2018 WIAA Division 1 state golf | Fog photo

Fog envelopes the first hole at University Ridge during the first round of the 2018 WIAA state tournament. 

Round of the day

Jo Baranczyk, Bay Port. The Pirates sophomore overcame a rough start, bogeying three holes in a row starting at No. 12, to play her 13 holes in 3-under en route to an even-par 72 and lead the WIAA Division 1 state girls golf tournament by one shot after 18 holes. Baranczyk, who tied for fifth a year ago, birdied the par-3 17th and par-4 18th holes making the turn and picked up two more par-3 birdies at Nos. 3 and 8 to push to the top of the leaderboard. "For how I started? I'm happy with my score," Baranczyk said.

Team of the day

Madison Edgewood. It had been four years since the Crusaders last broke 340 at the WIAA Division 2 state tournament before they did it Monday, packing four scores between 78 and 89 to shoot 333 and grab a 23-shot lead over Appleton Xavier. Junior Grace Welch led the way with a 78, sophomore Grace Jaeger and Caitlyn Hegenbarth added 82 and 84, respectively, and junior Anaka Leske shot 89. The last time Edgewood broke 340, it won the 2004 Division 2 title with a 320-331 card fueled by the 1-2 finish of current University of Wisconsin golfer Tess Hackworthy and current Creighton golfer Caroline Lake. "This is really a low state score," Crusaders coach Peggy Gierhart said. "They've been working really hard so I think it paid off. They were pretty calm. I was even calm, which is kind of weird."

Shot of the day

Sydney Brown, Eau Claire North. The Huskies senior's final hole didn't begin so well, but it couldn't have ended better as she stuffed her approach shot within a foot of the cup on the par-4 18th hole for her lone birdie in a 3-over-par 75. "I hit driver off the tee, but the wind kind of caught it and it hooked left into a bunker," she said. "I had like 90 yards into the green so I took a 3/4 pitching wedge and I just hit it out as best as I could. Luckily, it stopped on the green and it was close."

You should know

Paul Hallingstad, Sun Prairie. Madison Edgewood golfers wore green bracelets and ribbon stickers in memory of the longtime Wisconsin State Golf Association rules official who had worked many WIAA state boys and girls golf tournaments. The Sun Prairie resident died Aug. 16 at age 80. 

"Paul was a great guy," Edgewood's Gierhart said. "I got to know him over the years here at state and officiating some of our invites. Great Madison guy with ties to Yahara (Hills). Just a calming infuence.

"An unbelievable guy where you'd get a hug and a smile from him.  He'd always look at the positive things when I wouldn't be so positive out here. ... When you saw him, you'd just smile. He was so good with the girls when he officiated. He didn't scare them or make them feel intimidated. We're going to miss him."

Crossing the tees

West Bend West/East senior Lauren Craig had the honor of hitting the first drive off the first tee in the first round of the 2018 Division 1 state tournament. She never saw it, but she'll never forget it. That's because she hit it into a dense fog in which she couldn't see the landing area from the tee box. "Oh, please, hit it straight. I hit it dead in the middle of the fairway. I just walked up. I'd played golf in fog like that for a few holes to practice, but nothing like how dense it was this morning." ... The first hole proved to be a challenge in Division 2 (No. 1 played to an average of 6.41); the last hole got the best of the field in Division 1 (No. 18 played to a 5.42 average) on opening day. ... WIAA assistant director Tom Shafranski said Tuesday's shotgun start is the first in 10 years the option has needed to be used.


Rob started covering the Wisconsin golf scene in 1987 at the Wisconsin State Journal in Madison & has been the only reporter covering all levels of state golf. He joined Killarney Golf Media in Sept. 2015 & helped launch Wisconsin.Golf in Jan. 2016.