Starting out the season Aug. 29 at Colfax/Elk Mound, the Oriole girls golf team has faced a learning curve this year, the relatively new four team with four golfers team competing against Bloomer, …
Starting out the season Aug. 29 at Colfax/Elk Mound, the Oriole girls golf team has faced a learning curve this year, the relatively new four team with four golfers team competing against Bloomer, Osseo-Fairchild, Colfax/Elk Mound, and Mondovi as it makes the area conference circuit.
Playing the back nine at Whispering Pines Thursday, Sept. 14, the Oriole girls fielded all four players, with Allie Goodman scoring 62, Chloe Isenberger 74, Emily Brenner 75, and Piper Gilles 80. Head girls golf coach Devon Wenndt shared his thoughts on the day and season thus far as the Orioles prepared to play at Osseo Sept. 18.
“All four girls on this year’s team are competing in their first year of competitive golf, with three of them having never picked up a golf club or been on a golf course prior to the start of the season,” Wenndt said. “After graduating so many seniors last year, it certainly is a change of pace, to say the least. Years like this are honestly some of my favorites because any progress that is made is so much more visually evident than in years where I have a lot of experience. Golf is the hardest sport in the world, and being able to have a front row seat to the roller coaster ride of learning to play this game is quite remarkable. There has been so much growth since our first day of practice, so many lightbulb moments, so much frustrating days, so many smiles after small victories...as I mentioned, a true roller coaster. More than anything, I think the girls would admit that they are having a lot of fun while learning a lot. Whatever number they happen to shoot on a given day is far more important to them than it is to me. It’s quite a privilege to be able to coach a group of young ladies who are so willing to learn, and I look forward to their continued growth.”
The Oriole girls golfers compete next at the Lake Hallie Conference Tournament Thursday, Sept. 21, with competition starting at 9:00 a.m.