Parker golf kicks off season in record fashion
Mary Ross and her Janesville Parker girls golf team have grown together the past three seasons.
This is the year they hope it pays off with a state tournament berth.
The Vikings, who earned honorable mention in the first Golf Coaches Association of Wisconsin poll, began the 2013 season by shooting a record score to win the Elkhorn Girls Golf Invitational at Evergreen Golf Course on Thursday.
The Vikings shot a 63 in the four-player scramble, which beat runner-up Union Grove by a stroke.
Elkhorn was eighth with a 74; Lake Geneva Badger was ninth with an 84, and Williams Bay was 10th with an 86. East Troy was 11th with an 87.
Ross, in her fourth season as the Parker head coach, has three seniors and a junior who have earned varsity letters every season they’ve been in high school.
Lindsay Ahrens, Micayla Richards and Taylor Wyss are the three seniors, while Kailey McDade is the junior.
Wyss earned an individual berth into the state tournament last year. Richards was a second-team All-Big Eight selection, while Ahrens earned honorable mention.
Richards and Wyss are co-captains.
“Taylor is a leader of the team,” Ross said. “She leads by example and is a true competitor.
“Micayla is also a strong leader for us.”
Ahrens and McDade provide a solid No. 3 and No. 4 punch.
“Lindsay is a very steady player,” Ross said. “She’s solid and is fine-tuning things.
“Kailey is an incredibly strong player. She hits the ball a long way. She’s going to be one to watch.”
Junior Julia Leach and four incoming freshmen—Emily O’Leary, Jacqueline Polglaze, Kameron Blaser and Carly Olin—round out the squad and will compete for the No. 5 spot on varsity.
“We have a talented group of committed players,” Ross said of her veteran varsity squad. “We’ve set some high goals.”
Winning the Elkhorn scramble was the first step.
“The girls did a fantastic job,” Ross said. “Playing a scramble event fosters teamwork and they fed off each other.”
If the initial GCAW poll is accurate, the Vikings will have to fight throughout the Big Eight Conference season. Middleton is the top-ranked team going into the season, with Verona fourth and Madison Memorial eighth.
Parker tied with Middleton and Verona for first in last year’s dual-meet season, and was third in the conference tournament.
“Our goal is to make it to state as a team,” Ross said. “They all were there when Taylor went to state last year and are hungry to go.”
Parker returns to action today at the Madison Edgewood Invitational at Yahara Hills.
ELKHORN GIRLS GOLF INVITATIONAL
At Evergreen Golf Course
(Four-person scramble format)
Parker (63)—Lindsay Ahrens, Kailey McDade, Micayla Richards, Taylor Wyss.
Union Grove (64)—Mari Suokko, Tara Manteufel, Emily Garbie, Jurey Staven.
Brookfield East (65)—Katie Hartman, Nina Galang, Patty Altenbach, Maddie McCann.
Waterford (69)—Breanna Bertschinger, Tatum Beck, Leilyn Nowaczynski, Brittany Raab.
Wilmot (70)—Marnie Destree, Rachel Szydlowski, Mackenzie Ostrander, Tehya White.
Westosha (71)—Leah Birch, Kristen Hensley, Kayte Bridger, Morgan Meyers.
Racine St. Catherine’s (72)—Sara Busey, Maria Howard, Kara Buchaklian, Erin Mc Guire.
Elkhorn No. 1 (74)—Hannah Grobelny, Audrey Entwisle, Sally Lesniak, Riley Shirk.
Badger (84)—Allison Paleka, Landis Warner, Molly Keenan, Ciara Johnson.
Williams Bay (86)—Jessica Gagliardo, Jamie Sitter, Lizzy Smith, Alexa Lechelt.
East Troy (87)—Lili Haskens, Sam Grigg, Emma Harris, Ali Kreuger.
Elkhorn No. 2 (89)—Taylor Lockhart, Jessica Barrett, Grace Franz, Carlie Hanson.