Miles, MHS golfers shine

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Rob Reischel
Middleton golfer Morgan Miles, whose mother is battling cancer, helped the Cardinals win the Crusade Fore A Cure./Times-Tribune photo by Mary Langenfeld

The Crusade Fore a Cure has always been an important meet for Middleton’s girls golf team.

This year, there’s a greater significance than ever.

Middleton senior Morgan Miles found out shortly before the year that her mother, Rae, had been diagnosed with cancer for a second time.

The Crusade Fore A Cure, hosted by Madison Edgewood at Maple Bluff, raises money for cancer research. So Monday’s event was an extremely emotional one for Miles, her family, and all of the Cardinals.

The fact Middleton — the No. 1 ranked team in the state — won the 19-team event made the day even sweeter.

“I told the girls that if they had a bad shot out there, not to get discouraged, but to think about what they were out there for,” Middleton coach Becky Halverson said. “It wasn't about winning a tournament, it was about coming together as a team and as a community to raise awareness for breast cancer research. I’m so proud of our entire team.”

The Cardinals shot a 331 and ran away with the team title. Milton (344), Franklin (348), Green Bay Notre Dame (386) and Oregon (388) rounded out the top five.

For Miles, it was a day she’ll never forget.

“The Crusade Fore A Cure meant so much to me,” Miles said. “There is no way for me to put into words how grateful I am for all the girls that came out to support such a good cause and the amount of money raised blew my mind.

“I personally wanted to just have a fun day and enjoy it because as much as everyone wants to win, this event is all about supporting a cause. That was my main focus, along with being thankful for all the support I got from my team and the support I got from my mom.”

Middleton senior Alexis Thomas continued her brilliant season, finishing second individually with a 78. Thomas shot a 40 on the front nine, then settled in with a 38 on the back.

Junior Payton Hodson was fourth overall with an 81, and Morgan Miles had a terrific day, tying for fifth individually with an 83.

Middleton also got a lift from senior Lindsey Callahan, who tied for 12th individually with an 89.

In all, the Cardinals raised more than $5,000 for the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

“I'm so proud of our entire team,” Halverson said. “The win was just an added bonus.  

“Our scores are generally higher at Maple Bluff, but they were lower than they'd been in the past, which I was pleased with. The girls had some fun out there and enjoyed the course.”

Miles agreed.

“I constantly ask myself how I manage to stay so focused on the course with all of this going on,” Miles said. “I think the whole situation motivates me more than it distracts me.

“My mom would hate for everything to get in the way of my golf. So the support she gives me along with the support I get from everyone else really helps me to keep playing to the best of my abilities.”

The Cardinals also rolled past Janesville Craig and Madison East in a triangular held at Pleasant View last Thursday.

Middleton shot a 331-team score, while Craig posted a 412, while the Purgolders didn’t have enough golfers to qualify as a team.

Thomas carded an even-par 72. Both Miles and Kate Meier fired 85s and Hodson shot an 89.

• On deck: Middleton faced Madison West and Janesville Parker in a triangular at Odana Hills Wednesday, then is off until Sept. 7 when it competes at the Morgan Stanley Shootout held at University Ridge Golf Course.

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