Skogen changes approach for senior year

HOUSTON, Minn. - Onalaska's Ben Skogen is one of the most accomplished high school golfers in Wisconsin.

He won the individual state title as a sophomore. This winter, he signed a letter of intent to play NCAA I golf at the University of Wisconsin.

But a rough end to last season is making Skogen re-think his approach.

"The playoffs were a little dissappointing and I've kind of used that as motivation, especially my front nine at state last year," said Skogen before hitting the links for the first time this year on Monday at Valley High Golf Club.


Skogen had his best statistical season last year. But on day one of the state tournament he was rattled by a penalty, and went on to shoot an 80 for his first round.

Skogen says he won't allow himself to get rattled this season. "It really got to my head, so this year I've worked really hard on my mental game."

He quickly adopted that mentality right after last year's opening round at state. And it worked. Skogen shot two under par for the final round of the state tournament.

"I knew I played bad and I didn't want to give up on myself and my team because I feel like I did that the first day."

So heading into this season Skogen says the biggest key to another title isn't his swing or stroke. But rather controlling the mental aspect of the game.

"You just have to stay in the moment, it's really nerve racking, but you know you've put in the time so you should be ready."

"Just take it one shot at a time."

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