Milner, McDade capture junior city golf titles
JANESVILLE--A couple of will-be seniors at Janesville Parker High ruled Riverside on Tuesday.
John Milner carded his second straight round of 2-over 74 to claim the boys title at the Janesville Optimist City Junior Championship. Classmate Kailey McDade took the girls title, playing her final nine holes just 1 over par and shooting a two-day total of 159.
For Milner, the title offered sweet redemption after a final-hole hiccup at the same tournament just one year ago.
“This means a lot,” the two-time state high school golf qualifier said. “I blew up last year, with a quad (4 over) on the last hole to lose by one or two strokes. This year I was really motivated to come back and take the title.”
Any memories of a final-round mishap this year were erased on Milner’s front nine.
He double-bogeyed the par-4 second and par-3 third to kick off his round. But Milner quickly rebounded with three consecutive birdies.
“I came back, so going into the last hole I didn’t have a lot of pressure,” he said. “If I didn’t get those three birdies right there, I probably wouldn’t have come around and hung on.”
Milner held off recent Janesville Craig graduate Nolan Moran (156) and Edgerton’s Hunter Pipik (158).
On the girls side, McDade figured a shot at the junior title had eluded her after her first nine holes.
The 2014 high school regional champ shot a 43 on the front but was steady on the back, shooting 1-over 37 that included a tap-in birdie at the par-3 15th. She edged Taylor Wyss by three strokes.
“I won regionals last year for my first real breakthrough, and now this is my next one,” McDade said. “After the front, I thought I was out for the count. But on the back, I just got it together.”
McDade claimed the victory over her former Vikings teammates, recent graduates Wyss and Micayla Richards.
The trio of close friends helped lead Parker to its first-ever state tournament berth in girls golf this past fall.
“It was much more relaxed overall, so it made it easier on me,” McDade said. “We just took it as being for fun.”