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Milton's Mia Seeman shot a 1-over 145 at the girls state golf tournament to earn Division 1 medalist honors.

Wisconsin.Golf photo/Jim Kelsh

MADISON — A couple months ago, some of the state’s top high school girls golfers got together at Devil’s Lake State Park near Baraboo with big plans for a fun day away from the game.

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A wait to tee off provides time for banter on Tuesday. From left are Emily Balding of Brookfield Central, Emily Lauterbach of Hartland Arrowhead, Erin Ericson of Onalaska and Mia Seeman of Milton.

Mia Seeman of Milton. Emily Lauterbach of Hartland Arrowhead. Emily Balding of Brookfield Central. Speedy Kent of Mequon Homestead. Lorenza Martinez of Divine Savior Holy Angels.

No golf clubs. No push carts. No lululemon bags. (And, no, this wasn’t their version of Justin, Jordan, Rickie and Smylie hanging out at the beach with their selfie stick for #SB2k17.)

They were just a few junior golf rivals who have become pretty good friends spending some time together before their lives and their focus became consumed with chasing down golf goals.

“Speedy came up with these things for us to do,” Lauterbach said. “But they never actually got done because while we were hiking we got lost and wasted all of our time, like, hiking.”

Suffice it to say they found their way back to where they started because most of them were there behind the 18th green at University Ridge GC at the very end of the season Tuesday.

They were there to celebrate their friendship as much as they were Seeman’s two-stroke victory over Kettle Moraine’s Abby Cavaiani in the chase for medalist honors at the WIAA Division 1 state tournament. Or Lauterbach’s repeat victory with the Warhawks for the team title.

A year ago, Lauterbach shot a final-round 72 and walked away with both gold medals. This time, the University of Wisconsin commit closed with a 76 as summer turned to fall in the matter of hours and finished third behind Seeman, a South Dakota State recruit who shot a final-round 74 despite a quadruple-bogey 8 on the final hole to edge Cavaiani (75) for her first state title.

It was impossible for Lauterbach to do anything but smile about the way things turned out.

She missed out on a chance to become the first repeat Division 1 state champion since 2013 when Verona’s Jessica Reinecke did it. But Lauterbach did successfully help Arrowhead become the first repeat Division 1 team champion since Mequon Homestead did it in 2012.

And, besides, when someone has friends like Seeman, there are no enemies.

“It’s all friendly competition,” Lauterbach said. “Every time we play together, I play my worst because I can’t focus. We’re such good friends. I try to walk away. I’m like ‘I need to distance myself. OK, I’m walking away.’ She’s like ‘You’ll come back in a minute.’ And it’s true.”

For a long, long time Tuesday, it didn’t look like Seeman would let anyone in her life.

She birdied two holes (Nos. 2 and 3) early in her round. After making back-to-back bogeys at Nos. 4 and 5, she added two more birdies at Nos. 8 and 9 to turn in 2-under-par 34 and extend what had been a one-stroke lead on Cavaiani and Lauterbach to four and eight, respectively.

Six strokes ahead of Cavaiani as she stood on the 18th tee, Seeman got in trouble off the tee, left a shot in the thick sand of a greenside bunker and eventually made a snowman, which -- despite her wintery outfit -- might have been too bold a statement about the lousy weather.

“On the 18th hole, for sure, I was super-nervous; more nervous than I’ve ever been in my life,” said Seeman, whose coach Kirk Wieland didn’t share with her the exact math needed to close out the win. ”He kept telling me ‘Just get it on the green and two-putt it and you’ve got this.”

After tying for 19th as a freshman, tying for 32nd as a sophomore and tying for fourth as a junior, Seeman finally struck gold. Even with the 8, her closing 74 matched the low round of the day.

“I’m just really happy,” Seeman said after becoming the Red Hawk’s first state champion since Ashton Stair’s record-setting march to victory in 2010. “It’s always been a goal of mine. No matter what happened on the last hole, I’m still so proud of myself and happy.”

Lauterbach was proud of her teammates and happy to hoist the gold team trophy.

“I don’t know how different it is from last year,” said Lauterbach, whose team shot 318 in the final round to win with a 54-over 630 total. “We lost two (players). We gained two. But it’s not like the two that we gained brought us the title. The girls got better. Everyone kept getting better.”

And what could be better than that? Lauterbach knew you’d ask.

She said the Devil’s Lake crew is planning to get together again next weekend. This time, they’ll get lost at Kent’s house in memories of a golf season that was far more than par for the course.


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 Rd 2 Total
1 Arrowhead 312 318 630
3 Emily Lauterbach (1) 72 76 148
T10 Sarah Ernst (2) 78 78 156
17 Gianna Gastrow (3) 80 82 162
T18 Skyler Phillips (4) 82 82 164
T56 C. Kroeninger/ E. Kaiser (5) 94 95 189
2 Milton 325 332 657
1 Mia Seeman (1) 71 74 145
15 Taylor Hakala (2) 81 79 160
29 Claudia Seeman (3) 84 88 172
40 Holly Gunnink (4) 89 91 180
T70 Callie Hakala (5) 106 100 206
3 Brookfield Central 326 338 664
T5 Emily Balding (1) 75 79 154
T20 Lexi Romero (2) 85 81 166
T23 Sophia Sun (4) 81 87 168
T34 Emma Whitfield (3) 85 91 176
T50 Jin Bonnie (5) 94 92 186
4 Franklin 340 347 687
T8 Courtney Matschke (1) 79 76 155
22 Mallory Swartz (2) 84 83 167
T36 Grace Pugh (3) 87 91 178
T52 Melanie Peck (4) 90 97 187
72 Grace Hoffman (5) 106 102 208
5 Kettle Moraine 341 352 693
2 Abby Cavaiani (1) 72 75 147
T30 Madeline Koenig (2) 84 89 173
T45 Julia Schilling (3) 90 94 184
T56 Kady Cawley (5) 95 94 189
60 Elizabeth Mantey (4) 96 97 193
6 Verona 355 339 694
T10 Lauren Shorter (1) 79 77 156
T18 Courtney Shorter (2) 78 86 164
T50 Alexis Gaillard (5) 99 87 186
T61 Caitlyn Ott (4) 106 89 195
T66 Claire Swain (3) 99 103 202
7 Onalaska 338 359 697
T10 Erin Ericson (1) 76 80 156
33 Katie Chafoulias (2) 81 94 175
T43 Alyssa Achenreiner (3) 88 94 182
T45 Amber Nguyen (4) 93 91 184
75 Ashley Soderberg (5) 104 118 222
8 Middleton 351 349 700
T5 Payton Hodson (1) 80 74 154
T23 Kate Meier (2) 84 84 168
T41 Grace Peterson (3) 86 95 181
T63 A. Richards/ M. Hodson (5) 101 96 197
T66 Haley Dunn (4) 101 101 202
9 Kaukauna 362 369 731
T30 Lily Sheppard (2) 85 88 173
T41 Emma Moore (1) 91 90 181
T52 Ally Isselmann (4) 91 96 187
58 Emily Anderson (5) 95 95 190
T61 Kendall Williamson (3) 96 99 195
10 Bay Port 365 379 744
T5 Jo Baranczyk (1) 78 76 154
59 Victoria Grimm (2) 96 96 192
65 Courtney Koeberl (3) 93 108 201
68 Lauren Lemorande (5) 98 105 203
69 Madelyn Peters (4) 103 102 205
11 Eau Claire Memorial 390 392 782
16 Lexi Meade (1) 80 81 161
T43 Rebekah Gerry (2) 88 94 182
74 Katelyn Mongerson (3) 112 106 218
76 Nicole Larson (4) 110 114 224
77 Maddy Logan (5) 115 111 226
12 Green Bay Preble 389 401 790
T38 Rachael Revolinski (1) 84 95 179
T63 Lauren Bonetti (5) 97 100 197
T70 Brittany Karchinski (3) 104 102 206
73 Kaci Duquaine (4) 104 107 211
78 Emma Onesti (2) 125 104 229
 
Individuals
Pos. Player (Team) Rd 1 Rd 2 Total
4 Lorenza Martinez (Divine Savior Holy Angels) 79 74 153
T8 Holly Murphy (Badger) 79 76 155
T10 Speedy Kent (Homestead) 80 76 156
14 Isabelle Maleki (Homestead) 83 76 159
T20 Sam Soulier (Waunakee) 79 87 166
T25 Aubrie Torhorst (Waterford) 85 84 169
T25 Markie Ash (Waupaca) 82 87 169
T25 Kirsten Leonardi (Hamilton) 81 88 169
T25 Klairissa O'Reilly-Dye (Monona Grove) 81 88 169
32 Sophia Dooman (Janesville Parker) 89 85 174
T34 Andrea Groendal (New Berlin Eisenhower/West) 87 89 176
T36 Lillian Knetter (Madison West) 90 88 178
T38 Molly Larsen (Tomah) 84 95 179
T47 Brooke Knutson (Westby/Viroqua) 87 98 185
T47 Cosette Schefelker (Menomonee Falls) 95 90 185
T47 Ginny Yahnke (Sparta) 89 96 185
T54 Emily Conard (Notre Dame) 96 92 188
T54 Brianna Zook (Shawno Community) 97 91 188