Shawano girls ease into season

Young Hawks place 2nd out of 5 teams
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Leader Photo by Jacy Zollar Shawano Community High School junior Kayla Ward chips into the seventh green at Shawano Lake Golf Course during a Bay Conference match Monday.

Shawano walked away with a second-place finish at Monday’s Bay Conference match at Shawano Lake Golf Course, but coach Dean Kugler says the team is still getting comfortable on the green.

“It always takes us a while to get warmed up to the season,” Kugler said. “We need to put in the time.”

Shawano finished with a team score of 223 on the nine-hole match — 22 shots behind first-place Xavier.

Senior Brianna Zook posted the low score for the Hawks, shooting a 51. She finished fifth overall. Zook is coming off a strong junior season, posting a 93 at sectionals.

“My goal is to make it back there,” Zook said. “I’d like to make it again for my senior year.”

Zook saw room for improvement Monday after missing a left-handed tree shot early on.

“I struggled today,” Zook said. “I got frustrated on a hole I didn’t do well on, and it kind of just carried on from there.”

Zook’s emphasized working on short game improvements going forward this season.

Hawks junior Kennedy Klemens — who also made sectionals last season — finished one stroke behind Zook on the par-36 course.

Zook and Klemens are two of the four upperclassmen on the nine-member team.

“We have a lot of young people who are trying to work their way up,” Zook said. “We like to get out there and teach them what we can.”

The leadership role has not gone unnoticed by Kugler.

“I’m really impressed with how much our seniors are leading the other girls,” Kugler said. “They come out and help the younger kids and just have fun teaching them.”

Kugler sees this season as a learning opportunity for the young players, with hopes of the top two players advancing again.

”I’d like to get Brianna (Zook) and Kennedy (Klemens) to sectionals again, and see the other girls improve with more time on the green,” Kugler said.

But overall, “I just want the kids to enjoy it,” he said. “That’s what I really hope they get out of the season.”

Seymour (229) finished third Monday, followed by West De Pere (247) and Bonduel (252).

Xavier’s Eliana Tetzlaff posted the best score of the match, shooting a 40.