Meier, Hodson power MHS golfers

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Rob Reischel
Kate Meier and Middleton's golf team have been red hot lately./Times-Tribune photo by Mary Langenfeld

Call them the dynamic duo. Or perhaps the terrific twosome.

Middleton golfers Kate Meier and Payton Hodson have been red-hot of late. And the pair of aces are leading the Cardinals to big things.

At last Wednesday’s Balance and Believe Shoot-Out held at Blackhawk Country Club, Meier was first with an even-par 72 and Hodson was fourth with an 80. Those efforts helped Middleton win the 17-team tournament with a 346, eight shots better than runner-up Verona (354).

Middleton also finished second at its own 21-team invite held at Pleasant View Golf Course last Saturday. Hodson finished fourth with a 77 and Meier was fifth with a 79 to power the Cardinals.

“I was happy for Payton and Kate shooting in the 70s,” Middleton coach Becky Halverson said.

The Meier-Hodson combo has helped Middleton exceed many expectations this season. With three new varsity members, Hodson and Meier were counted on for big things, and both have delivered.

At the Balance and Believe Shoot-Out, Meier, a sophomore, had the best round of her MHS career. Meier’s first place finish was highlighted by an eagle at No. 15 in which she drove the green. Meier also had four birdies in a memorable round.

“It was fun watching Kate shoot her 72,” Halverson said. “I knew she had it in her, but to do it at Blackhawk was simply amazing. 

“She was in her zone and didn’t let anything rattle her. Every shot she hit was with complete confidence. She has such a nice swing and it's fun to see her play when she is in her groove.”

Hodson, a senior, had a solid day herself, with an impressive 80 on a demanding course.

“She's starting to gain some confidence back, which is great for this time of the season,” Halverson said of Hodson.

Grace Peterson finished 20th with a 94, while Danielle Callahan was 43rd with a 100.

“We had an awesome day,” Halverson said “It was a huge win for us. I'm so proud of these girls.”

Middleton was also terrific at its own invite last Saturday, firing a 340 to finish second. Milton won the tournament with a 331.

“We wanted a win with it being our home course and all,” Halverson said. “But Milton really came out strong. I'm still proud of our girls.”

Hodson was fourth overall with a 77, while Meier was fifth at 79. Makenzie Hodson shot a season-low 90, while varsity newcomer Haley Dunn and Peterson both carded 94s.

Dunn had been playing extremely well with the JV team, so Halverson promoted her. Dunn then delivered with a terrific performance.

“We were impressed with Haley Dunn at JV … so we decided to move her into the (No.) 5 spot for the Cardinal Invite,” Halverson said. “She shot a 94 and earned her way into the rotation of our varsity team. We currently have five girls that are all the roughly the same average for our fourth and fifth spots on varsity.”

Middleton also improved to 8-0 in the Big Eight Conference by winning the Beloit Memorial triangular last Friday. The Cardinals can wrap up a perfect conference dual meet season when they face Madison West Wednesday at Pleasant View.

Hodson led the Cardinals with a 74 in Beloit.

“Payton had a great day and is really showing her confidence again,” Halverson said.

• On deck: Middleton is at the Janesville Parker Invite at Riverside Saturday beginning at 7:30 a.m. The Cardinals then head to the Big Eight Conference meet Tuesday at Evansville Golf Course.


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