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Ferrell finishes in fourth

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JOHN N. BARRY
October 15, 2008
— Despite putting together a magical junior season, Allyssa Ferrell watched her dream of a WIAA Division 2 golf state title disappear Tuesday.

Osceola’s Lindsay Danielson won her fourth straight Division 2 state title, while Ferrell slipped back to fourth after a final-round 80 at University Ridge.


In becoming the first state golfer to win four individual titles, Danielson tied the overall scoring record with a 143 total after rounds of 71 and 72.


Madison Edgewood’s Alyssa Elliott, who will join Danielson at the University of Wisconsin next year, finished second in Division 2 with a 147 total, and teammate Alex Lake was third at 153. The Crusaders rolled to their sixth straight Division 2 team title and eighth straight overall with a state-record 617 total.


Green Bay Notre Dame won the Division 1 team title for the second straight year with a 630 total, while Nicolet’s Tory Bauman’s repeated as the individual champion.


Milton’s Whitney Sockness fired an 89 in the second round of Division 1, while teammate Ashton Stair carded a 91.


Ferrell trailed Danielson by three shots heading into the final round and had hopes of improving upon her two previous third-place finishes at state in Division 1. But a 43 on Ferrell’s front nine ended any hopes of catching Danielson.


“I don’t really have an answer as to what happened today,” Ferrell said. “My putting wasn’t there, and I just didn’t feel it today.


“Sometimes when you golf, it just seems like you get every bad bounce or bad break there is, and that’s what seemed to happen to me today. It’s really frustrating.”


Ferrell started her round with a double bogey and did not record a birdie the entire round. She bounced back with a 1-over par 37 on the back nine, but that was of little consolation.


“A couple of pins were a little tougher today. But other than that, the course played about the same,” Ferrell said.


“It’s disappointing to end this way because it was such a good season.”


Danielson capped off her season with another consistent round on what will be her home course in college. She had two birdies and two bogeys, and playing the same threesome, had increased her lead over Ferrell to six shots after only two holes.


“I was just playing my game and not worried about what Allyssa was doing,” Danielson said. “I don’t have any control over how she’s playing; all I was trying to do was go as low as I can.


“I drove the ball pretty well yesterday and putted pretty well today. I like this course, and it’s nice to know I’ll be playing it a lot the next four years.”


Sockness set a goal before the tournament of breaking 90 and hit her mark, thanks to a birdie at No. 8, which was her second-to-last hole after teeing off on No. 10.


The senior said she’ll never forget her state experience.


“Playing at state is a lot different than playing normal golf,” Sockness said. “The players are way more into it and don’t talk to each other very much.


“And it’s really hard playing here without a coach,” Sockness said of the absence of Milton coach Andrea Wieland, who could not travel due to her pregnancy. “Everybody else was getting distances and stuff, but we were on our own. But it was still a good experience and a lot of fun.”


Janesville’s C.J. Enriquez, a junior at Edgewood, tied for seventh individually in helping the Crusaders win the Division 2 team title.


Whitewater’s Kristi Meinel had a second-round 86 and finished 17th in Division 2.



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