Six of the 12 players on the Viterbo University women’s golf roster are majoring in nursing.

That strong relationship between the athletics and academics has led yet another future nurse to tee it up for the V-Hawks and spend the next four years of her life in La Crosse.

Kaukauna senior Hannah Moore this week signed a National Letter of Intent to compete for the NAIA Division II school. She told Wisconsin.Golf that she chose Viterbo over Carroll University in Waukesha and UW-Oshkosh.

“I was looking for a school that had a nice campus and a place that made you feel welcome right away,” Moore said. “It was important to me that they had a good nursing program as well. On my visit to Viterbo, I knew that it was the school for me. I love the campus and the La Crosse area in general. The nursing program is really wonderful. Coach (Ken) Barrette and the team made me feel welcome right from the start and everyone on the team really cared about golf.”

Indeed, the V-Hawks finished second to Bellevue (Nebraska) last year in their first year in the North Star Athletic Association after finishing third four years in a row in the Midwest Collegiate Conference. Viterbo graduates just one senior (Heather Zuleger) off this year’s squad.

Moore finished fifth in the Fox Valley Association as a senior and earned an individual berth in the WIAA Division 1 state tournament as the third qualifier out of the tough Hartford sectional. Moore, a three-time sectional qualifier who missed out on a state berth by two strokes as a sophomore and one stroke as a junior, shot 86-85 at University Ridge during her two days at state as a senior and finished in a tie for 30th.

“I think I’ll fit in very nicely on the team and we should be able to all work together,” Moore said, saying she likes the V-Hawks’ commitment to academics over athletics and Barrett’s insistence that his golfers be as strong in the classroom as the golf course. “(He) said his expectations are that I work hard on and off the course. He said he sees me being a great addition to the team.”

Moore said she learned about herself throughout the recruiting process and the importance of finding a school that was the right fit for her academically and socially as much as athletically.

“Make sure you like the campus and the school, too, because that is just as important,” said Moore, who believes playing tournaments outside the school season helped drive home the point to college coaches that she was serious about playing golf after high school. “Don’t be afraid to email coaches of the schools that you really like. You have to make it known to the coaches that you are interested in playing in college. The most important thing is to work as hard as you can in any tournament, because you never know who is watching; it could be your future coach.”

Girls golf: Class of 2017 rankings (November 2016)

Wisconsin's top 50 girls golfers in the Class of 2017. Help us stay current on college choices by emailing Rob Hernandez at rhernandez@wisgolfer.com.

No. First name Last name High School College choice
1 Alexis Thomas Middleton North Dakota State
2 Taylor McCorkle Oregon North Dakota State
3 Ashley Kulka Beaver Dam UW-Green Bay
4 Sarah Busey Racine St. Catherine's Santa Clara (Calif.)
5 Lori Meyer Freedom UW-Green Bay
6 Lexi Jonas Hudson Sioux Falls (S.D.)
7 Jessica Kuzniewski Waukesha co-op Wisconsin (academics)
8 Alexa Holland Hartland Arrowhead Minnesota (academics)
9 Katie Warpinski Green Bay Preble UW-Green Bay
10 Sydney Hubbard Onalaska Sioux Falls (S.D.)
11 Hailey Smoot Franklin UW-Parkside (academics)
12 Mattie Kujawski Hartland Arrowhead Minnesota (academics)
13 Maggie Warrner Wabeno/Laona (boys) Illinois Wesleyan
14 Taitum Beck Waterford Weber State (Utah)
15 Jordann Handy Oshkosh West Eastern Tennessee State
16 Sarah Schuster Union Grove Carthage
17 Andree Blackburn Eau Claire Memorial St. Olaf
18 Alyssa Bee Eau Claire North UW-Stout
19 Morgan Miles Middleton Wisconsin (academics)
20 Mary McDonald Stevens Point College of Charleston
21 Megan Glaeser Fox Valley Lutheran UW-Eau Claire
22 Hannah Moore Kaukauna Viterbo
23 Alayna Tulip Arcadia UW-Superior
24 Dani DeWitt Spooner UW-River Falls
25 Leah Hansen Denmark UW-Green Bay
26 Katie Gastrau Wauwatosa co-op Truman State
27 Faith Krause Franklin Minnesota State-Mankato
28 Molly Mundinger West Bend West/East Concordia (Wis.)
29 Rachel Gentile Racine Prairie School Iowa (academics)
30 Danielle Palmen Racine Prairie School St. Olaf (Minn.)
31 Olivia Scumaci Racine Prairie School Wisconsin (academics)
32 Julia Michicich Racine Prairie School Not available
33 Kelsey Taebel Stoughton UW-La Crosse
34 Marielle Cesar Kettle Moraine Wisconsin (academics)
35 Rachel Johnson Spooner Not available
36 Katie Kiraly Stanley-Boyd UW-Stout
37 Reagan Beyer Oshkosh West Wisconsin (academics)
38 Anna Reisinger Cedarburg Missouri S&T
39 Jessica Rudnicki Sun Prairie UW-Eau Claire
40 Ione Dyer Monona Grove Wisconsin (academics)
41 Kelly Elmes Madison Memorial Wisconsin (academics)
42 Laura Tremblay Hayward Gustavus Adolphus (hockey)
43 Lauren Krieg Madison Memorial Not available
44 Keara Richards Janesville Parker UW-Oshkosh
45 Emily O'Leary Janesville Parker St. Norbert (academics)
46 Sarah Pophal Waunakee Edgewood College
47 Maddie Friedman Spooner Not available
48 Lindsay Callahan Middleton Alabama (academics)
49 Madeline Wimmer Grafton (boys team) UW-River Falls
50 Megan Dowd Kettle Moraine Not available
HM Megan Ryan Oconto Minnesota-Crookston
HM Emma Woldt Madison Edgewood Lakeland
HM Anne Schlageter Mequon Homestead Missouri Valley College
HM Jennifer Thul Maple Northwestern College of St. Scholastica
HM Megan Kroeger Lakeland (Minocqua) Carthage
HM Michelle Lodholz Tomahawk UW-Oshkosh

rob@killarneygolfmedia.com

Rob started covering the Wisconsin golf scene in 1987 at the Wisconsin State Journal in Madison & has been the only reporter covering all levels of state golf. He joined Killarney Golf Media in Sept. 2015 & helped launch Wisconsin.Golf in Jan. 2016.