Round of the day
Mia Seeman, Milton. While many title contenders in Divisions 1 and 2 said they were derailed by putting issues Monday at University Ridge, the South Dakota State managed to post the only sub-par round of the 127 golfers competing in the WIAA state tournament. Seeman couldn't have asked for a much cleaner scorecard. She had one birdie, one eagle and two bogeys. Her eagle on the par-5 16th hole was one of just two eagles in either division.
Team of the day
Hartland Arrowhead. The defending WIAA Division 1 state champions were the only team to break 320 on a warm, sunny day that became increasingly more challenging as the wind picked up over University Ridge. The Warhawks counted four scores of 82 or better and threw out a 94, making them one of just four schools (Brookfield Central, Kettle Moraine, Kaukauna being the others) not to throw out a triple-digit score. Arrowhead is looking to become the first Division 1 school to repeat as state champion since Mequon Homestead won back-to-back in 2011 and '12.
Shot of the day
Kirsten Leonardi, Sussex Hamilton. The first state qualifier in school history brought her opening round to an end in dramatic fashion. She jarred a 56-degree sand wedge from 71 yards into a helping breeze for an eagle 2 (the other eagle besides Seeman's on No. 15) to shoot 81 and boost her into the top 20 in the Division 1 field (tied for 18th). "It was like a (hanging) lie," she said. "The ball was way above my feet. I just kind of aimed a little bit left. The wind was pushing it, too. It felt really smooth. I couldn't even see it when I hit it and then I just heard a 'clank' and everybody started (cheering). Dunked it, I guess. My first hole-out ever. I'd never even had a chip-in during a round."
You should know
Abby Cavaiani, Kettle Moraine. The Missouri State recruit has been the buzz of the Wisconsin girls golf world since shooting 12-under-par 60 at the Classic 8 Conference meet at Broadlands GC in North Prairie. She talked with reporters about the attention and about her opening-round 72 at the WIAA state meet:
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