Girls golfers win regional title

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Rob Reischel
Makenzie Hodson and Middleton's girls golf team won their own regional on Sept. 26./Times-Tribune photo by Mary Langenfeld

Becky Halverson knows expectations are sky high.

Halverson, Middleton’s girls’ golf coach, fully understands the hopes and dreams of her Cardinals are through the roof.

But Halverson wants to make sure her team fully appreciates each step of the journey.

Take last Wednesday, for example.

The Cardinals captured the WIAA Division 1 Middleton Regional, an event most expected them to win. Middleton fired a 351 at Pleasant View Golf Course to edge Stoughton (354) for the team title.

Oregon (358) and Sun Prairie (381) also advanced to the Reedsburg Sectional, which was scheduled for Oct. 1, but was moved to Oct. 3 due to heavy rains at the start of the week.

While winning regionals is a big deal in most places, Middleton has greater goals. So Halverson wanted to make sure her team stopped and smelled the roses before moving on to sectionals.

“Winning regionals was certainly a goal of ours and it was great to see the girls succeed,” Halverson said. “Accomplishments like that can never be understated.

“We have learned a ton from our regular season. We are young, but talented. We proved both of those things every round, over and over.”

Middleton junior Kate Meier won the regional title with a 76, good for a seven-shot victory over Caylie Kotlowski of Stoughton and Klairissa O Reilly-Dye of Monona Grove.

“I'm so proud of Kate winning regionals and getting some confidence going into sectionals,” Halverson said.

Cardinals junior Makenzie Hodson was 10th individually with a 90, freshman Ellie Frisch was 12th with a 92 and senior Danielle Callahan was 14th with a 93.

That vaulted Middleton to sectionals, where the Cardinals were gunning for a seventh straight trip to state.

“The competition at our sectional is very strong and we look forward to where we stand,” Halverson said. “I believe our regular season has prepared us for Wednesday. I am excited to see the results of a season worth of work.”



Team scores: Middleton 351, Stoughton 354, Oregon 358, Sun Prairie 381, Verona 385, Monona Grove 393, McFarland 428, Mount Horeb 454, Madison La Follette inc.

Top five individuals: Meier, Mid, 76; C. Kotlowski, Sto, 83; O’Reilly-Dye, MG, 83; Schmidt, Or, 84; Myhr, ML, 84.

Individual sectional qualifiers: O’Reilly-Dye, MG, 83; Myhr, ML, 84; Stubbe, McF, 91; Thomas, V, 95.

Middleton: Meier 76, Hodson 90, Frisch 92, Callahan 93. 



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