have been mixed so far this season as one would expect.
Osceola had a pair of Middle Border conference events last week. First the Chieftains played in a 9-hole event hosted by New Richmond and the next night played in an MBC match-up on their home course at Krooked Kreek. OHS completed their week at an 18-hole Invitation at Pheasant Hills.
The highlight of the week was Osceola senior Brooklyn Wegner shooting a 46 on her home course finishing tied for eighth overall in a field of 40 golfers.
“I kept my head clear and focused on my shots,” Wegner said as she explained her good day on the course. “My long putts were on point, creating great memories.”
Senior Savanna Nord shot a 55 at Krooked Kreek while Amanda Steffen came in with a 62 and Abby Jonas a 68 for a team score of 231. The Chieftains finished seventh overall in Osceola.
“We struggled at our home course and I think that was a lesson for us in the fact that sometimes our mental game is more important than the skills we have worked on,” Osceola coach Lisa Richert said. “It seems like our around the green part of the game is tough right now.”
A day earlier Osceola placed sixth as a team at the MBC event in New Richmond. Wegner led the team with a 58 followed by Nord (60), Steffen (62) and Bjornstad (64) in a balanced Chieftain effort. The Prescott Cardinals placed first as a team in New Richmond with the New Richmond Tigers second. In Osceola the top two teams flip-flopped their finish with the Tigers placing first and the Cardinals were in the runner-up spot. St. Croix Central placed third at both MBC events.
“It was a fun night in New Richmond with Natalee (Bjornstad) joining us,” Richert said. “She really is working hard to be part of our varsity team.”
Osceola finished their very busy week with an 18-hole invitational tournament during a very windy day at pheasant Hills in Hammond. Prescott earned the top spot in the eight team tournament with New Richmond placing second. The Chieftains placed seventh and were led by Nord with a 97. Wegner (115) was next in line for OHS followed by Steffen (126) and Jonas (128).
“The wind was a major issue,” Richert reported. “It blew the ball over the place. Savanna had an awesome game and many goals were made. We will keep at it and are hopeful to remain competitive.”