Edgerton senior second at state; Milton High fourth in team play
MADISON Brooke Ferrell stood in the rain on the 18th green and watched her last putt disappear into the cup for a par at Cherokee Country Club on Tuesday.
With that putt, her stellar four-year high school girls golf career ended at Edgerton High School.
The Crimson Tide senior posted a 3-over-par 75 to go with her first-round 78 for a 153 total and a second-place finish in the WIAA Division 2 girls state championship. Senior Casey Danielson of Osceola missed tying her two-round state record total with a 1-over-73 after her state-record 66 on Monday for a 139 finish for her fourth straight Division 2 championship.
Danielson became the second individual in state meet history to win four individual state championships. Her sister, Lindsay Danielson, was the first, earning medalist honors from 2005-08, when Casey took over.
Madison Edgewood won the team state title by one stroke over The Prairie School, 674-675.
"It's very sad, but it's exciting," Ferrell said of her last round at state. "I feel like I played pretty well this year. I'm happy with how hard I worked this year and everything that's happened."
It was Ferrell's second runner-up finish and fourth top-five state finish. Each year, Danielson took the title.
"The only thing I did differently was not worry about where Casey was," Ferrell said, who is a University of Wisconsin women's golf recruit. "I just seriously played for second, and make sure I secured my second spot."
Ferrell marked a pair of birdies and was even par after nine holes. She lost three shots to par on the back nine, which included one birdie and four bogeys.
"I feel much better today than I did (Monday)," Ferrell said. "I felt like I held together pretty well today, and when the rain started on the second-to-last hole, I made two pars."
Overall, Ferrell said her four years playing at state were special.
"The team got to come this year, and everyone was excited to be here," Ferrell said. "My freshman year, (my sister) Allyssa (Ferrell) was here with me. To begin state and to end state with the team here is awesome."
Edgerton's Lauren Splitter posted a second-round 95, Shelby Weger shot 98, Erica Richards and Cianna Kruckenberg shot 112 apiece. The Crimson Tide finished sixth with a 772 final team score.
As Ferrell bid farewell to high school golf, seniors Laura and Stephanie Stair finished off their careers with Milton High taking fourth place in the Division 1 state tournament.
"Scary, not knowing what's going to happen after this," Stephanie said of looking forward without Milton golf. Stephanie finished with an 85 after posting a first-round 94.
"I brought more confidence," Stephanie said of her nine-stroke improvement despite five double bogeys. "(Monday), I started not so good and it rolled on from there."
The Red Hawks finished fourth after posting a 694 for the 36-hole tournament. Mequon Homestead took the Division 1 title with a 671 total. Kettle Moraine, which Milton trailed by eight strokes after Monday's opening round, was second at 682.
Jessica Reinecke of Verona rallied to post a two-under 70 to go with a first-round five-over 77 to win the Division 1 individual championship.
Milton senior Laura Stair carded an 83 to go with her first-round 82 for a 165 and finished tied for 13th in her third state tournament.
"It's a little bittersweet," Laura said of her last round of high school golf. "I didn't think this day would come that fast, but it's here and it's sad."
Sophomore Maddie McCue finished with an 84 that included two birdies. Freshman Chey Ann Knudsen posted an 91 and junior Courtney Terrill carded a 97.
"We are definitely going to miss Laura and Stephanie," Milton coach Andrea Wieland said. "They have been around for six years because of (sister) Ashton."
Wieland thought the Red Hawks could make up Monday's eight-stroke deficit and win the state title.
"We feeling like we could win this thing," Wieland said. "Eight shots is nothing (at Cherokee)."
The Red Hawks improved by eight strokes from Monday's 351, and moved up from their fifth-place start.
"Today was better, but it wasn't the greatest," Wieland said. "It was positive that we moved up a little bit."
WIAA STATE TOURNAMENT
At Cherokee Country Club (Par 72)
Mequon Homestead 671, Kettle Moraine 682, Green Bay Notre Dame 683, Milton 694, Hartland Arrowhead 701, New Richmond and Middleton 714, Tomah 726, Brookfield Central 739, Madison Memorial 752, DePere 754, Brookfield East 775..
1. Jessica Reinecke (Verona), 77-70147; 2. Emily Joers (Waukesha), 75-75150; 3. Leighann Cabush (Kettle Moraine), 78-73151; 4. Becky Klongland (Stoughton), 80-73153; 5. Heather Zulegar (Oshkosh West), 80-77157; 6. McKenzie Paul (Neenah), 81-79160; 7. Abby Chase (Beaver Dam) 77-84161; Maddy Neumeier (Green Bay Preble) 84-77161 and Jessie Staed (Notre Dame), 81-80161; 10. Rachel Morris (Homestead), 87-75162.
Homestead (671)Rachel Morris (Homestead), 87-75162; Anika Hilt, 87-78165; Lauren Olson, 85-83168; Lauren Smith, 86-90176.
Kettle Moraine (682)Leighann Cabush, 78-73151; Ally Amadon, 85-84169; Lindsay Schmidt, 83-90173; Kathryn Tavares, 97-92192.
Notre Dame (683)Carly Vanderheyden, 86-84170; Marie Hinkfuss, 87-82169; Jessie Staed, 81-80161; Brittany Kolb, 91-88179.
Milton (694)Laura Stair, 82-83165; Stephanie Stair, 94-85179; Maddie McCue, 85-84169; CheyAnn Knudsen, 90-91181.
Taylor Wyss (Janesville Parker), 90-90180.
Madison Edgewood 674, The Prairie School 675, Hayward 711, Fox Valley Lutheran 759, Osceola 770, Edgerton 772.
1. Casey Danielson (Osceola), 66-73139; 2. Brooke Ferrell (Edgerton), 78-75153; 3. Sienna Chapman (The Prairie School), 84-71155; 4. Nikki Isaacson (The Prairie School), 80-77157; 5. Mikayla Smith (Appleton Xavier), 85-76161; 6. Brittany Neff (Hayward), 80-82162; 7. Lexi Greytak (Edgewood), 85-78163; 8. Abby Dufrane (Marinette) 81-83164 and Caroline Lake (Edgewood) 84-80164; 10. Emilee McCusker (Hayward), 81-84165.
Edgewood (674)Lexi Greytak, 85-78163; Caroline Lake, 84-80164; Tess Hackworthy, 87-82169; Libby Luedtke, 91-87178.
Prairie School (675)Sienna Chapman, 84-71155; Nikki Isaacson, 80-77157; Taylor Denman, 91-81172; Kirsten Maki, 97-95192.
Edgerton (772)Brooke Ferrell, 78-75153; Erica Richardson, 92-112204; Lauren Splitter, 110-95205; Shelby Weger, 112-98210.