Middleton golfers surge to No. 1

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Rob Reischel
Makenzie Hodson and Middleton’s girls golf team is ranked No. 1 in the state./Times-Tribune photo by Mary Langenfeld

The Meadow Valleys course at Blackwolf Run was listed at No. 57 in Golf Digest’s ranking of America’s Greatest Public Golf Courses in 2019.

Last Wednesday, Middleton’s girls golf team was able to play one of the country’s top courses — and excel on it.

On a wild, windy day, Middleton posted a 355-team score and won the 15-team Blackwolf Run Invite. Bay Port was second at 357, while Brookfield Central (359), Sheboygan (365) and DePere (373) rounded out the top five.

One result of the win is Middleton jumped to No. 1 in the latest Golf Coaches Association of Wisconsin poll. The Cardinals moved from No. 2 to No. 1, followed by Brookfield Central, Kettle Moraine, Arrowhead, Bay Port, Waunakee, Cedarburg, Sheboygan North/South, Green Bay Notre Dame and Milton.

“We are so happy to come away with the win,” Middleton coach Becky Halverson said. “The course provides so many challenges to young female golfers.”

On this day, that included wind gusts of at least 30 miles per hour.

That sent everyone’s scores sky high, but Middleton handled the elements better than its competition.

Middleton’s Ellie Frisch finished tied for fourth individually with an 83, while Kate Meier tied for eighth with an 85. Glenna Sanderson added a 93, while Amanda Beckman carded a 94.

“As a team, we knew the wind would drive up every team's score,” Halverson said. “To come out on top, on a tough course, under tough conditions feels good.

“The final number doesn't matter to us as much as the result and the lessons we learned throughout the round. We know the competition was very strong. In short, it was a goal, and we found a way to make it happen.”

Middleton will face a new challenge this week, as school begins and the Cardinals will have to balance the books with their golf games.

The Cardinals were at University Ridge Tuesday for the 12-team Brookfield Central Invite, then they head to the Verona Triangular Thursday at 2 p.m. at Edelweiss. Middleton then hosts its own invitational Saturday at 11:30 a.m. at Pleasant View.

“The start of school creates a new challenge for the girls,” Halverson said. “We are well into the season, we are close to learning who we are, but the work load will grow, and the girls will need to spread their focus a bit thinner. As a program we feel are prepared for this challenge. We will lean on our upper-classwomen to lead the way.”


Aug. 28

Blackwolf Run Invite

Team scores: Middleton 355, Bay Port 357, Brookfield Central 359, Sheboygan 365, DePere 373, Cedarburg 378, Green Bay Preble 391, Notre Dame 393, Homestead 401, Hartford 403, Franklin 407, Ashwaubenon 457, Jefferson 466, Oshkosh West 474, Seymour 486.

Middleton scores: Ellie Frisch 83, Kate Meier 85, Glenna Sanderson 93, Amanda Beckman 94.


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