The PGA Tour had one Mr. 59 for decades after Al Geiberger became the first golfer to break 60 in a sanctioned tournament in 1977.
Wisconsin high school golf welcomed its first Miss 60 in September when Abby Cavaiani of Kettle Moraine shot 12-under-par to win the Classic 8 Conference. And there's no telling when — or if — that record will ever be broken.
The WIAA has never tracked records in any of the sports it oversees. The lowest known scores in Wisconsin girls prep history on regulation golf courses were 65s from former Middleton and Michigan State star Lindsey Solberg at the 2004 Cardinal-Spartan Invitational at Pleasant View GC in Middleton and by former Osceola and Stanford star Casey Danielson at the 2012 WIAA Division 2 Osceola regional at Crooked Creek GC, her home course.
What Cavaiani, a Missouri State recruit, did at the Broadlands GC in North Prairie was nothing short of remarkable.
She out-dueled defending WIAA Division 1 state champion Emily Lauterbach of Hartland Arrowhead (67) with eight birdies and two eagles on the 4,952-yard layout. Her chip for a par and a 59 on the final hole came up 4 feet short.
Cavaiani's round drove home the point that the quality of Wisconsin high school girls golf continues to get better and better. More than 25 golfers in the Class of 2017 have gone onto play college golf and that number will likely be matched when golfers in the Class of 2018 have made their college decisions.
In the meantime, Cavaiani's eight birdies and two eagles equal a perfect 10 — No. 10, that is, in the Wisconsin.Golf list of the top 17 stories of 2017.
Defending WIAA Division 1 state champion Emily Lauterbach makes eight birdies and three bogeys to shoot 5-under-67 and finish second. She led Hartland Arrowhead to its fifth straight conference team title.
The Missouri State recruit, who turned heads with her 12-under-par 60 at the Classic 8 Conference meet, leads a distinguished first-team all-state squad that includes five NCAA Division I recruits.
The Missouri State recruit turned a lot of heads with her 12-under-par 60 to win the Classic 8 Conference Championship, but Cavaiani was spectacular from start-to-finish of a breakout summer leading into her senior year.