Girls golfers keep rolling

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Rob Reischel
Grace Peterson has helped Middleton’s girls golf team jump to a fast start this season./Times-Tribune photo by Mary Langenfeld

There was uncertainty, unknowns and unpredictability.

Those days are over.

Today, Middleton’s girls golf team has answered any and all questions that surrounded it when the year began.

Middleton went to the Brookfield Central-Homestead Classic last week and finished third at the star-studded, 19-team event.

The Cardinals then won a pair of Big Eight Conference triangulars and began the year 4-0 in the league.

“I'd say the girls have met and exceeded our expectations for the start of the season,” Middleton coach Becky Halverson said.

Defending state champion Hartland Arrowhead won the BC-H Classic with a 625. Brookfield Central was second at 646, while Middleton (656), Homestead (660) and Kettle Moraine (661) rounded out the top five.

Middleton shot a 320 on the first day of the tournament played at Mee-Kwon in Mequon. That was good for second place, just four shots back of Arrowhead.

The Cardinals slipped back a bit on the second day, but still had a memorable tournament.

Middleton’s Payton Hodson finished third individually with a 146 (72-74), four shots back of Arrowhead’s Emily Lauterbach and Kettle Moraine’s Abby Cavaianni. The Cardinals also counted a 161 from Kate Meier (79-82), a 168 from Grace Peterson (80-88) and a 181 from Allison Richards (89-92).

“Four of the seven girls that we brought to Mee-Kwon had their personal bests,” Halverson said. “Coming home with a trophy is always fun for the girls. I was definitely proud of the girls and where we finished among some of the top teams in the state.”

Middleton shot a 345 last Thursday and defeated Madison Memorial and Madison La Follette in a triangular held at Pleasant View Golf Course. Both the Spartans and Lancers could not field a full team.

Hodson led the Cardinals with a 77, while Peterson shot an 84. Meier carded an 85 and Richards shot a 99.

“Unfortunately, neither (Memorial or La Follette) had a varsity team, so it was tough for the girls to really focus on it being a match,” Halverson said. “It was not their best day, that's for sure. But they all learned some things that they need to work on.”

Middleton then notched a huge win Monday at the Madison East Triangular held at Monona Golf Course. The Cardinals shot a 167 and edged Verona (171) by four shots, while the host Purgolders couldn’t field a full team.

Hodson led the Cardinals with a 39, while Meier and Peterson both shot 42s. Makenzie Hodson, playing in the No. 5 hole, shot a 44.

“I am really happy for Mak and how she is coming along for the team,” Halverson said.

The win kept the Cardinals unbeaten in the league and could go a long way towards MHS capturing a conference dual meet title later this season.

“The girls know they have some work ahead of them to compete into October, but they are willing to put in the time,” Halverson said. “We’re still playing around with our lineup a bit and will continue to as much as we need to get to where we want to be in the end.”


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