Victoria Bauer: A golf talent with a clear goal in mind

Johanna Ebner, Isabella Holpfer and Emma Spitz from Villach have a common goal, namely to get into the professional golf business. All three are currently trying to take their next career step in US college. The 22-year-old Spitz is even well on the way to becoming a Proette (Note: professional golfer) this year.

With Victoria Bauer, another Carinthian could soon dare to make the leap overseas. Last weekend, the 16-year-old from Klagenfurt proved once again that she has what it takes to assert herself in the land of unlimited opportunities. At the national open championships in Altentann, Salzburg, the 16-year-old took a strong fifth place. With three rounds of 76 and a 74 on the final day, she needed the same number of strokes with a total of 302 as Holpfer, who was almost five years her senior. “It was an extremely difficult weekend. Due to a rain interruption on the first day, I had to make up for my six remaining holes at 7.30 the next day. The third round lasted until 9 p.m. because of the bad weather. In the end, I’m very happy with my result,” summarizes Bauer.

However, the student at the Ingeborg Bachmann Gymnasium in Klagenfurt doesn’t have much time to catch her breath. Today she is already on her way to Ljubljana for the Slovenian youth championships, before leaving for Iceland for the girls’ European team championships in a week and a half.

“Viki” started playing golf at the age of six and played her first tournaments at the tender age of twelve. Her parents Marion Bauer and Otmar Feistritzer have been running the restaurant in the Selenheim Golf Club for over 25 years, so they came into contact with golf at an early age. The ambitious athlete now trains up to four hours a day, every Wednesday she goes to Klopein to see trainer Evan Teplitsky. It was also through the South African that Bauer signed a contract with the agency Athletes USA, which is to bring her to the USA in two years on a scholarship. “That’s my dream, hopefully a college down south will want me,” the talent smiles with a wink.

But first you have to get your high school diploma. After that, all doors are open to the likeable and already very goal-oriented teenager, maybe even those into the professional business.

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