EagleHerald Sports Editor
MENOMINEE—Years of dedication and hard work paid off as Josie Hofer put ink to paper and signed her letter of intent to play golf for the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh on Wednesday.
Hofer, a senior, signed with the Titans in the library of the Menominee High School with her mother, Lynn, and father (and Menominee girls golf head coach) Tony, by her side.
While several schools showed interest in signing Hofer, she knew as soon as she talked to Titans’ head coach Beth Hubbard that UW-Oshkosh was the place where she wanted to continue her athletic career.
“Last year I did some summer tournaments in Wisconsin and sent some scores to a couple schools and they answered back right away,” Hofer said. “So then I talked to the coach (Hubbard), went and toured the campus and really I liked it. The coach was really nice and the campus is the perfect size, plus it’s not too far from home, which was really what I was looking for.”
Before Hofer heads to Oshkosh, she has unfinished business with the Maroons.
Menominee’s 2020 season was wiped out due to the COVID-19 pandemic but Hofer and the Maroons are set to hit the links on April 20 at Riverside Country Club.
The last time the Maroons were on the course, May 29, 2019, they capped off an undefeated season with a U.P. Division 1 Finals championship. Menominee shot a 385 that day with Hofer, then a sophomore, shooting a 97.
After more than a year off, Hofer and the Maroons are eager to defend their U.P. title.
“I’m really excited. My sophomore year we won U.P.s and I feel like we have a chance at winning again this year,” she said. “We have a lot of players coming back that can put up some really good scores.”
Hofer is also a standout in tennis and basketball but says that her skills on the golf course, and the success she has enjoyed on them, come from her family.
“Honestly, having my dad as a coach helps. He puts in the time with me in the offseason and in practice. I’ve watched him and my family play and that’s helped me a lot,” she said.