Milanne Dahmen and Lucy Strey had played basketball against each other but had never played golf together until the opposing Cardinals from Middleton and Sun Prairie, respectively, found themselves paired together in the third-to-last group Wednesday at the WIAA Division 1 Portage regional.

With consecutive swings on the par-3 10th hole at Portage Country Club, however, the bond that brought them together became cemented forever.

Sun Prairie's Lucy Strey and Middleton's Milanne Dahmen retrieve their golf balls from the hole on the par-3 10th hole at Portage CC after making back-to-back holes-in-one Wednesday during the WIAA Division 1 Portage regional.

They shared an unlikely and unforgettable moment during the first leg of the WIAA's postseason by making back-to-back holes-in-one to start the back nine and helping their teams qualify for next week's sectional. It was a surreal scene that was witnessed, according to Dahmen, by victorious U.S. Ryder Cup captain Steve Stricker, whose daughter Izzi played two groups behind the day's two aces and was tournament medalist with a 73.

"Everyone cheered, screamed, clapped and was very complimentary," Dahmen wrote in a text to Wisconsin.Golf. "Many hugs were given. Steve Stricker was there and took a picture of me and then the two golf balls in the cup. Coach Becky (Halverson) took the ball out of play and gave it to me after the round."

Dahmen's only other ace came during practice her freshman year. In fact, even a program with as much postseason success as Middleton, which has won back-to-back WIAA state titles and made 21 state appearances, can seemingly count on one finger — now — the number of aces in program history. 

"This is the first one in competition that I remember," Becky Halverson, in her ninth season as Middleton's head coach, wrote via text to Wisconsin.Golf. "I couldn’t believe what I witnessed! We were all so happy for them." 

Dahmen, a senior, was first to play and hit a 3-wood from 173 yards to a green with a front hole location. Her tee shot hit just in front of the green and rolled into the cup.

"I saw it rolling and thought it had a chance but knew it was on the green for sure until I saw it drop," wrote Dahmen, the only one in her extended family with a hole-in-one although she said her father, Kendall, came within a foot of recording one on a par 4 at Lake Wisconsin Country Club in Prairie du Sac. "I ran to coach Becky and jumped in her arms and hugged. I hugged the other players and my mom (Sharon) and people were clapping and cheering.

Strey, a junior who said she had never witnessed a hole-in-one, was next and joked to Sun Prairie assistant coach Jay Royle: "How am I supposed to follow that?" His response? "Well, I guess you need to do the same," Royle told the junior, whose 4-wood from 173 yards also found the cup.

"Again, we saw the ball drop in the hole and it was quite the celebration," Strey wrote in a text to Wisconsin.Golf. "Players from other holes were around cheering. By then, I had definitely shed a few tears.

"The feeling of hitting a hole-in-one was just surreal, and doing so in a tournament as big as regionals is something I will never forget. Sharing the feeling with someone else was even more spectacular."

Dahmen added: "I was the first to run to Lucy and hug and we were both so happy for each other. It was fun to share this special hole 10 with her and I’m sure it’s something that will connect us for many years. We pretty much talked about it every hole.

"If one of us hit a bad shot we would just say, 'That’s OK, you just had a hole-in-one.' We were very supportive of each other."

There was a lot for both golfers to celebrate on this day.

Milanne Dahmen

Middleton senior Milanne Dahmen poses with the scorecard showing a "1" on the par-3 10th hole at Portage CC after she and Lucy Strey of Sun Prairie made back-to-back holes-in-one Wednesday during the WIAA Division 1 Portage regional.

Strey shot 90 behind junior twins Isabel and Sophia Royle, who shot 81 and 90, respectively. Sun Prairie also counted a 92 from No. 5 golfer Rebecca Perko to finish off a 353 that gave the team the fourth qualifying spot by 16 strokes over Baraboo.

"Knowing that I had eight more holes left, it was definitely hard containing my excitement," Strey wrote. "The (rest of) the back nine, I didn't play as well as I had hoped. I missed some putts that I'd like back. (I'm) glad I didn't play with my hole-in-one ball or I may not have had it at the end of the round. :)"

Dahmen equaled teammates Ellie Frisch and Vivian Cressman for low honors on the team with matching 78s. Middleton also counted a 79 from No. 5 golfer Ellen Close to round out its 313, good for a three-stroke victory over Waunakee.

"I felt really confident after the hole-in-one," Dahmen wrote. "I was still really excited and kept trying to stay focused as I knew our team needed to win. I was happy with my round and our team's round. We only won by three shots and needed everyone to contribute.

"I was especially happy that I was able to contribute and help our team win a big regional like this. I was just happy our team won otherwise it would not have been as easy to celebrate the hole-in-one. It’s a day and shot I will never forget."

Nor will Strey, who had her golf ball signed by Stricker after the round.

"He is such a great advocate for the game of golf and a fantastic role model for young girl golfers like myself," Strey wrote. "I also congratulated him on winning the Ryder Cup."

Middleton and Sun Prairie will next play at the WIAA Division 1 Oregon sectional Monday at Foxboro Golf Course in Oregon. Because Middleton finished first and Sun Prairie fourth at the regional, Dahmen and Strey will have to attack the course's five par-3s from different groups.





WIAA Girls Golf Results

Host School
Portage

Course
Portage Country Club
Portage, WI
Par 70



Team Results
Top four teams advance.

POS
TEAM
SCORE
1
Middleton
313
2
Waunakee
316
3
Reedsburg Area
341
4
Sun Prairie
353
5
Baraboo
366
6
Madison West
376
7
DeForest
401
8
Portage
407

Individual Results
** Denotes Individual Qualifier

POS
NAME TEAM NAME
YEAR
TOT
1
Izzi Stricker Waunakee
10
73
2
Jordan Shipshock Waunakee
10
74
3
Taryn Endres** DeForest
12
77
4
Ellie Frisch Middleton
12
78
4
Milanne Dahmen Middleton
12
78
4
Vivian Cressman Middleton
10
78
7
Ellen Close Middleton
10
79
8
Amanda Beckman Middleton
11
80
8
Grace Benish Reedsburg Area
12
80
10
Isabel Royle Sun Prairie
11
81
10
Ashleigh Johnson Reedsburg Area
11
81
12
Taylor Swalve Waunakee
12
83
13
Caroline Lewison** Baraboo
12
84
13
Brooklyn Fleming** Madison West
11
84
15
Ella Denure** Portage
11
85
16
Emily Humphrey Waunakee
12
86
17
Lily McPherson Reedsburg Area
11
87
18
Gabby Ziegler Waunakee
11
88
19
Sadie Schlender Baraboo
12
89
20
Lucy Strey Sun Prairie
11
90
20
Sophia Royle Sun Prairie
11
90
22
Kayla Capener Baraboo
11
91
23
Ava Rikkers Madison West
11
92
23
Rebecca Perko Sun Prairie
11
92
25
Elizabeth Carey Reedsburg Area
11
93
26
Elizabeth Fick Portage
12
97
26
Madison Monte Reedsburg Area
11
97
28
Lauren Connor-Dieter Madison West
12
99
29
Brenna Butler Madison West
11
101
30
Meg Turkington Baraboo
12
102
31
Gaby Jurvelin Baraboo
11
104
32
Eliza Marcus Madison West
11
105
33
Taryn Loomis DeForest
11
107
33
Avery Meek DeForest
9
107
35
Kat Baumgart DeForest
10
110
35
Ingrid Harke DeForest
10
110
35
Ally Saloun Portage
9
110
38
Lexi Veldkamp Sun Prairie
12
111
39
Naomi Saalsaa Portage
11
115
40
Gracie Kohn Portage
11
123



Detailed Team Results:

Baraboo

Coach:
Steve Lien

NO.
NAME
YEAR
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
OUT
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
IN
TOT
1
Caroline Lewison**
12
5
4
3
4
6
3
5
7
5
42
5
4
5
7
5
4
3
6
3
42
84
2
Kayla Capener
11
5
4
5
5
6
4
5
7
6
47
5
4
5
5
5
5
4
6
5
44
91
3
Sadie Schlender
12
7
5
4
4
5
5
5
5
6
46
5
5
5
4
5
6
4
5
4
43
89
4
Meg Turkington
12
5
4
6
5
7
5
7
9
6
54
4
5
5
6
5
6
5
7
5
48
102
5
Gaby Jurvelin
11
6
4
6
6
6
4
5
8
6
51
6
6
6
6
7
6
6
4
6
53
104

Team Score: 366


DeForest

Coach:
Scott Siemion

NO.
NAME
YEAR
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
OUT
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
IN
TOT
1
Taryn Endres**
12
4
3
3
4
5
3
6
5
5
38
5
4
5
5
3
4
3
5
5
39
77
2
Ingrid Harke
10
6
3
5
6
8
5
6
10
5
54
4
10
6
8
6
8
4
5
5
56
110
3
Avery Meek
9
4
5
5
5
6
4
5
7
7
48
7
6
7
9
6
7
6
6
5
59
107
4
Taryn Loomis
11
7
4
5
6
6
6
8
6
5
53
4
5
6
6
7
5
6
6
9
54
107
5
Kat Baumgart
10
6
4
6
7
7
5
5
9
8
57
5
5
6
7
8
5
5
7
5
53
110

Team Score: 401

Madison West

Coach:
Kayleigh McHugh

NO.
NAME
YEAR
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
OUT
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
IN
TOT
1
Brooklyn Fleming**
11
5
3
2
7
4
3
4
7
5
40
4
5
4
7
4
6
5
4
5
44
84
2
Ava Rikkers
11
4
4
5
4
5
4
7
5
6
44
4
5
7
5
6
7
3
5
6
48
92
3
Brenna Butler
11
5
4
5
5
5
5
5
11
5
50
5
8
8
5
6
5
5
5
4
51
101
4
Lauren Connor-Dieter
12
7
3
5
6
5
5
6
6
6
49
5
5
6
8
5
5
4
6
6
50
99
5
Eliza Marcus
11
6
4
5
6
6
5
7
6
7
52
4
5
6
7
6
6
5
6
8
53
105

Team Score: 376

Middleton

Coach:
Becky Halverson

NO.
NAME
YEAR
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
OUT
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
IN
TOT
1
Ellie Frisch
12
8
2
3
4
4
4
4
6
5
40
4
4
5
5
4
4
4
4
4
38
78
2
Vivian Cressman
10
5
5
3
4
5
3
5
5
5
40
4
5
6
4
4
4
2
4
5
38
78
3
Milanne Dahmen
12
5
3
3
4
5
4
6
6
5
41
1
4
5
4
4
5
6
4
4
37
78
4
Amanda Beckman
11
6
3
3
5
3
3
6
6
5
40
5
4
5
5
4
3
4
5
5
40
80
5
Ellen Close
10
3
4
4
4
5
5
6
5
6
42
5
4
4
3
6
3
2
5
5
37
79

Team Score: 313

Portage

Coach:
Ed Carlson

NO.
NAME
YEAR
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
OUT
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
IN
TOT
1
Ella Denure**
11
5
4
3
5
5
3
5
6
4
40
4
6
5
5
5
6
4
5
5
45
85
2
Elizabeth Fick
12
6
3
4
3
9
5
5
6
6
47
6
7
6
7
6
5
3
5
5
50
97
3
Naomi Saalsaa
11
6
3
6
8
12
5
6
9
7
62
4
7
7
6
5
6
4
8
6
53
115
4
Gracie Kohn
11
7
4
4
8
7
7
6
6
9
58
9
8
4
9
8
6
5
9
7
65
123
5
Ally Saloun
9
6
3
6
5
6
3
7
10
7
53
5
4
6
9
8
5
6
6
8
57
110

Team Score: 407

Reedsburg Area

Coach:
Jesse Monte

NO.
NAME
YEAR
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
OUT
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
IN
TOT
1
Ashleigh Johnson
11
5
2
4
4
5
4
6
7
5
42
4
4
5
6
5
4
3
4
4
39
81
2
Grace Benish
12
5
2
3
4
4
5
5
5
5
38
3
5
5
5
4
4
4
7
5
42
80
3
Elizabeth Carey
11
6
4
5
4
5
6
4
7
6
47
4
5
7
6
4
4
4
6
6
46
93
4
Lily McPherson
11
5
3
5
5
4
5
6
5
4
42
4
4
6
5
5
5
4
7
5
45
87
5
Madison Monte
11
6
3
5
5
7
3
6
6
8
49
5
6
6
7
6
4
3
5
6
48
97

Team Score: 341

Sun Prairie

Coach:
Shana Tiltrum

No.
Name
Year
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
OUT
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
IN
TOT
1
Isabel Royle
11
4
3
4
4
4
3
5
6
5
38
5
4
5
6
4
4
5
5
5
43
81
2
Sophia Royle
11
5
5
4
5
5
4
4
6
5
43
5
5
5
7
5
5
4
5
6
47
90
3
Lucy Strey
11
5
5
4
5
5
4
6
6
5
45
1
5
5
7
5
6
5
7
4
45
90
4
Lexi Veldkamp
12
12
5
5
7
6
4
7
7
6
59
7
5
6
7
6
5
4
5
7
52
111
5
Rebecca Perko
11
7
3
4
5
5
4
6
6
6
46
5
7
6
5
4
4
4
6
5
46
92

Team Score: 353

Waunakee

Coach:
Paul Miller

NO.
NAME
YEAR
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
OUT
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
IN
TOT
1
Izzi Stricker
10
3
4
2
3
4
4
6
4
3
33
4
6
4
7
3
4
3
6
3
40
73
2
Jordan Shipshock
10
5
2
3
4
4
3
5
5
5
36
4
3
4
6
4
4
3
6
4
38
74
3
Emily Humphrey
12
5
3
3
4
5
3
5
7
5
40
3
7
7
6
4
6
4
5
4
46
86
4
Taylor Swalve
12
6
2
3
4
5
4
5
5
6
40
4
4
5
5
5
4
3
8
5
43
83
5
Gabby Ziegler
11
5
2
4
4
5
4
5
6
7
42
5
6
5
6
4
5
4
5
6
46
88

Team Score: 316

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