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Kettle Moraine's Abby Cavaiani chips to the sixth green during first round play at the WIAA State Championship on Monday at University Ridge. Cavaiani is tied for second.

Wisconsin.Golf photo/Jim Kelsh

MADISON -- Her encore performance to last year's WIAA state girls golf championship sweep began Monday at University Ridge GC with the kind of start that made Emily Lauterbach admittedly a bit greedy.

The Hartland Arrowhead junior opened defense of her WIAA Division 1 individual title with a birdie-birdie start at Nos. 10 and 11 before she "got ahead of herself." How many birdies could she make? Where would the next one come? How low could she go?

The humbling answer came in the form of back-to-back bogeys on Nos. 13 and 14. Call it a reality check that reminded Lauterbach even-par isn't such a bad score.

On this drop-dead gorgeous October day, it was second to one (Milton's Mia Seeman) and Lauterbach's even-par 72 put the defending state champion Warhawks atop the leaderboard with a 312 total and a 13-shot lead on Milton. Brookfield Central (326) was the only other team within 25 shots of the lead.

"I did get too far ahead of myself," said Lauterbach, who bogeyed Nos. 13 and 14 after her quick start to drop back to even-par. "My teammates had to calm me down. I got way too ahead of myself. ... I was like 'I gotta birdie. I gotta do this.' And then I'd hit a bad tee shot. ... I was trying to go too far."

Seeman, who tied for fourth a year ago, let the round come to her.

The South Dakota State recruit started on No. 10 and made six straight pars before making an eagle at the par-5 16th hole. She gave one shot back with a bogey at No. 18 making the turn and stayed at 1-under after seven pars, a birdie (at the par-5 second) and a bogey (at the par-4 fourth).

"I feel pretty good," Seeman said. "I mean I left a few shots out there with my chipping. Other than that, everything was going well."

In fact, Seeman said she felt at ease from the very start playing in the same group as Lauterbach, Onalaska's Erin Ericson and Middleton's Payton Hodson.

Credit for that goes to Lauterbach, according to Seeman. She kept everyone in the group loose, especially during long waits on a couple of par-5 holes.

"Emily really settled me down," Seeman said. "She really broke the ice on the first hole. She made everyone laugh and stuff. It was pretty cool."

Lauterbach, meanwhile, was laughing at and not with her 38 putts on the green. Still, her round was good enough to boost her team into the lead.

"I'm sure there were some nerves," said Arrowhead coach Mike Breaker, whose team also counted a 78 from Sarah Ernst, an 80 from Gianna Gastrow and an 82 from Skyler Phillips in taking a double-digit lead on Milton. "And then she got off to a great start and sometimes you put the pedal to the metal too much and really start pushing instead of just letting it come."

Milton (325) had four golfers break 90 -- Seeman (71), Taylor Hakala (81), Claudia Seeman (84) and Holly Gunnick (89) -- to keep the Red Hawks ahead of Brookfield Central by one. The Lancers got a 75 from No. 1 golfer Emily Balding, an 81 from No. 4 golfer Sophia Sun and a pair of 85s from Lexi Romero and Emma Whitfield. 

But Lauterbach knows better than to worry about the teams chasing her Warhawks or the fact that she's one behind Seeman and tied with Classic 8 rival Abby Cavaiani of Kettle Moraine. 

"I need to hit every shot one at a time and not think ahead," Lauterbach said.


Team/Player Leaderboard
University Ridge Golf Course - WIAA Girl's Championship D1 Par: 72 Yardage: 5216
Verona, WI US
Oct 9-10, 2017
Click on the round header, (Rd 1, Rd 2, etc), to view previous round data
Pos. Team/Player (seed) Rd 1 Total
1 Arrowhead 312 312
T2 Emily Lauterbach (1) 72 72
T6 Sarah Ernst (2) 78 78
T14 Gianna Gastrow (3) 80 80
T23 Skyler Phillips (4) 82 82
T52 C. Kroeninger/ E. Kaiser (5) 94 94
2 Milton 325 325
1 Mia Seeman (1) 71 71
T18 Taylor Hakala (2) 81 81
T26 Claudia Seeman (3) 84 84
T42 Holly Gunnink (4) 89 89
T72 Callie Hakala (5) 106 106
3 Brookfield Central 326 326
4 Emily Balding (1) 75 75
T18 Sophia Sun (4) 81 81
T32 Lexi Romero (2) 85 85
T32 Emma Whitfield (3) 85 85
T52 Jin Bonnie (5) 94 94
4 Onalaska 338 338
5 Erin Ericson (1) 76 76
T18 Katie Chafoulias (2) 81 81
T40 Alyssa Achenreiner (3) 88 88
T50 Amber Nguyen (4) 93 93
T69 Ashley Soderberg (5) 104 104
5 Franklin 340 340
T9 Courtney Matschke (1) 79 79
T26 Mallory Swartz (2) 84 84
T37 Grace Pugh (3) 87 87
T45 Melanie Peck (4) 90 90
T72 Grace Hoffman (5) 106 106
6 Kettle Moraine 341 341
T2 Abby Cavaiani (1) 72 72
T26 Madeline Koenig (2) 84 84
T45 Julia Schilling (3) 90 90
T54 Kady Cawley (5) 95 95
T57 Elizabeth Mantey (4) 96 96
7 Middleton 351 351
T14 Payton Hodson (1) 80 80
T26 Kate Meier (2) 84 84
36 Grace Peterson (3) 86 86
T66 Haley Dunn (4) 101 101
T66 A. Richards/ M. Hodson (5) 101 101
8 Verona 355 355
T6 Courtney Shorter (2) 78 78
T9 Lauren Shorter (1) 79 79
T64 Claire Swain (3) 99 99
T64 Alexis Gaillard (5) 99 99
T72 Caitlyn Ott (4) 106 106
9 Kaukauna 362 362
T32 Lily Sheppard (2) 85 85
T48 Emma Moore (1) 91 91
T48 Ally Isselmann (4) 91 91
T54 Emily Anderson (5) 95 95
T57 Kendall Williamson (3) 96 96
10 Bay Port 365 365
T6 Jo Baranczyk (1) 78 78
T50 Courtney Koeberl (3) 93 93
T57 Victoria Grimm (2) 96 96
63 Lauren Lemorande (5) 98 98
68 Madelyn Peters (4) 103 103
11 Green Bay Preble 389 389
T26 Rachael Revolinski (1) 84 84
T61 Lauren Bonetti (5) 97 97
T69 Brittany Karchinski (3) 104 104
T69 Kaci Duquaine (4) 104 104
78 Emma Onesti (2) 125 125
12 Eau Claire Memorial 390 390
T14 Lexi Meade (1) 80 80
T40 Rebekah Gerry (2) 88 88
75 Nicole Larson (4) 110 110
76 Katelyn Mongerson (3) 112 112
77 Maddy Logan (5) 115 115
 
Individuals
Pos. Player (Team) Rd 1 Total
T9 Lorenza Martinez (Divine Savior Holy Angels) 79 79
T9 Holly Murphy (Badger) 79 79
T9 Sam Soulier (Waunakee) 79 79
T14 Speedy Kent (Homestead) 80 80
T18 Kirsten Leonardi (Hamilton) 81 81
T18 Klairissa O'Reilly-Dye (Monona Grove) 81 81
T23 Markie Ash (Waupaca) 82 82
25 Isabelle Maleki (Homestead) 83 83
T26 Molly Larsen (Tomah) 84 84
T32 Aubrie Torhorst (Waterford) 85 85
T37 Brooke Knutson (Westby/Viroqua) 87 87
T37 Andrea Groendal (New Berlin Eisenhower/West) 87 87
T42 Ginny Yahnke (Sparta) 89 89
T42 Sophia Dooman (Janesville Parker) 89 89
T45 Lillian Knetter (Madison West) 90 90
T54 Cosette Schefelker (Menomonee Falls) 95 95
T57 Emily Conard (Notre Dame) 96 96
T61 Brianna Zook (Shawno Community) 97 97