Milton fifth after first round of state golf tourney
MADISON Milton High is relying on its ability to bounce back in today's second and final round of the WIAA Division 1 girls state golf tournament at Cherokee Country Club.
The Red Hawks stood fourth after last fall's first round at University Ridge, but rallied to finish runner-up to champion Mequon Homestead.
Milton posted a 351 Monday and is in fifth place, just eight strokes behind leader Kettle Moraine. Homestead is in second place, two shots behind the Lasers. Milton was 17 shots behind Homestead after the first round last year.
Laura Stair, a senior, carded a 10-over-par 82 to lead Milton. Sophomore Maddie McCue carded and 85, freshman Chey Ann Knudson followed with a 90, Laura's twin sister, Stephanie, shot 94. Senior Courtney Terrill shot 102.
Laura Stair started on the wrong foot with bogey and double bogey at 10 and 11, respectively, while sister Stephanie, who led Milton last fall (77-76) at University Ridge, started with three straight double bogeys.
McCue gave Milton a boost by opening with a birdie at No. 10 and was even through the first three holes. Knudson shot par at No. 10, but crumbled with three straight double bogeys. Terrill finished 18 shots over after the first nine.
"I thought this was going to be a long day," Laura Stair said of her slow start. "I ended up picking it up, turning around, and I didn't end up with too bad of a score."
Stair believes the Red Hawks can regroup.
"I think we could have done better," Stair said. "I think the pressure got to the girls, but then we still have another day. We made up a lot of ground last year, we can do the same thing again this year."
Milton coach Andrea Wieland said the Red Hawks had problems with their composure.
"We lost our cool," Wieland said. "The girls were crying after the first few holes, and it is hard to come back from that."
Wieland said the Red Hawks are not throwing in the towel.
"We can still make up some ground, and we will," Wieland said. "We will do as good as we can."
Wieland said the Red Hawks had problems adjusting to Cherokee's conservative playing conditions.
"Our game is grip it, rip it," Wieland said. "This course takes the driver out of your hand on six or seven holes, and that's hard for us."
Meanwhile, Janesville Parker High junior Taylor Wyss carded a 90 in her inaugural state tournament appearance.
Wyss had a 78, a career-low round, to finish third overall at the Badger Sectional and become the first individual state qualifier for Parker.
Wyss posted a 46 on the front nine and added a 44 on back, finishing birdie, par.
"This is a good learning experience for Taylor," Parker coach Mary Ross said. "Our whole team is coming back next year, and Taylor is going to be our leader."
WIAA GIRLS STATE GOLF TOURNAMENT
At Cheokee Country Club (par 72)
Kettle Moraine 343, Homestead 345, Notre Dame 347, Arrowhead 350, Milton 351, New Richmond 356, Middleton 357, Brookfield Central 374, Tomah 375, DePere 387, Madison Memorial 391, Brookfield East 393.
AREA TEAM RESULTS
Milton (351)—Laura Stair, 41-41—82; Maddie McCue, 45-40—85; Chey Ann Knudsen, 43-47—90; Stephanie Stair, 45-49—94.
TOP 10 INDIVIDUALS
1. Emily Joers (Waukesha Co-op), 75;
2. Abby Chase (Beaver Dam), 77; 2. Jessica Reinecke (Verona), 77; 4. Leighann Cabush (Kettle Moraine), 78; 5. McKenzie Paul (Neenah), 79; 6. Rebecca Briermaier, (Divine Savior-Holy Angels), 80; Becky Klongland (Stoughton), 80; Heather Zuleger (Oshkosh West), 80; 9. Jessie Stead (Notre Dame), 81; 10. Laura Stair (Milton), 82.
-- Taylor Wyss (Janesville Parker), 90. In six-way tie for 38th.
Madison Edgewood 347, The Prairie School 352, Hayward 363, Fox Valley Lutheran 384, Osceloa 392, Edgerton 392.
AREA TEAM RESULTS
Edgerton (392)—Brooke Ferrell, 38-40—78; Erica Richardson, 51-41—92; Lauren Splitter, 53-57—110; Shelby Weger, 56-56—112; Cianna Kruckenberg, 123.
TOP 10 INDIVIDUALS
1. Casey Danielson (Osceola), 66; 2. Brooke Ferrell (Edgerton), 78; 3. Nikki Isaacson (The Prairie School), 80; Brittany Neff (Hayward), 80; 5. Abby Dufrane (Marinette), 81; Emilee McCusker, 81; 7. Sienna Chapman (The Prairie School), 84; Caroline Lake (Edgewood), 84; 9. Lexi Greytak (Edgewood), 87; Mikayla Smith (Appleton Xavier), 85.