Ferrell aims to halt sweep
Lindsay Danielson has a chance to etch her name into the record book at this year’s girls WIAA state golf tournament.
Allyssa Ferrell hopes to deny her that opportunity.
Danielson, a senior at Osceola High School, has won the last three Division 2 individual titles. If Danielson wins her fourth state title at the 36-hole tournament, which begins Monday at University in Madison, she would be the first four-time state champion in the 36-year history of the event.
Ferrell, a junior at Edgerton High, finished third the last two years in Division 1. With Edgerton no longer a co-op team, Ferrell will play alongside Danielson in Division 2 this year.
The soft-spoken Ferrell likes the underdog role.
“I’ve got a goal in mind, and I’m going to do everything I can to achieve that goal,” Ferrell said. “I know what a great golfer Lindsay is, but all I can do is control how I play on each and every shot.
“At that course, you have to where to keep yourself out of trouble. The front nine is pretty wide open, and if I can get through No. 4 without any major problems, I hope to be able to shoot my lowest round ever there.”
Ferrell had a 75 en route to 152 total a year ago. Nicolet’s Tory Bauman won the Division 1 title in 2007 with a 150 total. The 75 was Ferrell’s lowest round in two state tournament appearances, but she has shot 77 or lower in all four state rounds.
Thanks to an offseason spent honing her overall game, Ferrell has put together a strong junior season. She won the Parker Invitational with a 3-under 69 and followed that with a second-place finish in the Prairie du Chien Regional and medalist honors in the Wisconsin Dells Sectional.
Ferrell said one aspect of her game has made the biggest difference.
“I think it’s a matter of just being more consistent round to round,” she said. “For awhile, my driving was a little weak, but I’ve got that back on track. And then my short game was off a little, and that hurt my putting. But now I feel like I’ve been able to put them all together.”
Danielson and Ferrell will tee off together in round one Monday at 9:04 a.m. Ferrell hopes the twos are together again in the second round on Tuesday when the last group tees off at 9:40 a.m.
“I’m looking forward to it,” Ferrell said. “If I can shoot my low round up there, anything can happen.”
Sockness, Stair tee it up in Division 1
They might have taken different paths to get there, but the final destination is the same for Whitney Sockness and Ashton Stair.
The Milton High golfers will be part of the Division 1 state tournament field when it tees off Monday morning at University Ridge.
Stair, a sophomore, narrowly missed a berth in the 2007 state tournament after losing a one-hole playoff at the sectional meet.
The disappointment of coming so close a year ago provided plenty of inspiration for Stair, according to Milton coach Andrea Wieland.
“For Ashton, it’s a matter of being a little bit more serious about the game,” Wieland said. “She played a lot of golf this past summer and worked really hard on her game. She’s added a ton of distance and her overall game is more consistent.
“I know getting to state was her goal this season after just missing last year.”
Sockness is headed to state thanks to a late-season surge. The senior fired a career-low round of 78 at the Parker Sectional to earn one of three automatic berths. The 78 was the lowest round of the three extra qualifiers.
“Whitney told me at sectional that it seemed like every putt she had was going in,” Wieland said. “She just felt like things were going her way that day. To shoot your lowest round ever at the sectional meet says a lot about Whitney.
“Now, her mentality is that it’s her senior year and she’s playing at state. What a way to go out.”
As well as Wieland knows the University Ridge course after playing at the University of Wisconsin, she won’t be able to attend the state tournament.
Wieland and her husband, Kirk, are expecting their second child any day. Doctor’s orders won’t let her make the 40-minute drive to Madison.
“It’s going to be hard not being up there with those two, but T.J. Dieck, the longtime boys coach, is going in my place,” Wieland said. “And with both of them playing, they’ll have each other to lean on.
“Hopefully, I’ll get some text messages to let me know how they’re doing,” Wieland said.
Whitewater’s Meinel qualifies in Division 2
Kristi Meinel is hoping to save her best for last.
The Whitewater High senior advanced to the Division 2 state tournament for the second straight year after qualifying in the Little Chute Sectional.
Meinel has a season-average around 86, but Whitewater coach Christine Wilke said Meinel capable of putting together a couple of solid rounds at state.
“Kristi’s really played well since the start of tournament competition,” Wilke said. “She has the potential to shoot in the low 80s, or the high 70s if she is putting well.
“She’s not a long hitter, but she’s very accurate down the fairway. The strongest part of her game is her second shot to the green.”