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Hannah Dunk, Milton

LOOKING BACK

Recent conference history

BADGER NORTH

Year Champion Score Runner-up Score Medalist Score
2019 Waunakee 347 Reedsburg 356 Carly Moon, Baraboo 78
2018 Waunakee 351 Beaver Dam 373 Sam Soulier, Waunakee 79
2017 Waunakee 365 Beaver Dam 395 Kendra Swanson, Beaver Dam 81
2016 Waunakee 359 Reedsburg 404 Kennedy McCarthy, Waunakee 83
2015 Portage 392 Waunakee 393 Ivy Fedewa, Wis. Dells 84

BADGER SOUTH

Year Champion Score Runner-up Score Medalist Score
2019 Madison Edgewood 356 Stoughton 387 Alyssa Schmidt, Oregon 74
2018 Stoughton 346 Milton 350 Claudia Seeman, Milton 76
2017 Milton 327 Oregon 361 *Mia Seeman, Milton 72
2016 Milton 321 Oregon 348 Taylor McCorkle, Oregon 73
2015 Milton 321 Madison Edgewood 355 Mikayla Hauck, Monona Grove 71
* = won playoff

Top 2019 WIAA finishes

Team: Among the five Badger Conference schools playing during the WIAA's alternate fall season, Stoughton fared the best during the 2019 WIAA postseason. The Vikings got a 1-2 finish from junior Caylie Kotlowski (74) and senior Myranda Kotlowski (75) and shot 372 to finish fourth at the Division 1 DeForest sectional, 15 shots shy of the runner-up spot and a state berth.  Individual: Myranda Kotlowski shot 76-77 and finished tied for fifth at the 2019 WIAA Division 1 state tournament at 9-over 153, four strokes behind repeat state champion Jo Baranczyk of Bay Port.

WHEN THEY ARE PLAYING

Badger North Conference

School Fall Spring
Baraboo
Beaver Dam
DeForest
Mount Horeb
Portage
Reedsburg
Waunakee

Badger South Conference

School Fall Spring
Edgewood (Madison)
Fort Atkinson
Milton
Monona Grove
Oregon
Stoughton
Watertown

LOOKING AHEAD

Preseason spring top three

Milton, Stoughton, Mount Horeb.

Preseason spring all-conference

First team: Hannah Dunk, so., Milton; Caylie Kotlowski, sr., Stoughton; Ellie Lombardo, sr., Mount Horeb; Reagan Moisson, sr., Milton; Alyssa Schmidt, sr., Oregon.

Second team: Dulce Gefke, jr., Stoughton; Ashley Gabrielse, jr., Monona Grove; Callie Hakala, sr., Milton; Molly Jaeggi, jr., Milton; Samantha McKee, sr., Oregon. 

What to watch

Nine of the 14 Badger Conference schools that sponsor girls golf competed last fall, leaving five programs to tee it up this spring, again without any formal conference competitions or a conference championship.

Milton has the best depth of those five schools with sophomore Hannah Dunk leading a veteran team that returns four of the five golfers that were in the lineup in October of 2019 when the Red Hawks finished sixth at the Kettle Moraine sectional. Dunk has come a long way since then and as the No. 2-ranked golfer in the Wisconsin.Golf girls Class of 2023 will make her presence felt in the Badger and beyond.

That is saying a lot, even with a smaller pool of golfers in the Badger this spring, considering that seniors Caylie Kotlowski, a UW-Green Bay recruit from Stoughton, and Alyssa Schmidt of Oregon, the 2019 Badger South champion from Oregon, are back for their final seasons.

Senior Reagan Moisson and junior Molly Jaeggi give Milton some depth behind Dunk as it pursues its ninth WIAA state berth and first since 2018. The Red Hawks also welcome back senior Callie Hakala, the team's No. 5 golfer as a freshman and sophomore who was not in the varsity lineup in 2019. 

Kotlowski and Schmidt will give their teams a strong score at the top of the lineup around which to build. Mount Horeb, the only Badger North team competing this spring, will try to do the same with senior Ellie Lombardo, a sectional qualifier last season, leading a veteran Vikings team that returns all five golfers from the squad that placed fifth at the 2019 Division 1 Madison Memorial regional.

"We expect to compete with every team we play," Milton coach Brady Farnsworth wrote in his preseason survey. "Our team has several returning players that have a lot of golf experience, which should help us be successful this season. ...  All of the changes that COVID has brought on have been challenging, but we are happy that our girls get an opportunity to play!"

2021 schedule: Click here

▶ Badger Conference Spring Championship: None.

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