MHS golfers win dual meet title

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Rob Reischel
Lindsay Callahan and Middleton’s girls golfers won the Big Eight Conference’s dual meet title last week./Times-Tribune photo by Mary Langenfeld

The first box is checked.

Now, Middleton’s girls golfers hope many more are soon to follow.

The Cardinals captured the Big Eight Conference dual meet championship last Thursday, putting the final touches on a 9-0 league record with a win over Madison La Follette.

“Going 9-0 in conference regular season play was just one of our goals for this season that we can now check off our list,” Middleton coach Becky Halverson said. “I'm so happy for these girls and how well they have come together as a team this season.”

The championship was somewhat anticlimactic, as the Lancers didn’t have any varsity golfers. So Middleton simply had to post a score to win the match.

The Cardinals shot a 339 team score, led by a 75 from all-state senior Alexis Thomas. Middleton’s team score wasn’t one of its better numbers this season, but all that mattered was the Cardinals left Yahara Hills Golf Course as league champions.

“It's definitely difficult for the girls to stay focused when they aren't playing against another team, but they managed,” Halverson said. “Although our conference isn’t as strong as it once was, it's still an accomplishment to win conference and I am so proud of all of them.  

“It's been a special season so far for this group of seniors (Alexis Thomas, Morgan Miles and Lindsay Callahan) and we’re going to do our best to continue making it special.”

The Cardinals followed that up with a pretty special Saturday.

Middleton won the star-studded, 19-team Janesville Parker Invite. The Cardinals shot a 324 team score to edge both Racine Prairie and Milton (327).

“We were all pretty excited about winning the Parker Invite after taking second there last year,” Halverson said. “We knew Milton was going to be tough there as they normally are, so we had to stay on our game.”

Thomas finished third individually with a 1-over-par, 72.

“Alexis is just so solid,” Halverson said.

Freshman Kate Meier fired an 81, while Callahan (84) and Miles both had solid days.

“Payton (Hodson) really struggled and Morgan’s score wasn't as low as she would have liked it to be, but it was great to have both Lindsay and Kate step up and show what they are capable of,” Halverson said. “That’s what’s great about this group of girls is that they are all fully capable of shooting low scores. Having that depth is exactly what we need.”




Riverside, par 71

Team scores — 1, Middleton 324; 2 (tie), Milton and Racine Prairie 327; 4, Kettle Moraine 330; 5, Janesville Parker 342; 6, Westosha Central 359; 7 (tie), Sun Prairie and Waunakee 361; 9, Verona 364; 10 (tie), Mukwonago and Stoughton 369; 12, Janesville Craig 402; 13, Madison Edgewood 404; 14, Reedsburg 414; 15, Edgerton 431; 16, Madison East 541; 17, Madison Memorial 567; 18, Beloit Memorial 597; 19, Madison La Follette 693.

Top individuals — 1, Mia Seeman, MIL, 71 (won sudden death playoff); 2, Abby Cavaiani, KM, 71; 3, Alexis Thomas, MID, 72; 4, Taylor Hakula, MIL, 76; 5, Sarah Schuster, UG, 77.

Middleton scores: Thomas 72, Meier 81, Callahan 84, Miles 87. 



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