That’s what opponents show on their faces when Manitowoc Lincoln golfer Sasha Oosting, the only girl competing in Division 1 of the WIAA Boys Golf Tournament at the University Ridge Golf Course in Madison, strides into the tee box.
“Most are surprised when they see me,” Oosting said. “They don’t expect a girl to be competing, let alone doing this well.”
Oosting is currently tied for 10th with a 2-over 74 after Monday’s first round, but Ships coach Max Ashenbrener isn’t shocked in the least.
“Sasha has been on a such a roll lately, she hit the ball fantastic today,” Ashenbrener remarked. “I had a ton of confidence in her ability and how much she’s been practicing lately, so her doing this well is not much a surprise.”
According to Ashenbrener, Oosting hit 17-of-18 greens in regulation and attempted a total of 38 putts.
“I don’t care if you’re a boy or a girl, hitting 17 greens is almost unheard of,” Ashenbrener said. “There’s not a lot pros of any gender who will play a round and hit that many greens.”
Oosting knows there’s still work to be done, conceding she needs to shore up her putting and play around the green if she’s to finish in the top five and take home a medal but if she doesn’t that’s alright too.
“I knew I was playing well entering the tournament,” Oosting said. “I’m only a sophomore so I guess I really didn’t know I was supposed to be nervous, I just wanted to come out here and have fun.”
If she keeps up the pace, Oosting might just leave Madison with a bunch of a fun memories and a medal to prove it.
Roncalli senior Jimmy Albright shot a 5-over 77 and is tied for eighth heading into today’s final round.
Albright started out his first round slow according to Jets coach John Haug, with Albright getting in trouble with sand traps early on but eventually rebounded to play even on the front nine. Albright started on the back nine.
“Jimmy got the capability to really finish strong,” Haug said. “If some of those breaks which went against him to start go the other way and he makes his putts he’ll be right up there with the top of the leaderboard.”
Albright admitted he thought the greens would be a little quicker after having played the course as a sophomore, but he knows what needs to be fixed.
“I need to play more aggressive,” Albright added. “If I play more aggressive and get some putts to drop I’ll be right back in it.”