Middleton golfers keep on rolling

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Rob Reischel
Morgan Narowetz and Middleton's girls golf team won the Waunakee Invite Monday./Times-Tribune photo by Mary Langenfeld

The wind was downright brutal, gusting up to 30 miles an hour at times.

The temperatures made it feel more like October than August.

But none of that stopped Middleton’s girls golf team on Monday.

The Cardinals bested a star-studded field and won the 17-team Waunakee Invite held at The Meadows of Sixmile Creek.

Middleton carded a 344-team score and edged Verona by three shots for the team title. Top-ranked Hartland Arrowhead was third at 351, while Monona Grove (385) and Oregon (388) rounded out the top five.

“Scores were definitely higher today because of the brutal conditions out there,” Middleton coach Becky Halverson said. “I told the girls on the way there that it was going to be a mental game playing in that wind. The team that was the most mentally tough was going to come out on top and I was pleasantly surprised that it was us.”

Middleton senior Loren Skibba, the defending WIAA Division 1 individual state champion, captured medalist honors. Skibba carded a 4-over-par, 76 on this blustery day, good for a two-shot win over runner-up Bailey Smith of Verona.

Cardinals junior Morgan Narowetz tied for fifth individually with an 82. Junior Alexis Thomas tied for 11th with an 89, while Morgan Miles shot a 97.

“Ever since the state tournament conditions last year, we try to embrace conditions that aren't so perfect and get a little better each time we play in them,” said Halverson, referring to the rain soaked and windy 2014 state tournament. “I'm really proud of the girls for showing me they could do it this past week. I think it's a big step for us. These girls are driven and I'm excited for them.”

Middleton also opened its Big Eight Conference season in style last Thursday with an easy win at the Madison West Quadrangular. The Cardinals shot a 334 to outdistance Madison West (419) and Janesville Craig (437).

Middleton had the top four scores at the triangular.

Skibba won the meet with a 75, while Thomas was second with an 81. Narowetz was third at 83 and Payton Hodson was fourth with a 95.

“I think it was a good test for the girls after playing in these tournaments with girls that shoot around the same scores they do to golf with some that were a bit higher,” Halverson said. “It definitely was a challenge for some of them to figure out how to stay focused on each shot of theirs. Every match we play we try to learn something and get a little more mentally tough.

“That's what I would call this past week. It was a battle of the mental game. First in playing with girls that maybe weren't shooting as well as they were and then playing at the Waunakee Invite.”


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