Wait until next year. The 2019 golf season just wrapped up for the Osceola Chieftains but you can already sense the feeling among the coaches and returning athletes. Although 2019 was very successful for Osceola, including finishing third in the tough Middle Border conference and placing first in the final MBC event, no doubt Chieftain coach Pam Kaiser already has one eye on the 2020 season. Osceola will return its entire varsity squad next year.
Osceola finished the 2019 season golfing with the best 12 teams in the Hayward Sectional. The Chieftains finished in the middle of the pack with a team score of 345, tying Neillsville/Loyal for sixth place in Sectional play. Lakeland Union finished first and Northwestern second to qualify for the State meet at Wisconsin Ridge. Kordell Swanson and Trevor Priem of Northwestern and Matt Mueller of St. Croix Central qualified for the State meet as individuals.
Sophomore Jacob Hall led the Osceola effort by shooting an 80 over the 18-hole course which was good for a tie for 11th place overall out of 72 golfers. Hall’s score placed him within one shot of qualifying for State as an individual. Juniors Nick Kremer and Drew Willeman were next in line for the Chieftains with scores of 86 and 89 respectively. Sophomore Colton Wilmot completed the varsity scoring for Osceola with a 90. Junior Ryan Leidle was the fifth varsity golfer for the Chieftains.
“Colton golfed his best round (of the season),” Kaiser said. “We turned in a lower team average than we went into the tournament with. (We) continued to keep improving team scores. All team members are returning (next season).”
Kaiser indicated that her entire varsity squad has plans to compete this summer in various leagues and camps to work on their game. If the Chieftains continue to improve the 2020 season is likely to be extended beyond Sectionals. Don’t be surprised if the Chieftains punch their ticket to State next year.