Girls golf: Milton wins talent-laden tournament
The Milton girls golf team made a statement Friday to open the 2014 season.
Playing against a field that included the top nine teams in the preseason Golf Coaches Association of Wisconsin poll, the Red Hawks came out on top, shooting 322 at the Madison Edgewood invite at Yahara Hills.
“It's kind of surprising; we weren't expecting that,” said Milton coach Andrea Weiland, whose team opened No. 7 in the rankings. “We were just going to go out and see what we could do. I didn't think we'd be able to do that.”
The Red Hawks topped No. 3 Edgewood by one stroke, while top-ranked Verona shot 327. Janesville Parker, which went to state for the second time last year but lost three seniors, shot 387.
CheyAnn Knudsen paced Milton. An individual state qualifier a year ago, she shot a personal-best 4-over 76.
Mia Seeman also recorded her lowest-ever round, finishing tied for eighth with a 79, while three-time state qualifier Maddie McCue carded an 81.
“CheyAnn was nervous when I played her as No. 1,” Weiland said. “I told her she earned it in the team qualifying and to take it and own it. … But I really have five solid golfers.
“I told them not to expect that we're going to win every time, so enjoy it and learn from it. It'd be nice to get used to it, but I'm not sure that's realistic.”
Parker senior captain Kailey McDade, coming off a summer in which she was crowned Rock County champion, carded the lowest round of her career with a 79.
“That was the first time she has broken 80 in a high school match,” Vikings coach Mary Ross said. “She's our captain and a great leader. She's going to have a really solid year.”
Keara Richards, who played as the No. 5 on the state team most of last year, is now in the No. 2 position. Junior Kendyl Richards, no relation, is back on the roster after taking a year off. Sophomore Kameron Blaser and senior Julia Leach rounded out Parker's lineup Friday.
Sophomores Emily O'Leary, Carly Olin and Jacqueline Polglaze will also vie for time in the varsity lineup as the season progresses.
“It's pretty hard coming off such a spectacular season last year,” Ross said. “Losing three solid seniors from that team that had a lot of experience, we knew the first few matches would be kind of difficult. But they're motivated and very connected.
“It's a rebuilding year, but they're ready to do the work.”
Parker is back in action Tuesday at the Beloit Scramble.
Yahara Hill Invite
At Yahara Hills (72)
Milton 322, Madison Edgewood 323, Verona 327, Homestead 329, Arrowhead 338, Middleton 342, Stoughton 352, Madison Memorial 355, Brookfield Central 356, Kettle Moraine 358, Oregon 358, Prairie School 369, DSHA 371, Portage 373, Waukesha 376, Waunakee 377, Green Bay Notre Dame 378, Janesville Parker 387, Sun Prairie 390, Pius XI 422, Madison West 483
Jessica Reinecke (Ver) 71, Caroline Lake (ME) 72, Tess Hackworthy (ME) 72, Anika Hitt (Hom) 73, CheyAnn Knudsen (Mil) 76, Garce Dunn (BC) 76, Speedy Kent (Hom) 78, Kailey McDade (JP) 79, Mia Seeman (Mil) 79
AREA TEAM SCORES
Milton (322)—Knudsen 76, Seeman 79, Maddie McCue 81, Leah Foster 86
Parker (387)—McDade 79, Keara Richards 97, Kendyl Richards 104, Kameron Blaser 107