Senior Spotlight: Courtney Koeberl – Bay Port girls’ golf
BY RICH PALZEWIC
Courtney Koeberl is a senior at Bay Port High School who is on the girls’ golf team.
Koeberl plans to attend UW-Madison or Minnesota and hopes to become a pharmacist some day.
In her spare time, she likes to hunt, play the piano, go tubing on the lake and hanging out with friends.
Name: Courtney Koeberl
School: Bay Port
Sports: girls’ golf
Parents: Shane and Heidi
How do you pronounce your last name?
Do you have any siblings?
“I have two younger sisters: Brittney is a sophomore here at Bay Port and Lindsey is 7.”
Do you come from a sports/golf family?
“My grandparents golf and live on a course, so that’s how I got started. My mom, dad and sisters golf as well. My dad is pretty good and my mom is alright. My grandparents golf almost every day.”
When did you get started?
“When I was about 6 years old. I was in a lot of junior programs and took a lot of lessons – I still take lessons out at Highland Ridge. My dad has given me a lot of instructions over the years, too. I’d probably shoot somewhere in the upper ‘80s or low ‘90s at a course like Brown County.”
Ever try any other sports while at Bay Port?
“I was in softball my freshman and sophomore year at Bay Port, but nothing else or since. I was a pretty decent pitcher.”
How about a high-school sport you wish you would have done?
“Track or volleyball.”
Do you have a most memorable golf moment?
“When our team made it to state last year for the first time ever. Even the point when my team got first at sectionals was pretty shocking! Competing with all those girls at state who were very competitive was awesome – I had never experienced anything like that.”
A most embarrassing one?
“I can’t think of anything specifically, but when I don’t get out of the sand trap on the first shot, that’s pretty embarrassing!”
What are your strengths/weaknesses as a golfer?
“I’d say my strength is my chipping and a weakness is coming back mentally after having a hard hole.”
How far can you drive it?
“About 200 yards.”
What’s your favorite club in your bag?
“My hybrid. It’s a cross between an iron and a wood – you can use it in the rough or the fairway. I practice a lot with it.”
What are you capable of this year?
“I really hope to do well in regionals this year. I actually golfed there that last year with the flu! Also, just trying to reduce the number of penalties I get.”
Who is your favorite golfer? Ever been to an event?
“Jordan Spieth. I’ve been to the LPGA event at Thornberry. I work there, so I got free passes. I have a flag with about 50 or more signatures on it.”
What’s your favorite local course?
“I really like Thornberry Creek.”
How about your favorite course you’ve ever played?
“Black Wolf Run in Kohler! I played it once last year and I remember it being hard.”
Do you watch golf on TV?
“A little but not much. I don’t watch a lot of TV.”
What is something about you most people wouldn’t know?
“I hunt! I only hunt for deer. We have a cabin up north on a lake. I have gotten a doe and buck so far.”
Name a person that has made a big impact on your life.
“My family and my coach, Jeff Johnsen. Coach dedicates so much of his time to the team and he has helped me with my swing a lot. My family has always been there for me.”
What three words best describe you?
“Smart, caring, helpful.”
Besides Wisconsin or a state close by, which one is your favorite and why?
“I haven’t traveled a lot, but I like Florida – who doesn’t? I’ve been to Disney three times. We are going this year again after state for golf.”
How will Courtney Koeberl be remembered at Bay Port?
“For how well I do in my classes and that I like to study and stay inside – besides golf! School is very important to me.”
Tent or camper?
Lie on the beach or ski down the slopes?
“Like on the beach.”
Driving or putting?
Carpet or hardwood?
Spring or fall?
Athlete: Aaron Rodgers
Candy: Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups
Phone app: Instagram
College mascot: Bucky the Badger
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