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Fox Valley Lutheran's Erica Priebe lines up this putt on Tuesday. Priebe matched her 80 that she shot on Monday to win Division 2 medalist honors.

Wisconsin.Golf photo/Jim Kelsh

MADISON — The golden hue of its WIAA Division 2 state championship trophy shimmered against the backdrop of a sky that had been gray and gloomy most of the day Tuesday as coach Andy Foley packed up the La Crosse Aquinas girls golf team’s belongings into the team van and set out to find junior Carolyn Swift another reward for a historic day’s work.

Most of the Blugolds were playing for the honor of hanging a state championship banner alongside those from other sports in the gym back home. Swift was playing for a stuffed cheese curd from Culver’s — not the one you pull apart and then eat, the one you cuddle.

“Coach said if I broke 100 at sectionals or state, I could have a stuffed cheese curd,” Swift said after checking the plush toy off her bucket list by shooting a career-low 96 — 16 shots lower than her opening 112 — and helping Aquinas finish off an unlikely championship run.

The Blugolds, who don’t expect to be able to field a full team when the 2018 season begins next fall, took advantage of perhaps one final opportunity to do something special together, shooting a final-round 358 and, with a 717 total over 36 holes, winning by 15 strokes over Madison Edgewood. It is the third runner-up trophy to go with 13 golds for the Crusaders.

“My coach told me someone was having a bad day and I tried to score better so it would,” Swift said, referring to a conversation Foley had with her on the third tee 12 holes into her round. “And then I parred hole. And (two holes after that) I had a birdie. … I was a little nervous because I usually don’t do the best on my team, but then it fell into place.”

It certainly did. Junior Annie Balduzzi shot 82 and senior Shealyn McCoy carded an 87 to finish sixth and seventh, respectively, and senior Kaitlyn MacCharles (93) tied for 15th to round out the scoring for an Aquinas team that qualified second at last week’s sectional.

“We didn’t know what to expect coming into this week,” McCoy said. “We really just wanted to play our best and hope for the best. We worked hard all season to get here. It all paid off.”

Of course, it paid off more for some than others.

“We made Carolyn a bet that we’d get her a giant stuffed cheese curd if she shot under 100,” Balduzzi said of Swift, who shot 114 at the regional at Trempealeau Mountain GC and 103 at the sectional at Yahara Hills GC in Madison. “It’s pretty crazy that she shot a 96 (Tuesday).”

Then again, it was that kind of week at University Ridge.

Fox Valley Lutheran senior Erika Priebe claimed Division 2 medalist honors with a second straight 80, edging Hayward’s Emily Neff (81-81) by two shots. The 160 total was the highest winning score in the 15-year history of Division 2 and highest overall since 2003 when Kate Wierwill of Verona won the Division 1 title with a 161 total in the first year of two-division play.

“I didn’t think two 80s would win this, but I’m just happy I kept playing the best I could and that’s what got it done,” said Priebe, whose scorecard featured eight bogeys, seven pars, two birdies (Nos. 5 and 14) and a double-bogey. “I could tell everyone was having a rough time. The conditions were rough (Tuesday), but we all pulled through. … My putting was better than (Monday) so that helped a lot. At the beginning, I had a tough time hitting my driver and my irons, but then I figured it out as the round went along and that really helped me.”

Five straight bogeys starting the back nine after catching Priebe hurt Neff, who fell three shots behind and didn’t gain ground with a par-par-bogey-par finish. First-round co-leaders Sydney Brandt (80-84) of Waukesha Catholic Memorial, Kate Munro of Racine Prairie School (80-85) and Grace Welch of Edgewood (80-86) were third through fifth, respectively.


 

Team/Player Leaderboard
University Ridge Golf Course - WIAA Girl's Championship D2 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 Rd 2 Total
1 Aquinas 359 358 717
6 Annie Balduzzi (1) 85 82 167
7 Shealyn McCoy (2) 87 87 174
T15 Kaitlyn MacCharles (4) 94 93 187
22 Olivia Fox (3) 93 103 196
T28 Carolyn Swift (5) 112 96 208
2 Edgewood 360 372 732
5 Grace Welch (1) 80 86 166
10 Caitlyn Hegenbarth (4) 94 88 182
T15 Grace Jaeger (5) 90 97 187
25 Anaka Leske (3) 99 101 200
30 Corinna Smith (2) 96 113 209
3 Fox Valley Lutheran 374 367 741
1 Erica Priebe (1) 80 80 160
14 Elizabeth Santos (3) 95 91 186
T15 Addie Slominsky (2) 97 90 187
T28 Emma Santos (4) 102 106 208
37 Alaina Thern (5) 114 127 241
4 Catholic Memorial 375 375 750
3 Sydney Brandt (1) 80 84 164
11 Ashley Stanislawski (3) 87 96 183
T12 Ashley Weber (2) 93 91 184
34 Claire Kormanik (5) 115 104 219
35 Bridget Topczewski (4) 118 107 225
5 Stanley-Boyd 395 394 789
T12 Savanna Anderson (1) 91 93 184
21 Ella Koenig (2) 97 96 193
T26 Grace Williams (4) 102 99 201
31 Megan Goodman (3) 105 106 211
39 Kayla Kroeplin (5) 131 148 279
6 Somerset 427 436 863
T23 Haley Myers (1) 90 107 197
32 Emma Westmoreland (4) 113 103 216
33 Grace Bauer (2) 114 103 217
36 Cora Atkins (3) 110 123 233
38 Megan Erlitz (5) 126 127 253
 
Individuals
Pos. Player (Team) Rd 1 Rd 2 Total
2 Emily Neff (Hayward) 81 81 162
4 Kate Munro (The Prairie School) 80 85 165
8 Katie Gerschke (St. Thomas More) 93 84 177
9 Grace Eide (Osseo-Fairchild) 88 90 178
T18 Abby DeMoe (Colfax) 93 95 188
T18 Erica Feuerhelm (Ellsworth) 96 92 188
20 Alexa Owen (Jefferson) 100 89 189
T23 Lauren Haen (Xavier) 97 100 197
T26 Allison Anderson (Wisconsin Dells) 93 108 201