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.”