D1 - Holly Murphy, Badger

Holly Murphy, Badger

The shot heard around Wisconsin turned into four of them Tuesday, when Holly Murphy of Lake Geneva Badger birdied four of her first five holes at The Legend at Bristlecone at the WIAA Division 1 Kettle Moraine sectional.

Murphy, a North Dakota State recruit, left Hartland with a 3-under-par 69, an 11-stroke victory over Julia Schilling of Kettle Moraine and her third berth in the WIAA state tournament at University Ridge in Madison. She shot 4-under 32 on the front nine and 1-over 37 on the back nine, earning the first of three individual berths to the state tournament by 18 strokes with the other two spots going to Janesville Craig junior Kallie Lux (87) and Kenosha Tremper senior Cameron Lee (88).

"I definitely got off to a really good start, made a lot of long putts," Murphy said. "I was in position to make things and they went in."

Her first bogey, on the par-5 10th hole, was the result of a four-putt. Murphy collected herself and played the final eight holes in even-par with a birdie on the par-3 14th hole and a bogey on the par-3 17th.

"I had to really bring it back and shoot par on the back nine," said Murphy, who placed eighth at the state tournament as a sophomore and 10th as a junior. "That was my goal, to shoot even on the (rest of the) back." 

Defending WIAA Division 1 state champion Kettle Moraine shot 330 and cruised to the sectional team title. Union Grove shot 359 and finishes second.

Kettle Moraine placed all four scoring golfers in the top six and all five in the top 12, counting an 80 from senior Julia Schilling, a pair of 82s from sophomore Jenna Anderson and junior Reagan Stuke and an 86 from sophomore Madeline Fiebig. The Lasers tossed a 91 from senior Isabelle Gaudion.

Fiebig had the shot of the day on the par-4 ninth hole. She holed her second shot from 139 yards for an eagle to shoot 42 on the front nine.

"There was water to the back and Coach (John Sams) told me to club up two, no one, and I'm like 'OK, I'll just do it,'" Fiebig said. "It took one hop and went in."

Freshman Norah Roberts carried Union Grove to state, firing an 81 to finish third overall. The Broncos also counted two 90s from junior Veronica Parco and senior Liz Torhorst and a 98 from sophomore Ali Torhorst.

DeForest sectional

Junior Glenna Sanderson returned from a foot injury to shoot 79 and join senior teammate Kate Meier in a tie for third place as top-ranked Middleton shot 324 and topped Waunakee (357) for the DeForest sectional title at The Oaks GC in Cottage Grove.

Cousins Callie and Myranda Kotlowski shot 74 and 75, respectively, to finish 1-2 individually and grab two of the three state berths individually. Jefferson junior Courtney shot a career-low 82 despite an 8 on her final hole and earned the third state berth by one shot over Sun Prairie's Sydney O'Hearn.

Middleton's victory included a pair of 83s from sophomores Ellie Frisch and Milanne Dahmen, who were bumped to the Nos. 4 and 5 spot with Sanderson's return at No. 2. The Cardinals threw out an 86 from senior Makenzie Hodson.

Green Bay Notre Dame sectional

Defending state champion Jo Baranczyk of Bay Port shot 34 on the back nine to rally for a 77 and, for the second week in a row, shared medalist honors with Pulaski senior Sadie Kelley as the Pirates shot 340 and pulled out the Green Bay Notre Dame sectional team title by eight shots over the Green Bay Preble co-op.

All five Bay Port golfers shot 95 or better. The Pirates counted Baranczyk's 77, an 84 from sophomore Avery Dudra, an 88 from sophomore Abbey Bereanek and a 91 from senior Maddy Peters. Preble rode its three seniors to a runner-up finish, getting an 83 from Kaci Duquaine and a pair of 85s from Emma Onesti and Lauren Bonetti.

Kelley, who lost a scorecard playoff to Baranczyk based on back-nine score, walked away with the first of the three individual state berths. The other two went to Appleton North freshman AJ Powell (79) and Ashwaubenon senior Rylie Severson (80).

Oshkosh North sectional

Cedarburg junior Elise Hoven continued her exceptional play of late, shooting even-par 72 at Lake Breeze GC in Winneconne to earn medalist honors by six shots over Ava Wittstock of Sheboygan North/South, but Whitstock's team came away with the title thanks to a 333 card, 14 better than Cedarburg.

Sheboygan placed three golfers in the top five as junior Zjeneexa Vang (79) and junior Taylor Peper (84) also played well behind Wittstock. The Golden Raiders also counted a 92 from freshman Hannah Miller.

Oshkosh North junior Grace Miller (81) joined seniors Amanda Ruona (84) of Hartford and Alyssa Dreher of Kewaskum/Campbellsport (86) in advancing individually. Dreher parred the first hole of a sudden death playoff with Madeline Kiley of Kimberly to earn the final individual berth.

Stevens Point sectional

Tomah's youth movement stormed Stevens Point CC on Wednesday and netted the upstart Timberwolves the WIAA Stevens Point sectional title.

Freshman Brin Neumann earned medalist honors with an 82 as Tomah (360) edged Stevens Point (363) for top honors. Onalaska (372), Middle Border Conference champion New Richmond (376) and Big Rivers Conference champ River Falls (383) missed out on the state tournament berths.

Tomah also counted a 90 from sophomore Sophie Pokela, a 94 from senior Sarah Peterson and a 94 from freshman Amelia Zingler. They tossed a 103 from junior Jayda Zhu.

New Richmond's Jessica Hagman (84), River Falls junior Jaden Woiwode (85) and Hudson junior Paige Hillman (87) earned the three state individual berths. Hillman edged Big Rivers rival Hannah Harper in a two-hole playoff for the final spot.

Division 2

Baldwin-Woodville sectional

Ava Salay continues to have a profound impact on golf in northwest Wisconsin and now the Prescott freshman gets to take a shot at the rest of the state.

Salay shot 84 as Prescott (390) edged St. Croix Central (395) for the team title at the Baldwin-Woodville sectional at Pheasant Hills GC in Hammond. Central grabbed the second state berth head of Ellsworth, which shot 402.

Prescott counted a 97 from senior Alexis Fredericks, a 102 from sophomore Liz Rohl and a 107 from Jessica Heinsch. No. 4 golfer Jenna Wehausen (94) led St. Croix Central.

It took a score of 88 or better to advance to University Ridge. Those moving on individually were: seniors Holly Carlson of Ellsworth (86), Kiernan Smith of Maple Northwestern (87) and Haley Myers of Somerset (88). It will the second state berth for Smith and the third for Myers.

Appleton Xavier sectional

Junior Lauren Haen shot 87 to finish second and senior Gabby Wittmann added a 98 to place fifth as Appleton Xavier shot 387 and won its own sectional Monday at Ridgeway CC in Neenah.

The Hawks topped Wrightstown (405) for the title. Wrightstown snuck past Lakeside Lutheran (412) for the second state berth. Lakeside, however, will send two golfers to University Ridge in sisters Maya and Ava Heckmann, who shot 88 and 91, respectively, to qualify second and third behind medalist Callie Berg (83).

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