With fall now in the air, the Pointers Women’s Golf team has improved a lot since the beginning of the season.
With four players on the team, the Pointers are already four contests into their season, with one remaining, excluding the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Championship.
Leading the team is senior McKenna Prestigiacomo. Finishing runner-up at the UW-Oshkosh Invite, Prestigiacomo shot an 82 on the second day to finish with a 163 total score for the two rounds.
“She leads by example and she puts in a lot of quality practice time,” said Head Coach Melissa Blenker.
“I always go to her for help. I feel like I can ask her about anything. She’s very helpful,” said freshman Ashley Nickel.
Nickel has made quite an impression on Blenker, as she placed tenth at the University of Wisconsin- Oshkosh Invite. “She knows the ropes and has been helpful with the team score,” Blenker said.
Noting the team’s scorecard is important for the Pointers and it shows that there has been progression throughout the season.
“We’ve been playing with some competitive teams and we’ve been improving a lot,” Nickel said.
Being on a small team in a college level sport can be challenging yet rewarding. For freshman Tiffany Boak, it is preferred.
“I like having the smaller team better. We’re closer at times and we push each other more, whereas I came from a big team at my high school. There were a lot of groups in it and it was hard to sometimes concentrate,” Boak said. “Coming here and feeling like a team member was definitely a great feeling to have.”
Sophomore Natalie Halverson is the only player besides Prestigiacomo to return to the team this season. The big difference for Halverson from last seasons to this season would be experience.
“Last year as a freshman, it was hard to know that my score was going to count no matter what. This year it’s nice. We all play off each other,” Halverson said.
The Pointers host the final invite of the year, Mad Dawg Invite. It will take place this upcoming weekend, at the Stevens Point Country Club. With the pressure of the season finally coming to an end, this is the last invite of the year for the Pointers before the WIAC Championship.
“It’s a lot of just figuring out what you needed to work on all season and finally putting it into play here for the last home stretch,” Halverson said.
Going into these matchups can be overwhelming, but taking a step back and taking it one goal at a time is essential.
“I’m going to try not to think about it too much and not overthink it. I’m just going to go ahead and play my game,” Boak said.
Blenker provides live twitter updates throughout play. You can follow her at @CoachBlenker.