Returning letter winners for the Decorah girls golf team are, from left, sitting - Talia Raddatz, Mary Murphy, Alison Schwartzhoff, Courtney Robinson. Standing - Ashley Gulrud, Chloe Gossling, Melanie Gossman, Alexa Lensing, McKenzie Snyder. (Photo by Jennifer Bissell)
Returning letter winners for the Decorah girls golf team are, from left, sitting - Talia Raddatz, Mary Murphy, Alison Schwartzhoff, Courtney Robinson. Standing - Ashley Gulrud, Chloe Gossling, Melanie Gossman, Alexa Lensing, McKenzie Snyder. (Photo by Jennifer Bissell)
Decorah girls golf coach Scott Pierce is hoping intelligence will pay off for the Vikings on the greens this spring.
With nine returning letter winners, two other returning linksters and six newcomers, the Vikings will have a team pushing to be at the top of the conference.
Leading the way is Pierce, who is in his seventh season with the Blue and Red.

Last year
The key for the Vikings last season was becoming consistent. They featured six returning letter winners and 13 members overall.
The Vikings worked on lowering their strokes all season long. At the Northeast Iowa Conference meet, the Vikings shot a 496, earning seventh. The Vikes were led by Talia Raddatz, who shot a 118 (59-59).
At the regional meet, the Vikings finished 11th with a 455. Raddatz again produced the low score with a 112.
As a team, the Vikes went 2-30, with the JV going 0-2.
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