Mia Seeman and the Milton girls golf team are getting a little more aggressive now that the WIAA postseason has arrived.
So far, so good.
Seeman shot an even-par round of 71 that included a triple bogey at Riverside Golf Course on Wednesday, earning medalist honors and helping the Red Hawks—ranked second in the state—win the Division 1 Janesville Craig Regional with a season-low score of 313.
Parker (375) was second and Lake Geneva Badger (380) was third. Fort Atkinson claimed the fourth qualifying spot to next week’s Mukwonago Sectional, edging Janesville Craig and Burlington on the first playoff hole after all three teams shot 383. Craig freshman Kallie Lux and senior Morgan Christoph advanced as individual qualifiers.
“I tried to play more aggressive today, and I definitely feel like it worked well,” said Seeman, a senior who edged junior teammate Taylor Hakala by three strokes in the individual race. “Aim for more greens and use your driver more, instead of laying up. I feel like that will help me shoot lower.
“We all played really good today. We don’t really care about the rankings, we’re just going and playing against the course.”
Kettle Moraine shot 308 to win the Waukesha Regional and advanced to Tuesday’s sectional at Edgewood Golf Course along with Mukwonago, Union Grove and Waterford.
For a Parker team with just one senior, advancing to play another week could pay dividends moving forward. Juniors Sophia Dooman (83) and Ashlyn Burdick (85) led the Vikings.
“This was really important, because we’re rebuilding this year,” Burdick said. “This proves that we can still compete with some of the best teams in the state.
“For me, I think I’m just finally getting everything put together after a rough couple weeks.”
“I’m really happy to play another week and really happy for Ashlyn,” Dooman added. “I just think this whole team has just kind of come together.”
Badger sophomore Holly Murphy shot 79 to finish third and lead the Badgers.
The three-way tie created some overtime drama. Fort Atkinson shot 2 over as a team on the par-five 10th hole to beat Burlington by three strokes and Craig by six in the playoff.
“That was kind of a weird scenario that I don’t think any of us ever thought we’d be in,” Craig coach Alex Schaar said of the playoff. “The kids would obviously love to have the team advance, but for Kallie, it’s a good step for her. And Morgan is just putting the icing on her senior year by shooting her personal low, 92, today.”
The top two teams and top three individuals from nonqualifying teams will advance to the state tournament Oct. 9-10 at University Ridge in Madison.
WIAA Division 1 Craig Sectional
At Riverside (71)
Top four teams and top three individuals on nonqualifying teams advance to the Mukwonago Sectional
Milton 313, Janesville Parker 375, Badger 380, Fort Atkinson 383, Janesville Craig 383, Burlington 383, Elkhorn 412
Fort Atkinson beat Craig and Burlington on the first playoff hole to advance.
Mia Seeman (Mil) 71, Taylor Hakala (Mil) 74, Holly Murphy (Bad) 79
AREA TEAM RESULTS
Badger—Murphy 79, Madison Whitehead 94, Kayla Kerns 101, Jaidan Schuenemann 106
Elkhorn—Afton Malvitz 104, Ava Greeley 105, Hailey Czubernat 105, Rachel Devries 98
Craig—Kallie Lux 84, Sara Nerad 99, Morgan Christoph 92, Morgan Knilans 108
Parker—Sophia Dooman 83, Ashlyn Burdick 85, Lauren Reid 101, Bria McDade 106
Milton—M. Seeman 71, T. Hakala 74, Claudia Seeman 80, Holly Gunnink 88
Beloit—Chloe Day 85, Lizzie Sage 97