Girls golfers win Big 8

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By: 
Rob Reischel
Morgan Miles and Middleton’s girls golf team won the Big Eight last week/Times-Tribune photo by Mary Langenfeld

This was simply the first major success in their two-month journey.

There are several more challenges to come.

But Middleton’s girls golfers will happily tell you this was an extremely enjoyable achievement.

The Cardinals captured the Big Eight Conference regular season title last Wednesday. Middleton shot a 323 at Pleasant View Golf Course and toppled Verona by 11 strokes. Madison Memorial didn’t field a full team and finished third.

The Cardinals finished 9-0 in Big Eight dual meets, while Verona ended the year 8-1.

“I’m really proud of the girls,” Middleton coach Becky Halverson said. “This was just one step in our road to our main goal. We have several more steps to go in the coming weeks, but I know they can do it if they keep focused and relaxed.”

A year ago, Middleton and Verona tied for the conference regular season crown. This time through, the Cardinals were in no mood to share.

Middleton senior Loren Skibba — the defending WIAA Division 1 individual state champion — shot a sensational 2-under par, 70. It was the final home meet for Skibba, and she certainly exited in style.

“That was so much fun to see,” Halverson said.

Junior Alexis Thomas shot an 80, while junior Morgan Miles carded an 86. Both Morgan Narowetz and Payton Hodson shot 87s.

“The regular season conference win is a momentum driver for us heading into the postseason,” Halverson said. “The girls stayed steady all day and their positive attitudes on the course were great. They now know they can beat Verona and if they keep working hard at it they can keep that going.”

Middleton put itself in position for the conference title by winning a triangular at Sun Prairie last Tuesday.

Middleton shot a 324 and posted a 44-shot win over runner-up Sun Prairie.

Skibba led the way with a 75 and Narowetz shot an 80. Thomas carded an 83 and Miles shot at 86.

“The course had recently been aerified, so we had to adjust a bit to slow greens,” Halverson said. “All in all they had a good day.”

Middleton also finished second at the 20-team Janesville Parker Invite Saturday. Milton won the tournament with a 311, while the Cardinals were second at 323.

Skibba again led the way with a 73, while Thomas shot a 79. Narowetz carded an 85 and Miles shot an 86.

“Milton is a really solid team,” Halverson said. “They are going to be tough to beat, but if we continue to stay focused and work hard on our short game I think we can stay in the race at the end.”

Middleton now travels to Evansville Golf Course Thursday for the Big Eight Conference meet.

The Cardinals are at the Portage Regional Sept. 30 and at the Madison West Sectional Oct. 6. The state tournament is Oct. 12-13 at University Ridge.

“We understand that it is October that really counts,” Halverson said.  “It’s going to be a fun and exciting finish, that’s for sure.”

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