Isabelle Maleki eagle celebration (lead art?)

2022 Badger Mutual champion Isabelle Maleki reacts after sinking a putt for an eagle on the 13th hole at Brown Deer Park on Tuesday.

MILWAUKEE — An eagle on the par-5 13th hole at the Brown Deer Park Golf Course gave Isabelle Maleki a two-shot lead in the Badger Mutual Insurance Women’s Amateur on Tuesday. But it was a bogey two holes later that might have won her the tournament.

After Maleki hit her tee shot in the right rough on the par-5 15th, her second shot was a bit chunky and barely cleared a creek. Her next shot, from 170 yards, clipped a tree branch and came straight down, then she barely got her fourth shot from 40 yards onto the green. Left with a 45-footer for par, she left her first putt 10 feet short.

The round could have unraveled right there, but the Mequon golfer stepped up to the putt and knocked it in for bogey.

“I just did not want to make a double on that hole,” she said. “I did not want to (offset) my eagle.”

It turned out to be the difference. Maleki, going into her fifth year at UW-Green Bay, held on for a one-shot victory over Oconomowoc’s Grace Suter, a rising sophomore at Loyola of Chicago.

Both golfers shot even-par 73, with Maleki finishing the 36-hole event at 4-over 150 and Suter finishing at 5-over 151.

“I don’t even know what to say,” Maleki said. “I haven’t won a lot, so I’m really happy I did it.”

Maleki did win the Indiana State Invitational in April and finished second in the Horizon League Championships later that month, the highest-ever finish by a UWGB golfer. But this marked her biggest win to date in a significant summer tournament.

Suter, playing in the penultimate threesome, made birdies on Nos. 9 and 10 and eagled the 13th, but three-putt bogeys on Nos. 12 and 17 held her back. She hit two excellent shots on the long par-4 18th (converted from a par-5) but then missed a 10-foot birdie attempt that, as it turned out, would have forced a playoff.

“I’m a little disappointed,” Suter said. “Two three-putts coming down the stretch kind of kill. But I played better today. Yesterday (78) was not my best stuff. Even-par is the best score I’ve had in a long time. I’ll take it. Just going to move forward, I guess.”

Suter also finished second in the 2021 Women’s State Open, second in the 2020 Sherri Steinhauer Invitational and third earlier this month in the Women’s State Amateur.

“I’ve got to keep knocking on the door,” she said. “I tried my best. I made two birdies and an eagle. I’ll take that any day of the week.”

Mallory Swartz of Franklin and Lexi Meade of Eau Claire shared third place at 152. Swartz, a Bowling Green State University golfer, closed with a 74. Meade, who transferred from Drake to UW-Eau Claire — and to a team coached by her father, Andy Meade — shot a 76.

As she stood in the fairway on the 13th hole, Maleki was tied for the lead at 4-over with Suter, who had just walked off the green with an eagle. From 165 yards, Maleki hit a 5-iron some 40 feet past the hole and then rolled in the downhill putt to match Suter’s eagle, her ball barely reaching the front edge of the cup and toppling in.

“I don’t even know how long that putt was, but it was a big putt,” she said. “It was the perfect speed.”

That gave her a two-shot lead. It would shrink to one after the bogey on No. 15, but then Suter three-putted the 17th green. With the two-shot cushion restored, Maleki could afford to bogey No. 18 and did, three-putting from 25 feet.

“Obviously, I didn’t finish the way I wanted to, but I still came out on top,” she said. “I’m happy with the way I handled my emotions down the stretch.”

Meade, playing in the final group with Maleki and Grace Welch of Madison, bounced back from a 3-over 39 on the front nine with an even-par 37 on the back, highlighted by a 6-footer for eagle on No. 13.

“I think I played all right,” she said. “I definitely had a rough front nine but I was proud of how I came back on the back nine.”

Welch, Maleki’s teammate at UW-Green Bay, shot a 78 and finished fifth at 154. Isabella Dory of Menomonee Falls, a rising fifth-year senior at Concordia University-St. Paul, shot a 77 and finished sixth at 155.

Maggie Leef and Katie Falk, members of the Wisconsin Golf Hall of Fame, finished T-9 and 19th, respectively.

Jordan Osowski closed with an 80 to win the first flight with a 161 total. Other flight winners (gross) were Mary Moase, second flight, 182; Wendy Proctor, third flight, 180; Judith Gerschwiler, fourth flight, 190; and Miriam Colton, fifth flight, 210.

Championship flight

POS
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TOTAL
THRU
TODAY
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R2
STROKES
 
1Isabelle Maleki+4FE7773150 
2Grace Suter+5FE7873151 
T3Mallory Swartz+6F+17874152 
T3Lexi Meade+6F+37676152 
5Grace Welch+8F+57678154 
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T7Sydney Brandt+10F+47977156 
T7Alexis Daniel+10F+57878156 
T9Maggie Leef+12F+38276158 
T9Markie Ash+12F+38276158 
T9Jolie Guyette+12F+67979158 
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T13Julie Schroeder+22F+148187168 
T13Sydney Brown+22F+158088168 
T15Megan Koch+23F+118584169 
T15Jeanne Zeske+23F+128485169 
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18Sami Mantyla+28F+148787174 
19Katie Falk+33F+139386179 
20Mo Sheehan+36F+179290182 
21Susan Lee Kolbe+40F+159888186 
DID NOT FINISH
WDGlenna Sanderson       
WDMia Seeman       
 

First flight

POS
PLAYER
TOTAL
THRU
TODAY
R1
R2
STROKES
 
1Jordan Osowski+17F+88180161 
2Krista Pelky+18F+88280162 
3Carol Koopman+19F+98281163 
4Amy Gehrke+21F+98481165 
5Karen L. Schmid+24F+88880168 
T6Jill Trider+25F+138485169 
T6Peg Carlson+25F+98881169 
8Lina Cicero+36F+208892180 
9Jackquelyn Spoerl+39F+209192183 
10Darcy Hinz+41F+149986185

Second flight

POS
PLAYER
TOTAL
THRU
TODAY
R1
R2
STROKES
 
1Mary Moase+38F+179389182 
2Rita Cooney+39F+209192183 
T3Connie Hillmann+40F+189490184 
T3MaryBeth Buechel+40F+189490184 
T3Jeanie Richmond+40F+209292184 
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T8Sandy Nass+45F+199891189 
T8Lynn Raml+45F+209792189 
T8Sue Wassenberg+45F+279099189 
11Kristin Smith+48F+249696192 
12Sarah Tarantino+54F+2210494198 
DID NOT FINISH
JWDDebbie Schwind      

Third flight

POS
PLAYER
TOTAL
THRU
TODAY
R1
R2
STROKES
 
1Wendy Proctor+36F *+169288180 
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3Jody Silverberg+47F *+279299191 
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T7Janna Rose+57F+3099102201 
T7Anne Sprecher+57F+2210794201 
9Margie Munson+59F+3497106203 
10Judy Beattie+63F+2511097207 
11Judith Shirley+67F+32107104211 
DID NOT FINISH
WDJean Ziller      

Fourth flight

POS
PLAYER
TOTAL
THRU
TODAY
R1
R2
STROKES
 
1Judith Gerschwiler+46F+219793190 
2Judy Tallmadge+50F+2210094194 
3Angie Brindowski+51F+2310095195 
4Barbara Hussin+52F+2896100196 
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12Patty Townsend+82F *+42112114226

Fifth flight

POS
PLAYER
TOTAL
THRU
TODAY
R1
R2
STROKES
 
1Miriam Colton+66F+36102108210 
2Chris Von Paumgartten+67F+31108103211 
3Carol Holley+68F+35105107212 
T4MaryBeth Siaggas+69F+31110103213 
T4Sarah Stark+69F+36105108213 
6Linda Cross+71F+34109106215 
7Nancy Tolocko+73F+39106111217 
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9Dale Schneider+81F+43110115225 
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11Dinah Van Krevel-Polzin+86F+39119111230 
12Marilyn Glowacki+95F+48119120239 
13Cici Yun+99F+47124119243 
14Lynn Doyle+118F+61129133262

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