Women’s golf team has a weekend for the record books

The Warhawk women’s golf team turned in a perfect weekend with wins at the ten-team Robert Morris Invitational in Chicago, Ill., on Friday and a dual meet at UW-Oshkosh on Saturday.

The team’s victory Friday was led by sophomore Claudia Rhein’s score of 76, tying the fifth best 18 hole round in school history.

The ’Hawks turned in a team score of 317, which is the third best in school history and the best score since 1984. Head coach Brett Woods said he wasn’t surprised by his team’s performance.

“I don’t know if it came as a shock because we had some qualifying rounds where we shot in the low 320s, but the way that they did it was very exciting,” Woods said. “They really had it going for most of the round.”

Although four of the top five projected golfers are not currently with the program for various reasons, Woods said that he expected a big season despite having to play younger players.

One of the younger players is Rhein, who was scrambling for words to describe her record book performance.

“I don’t know what to say about my performance,” Rhein said. “I just went out to play and had fun. I just tried to play the best I [could] and not get ahead of myself.”

With so many other sports such as wheelchair basketball, men’s basketball, football and gymnastics hoisting national championship trophies last year, Rhein thinks it is a possibility that golf could do the same in 2012.

“Hopefully this year we can take it to nationals,” Rhein said. “Hopefully we can bring a national championship home this year. I think it’s more of a possibility this year than in years past.”