Girls golfers go 9-0 in Big 8

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Rob Reischel
Middleton girls golf coach Becky Halverson (right), shown here with Allison Richards, led the Cardinals to a perfect 9-0 record in Big Eight dual meets./Times-Tribune photo by Mary Langenfeld

Their first goal is in the books.

Now, Middleton’s girls golf team will chase their other objectives.

The Cardinals won the Big Eight Conference for a fifth straight year after rolling past Madison West last Wednesday, 328-356, in a match played at Pleasant View Golf Course. Middleton went 9-0 in conference dual meets and is 44-0-1 in league matches over the past five years.

The Cardinals also finished third at the 19-team Janesville Parker Invite last Saturday.

In all, it was another banner week for the Cardinals — capped by a conference championship.

“Going 9-0 in regular season conference matches was our first goal accomplished,” Middleton coach Becky Halverson said.  

Senior Payton Hodson led Middleton with a 75 against West. Hodson finished her three-year varsity career going 27-0 in conference matches.

Grace Peterson fired an 81, while Kate Meier and Allison Richards both shot 86s.

“We tell the girls all the time that we can't want it for them,” Halverson said. “This year I think we have a group of girls that really does want it and is willing to put in the time to get to where they want to be, which is really exciting.”

Milton won the Parker Invite with a 322, while Kettle Moraine (325), Middleton (335), Union Grove (350) and Waunakee (363) rounded out the top five.

Hodson tied for fourth individually with a 78, while Meier tied for seventh with an 80. Peterson tied for ninth with an 81 and Haley Dunn carded a 96.

“We are just struggling to find consistent scores from No. 4 and 5,” Halverson said. “We all know that Milton is a good team. It was nice to see where we stand with Kettle Moraine, as well. I knew they were going to be tough and now the girls saw, as well. 

“The Parker Invite was a good eye opener for the girls to show them that there is work to be done yet if we want to achieve our goals. These next few weeks are going to be crucial for the girls in really honing in on their swings and their short game. They all left shots out there and know what they have to work on to get a little better every day.”

 

PARKER INVITATIONAL

At Riverside (Par 71)

TEAM SCORES

Milton 322, Kettle Moraine 325, Middleton 335, Union Grove 350, Verona 352, Waunakee 363, Madison Edgewood 366, Stoughton 369, Mukwonago 373, The Prairie School 377, Sun Prairie 386, Janesville Craig 391, Janesville Parker 402, Wisconsin Dells 411, Edgerton 417, Racine St. Catherine's 420, Madison Memorial 425, Reedsburg 425, Westosha Central 451.

INDIVIDUAL LEADERS

1. Abby Cavaiani (Kettle Moraine), 70; 2. Mia Seeman (Milton), 74; 3. Taylor Hakala (Milton), 74; 4. Courtney Shorter (Verona), 78; 5. Payton Hodson (Middleton), 78; 6. Kate Munro (Prairie School), 78.

OTHER AREA RESULTS

Milton (332)--Claudia Seeman, 84; Holly Gunnink, 90.

Craig (391)--Kallie Lux, 86; Sara Nerad, 90; Morgan Christoph, 96; Madi Loveland, 119.

Parker (402)--Sophia Dooman, 80; Ashlynn Burdick, 114; Lauren Reid, 105; Bria McDade, 103.

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