Middleton golfers make a statement

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

The first Golf Coaches Association of Wisconsin poll was released Sunday.

The poll had Hartland Arrowhead as the No. 1 team in Wisconsin and Middleton No. 2. On Monday, the Cardinals made a statement saying perhaps those spots should be reversed.

Middleton shot a 325 and won the 18-team Waunakee Invite held at The Meadows of Sixmile Creek. Arrowhead was second at 333, while Oregon was a distant third at 377.

Middleton edged Arrowhead by one shot for the state championship last fall. This year, the Warhawks nipped the Cardinals in two early-season events.

“It's always a confidence boost for us to play against Arrowhead and win,” Middleton coach Becky Halverson.  

Middleton senior Alexis Thomas captured medalist honors with a 72, three shots ahead of runner-up Alexa Holland of Arrowhead (75). Thomas struggled off the tees, but her short game was sublime.

“She is just so solid with her short game, which helped her a lot yesterday,” Halverson said of Thomas. “I'm just so proud of her for coming out so strong this season. She's stepped right into that leadership role for us.”

Morgan Miles carded an 80 and captured fifth place individually.

“Morgan Miles had a rough day of putting, but shot an 80, which was huge,” Halverson said. “I knew with her drive and positive attitude that she would be good, but she's had an even better start than I could have hoped for.”

Payton Hodson carded an 86, which was good for 10th place individually.

“Payton struggled a bit with her short game and just had an off day,” Halverson said. “But I know she'll come back next time even stronger from that.”

Freshman Kate Meier also had a solid day and shot an 87.

“Kate Meier is really steady right now in the mid-to-upper 80s and I think her future is bright,” Halverson said. 

Lindsay Callahan, who has battled a back injury, stepped into the lineup, as well. Callahan’s 90 didn’t count, but her performance was extremely encouraging.

“Lindsay is going to play as much as her back can handle, which could mean once per week at this point,” Halverson said. “We're doing some playing around a bit with the lineup. We have a strong group of JV girls that are looking to move up and are more than willing to put in the extra time to get there.”

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