Middleton's girls golfers headed to state

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Rob Reischel
Ellie Frisch and Middleton's girls golfers qualified for state by winning their own sectional Monday./Times-Tribune photo by Mary Langenfeld

It wasn’t their best round of the year.

And really, it didn't have to be.

Middleton’s girls golfers did what they needed to and won their own sectional held at Pleasant View Monday. The Cardinals shot a 320 to easily outdistance runner-up Janesville Craig (344) and win the eight-team sectional.

Middleton and Craig both advanced to the state tournament that will be held May 17-18 at Blackwolf Run in Kohler. The Cardinals — who won the 2019 state title, then chose to push their 2020 fall season to the spring — will technically be gunning for a repeat.

“State was a team goal at the beginning of the season and I'm proud of the girls for accomplishing this goal,” Middleton coach Becky Halverson said. “As a team, our number one goal was to advance to state.”

Middleton junior Ellie Frisch finished second individually with a 4-over-par, 75. Senior Glenna Sanderson and sophomore Amanda Beckman tied for fifth with 81s and freshman Vivian Cressman shot an 83.

Middleton shot a solid 156 on the front nine, then struggled a bit on the back with a 164. And while that number was higher than the Cardinals preferred, they were never challenged and earned a trip to state for the ninth straight season.

“The girls came to the course ready to play and played a pretty solid front nine,” Halverson said. “We would all agree that on the back nine we had some opportunities for growth. We didn't play our cleanest golf and found some areas we need to work on over the next few days.”

Bay Port and Sheboygan North/South emerged from the other sectional. Now, Middleton and the Pirates will be consensus favorites at state.

Middleton will be gunning for the fourth state title in school history and its third since 2015. Bay Port has never finished higher than sixth at state, but has arguably its finest team ever led by North Dakota State recruit Jo Baranczyk and rising junior Avery Dudra.

“Bay Port is a great team and it's been fun to go up against them multiple times this season,” Halverson said. “Our focus this week is not going to be on other teams, but on the course we are playing — Blackwolf Run.”

The fall state tournament was also held at Blackwolf Run — instead of University Ridge in Madison — due to COVID-19 restrictions in Dane County. Brookfield Central won that rain-shortened, 27-hole tournament and Waunakee was second.

While heading to Kohler instead of the 15-minute jaunt to University Ridge will be different for the Cardinals, Halverson & Co. can’t wait.

“We are happy to have a spot to play,” Halverson said. “We appreciate Blackwolf Run inviting the girls tournament back after the fall season. It's a great facility and a true challenge that our girls are excited for.

“We are going to go out there and play the best we can and add them up when we're done. We will enjoy the opportunity for 36 more holes of golf and see where we stand when it is over.”


May 10

Middleton Sectional

Team scores: Middleton 320, Janesville Craig 344, Milton 360, Oregon 361, Jefferson 375, Stoughton 379, Madison Memorial 381, Madison West 410.

Top individuals: 1, Hannah Dunk, Milton, 74; 2, Ellie Frisch, Mid, 75; 3, Kallie Lux, JC, 77; 4, Caylie Koltowski, Stoughton, 80; 5 (tie), Glenna Sanderson, Mid; Payton Schmidt, Jeff, Amanda Beckman, Mid; Angelina Myhr, MLF; Alyssa Schmidt, Ore, 81.

Middleton scores: Ellie Frisch 75, Glenna Sanderson 81; Amanda Beckman 81; Vivian Cressman, 83.

At Pleasant View, par 71.

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