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Middleton’s Kate Meier punches this shot to the 15th green on Monday. Meier is tied for fourth in Division 1 entering Tuesday’s final round at University Ridge.

MADISON — Kate Meier and the rest of the Middleton girls golf team would love to have said the opening round of the WIAA Division 1 state tournament was good to the last drop Monday. But it wasn't good until the last drop. 

Meier dropped the 6-foot birdie putt on the par-5 ninth hole, her final hole, that didn't right all the wrongs that seemed to dominate on a long opening day. But it did leave the Cardinals (330) with a one-shot lead on surprising Hartland Arrowhead entering Tuesday's final round at University Ridge.

That was just the start of the drama. Defending champ Kettle Moraine (333) and Brookfield Central (337) were still within seven shots of Middleton's lead after a wild and crazy first round that ended with 10 golfers within six strokes of leader Sarah Balding of Brookfield Central (72) in the medalist chase.

None of which Middleton coach Becky Halverson made known to Meier as the Loyola (Ill.) recruit tried to avoid the rollercoaster ride many golfers took once the frost lifted after a 90-minute delay and first-round play got underway.

"Becky never shares anything while we're playing, just to keep us at bay with our nerves," said Meier, whose 76 left her tied for fourth place with Oconomowoc's Grace Suter, Wauwatosa East/West's Rachel Kauflin and Stoughton's Myranda Kotlowski, four shots behind Balding. "Hopefully, we can just play each shot to the best of our abilities and that's exactly what we did (Monday). I wanted to finish strong on this (second) nine. I had a few tough holes, but I bounced back and I'm grateful for my three birdies on the back nine so, going into (Tuesday), I just want to keep that same energy going."

Middleton also counted a 79 from junior Glenna Sanderson, an 87 from Ellie Frisch and an 88 from senior Makenzie Hodson. It tossed a 95 from Milanne Dahmen, a sophomore who lost 13 of her 23 shots to par on two holes.

"I keep focusing with them on one shot at a time and not worry about the shots that didn't go the way that they had hoped they would go," Halverson said her 2018 state runners-up. "They just really stuck to that. They all had some struggle holes and they all came back. We did well at keeping in it."

Survival seemed to be the popular activity among the state's top golfers.

Some lived to tell about overcoming the adversity that University Ridge dealt them. Others were forced to wait until Tuesday to find their redemption.

Cedarburg junior Elise Hoven tripled-bogeyed No. 10 to begin her day, but made four birdies and four bogeys the rest of the way to shoot 75. That was good for a share of second place with Waukesha Catholic Memorial senior Meredith Boos, who made the first birdie of the day at No. 1 only to triple bogey No. 2, bogey No. 4 and double-bogey No. 6 to drop to 5-over, forcing her to rally with three birdies on the back nine (Nos. 11, 15 and 17) before stalling with a bogey at No. 18.

"I think I did put a little pressure on myself," Hoven said. "Obviously, it's state. I think everybody wants to win. I would love to do well in this. I think the pressure did get to me, but I'm happy how I was able to save it a little."

Defending state champion Jo Baranczyk of Bay Port tried to do the same. She bogeyed five holes in a row making the turn and fell to 8-over at one point before birdieing Nos. 6 and 9 to finish strong.

It was one of those days for Lake Geneva Badger's Holly Murphy (86), twice a top-10 finisher at the state tournament, after the North Dakota State recruit took four shots to get out of a bunker en route to a 10 on the par-5 ninth hole. It wasn't much better for Stoughton's Caylie Kotlowski, a junior who finished fourth here last year, but made three double-bogeys in a row starting at No. 3 and triple-bogeyed the par-3 17th hole en route to an 89 that left her alone in 38th place.

"I don't know that I noticed a palpable difference between the course last year and this year," said Kauflin, who was third a year ago but made just one par on her first nine this year around five bogeys and three birdies. "The state tournament does bring unique pressure and it's hard for anybody to ignore that. ... If you put yourself in the right spots, you definitely have a chance to make a lot of birdies. But you definitely can get yourself in a lot of trouble very quickly."


Team/Player Leaderboard
University Ridge Golf Course - WIAA Girl's Championship D1 Par: 72 Yardage: 5216
Verona, WI US
Oct 14-15, 2019
Click on the round header, (Rd 1, Rd 2, etc), to view previous round data
Pos. Team/Player (seed) Rd 1 Total
1 Middleton 330 330
T4 Katherine Meier (1) 76 76
T12 Glenna Sanderson (2) 79 79
T31 Ellie Frisch (4) 87 87
T36 Makenzie Hodson (3) 88 88
58 Milanne Dahmen (5) 95 95
2 Arrowhead 331 331
T9 Kylie Lanza (3) 78 78
T18 Lauren Peterson (1) 83 83
T20 Jada Chang (4) 84 84
T29 Elizabeth Kaiser (2) 86 86
T53 Kaitlyn Amtmann (5) 94 94
3 Kettle Moraine 333 333
15 Julia Schilling (1) 81 81
T18 Madeline Fiebig (3) 83 83
T20 Reagan Stuke (4) 84 84
T24 Jenna Anderson (2) 85 85
T24 Isabelle Gaudion (5) 85 85
4 Brookfield Central 337 337
1 Sarah Balding (1) 72 72
T12 Sami Krutz (2) 79 79
T36 CJ Romero (4) 88 88
T62 Erin Rosencrantz (3) 98 98
T62 Kyley Wipper (5) 98 98
5 Bay Port 355 355
T9 Jo Baranczyk (1) 78 78
T16 Avery Dudra (2) 82 82
T60 Madelyn Peters (5) 97 97
T62 Abbey Beranek (3) 98 98
T77 Brittney Koeberl (4) 112 112
6 Waunakee 357 357
T24 Elena Maier (5) 85 85
T31 Aly Kinzel (1) 87 87
T45 Sydney Grimm (2) 92 92
T47 Brooke Ehle (3) 93 93
T47 Carsen Genda (4) 93 93
7 Stevens Point 362 362
T24 Abby Nickel (1) 85 85
T39 Riley Pechinski (4) 90 90
T47 Leah Earnest (3) 93 93
T53 Ally Nickel (2) 94 94
75 Megan Bonikowske (5) 105 105
8 Sheboygan North/South 367 367
14 Zjeneexa Vang (2) 80 80
T45 Hannah Miller (4) 92 92
T53 Taylor Peper (1) 94 94
69 Ava Wittstock (3) 101 101
T70 Kenyon Place (5) 102 102
9 Union Grove 368 368
T20 Norah Roberts (2) 84 84
T43 Ali Torhorst (3) 91 91
T47 Veronica Parco (1) 93 93
T67 Liz Torhorst (4) 100 100
T72 Riley Chizek (5) 104 104
10 Tomah 369 369
T31 Sophie Pokela (1) 87 87
T39 Brin Neumann (2) 90 90
T53 Sarah Peterson (3) 94 94
T62 Jayda Zhu (5) 98 98
T70 Amelia Zingler (4) 102 102
11 Cedarburg 373 373
T2 Elise Hoven (1) 75 75
T47 Morgan Benskin (3) 93 93
66 Maddy Getschow (4) 99 99
76 Maddie Wilke (2) 106 106
T77 Cassidy Fish (5) 112 112
12 Green Bay Preble Co-op 388 388
T43 Emma Onesti (1) 91 91
T47 Kaci Duquaine (2) 93 93
T67 Lauren Bonetti (3) 100 100
T72 Kayla Willems (4) 104 104
T72 Sophia Zerillo (5) 104 104
 
Individuals
Pos. Player (Team) Rd 1 Total
T2 Meredith Boos (Catholic Memorial) 75 75
T4 Rachel Kauflin (Wauwatosa East/West) 76 76
T4 Grace Suter (Oconomowoc) 76 76
T4 Myranda Kotlowski (Stoughton) 76 76
8 Sadie Kelley (Pulaski) 77 77
T9 Jessica Hagman (New Richmond) 78 78
T16 Kallie Lux (Janesville Craig) 82 82
T20 Rylie Severson (Ashwaubenon) 84 84
T24 Grace Miller (Oshkosh North) 85 85
T29 Holly Murphy (Badger/Williams Bay) 86 86
T31 Paige Hillman (Hudson) 87 87
T31 Amanda Ruona (Hartford Union) 87 87
38 Caylie Kotlowski (Stoughton) 89 89
T39 Cameron Lee (Kenosha Tremper) 90 90
T39 Jaden Woiwode (River Falls) 90 90
T53 A.J. Powell (Appleton North) 94 94
59 Courtney Draeger (Jefferson) 96 96
T60 Alyssa Dreher (Kewaskum/Campbellsport) 97 97

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