To hear Oshkosh West golfers Reagan Beyer and Haley Olkiewicz describe it, their tour around the back nine at Westhaven Golf Course on Tuesday afternoon wasn’t much fun.
Not only were they taking more shots than either had expected, they — along with all the golfers in the dual meet between Oshkosh West and Oshkosh North — were playing in steamy conditions.
“Then, it was windy at one point, too,” Beyer also pointed out.
Yet, despite the tough conditions and despite their own critiques, Beyer and Olkiewicz were the top players on the course on Tuesday, sharing medalist honors with rounds of 46 and leading the Wildcats to a 16-stroke victory, 198-214, over the Spartans for their first Fox Valley Association win of the season.
“It’s nice to see them start playing a little better and like they are capable of,” West coach Dan Powers said. “I think they are both starting to realize how varsity golf is and how to think their way around a course.”
Playing in the same group, Beyer and Olkiewicz were two of three golfers on the day to break 50, finishing two shots ahead of Oshkosh North’s Amy Smits.
However, neither was satisfied with their performances.
“Mine could have been a lot better,” Beyer said.
“We had a couple out of bounds holes and a lot of hitting hit where it shouldn’t have gone,” Olkiewicz said. “Then our team shot worse than we usually do also.”
Part of that had to be the conditions.
Temperatures at the course climbed well into the 90s as the golfers started their rounds. And other than a brief bluster of breezes blowing through, there was little wind to speak of.
“It’s just not very comfortable out there, so I expected the scores to be a little bit higher,” North coach Dan Dunn said. “It’s the same for everybody, but some people handle it better than others.”
Jordann Handy backed up the co-medalist duo for West with a 52, while Gina Krause added a 54 as the Wildcats bounced back from their loss to Kimberly on Monday.
“It’s nice,” Olkiewicz said of winning when the team didn’t play its best. “I think it’s good because in the future we’ll be able to have a bunch of young players on varsity that will just get better every year.”
And Powers believes the win will be a definite confidence boost for his young varsity lineup, which included three freshmen and two sophomores.
“A win like this gets them smiling, gets a lot of confidence in them that they can compete with some of the other schools that have upperclassmen,” Powers said. “It had a lot to do with the girls concentrating more on the stuff around the green. They had 10 or 12 less putts today as a group. Right there, that helps quite a bit.
“They have been working hard on their short game and it’s starting to pay off.”
Dunn, whose team doesn’t play again until a week from Thursday, plans to use the time off to get plenty of practice in.
He was disappointed with the score on Tuesday because he knows this team has lower rounds in them.
“It was just a team effort, where everybody was a little higher than we would expect,” said Dunn, who saw Edie Trebon come in with a 54, while Andrea Opel and Kristen Leonard added 56s. “And that adds up in the course of a team score.”
At Westhaven Golf Club
Team scores: Oshkosh West 198, Oshkosh North 214
Medalist: Reagan Beyer (OW) and Haley Olkiewicz (OW), 46.
OW: Jordann Handy 52, Gina Krause 54.
ON: Amy Smits 48, Edie Trebon 54, Andrea Opel 56, Kristen Leonard 56.