Golfers win regional title

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Rob Reischel
Morgan Miles and Middleton's girls golf team won the Portage Regional last Wednesday./Times-Tribune photo by Mary Langenfeld

It’s been said timing is everything.

Payton Hodson — and Middleton’s girls golf team — most certainly agree.

Hodson, a sophomore, shot a season-best 79 last Wednesday. And that helped the Cardinals win the WIAA Division 1 Portage Regional.

Middleton posted a 324-team score, while Verona was second at 325.

“Payton Hodson really stole the show,” Middleton coach Becky Halverson said. “To have a number five spot come in with a score in the 70’s is amazing. I am so proud of her.” 

Senior Loren Skibba led Middleton with a 76, which was good for second individually. Junior Alexis Thomas added an 82 and was fifth, while junior Morgan Miles shot an 87 and tied for seventh.

But Hodson — who plays in the No. 5 position — was the star on this day.

Hodson made three birdies, stayed out of trouble, and went 40-39 during her memorable performance. Hodson also tied for third individually.

“She has been working really hard to get her game where it needs to be and it’s showing,” Halverson said of Hodson. “She was so excited the whole round. It was so fun to see her so happy out there. This is a huge confidence booster for her going into sectionals.” 

Skibba had a rough start, but steadied herself.

“Loren started off rough and really came around well,” Halverson said. “She wasn't happy with her play, but knows what she needs to work on to get ready for the next stage of postseason play.”

Thomas and Miles are both capable of going lower. But each did enough to help the Cardinals hoist a regional championship.

“I know Alexis wasn't happy with her play out there, but she will be just fine,” Halverson said. “Morgan Miles really hung in there and did a great job as well. 

“I really like where we are coming from going into sectionals. We have a vision of our next week and a half and the girls are going to keep working hard to get where we want to be.

“Getting that regional win coming off of our conference win is great. I think the girls are really coming along well and realizing what they can accomplish.”

 

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