After narrowly missing out on a spot in the national tournament a year ago, the Wartburg women’s golf team is looking to bounce back. Coach Greg Bodensteiner, who was new to the program last season, is back for a second season, this time with all the “new kid in school” feelings gone to the wayside. Bodensteiner said he’s much more relaxed taking the reins for his sophomore campaign.
“Last year, in my first year, I think when I sat down here I had met the girls for one day,” Bodensteiner said. “It’s nice, I’m much more comfortable this time around. I know all the girls that are returning, all three of our incoming freshmen are kids I recruited, so I’ve known them in the process.”
The team did lose four-time individual conference champ Rochelle Beardsley to graduation, but is returning junior Brooke Klostermann, who usually finished neck-and-neck with Beardsley in terms of scoring. Bodensteiner said replacing Beardsley will be tough, but doable. He said Klostermann is the on the level at which all his players should strive to be, and the key to success is closing the scoring gap between Klostermann and her teammates.
“Last year it was Brooke and Rochelle who both averaged around 78 [strokes], and then we went down to 87 for our number three player,” Bodensteiner said. “The only way we’re going to be able to fill in for losing Rochelle is if we can bring everybody closer to where Brooke is at.”
The Knights open their season Sept. 2-3 at the Sail Classic in Cedar Falls. The fall round will end with the IIAC championships in Indianola in early October, and resume play in the spring.