WIAA D1 Kylie Walker

Kylie Walker of Westosha Central strikes a shot through the rain drops on Monday.

MADISON — As the closest thing to a cagey veteran when it comes to dealing with all the emotions of a WIAA state girls golf tournament, twin sisters Kylie and Katelyn Walker kept the message simple Monday when offering words of encouragement to their three Westosha Central teammates new to the surroundings of University Ridge Golf Course, let alone when it becomes a bullseye for rain falling from the sky.

"We told them it's just the game of golf," Kylie Walker said. "Just play your game. Don't stress. We'll have another chance at going to state next year. This is kind of just a point where our team gets to experience being here. Next year, it's going to be game time."

WIAA D1 Ellie Frisch

Middleton’s Ellie Frisch lines up her shot prior to starting her round on Monday.

Well, that was the message at some point shortly before the Falcons teed off at 8:50 a.m. By the time Middleton's Ellie Frisch coaxed in her par putt on No. 9 in virtual darkness at approximately 6:30 p.m., a little more than four hours after the end of a two-hour weather delay and about 10 minutes after the sun had officially set, Westosha Central found itself tied for the lead with the Cardinals, who are looking for their third consecutive WIAA state title and second during this calendar year, entering Tuesday's final round. 

In other words, game time appears to have been moved up for the Falcons, who have never finished higher than 11th in two previous state tournament appearances. They will attempt to do something about that history Tuesday when they join Middleton, fellow upstart Hamilton (Sussex) and defending fall state champion Brookfield Central in the final wave of tee times starting at 8:50 a.m. off the first tee.

"They'll be happy to play in the last group," said Westosha Central coach Ryan Dahl, whose team played in the middle wave of teams in the first round. "That's where they want to be so they can see everything in front of them. ... We'll be happy to be in the last group."

VIDEO: Westosha Central coach Ryan Dahl on his team grabbing share of Day 1 lead at 2021 WIAA Division 1 state girls golf tournament.

Westosha Central got there behind a 73 from Kylie Walker (sixth), a 76 from Katelyn Walker (T-12), an 83 from No. 4 golfer Chloe Brown and an 86 from No. 3 golfer Elle O'Reilly. Middleton joined them thanks to a 72 from UW-Green Bay commit Ellie Frisch (T-3), a 77 from No. 2 golfer Vivian Cressman, a 78 from No. 3 golfer Milanne Dahmen and a 91 from No. 5 golfer Ellen Close, catching the Falcons with a 318 total after Dahmen birdied No. 9 to finish her round and staying there thanks to back-to-back pars from Cressman and Frisch.

"More impressive than Milanne’s birdie on the 18th is the composure shown (by her) on the back nine," Middleton coach Becky Halverson said of her senior, who has had herself quite a tournament run since making the first of back-to-back holes-in-one in her group at the Portage regional. "After her triple(-bogey) on (No.) 4, she answered with a birdie on (No.) 5. After her bogey on (No.) 8, she answered with a birdie. In the end, that birdie drew us even with Central, but it took the entire team the entire day to get to that number."

Individually, Lanie Veenendall of New Richmond got to a number that this tournament hasn't seen since 2016. She made three birdies before the weather delay and three in a row after it, all on putts of 25 feet or more, en route to a 4-under-par 68 that was the first sub-70 round in the Division 1 portion of this event since Middleton's Alexis Thomas fired a 68 of her own in the first round in 2016.

"I just visualized them going in," Veenendall said. "And I practiced a little before I went out. Just lining them up, taking my time."

VIDEO: Westosha Central sophomore Kylie Walker on memorable opening day to 2021 WIAA state girls golf tournament.

Veenendall was lucky. She went out in the fifth group of the first wave of teams and had the time — and the daylight — to do that.

Frisch was literally running up the 18th fairway to try to beat darkness. At one point, she shouted "Go Vivian!" to Cressman, who was the last to exit the green in the penultimate group and had parked her push cart off the front right edge of the ninth green.

"It was definitely an adventure trying to play in the dark," Frisch said. "I was just having fun with it because there is nothing else you can do. I thought I would give Vivian a hard time (because) she can handle it."

Kylie Walker said she learned to handle the pressure a year ago when she qualified as a freshman for the WIAA fall state championship, held at Blackwolf Run in Kohler due to COVID-19 restrictions in Dane County that made University Ridge unavailable. She shot 37 during the rain-shortened first round on the Meadow Valley Course at Blackwolf Run a year ago and took a three-shot lead into the final round only to shoot a closing 84 and finish two shots out of the playoff won by Arrowhead (Hartland) freshman Jessica Guiser.

"My experience as an individual kind of helps me with the pressure," Walker said. "Last year, I experienced a lot of pressure and this year it's helped me with the pressure because I've dealt with it before. For my teammates, I'm very surprised with how they did it being their first time being here. It's not easy with all the people and spectators and ... the rain was a big factor in how each and every one of us played (Monday). Right now, we're in a great position. ... I'm excited for us and I'm excited for (Tuesday)."

Team/Player Leaderboards
University Ridge Golf Course - WIAA Girl's Championship D1 Par: 72 Yardage: 5216
Verona, WI US
Oct 11-12, 2021
Pos. Team/Player (seed) Rd 1 Total
T1 Middleton 318 318
T3 Ellie Frisch (1) 72 72
15 Vivian Cressman (2) 77 77
T16 Milanne Dahmen (3) 78 78
57 Ellen Close (5) 91 91
T63 Amanda Beckman (4) 94 94
T1 Westosha Central 318 318
6 Kylie Walker (1) 73 73
T12 Katelyn Walker (2) 76 76
T31 Chloe Brown (4) 83 83
T38 Elle O'Reilly (3) 86 86
69 Carly Lois (5) 97 97
3 Hamilton 323 323
T16 Claire Kelbel (1) 78 78
T20 Kayla Johnson (3) 79 79
T24 Leah Balsbaugh (2) 81 81
T36 Lauren Ambrookian (4) 85 85
T66 Isabel Gutowski (5) 95 95
T4 Brookfield Central 326 326
T3 Sarah Balding (1) 72 72
T27 Nora Purtell (2) 82 82
T27 Audra Czechowicz (4) 82 82
T54 Eva Kumer (3) 90 90
58 Katelyn Coombs (5) 92 92
T4 Bay Port 326 326
T8 Avery Dudra (1) 75 75
T24 Adalyn Johnston (2) 81 81
T27 Abbey Beranek (3) 82 82
T48 Ava Beranek (4) 88 88
T71 Olivia Gannon (5) 100 100
6 New Richmond 329 329
1 Lanie Veenendall (1) 68 68
T36 Sydney Nolan (3) 85 85
T44 Kailey Stevens (4) 87 87
T52 Abbie Ritzer (2) 89 89
T59 Nora Harris (5) 93 93
7 Waunakee 331 331
T12 Izzi Stricker (1) 76 76
T31 Emily Humphrey (3) 83 83
T33 Jordan Shipshock (2) 84 84
T48 Taylor Swalve (4) 88 88
70 Gabby Ziegler (5) 98 98
8 Union Grove 332 332
T8 Norah Roberts (1) 75 75
T22 Ali Torhorst (2) 80 80
T44 Lexi Manteufel (3) 87 87
T54 Allie McBryde (4) 90 90
78 Larah Hood-Brennan (5) 127 127
9 Tomah 341 341
T12 Sophie Pokela (1) 76 76
T44 Madeline Ewers (4) 87 87
T48 Amelia Zingler (3) 88 88
T54 Brin Neumann (2) 90 90
T71 Peyton Foster (5) 100 100
10 Cedarburg 349 349
T33 Kate Bogenschutz (1) 84 84
T33 Cassidy Fish (2) 84 84
T48 Hope Kittel (4) 88 88
T59 Megan Miller (3) 93 93
T71 Madison Engebose (5) 100 100
11 Appleton North 355 355
T3 AJ Powell (1) 72 72
T38 Taylor Lemire (5) 86 86
T63 Emily Madsen (2) 94 94
76 Julia Lindemann (4) 103 103
77 Anna Otto (3) 107 107
12 Brookfield East 365 365
T8 Madison Haugen (1) 75 75
T59 Josie Clegg (2) 93 93
68 Isa Zuniga-Meyer Aarini Charaborty/ (5) 96 96
74 Jenna Prinslow (3) 101 101
75 Lily Schick (4) 102 102
 
Individuals
Pos. Player (Team) Rd 1 Total
2 Riley Pechinski (SPASH) 70 70
7 Jenna Anderson (Kettle Moraine) 74 74
T8 Madeline Fiebig (Kettle Moraine) 75 75
T16 Hannah Dunk (Milton) 78 78
T16 Ava Wittstock (Sheboygan North/South) 78 78
T20 Allison Balduzzi (Onalaska) 79 79
T22 Kate Krueger (Divine Savior Holy Angels) 80 80
T24 Nora Cerroni (Waukesha South Co-op) 81 81
T27 Kiya Bronston (Onalaska) 82 82
T38 Emily Gastrau (Wauwatosa East/West) 86 86
T38 McKenna Lowe (Kaukauna) 86 86
T38 Abby Busick (De Pere) 86 86
T38 Emily Hopp (Oregon) 86 86
T44 Hannah Miller (Sheboygan North/South) 87 87
T52 Katie Westbrook (Oconomowoc) 89 89
T59 Caroline Lewiston (Baraboo) 93 93
T63 Addison Sabel (Oregon) 94 94
T66 Tess Bruner (Wausau East/West) 95 95

HS Girls Golf: 2021 WIAA Division 1 state championship | Tuesday's final round pairings (University Ridge GC-Madison)

Group Tee Time Player 1 Player 2 Player 3 Player 4
RD 2 Time - Hole Individuals Individuals Individuals Individuals
1 8:00 - 10 Katie Westbrook (i) - (OHS) (T52, +17) Caroline Lewiston (i) - (BHS) (T59, +21) Addison Sabel (i) - (OHS) (T63, +22)
2 8:10 - 10 Emily Hopp (i) - (OHS) (T38, +14) Emily Gastrau (i) - (WEWHS) (T38, +14) Abby Busick (i) - (DPHS) (T38, +14)
3 8:20 - 10 Kate Krueger (i) - (DSHAHS) (T22, +8) Nora Cerroni (i) - (WSHS) (T24, +9) Kiya Bronston (i) - (OHS) (T27, +10) Tess Bruner (i) - (WEWHS) (T66, +23)
4 8:30 - 10 Hannah Dunk (i) - (MHS) (T16, +6) Ava Wittstock (i) - (SNSHS) (T16, +6) Allison Balduzzi (i) - (OHS) (T20, +7) Hannah Miller (i) - (SNSHS) (T44, +15)
5 8:40 - 10 Riley Pechinski (i) - (SPASH) (2, -2) Jenna Anderson (i) - (KMHS) (7, +2) Madeline Fiebig (i) - (KMHS) (T8, +3) McKenna Lowe (i) - (KHS) (T38, +14)
Time - Hole Tomah (9, +53) Cedarburg (10, +61) Appleton North (11, +67) Brookfield East (12, +77)
6 8:00 - 1 Peyton Foster (T71, +28) Madison Engebose (T71, +28) Taylor Lemire (T38, +14) Isa Zuniga-Meyer Aarini Charaborty/ (68, +24)
7 8:10 - 1 Madeline Ewers (T44, +15) Hope Kittel (T48, +16) Julia Lindemann (76, +31) Lily Schick (75, +30)
8 8:20 - 1 Amelia Zingler (T48, +16) Megan Miller (T59, +21) Anna Otto (77, +35) Jenna Prinslow (74, +29)
9 8:30 - 1 Brin Neumann (T54, +18) Cassidy Fish (T33, +12) Emily Madsen (T63, +22) Josie Clegg (T59, +21)
10 8:40 - 1 Sophie Pokela (T12, +4) Kate Bogenschutz (T33, +12) AJ Powell (T3, E) Madison Haugen (T8, +3)
Time - Hole Bay Port (T4, +38) New Richmond (6, +41) Waunakee (7, +43) Union Grove (8, +44)
11 8:50 - 1 Olivia Gannon (T71, +28) Nora Harris (T59, +21) Gabby Ziegler (70, +26) Larah Hood-Brennan (78, +55)
12 9:00 - 1 Ava Beranek (T48, +16) Kailey Stevens (T44, +15) Taylor Swalve (T48, +16) Allie McBryde (T54, +18)
13 9:10 - 1 Abbey Beranek (T27, +10) Sydney Nolan (T36, +13) Emily Humphrey (T31, +11) Lexi Manteufel (T44, +15)
14 9:20 - 1 Adalyn Johnston (T24, +9) Abbie Ritzer (T52, +17) Jordan Shipshock (T33, +12) Ali Torhorst (T22, +8)
15 9:30 - 1 Avery Dudra (T8, +3) Lanie Veenendall (1, -4) Izzi Stricker (T12, +4) Norah Roberts (T8, +3)
Time - Hole Middleton (T1, +30) Westosha Central (T1, +30) Hamilton (3, +35) Brookfield Central (T4, +38)
16 9:40 - 1 Ellen Close (57, +19) Carly Lois (69, +25) Isabel Gutowski (T66, +23) Katelyn Coombs (58, +20)
17 9:50 - 1 Amanda Beckman (T63, +22) Chloe Brown (T31, +11) Lauren Ambrookian (T36, +13) Audra Czechowicz (T27, +10)
18 10:00 - 1 Milanne Dahmen (T16, +6) Elle O'Reilly (T38, +14) Kayla Johnson (T20, +7) Eva Kumer (T54, +18)
19 10:10 - 1 Vivian Cressman (15, +5) Katelyn Walker (T12, +4) Leah Balsbaugh (T24, +9) Nora Purtell (T27, +10)
20 10:20 - 1 Ellie Frisch (T3, E) Kylie Walker (6, +1) Claire Kelbel (T16, +6) Sarah Balding (T3, E)

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