Round of the day
Mia Seeman, Milton. The South Dakota State recruit was playing a different golf course than the rest of the 117-golfer field for most of the day Tuesday at the WIAA state girls golf tournament at University Ridge GC in Madison. She birdied four holes on the front nine and picked up a fifth birdie on the par-5 16th hole to bring her within one shot of the Division 1 scoring record. Unfortunately for the Red Hawks senior, an errant tee shot led to a big number (8) on the par-4 18th hole and she had to settle for one of three 74s that stood as the low rounds of the day. The other two were authored by Lorenza Martinez of Milwaukee Divine Savior Holy Angels and Payton Hodson of Middleton.
Team of the day
WIAA state girls golf: Best overall finishes
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Hartland Arrowhead. There was something very businesslike in how Arrowhead successfully repeated as WIAA Division 1 state champion. Over two days, the Warhawks never counted a score higher than 82 and finished with four golfers in the top 20. In fact, lost in the effort was the fact that Arrowhead matched the second-lowest 36-hole team score in Division 1 history behind its winning score of 624 set a year ago. For the record, the Warhawks counted on Day 2 a 76 from Emily Lauterbach, a 78 from Sarah Ernst and a pair of 82s from Gianna Gastrow and Skyler Phillips.
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Shots of the day
Skyler Phillips, Hartland Arrowhead & Ginny Yahnke, Sparta. Phillips holed a shot from a greenside bunker on the par-5 second hole for one of the two eagles recorded on Day 2. Yahke knocked in a 40-foot chip on the par-5 sixth hole for the other. For Phillips, her eagle helped offset a 10 on the par-5 16th hole later in the round and still allowed her to shoot a final-round 82.
Comeback of the day
Caitlyn Ott, Verona. The only non-senior in the Wildcats’ lineup bounced back from an opening-round 106 with an 89 that boosted her into a tie for 61st place. More importantly, it helped Verona shoot 339 (the fourth-best score in the 12-team Division 1 field on Day 2), better their season-low by two shots and move ahead of Big Eight Conference rival Middleton to finish sixth.
Feat of the day
Greg Budzien, the coach of the Hartland Arrowhead boys golf team, was racing around the area behind the 18th green Tuesday as the Warhawks girls team was putting some pressure on him.
In June, Budzien’s boys team closed the 2016-17 school year the way the girls team ended it: with a WIAA Division 1 state title. It marked the first time in WIAA history that a school swept golf’s team titles in the same school year.
Now, his Warhawks have a chance to do it again after the girls team took care of the front half of the feat by becoming the first school since Mequon Homestead (2012) to repeat as Division 1 champion.
Of course, the Arrowhead boys will be as heavily favored to repeat as the girls were. They return four of their top five golfers led by reigning individual state champion Piercen Hunt, who is a sophomore.
Crossing the tees
Scoring was up in both divisions at this year’s state meet and historically in Division 2. The average score over two days in Division 1 was 90.09, the highest since 2014. In Division 2, however, the average score was 98.23 -- nearly four strokes per round higher than a year ago and more than eight strokes higher than 2010. … The par-4 fourth hole played as the most difficult for both divisions Tuesday. It played to a +1.83 for Division 1 and a +2.28 for Division 2. The easiest holes in Division 1 were the par-5 sixth and the par-3 12th, which each played +0.73. The easiest hole in Division 2 was the par-3 8th hole, which played +.95. … There was a birdie on every hole on Day 2 in Division 1 although four of them only had one -- No. 3 (Milton’s Mia Seeman), No. 7 (Madison West’s Lillian Knetter), No. 11 (Milwaukee Divine Savior Holy Angels’ Lorenza Martinez) and No. 18 (Arrowhead’s Ellie Kaiser). … The 2018 WIAA state tournament will be played Oct. 8 and 9 at University Ridge.