Edgerton's Ferrell second in state golf tourney after opening 78
MADISON Brooke Ferrell of Edgerton High couldn't have done any more.
Ferrell began the first round of the WIAA Division 2 state golf championship Monday at Cherokee Country Club as serious as a heart attack to unseat three-time defending champion Casey Danielson of Osceola.
Ferrell stuck religiously to hitting irons and hybrids off the tee to keep within Cherokee's demanding confines in tricky 30 mph swirling wind to fashion a respectable 6-over-par 78 (38-40), which one savvy observer called "a 71 under normal conditions."
Ferrell thought she played a good round, but Danielson, who last June committed to play at Stanford University, was much better, carding a 6-under 66 (34-32). It was the lowest round in the 41-year history of the even, and it bettered Milton's Ashton Stair's 68 shot in 2010.
"My 78 was not very impressive, but at one point, I was thinking, 'you know, I don't think I'm playing poorly, I'm 1 over, but I'm four (shots) back,' " said Ferrell, who is a University of Wisconsin women's golf recruit.
Despite Ferrell's admirable effort, it paled in comparison to Danielson's machine-like round that featured nine birdies for a 12-shot lead over the second-place Ferrell. Danielson is halfway to breaking her state tournament 36-hole record 138 (69-69) set last fall at University Ridge.
"Keeping her score all day was hard," Ferrell said. "It was hard, but at the same time it was motivating. In the beginning, I was kind of keeping up, but then I fell apart, but that's OK," Danielson said.
Ferrell swallowed her fate like a bitter pill at first, but after a few hugs from relatives and teammates, she composed herself and took her hat off to Danielson.
"She's such a nice person, so it's easy to cheer for her," Ferrell said. "When she plays so well, it's not like she gets lucky, she is just so good. I mean, it's Casey Danielson, and then it's the rest of us."
It looked like anybody's match through the first six holes with both players standing at even par, but the seventh hole, a 423-yard par 4, was the game-changer.
Danielson drained a dazzling birdie putt at No. 7, while Ferrell bogeyed to fall two strokes behind.
"That is what Casey Danielson does," Ferrell said of Danielson's birdie putt to grab the lead. "She makes the putts when nobody thinks that she should, and she hits the shots nobody else can."
Ferrell said she didn't think Danielson made a glaring mistake the entire day.
"I don't think I saw her hit a bad putt," Ferrell said. "It was an awesome experience."
Ferrell's 78 led Edgerton, which is tied for fifth with Danielson-led Osceola, each at 392.
Erica Richardson broke 100 for the second straight match, posting a 92. Lauren Splitter posted 110 and Shelby Weger added 112 for the Crimson Tide's top four scores. Cianna Kruckenberg had a 123.
Ferrell and Danielsen are paired together again today, and Ferrell is pleased.
"I'd much rather have a girl shooting 66 next to me better than a girl I'm beating by 40," Ferrell said. "It motivates and pushes you."
WIAA GIRLS STATE GOLF TOURNAMENT
At Cheokee Country Club (par 72)
Kettle Moraine 343, Homestead 345, Notre Dame 347, Arrowhead 350, Milton 351, New Richmond 356, Middleton 357, Brookfield Central 374, Tomah 375, DePere 387, Madison Memorial 391, Brookfield East 393.
AREA TEAM RESULTS
Milton (351)—Laura Stair, 41-41—82; Maddie McCue, 45-40—85; Chey Ann Knudsen, 43-47—90; Stephanie Stair, 45-49—94.
TOP 10 INDIVIDUALS
1. Emily Joers (Waukesha Co-op), 75;
2. Abby Chase (Beaver Dam), 77; 2. Jessica Reinecke (Verona), 77; 4. Leighann Cabush (Kettle Moraine), 78; 5. McKenzie Paul (Neenah), 79; 6. Rebecca Briermaier, (Divine Savior-Holy Angels), 80; Becky Klongland (Stoughton), 80; Heather Zuleger (Oshkosh West), 80; 9. Jessie Stead (Notre Dame), 81; 10. Laura Stair (Milton), 82.
n Taylor Wyss (Janesville Parker), 90. In six-way tie for 38th.
Madison Edgewood 347, The Prairie School 352, Hayward 363, Fox Valley Lutheran 384, Osceloa 392, Edgerton 392.
AREA TEAM RESULTS
Edgerton (392)—Brooke Ferrell, 38-40—78; Erica Richardson, 51-41—92; Lauren Splitter, 53-57—110; Shelby Weger, 56-56—112; Cianna Kruckenberg, 123.
TOP 10 INDIVIDUALS
1. Casey Danielson (Osceola), 66; 2. Brooke Ferrell (Edgerton), 78; 3. Nikki Isaacson (The Prairie School), 80; Brittany Neff (Hayward), 80; 5. Abby Dufrane (Marinette), 81; Emilee McCusker, 81; 7. Sienna Chapman (The Prairie School), 84; Caroline Lake (Edgewood), 84; 9. Lexi Greytak (Edgewood), 87; Mikayla Smith (Appleton Xavier), 85.