Kate Meier, Middleton

Kate Meier, Middleton

Looking back

2018 conference champion

Sophomore Glenna Sanderson (83) and junior Kate Meier (84) finished 1-2 and senior Danielle Callahan (84) placed fourth as Middleton shot 343 at Evansville Golf Course and cruised to the Big Eight Conference championship by 38 shots over Verona.

2018 conference medalist

Sanderson parred the 18th hole at Evansville GC to shoot 83 and post a one-stroke victory over teammates Kate Meier and Danielle Callahan and Sophia Dooman of Janesville Parker, who all bogeyed the closing hole to shoot 84s.

Top 2018 WIAA finishes

Team: Middleton shot 334-325 and, with a 36-hole total of 659, finished second at the WIAA Division 1 state tournament, eight shots behind champion Kettle Moraine. Individual: Middleton junior Kate Meier shot 78-77 and, with a 36-hole total of 155, finished fifth at the WIAA Division 1 state tournament, 13 shots behind champion Jo Baranczyk of Bay Port.

Looking ahead

Preseason top three

Middleton, Madison Memorial, Janesville Craig.

Preseason all-conference

First team: Kallie Lux, jr., Janesville Craig; Kate Meier, sr., Middleton;  Sydney O'Hearn, sr., Sun Prairie; Glenna Sanderson, sr., Middleton; Andrea Schleeper, sr., Verona.

Second team:  Ellie Frisch, so., Middleton; Makenzie Hodson, sr., Middleton; Bridget McCarthy, jr., Madison Memorial; Angelina Myhr, jr., Madison La Follette; Sara Nerad, sr., Janesville Craig; Caitlyn Ott, sr., Verona.

What to watch

The accolades and accomplishments among Middleton coach Becky Halverson's golfers are impressive to say the least. Senior Kate Meier is the reigning Big Eight Conference player of the year. Junior Glenna Sanderson won medalist honors the 2018 Big Eight Conference championship. Two other returning golfers (Ellie Frisch and Makenzie Hodson) earned second-team all-Big Eight honors. They are four very big reasons why five-time defending Big Eight champion Middleton, with a considerable edge on the rest of the Big Eight in talent and experience, is not only a heavy favorite to add another conference title to it current total (14), but a strong contender to dethrone Kettle Moraine when the two heavyweights get to the WIAA Division 1 state tournament in mid-October. Two new faces are likely to displace Verona, the conference runner-up three of the last four years; and Janesville Parker, which earned runner-up honors the year Verona didn't; behind Middleton. Madison Memorial, which last won a Big Eight title in 2012, has quietly made strides under former Madison West and UW-Stout golfer Brittany McNett-Emmerich; and Janesville Craig, which has been playing with just four golfers at times this fall, look to wage a spirited battle for the runner-up spot. A Middleton golfer is almost certain to win conference medalist honors for the sixth time in seven years; the big question, however, is: Which one?

Circle these dates

Sept. 3  — Brookfield Central Invitational (University Ridge GC-Madison). Sept. 4  — Madison West, Sun Prairie at Janesville Parker (Janesville Riverside GC). Sept. 5  — Madison La Follette, Middleton at Verona (Edelweiss Chalet CC-New Glarus). Sept. 6  — Janesville Craig, Madison Memorial at Beloit Memorial (Krueger Haskell GC-Beloit). Sept. 7  — Middleton Invitational (Pleasant View GC-Middleton). Sept. 10  — Janesville Craig, Janesville Parker at Madison East (Yahara Hills GC-Madison); Beloit Memorial, Verona at Sun Prairie (Sun Prairie GC); Madison La Follette, Madison West at Madison Memorial (Odana Hills GC-Madison). Sept. 11  — Madison Memorial Invitational (Blackhawk CC-Madison). Sept. 14  — Janesville Parker Invitational (Janesville Riverside GC). Sept. 16  — Madison Edgewood Crusade Fore A Cure (Maple Bluff CC-Madison); Janesville Craig, Madison Memorial at Janesville Parker (Janesville CC).  Sept. 17  — Janesville Parker at Madison La Follette (Yahara Hills GC-Madison); Madison East, Madison Memorial, Sun Prairie at Middleton (Pleasant View GC-Middleton); Beloit Memorial at Madison West (Odana Hills GC-Madison). Sept. 18 — Janesville Craig at Verona (Edelweiss Chalet CC-New Glarus). Sept. 23  — Green Bay Notre Dame Invitational (Thornberry Creek at Oneida GC-Green Bay). Sept. 26  — Big Eight Conference Championship (Evansville GC-Evansville)