Milton's Stair in D1 lead of state golf tourney
Two of the top area golfers certainly had different feelings after Monday’s first of two rounds in the WIAA girls state tournament here at University Ridge.
Stair, a Milton High junior, came to the state tournament as a darkhorse, at best. But she shot a 3-over par 75 and shares the Division 1 lead with Middleton’s Monica Enderlin.
“I am a little surprised,” Stair admitted. “I knew I was an underdog. I’m surprised and excited.”
Ferrell, an Edgerton senior, entered the tournament as a Division 2 favorite. She also carded a 75, but that left her tied for third with Madison Edgewood’s Caroline Yaeger, four shots back of Osceola freshman Casey Danielson and two behind Edgewood’s Doyle O’Brien.
“I’m not happy at all,” Ferrell said. “My chipping was awful. I really left a lot of shots out there.”
Meanwhile, Janesville Parker’s team began its first-ever state appearance by shooting a 359 for seventh place in Division 1. Middleton and Oregon are tied for first at 343, with the Vikings sitting 16 shots back.
“It was a fun day and just a lot of fun to be here,” Parker coach John Zimmerman said. “We just wanted to come up and enjoy the experience, and I think the kids are doing just that.”
Parker senior Katie Brossard shot a 79 and is tied for fifth, just four strokes off the Division 1 lead. Brossard enjoyed a terrific day that included three birdies and one painful triple bogey.
“I tried to treat it as a normal match, as much as I could,” Brossard said. “I think I did that, for the most part, and played pretty well. I had one hole where I blew up. Otherwise, I played well.”
Senior Molly Rozeboom carded an 86 for Parker, and junior teammate Amanda Becker shot an 89. The Vikings also counted a 105 by sophomore Taylor Utzig.
“We just wanted to play it shot-by-shot and really enjoy the moments,” Zimmerman said. “This is a great experience for us, something we can check off our list. So we’re just having fun.”
Frigid temperatures caused the start of the first round to be moved back three hours, and the golfers engaged in the first shotgun start in state tournament history. That led to a somewhat chaotic scene around the course.
It will be the same format for today’s final round, with another shotgun start at 11 a.m.
When the first round was over, Stair certainly qualified as the biggest surprise. She shot an 81 in the Elkhorn Regional and an 83 at the Mukwonago Sectional in earning a second straight state berth.
But Stair made 13 pars and just four bogeys on Monday. She also knocked a chip to within three feet at the par-5, ninth hole and drained the birdie putt.
“I was just keeping it straight and staying out of trouble,” Stair said. “Really, just good, steady golf.”
Ferrell, a Michigan State recruit, played good, steady golf herself. She made a 5-foot birdie putt at No. 3 and a 15-foot birdie putt on No. 12, but she also had five bogeys that she found unacceptable.
“I didn’t see myself as the favorite coming here,” said Ferrell, who was fourth in Division 2 last year, fourth in Division 1 as a sophomore and third in Division 1 as a freshman. “I did think I could contend for the title, though. I guess I still can with a good final round, but I’ve got to play a lot better.”
At the same time, Ferrell’s team is on track for its pre-tournament goal—to finish second in Division 2. Edgerton, a first-time qualifier in team play, opened with a 367 to hold the No. 2 spot by 14 strokes over third-place Hayward, while Edgewood became a runaway leader at 306 in its bid a ninth straight state title.
Ferrell was joined by her freshman sister, Brooke, who shot a 9-over 81 in continuing the season-long 1-2 punch for Edgerton. The Crimson Tide’s first-round total also included Emma Stolen’s 100 and Briane Lintvedt’s 111.
Oregon 343, Middleton 350, Neenah 352, Green Bay Notre Dame 355, Janesville Parker 356, Eau Claire Memorial 359, Hartland Arrowhead 361, Kettle Moraine 361, Milwaukee Pius 363, Onalaska 366, Sheboygan North/South 374, Milwayukee Divine Savior Holy Angels 378.
Ashton Stair (Milton), 75; Monica Enderlin (Middleton), 75; Alex Douglas (Madison East), 76; Brittany McNett-Emmerich (Madison West), 77; Katie Brossard (Janesville Parker), 79; Emily Joers (Waukesha coop), 79; Cassandra Marschall (Marshfield), 79; Isabella Lambert (Waukesha Memorial), 80; Tricia Mark (Brookfield Central), 80; McKenzie Parks (Oregon), 80; Ali Plath (Onalaska), 80.
(top four count in team score)
Middleton (350)—Enderlin, 75; Van Heuklom, 86; Bollom, 89; Tokach, 93; Peters. 96.
Oregon (343)—Parks, 80; Busler, 83; Whip, 88; Sundell, 92; Graber, 101.
Neenah (352)—Nault 81, McKenzie 85, Wilson 87, J. Johnson 99, M. Johnson 101.
Notre Dame (355)—Konop, 82; Snyder, 87; Hinkfuss, 87; Cera, 99; Baemeert, 104.
Parker (356)—Katie Brossard, 79; Molly Rozeboom, 83; Amanda Becker, 89; Jennifer Polglaze, 105; Taylor Utzig, 110.
Arrowhead (361)—Nordeen, 81; Pfaender, 82; Feder, 95; Gunnison, 99; Gustin, 99.
Eau Claire Memorial (359)—Callaghan, 82; Gerry, 83; VanAmber, 95; McCarty, 99; Massey, 113.
Kettle Moraine (361)—Ohlendorf 83, Cabush 90, Amadon 93, Vollbrecht 95, McCann 100.
Pius (363)—Bliske, 82; Braun, 82; Geraghty, 94; Spychalla, 105; Krenz, 106.
Onalaska (366)—Plath, 80; Lezpona, 92; Tripp, 95, Bird, 99; Helgeson, 100.
Sheboygan North/South (374)—Saari, 89; Lieibham, 93; Gerber, 93; Cram, 99; Sonnetag, 113.
Divine Savior Holy Angels (378)—McDonough, 85; Swain, 95; Ackley, 96; Nowak, 102; Conlin, 104.
Ashton Stair, Milton, 75; Douglas, Madison East, 76; McNett-Emmerich, Madison West, 77; Marschall, Marshfield, 79; Lambert, Catholic Memorial, 80; Mark, Brookfield Central, 80; Felton, Appleton West, 84; Gurske, Brookfield East, 84; Zuleger, Oshkosh West, 86; Joers, Waukesha South/North/West, 87; LaBarbera, Marinette; 87. Wurm, Hudson, 87; Strewler, Superior 89; Henning, Racine Park, 90; Wittmann, Kaukauna, 91; Zganjar, Homestead, 92; Marks, Monona Grove, 97; Mendez, Fond du Lac, 99.
Madison Edgewood 306, Edgerton 367, Hayward 381, Denmark 386, Appleton Xavier 389, Baldwin-Woodville 411.
Casey Danielson (Osceola), 71; Doyle O’Brien (Madison Edgewood), 73; Alyssa Ferrell (Edgerton), 75; Caroline Yeager (Madison Edgewood), 75; Meghan Martine (Madison Edgewood), 77; Addie Vold (Osseo-Fairchild), 80; C.J. Enriquez (Madison Edgewood), 81; Brooke Ferrell (Edgerton), 81; Marissa Campeau (St. Croix Falls), 86; Grace Abitz (Fox Valley Lutheran), 88; Renee Christensen (Denmark), 88.
(Top four count in team score)
Edgewood (306)—O’Brien, 73; Yeager, 75; Martine, 77; Enriquez, 81; Reichenbacher, 89.
Edgerton (367)—Alyssa Ferrell, 75; Brooke Ferrell, 81; Emma Stolen, 100; Brianne Lintvedt, 111; Megan Dorn, 120.
Hayward (381)—Crow, 91; McCusker, 92; Neff, 94; Tremblay, 104; Adams, 113.
Denmark (386)—Christensen, 88; Breuer, 97; Tilot, 99; Carney, 102; Heraly, 106.
Xavier (389)—Riedl, 94; Funk, 97; Duesing, 97; Pappas, 101; Ziemer, 114.
Baldwin-Woodville (411)—Harmon, 89; Timmers, 92; Hinz, 106; LaFavor, 124; Meyer, 125.
Danielson, Osceola, 71; Vold, Osseo-Fairchild, 80; Campeau, Saint Croix Falls, 86; Abitz, Fox Valley Lutheran, 88; Culver, McFarland, 89; Pokrandt, Regis, 90; Rhein, The Prairie School, 90; Steen, Luck/Unity, 94; Meyer, Freedom, 95.