Minn. trying to stay patient entering third week on the road

For the third weekend in a row, the University of Minnesota womenâÄôs golf team is on the road. The team will participate in the Badger Invitational this weekend hosted by the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The tournament will take place at the par-72 University Ridge Golf Course in Verona, Wisc. Teams will play 36 holes on Saturday and 18 holes on Sunday. Even though the team hasnâÄôt had a break since school started, associate head coach Kristine Wessinger said the team isnâÄôt burnt out because they caught up on rest this week. âÄúWhen you go three weeks in a row, it does get hard,âÄù Wessinger said. âÄúI think they are feeling pretty good. I think they are ready to play,âÄù Sophomore Mary Narzisi said she isnâÄôt feeling burnt out; sheâÄôs just excited to play. âÄúYou get tired during the weeks, but once Thursday rolls around you know itâÄôs time to get back to work and go play,âÄù Narzisi said. The lineup will change a little from the past two tournaments with seniors Paige Bromen and Young Na Lee qualifying in place of sophomore Samantha Sommers and junior Christine Herzog . Joining Bromen and Lee on the course will be sophomores Mary Narzisi, Teresa Puga and Michele Edlin and senior Kelli Berns. California enters the 12-team tournament as the highest ranked team in Golfweek at No. 2. The Badgers are No. 56 and the Gophers are No. 65. Additional Big Ten teams include Penn State, Illinois and Indiana. Wessinger said the field will be great competition consisting of a good mix of teams from across the country with teams from both coasts and the Midwest. The teams will be playing a good course that, Wessinger said, is always in great shape and has good greens with some holes that golfers can get some birdies on. Last year the Gophers finished seventh and Wessinger said the team is looking to improve but are focusing on not being results oriented. Narzisi isnâÄôt worried about the results either; sheâÄôs just excited to play. Even though she faces 36 holes tomorrow, Narzisi said there isnâÄôt much she can do to prepare for the long day of golf but just stay patient on the course. In order to maintain patience, she talks with her group, hangs out or talks to the coaches who may show up to keep her company. âÄúStaying patient on the golf course is really just staying in the present, knowing itâÄôs just one shot at a time on a 36 hole day,âÄù Narzisi said.