Hodson earns all-state honors

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Rob Reischel
Middleton girls golfer Payton Hodson was named first-team all-state./File photo

Payton Hodson worked, grinded and improved.

The result is Middleton’s girls golf standout had an unforgettable senior season.

Hodson averaged 77.30 and was recently named the Player of the Year in the Big Eight Conference. In addition, Hodson earned first-team all-state honors.

Middleton sophomore Kate Meier also earned first-team all-conference and honorable-mention all-state honors. Senior Grace Peterson was named second-team all-Big Eight and honorable-mention all-state, while senior Allison Richards earned honorable-mention all-conference honors.

Hodson, a three-year varsity player and a Valparaiso recruit, improved her average by 7.43 shots over the last three years. Hodson finished in the top-five of all but two tournaments this year and tied for fifth at the WIAA Division 1 state tournament.

“I am so proud of Payton,” Middleton coach Becky Halverson said. “She had big goals and never gave up. I'm excited to see her continue on golfing in college at Valparaiso.”

Meier averaged 82.38, an improvement of 2.78 shots from 2016. And with two years remaining, the sky appears to be the limit for Meier.

“Kate is so much fun to be around on the golf course,” Halverson said. “She is so focused when she gets onto the course and never lets anything get to her. 

“I’m thrilled to be able to share two more years with Kate. I think she is going to do great things and be a terrific leader for us next season.”

Peterson, who was in Middleton’s program for four seasons, made her first year on varsity a memorable one. Peterson’s average was 87.26 and she improved 5.37 shots from a year ago.

“Grace was a great addition to our varsity team this season,” Halverson said. “She really committed to golf last summer and her commitment definitely showed in her scores. I wish we had another year with Grace.”

Richards bounced between Middleton’s No. 4 and 6 golfer all season and finished with an average of 96.0.

“I'm proud of Allison for sticking it out all four years after being our alternate her sophomore and junior year,” Halverson said.

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