Oconto Falls girls golf team wins home scramble

Bonduel’s Garside, Tauchen post top score
Morgan Rode
Sports Editor

The Oconto Falls and Bonduel girls golf teams got their fall seasons off to strong starts during a two-golfer scramble on Aug. 11 at River Island Golf Course in Oconto Falls.

It was Oconto Falls that won the scramble with a score of 92 to edge Bonduel’s score of 93, but the Bonduel duo of Sarah Garside and Thea Tauchen posted the top mark of 42 on the day. Luxemburg-Casco and Oconto also competed at the scramble, posting team scores of 98 and 103.

It was a strong team showing for Oconto Falls, with the duos of Kate Pytleski and Kenadee Seidl, and Kloeigh Seidl and Lexi Nelson each posting scores of 46.

“Today was a great start to the season,” said Pytleski. “Just being back out on the course competing with my teammates and my best friends was the best, especially with it being my last season. Starting off the season with a win was awesome, even if it is just a scramble. These little victories will give the team more confidence moving forward.”

Kenadee Seidl said that while she and Pytleski posted a strong score, things still could have gone better, noting that the duo got better as the day went on.

“I feel as the season progresses we will continue to work on our mistakes and do well as a team,” said Kenadee Seidl. “It just felt really good to be competing again, getting back out there and having fun.”

Garside and Tauchen were both happy to post the scramble’s top score.

“I’m really happy about our score of 42,” said Tauchen. “Considering there was no driving range and it being the first meet of the season, I think we did great.”

Kerry O’Harrow and Raina Dworniczak turned in a score of 51 for the Bears, while Karlee Ziemer and Charlotte Trudell posted a 56.

“It was really nice just to get out and see the other teams and how they’re golfing, and how my new teammates would react to the golfing scene,” said Garside.

Both Oconto Falls and Bonduel were fairly pleased with their play off the tee box, but noted that work in the short game and on the greens was needed.

“I think the girls were great off the tee box today. We pounded the ball,” said Pytleski. “However we could definitely clean up our short game moving forward; lots of practice on the putting greens is needed.”

Even though the scramble format makes things a little more favorable for the golfers, there was still plenty of learning lessons from the day.

Tauchen noted that it’s important to not always rely on scramble partners and try to make good shots themselves.

“I think we all sort of learned that we just need to think positively to do well and to just have fun with the game,” said Garside.

Kenadee Seidl echoed a similar thought, saying, “Some things we learned today was that even if you have a bad hole, it doesn’t define the rest of the match for you. Just leave it in the past and keep moving forward and continue to better yourself.”