Middleton golfers win Cardinal Invite

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Rob Reischel
There were many good things to see last week for Alexis Thomas and Middleton's girls golfers./Times-Tribune photo by Mary Langenfeld

Many of the state’s most gifted and talented golfers came to Pleasant View Golf Course Saturday for the star-studded Cardinal Invite.

And Middleton sent them all home somewhat disappointed.

The Cardinals shot a 322-team score and won the 23-team tournament. Brookfield Central and Verona tied for second at 323, while Milton was fourth (328) and Franklin was fifth (344).

“We had taken second place the last two years so we really wanted it,” Middleton coach Becky Halverson said. “I was really proud of the girls and how focused and calm they were all day.”

Cardinals senior Loren Skibba, the WIAA’s defending state champion in Division 1, tied for second with a 1-over-par 73. Junior Alexis Thomas shot a 77 and tied for sixth place.

Payton Hodson shot a career best 85, highlighted by a chip-in birdie on the fifth hole of The Woods course. And Morgan Narowetz shot an 87.

“I am absolutely thrilled for Payton and her 85,” Halverson said. “She is so calm out there and has improved so much in the past few weeks. It is great to watch. She smiled from ear-to-ear all day, which she should have.”

Middleton also finished third at the Morgan Stanley Shootout at University Ridge last Wednesday.

Verona and Milton both shot 323 and tied for first place. Middleton was third at 335, while Franklin (343) and Brookfield Central (346) rounded out the top five.

“We prepped like it was for the state tournament,” Halverson said. “Unfortunately for us the results weren't as we had hoped, but we found some key areas for improvement.

“This one hurt more than others. We used that loss as motivation to get us going for the Cardinal Invite.” 

Thomas tied for fourth with a 77, while Skibba shot a 79 and finished eighth.

“Alexis had two rough holes, but came back with a couple birdies,” Halverson said. “She played smart, which is exactly what you need there. Loren … just wasn’t in her groove, but definitely hung in there.” 

Miles carded an 87 and Hodson shot a 92.

“Morgan Miles had a great attitude and always looked at the positives out there,” Halverson said. “Payton Hodson … that was her first time ever playing 18 holes at University Ridge. I was very impressed because she had a really rough start and was able to come right back from it.”

• On deck: Middleton was at a Big Eight Conference Triangular Tuesday in Sun Prairie that also included Madison La Follette.

The Cardinals then host Verona and Madison Memorial in a triangular Wednesday at Pleasant View. Both the Wildcats and Cardinals are unbeaten in conference play, meaning this match will likely decide the regular season conference champion.

Middleton then heads to the Janesville Parker Invite at Riverside Golf Course Saturday at 7:30 a.m.

“We're hoping to continue to show what we are capable of and have some fun while doing so,” Halverson said.


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