Andrea Weiland had a dream golf experience a week ago—and she didn’t even swing a club.
The UW-Whitewater women’s golf coach guided the Warhawks’ rally on the final day to win the three-round Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Tournament at the Reedsburg Country Club on Oct. 8.
Then she watched former player Mia Seeman—now coached by her husband, Kirk Weiland—win the WIAA Division 1 state girls golf title at University Ridge as a member of the Milton High School team.
One college Division III conference title and a high school Division 1 title in a three-day span.
That’s a hole-in-one for a golf coaching family.
First things first ...
Weiland, who gave up her Milton High coaching job to move to the college level at the start of last season, wasn’t bothered when UW-Stout led the Warhawks by three strokes going into the third and final round of the WIAC Tournament. Weiland had watched her team cut a large deficit after one round down to just three strokes in Saturday’s round.
Second place was just where Weiland wanted her team to be.
“I loved doing the chasing,” the former Milton High and University of Wisconsin golfer said. “You don’t always like being chased, but I always loved doing the chasing.”
And the Warhawks chased, caught and passed UW-Stout for the conference championship. That title carries along an automatic bid for the NCAA Division III Championship on May 8-11 at Mission Hills Resort Golf Club in Florida.
What golfer wouldn’t want to spend four or five days golfing in Florida in May?
With that on the line, the Warhawks hatched a plan to earn that trip.
“Just go out there and play our own game, not worry about anyone else and do our own thing,” Weiland said. “Hit some fairways, hit some greens, try to be more aggressive and make a few putts.
“That was our plan, and it worked.”
Led by another Milton High graduate, CheyAnn Knudsen, the Warhawks beat the Blue Devils by 17 strokes. Whitewater’s 942 total broke the conference record by 21 strokes and the UW-Whitewater record by 40 strokes.
Knudsen, who rejoined her high school coach via transfer after spending her freshman season at Carthage College, earned the individual title with a 54-hole school-record score of 233.
That was only one stroke better than her teammate, Ashley Hofmeister, who took second place.
Another Milton High graduate, junior Maddie McCue, finished in a tie for fourth with a 236 total.
Hofmeister was named the conference’s player of the year Monday, with Knudsen joining her as a first-team all-WIAC selection. McCue was named to the second team.
Knudsen rebounded after not playing her best at a tournament the week before the conference tournament at Stevens Point, Weiland said. Hofmeister won that event.
“CheyAnn worked super hard on getting her swing back,” Weiland said. “You know you don’t have to hit it perfect, you just have to hit it good enough.
“She didn’t know where she stood during the last few holes, so she wasn’t concerned about that.”
Knudsen was good enough to win the tournament, Hofmeister was second and the Warhawks had their spring ticket to Florida.
“That’s the goal, and the kids were happy to get it done,” Weiland said.
That was just the first half of watching championship golf for Weiland, Knudsen and McCue.
On Tuesday, they headed to University Ridge to watch the final round of the WIAA state girls tournament and cheer on the Milton High team.
The Red Hawks’ Seeman completed the Milton daily double by winning the Division 1 state title.
“It was a big weekend,” Weiland said. “I was recruiting a little bit, so I went off and watched a few other players, but of course I had to watch the Milton team and Mia finish.
“That girl has worked harder than any girl I have ever coached.”
It was a fun weekend for Milton golf coaches and players.
Parker grads make mark
Two Janesville Parker High graduates also finished well in the WIAC tournament.
UW-Oshkosh’s Micayla Richards finished sixth with a 238, five strokes behind Knudsen. The senior also was named to the All-Sportsmanship team there and was named first-team all-WIAC on Monday.
UW-Oshkosh freshman Keara Richards finished 33rd with a 266 total.