Mackenzie Hahn (lead art?) | 2020 Badger Mutual

Mackenzie Hahn tracks her drive on the 17th hole during Tuesday’s final round of the Badger Mutual Insurance Women’s Amateur. Hahn, a UW golfer, won the championship by two strokes.

Other than recognizing Mackenzie Hahn as a name on the roster for the other NCAA Division I women's golf program in Wisconsin, UW-Green Bay's Courtney Matschke didn't know much about the Wisconsin Badger before the two played golf together Tuesday at Brown Deer Park Golf Club in Milwaukee during the final round of the Badger Mutual Insurance Women's Amateur. 

Here's what Matschke learned about Hahn after spending four hours with her in the final group in one of the state's top women's events: She doesn't flinch.

The Franklin native threw her very best at Hahn down the stretch over Brown Deer Park's tree-lined front nine, playing it in 1-under-par 35 to finish off an even-par 73. Hahn did her one better, firing a 2-under 34 capped by a walk-off birdie on the final hole as the Badgers' redshirt junior fired her second straight 74 to finish at 2-over 148 and escape with a two-shot victory over Matschke and her playing partner's UWGB teammate, Ashley Kulka of Beaver Dam (73).

Xavier (Ohio) golfer Amy Kucera shot the low round of the day, a 2-under 71, and moved up six spots into sole possession of fourth place at 5-over 151. Jo Baranczyk, the two-time defending WIAA Division 1 state champion from Bay Port High School near Green Bay, shot 75 and was alone in fifth at 152.

"I wasn’t super surprised she didn’t flinch because even though I’d never played with her before, I knew she was a relatively good player," Matschke said of Hahn. "I mean she shot 1-over (Monday) and I had total respect for that and her game. I knew I was gonna need to make some good shots to stay with her."

According to Hahn, the thought of flinching never even crossed her mind.

"I knew if I played my game, I could hopefully get the win and play well," Hahn said. "I just relied on that."

That approach got her through some anxious moments on her first nine as her two Phoenix pursuers rose to the challenge of trying to chase down Hahn.

Starting on No. 10, Matschke opened with a birdie and then watched Hahn's cushion dwindle to one after the leader bogeyed the same par-3 that had catapulted her to a 3-under 34 on the back nine Monday. Meanwhile, Kulka pulled even with Hahn after birdieing two of her first three holes only to give those shots back after consecutive bogeys starting at the par-3 14th hole.

"I didn’t have much of an idea where I was at throughout the day," Kulka wrote in a text to Wisconsin.Golf after a round featuring five birdies and five bogeys. "I just tried to play solid golf all day and I felt like I accomplished that."

Hahn, meanwhile, didn't make it easy on herself. Despite three of Brown Deer Park's five par-5s playing less than 450 yards, she didn't birdie any of them.

"The par-5s are definitely gettable, but I didn't get them (Tuesday)," she said. "On two of the par-5s, I had 144 yards in and a 152 yards in on my second shot. I didn't birdie either of them, so that was unfortunate. But it goes that way sometimes."

Fortunately for Hahn, things went her way despite back-to-back bogeys to end the back nine at 3-over 40, six shots higher than she played it Monday. After shooting 40 on her opening nine Monday, she shot 2-under 34 there Tuesday.

Hahn parred her first six holes on the front nine before knocking a 6-iron from 182 on the par-3 seventh hole to 10 feet and making the putt for birdie. She made a routine par on No. 8 and then blasted her drive on the 289-yard ninth hole just short of the green, chipped it up close and closed with a birdie.

"That was a good feeling," said Hahn, who admitted to taking a peek at the walking scorer's sign for the penultimate group and seeing that Kulka had finished at 4-over while knowing that Matschke was still two back as well.

"(Matschke) definitely played well (Tuesday) and was making some putts," Hahn said. "I didn't play that great on our first nine, but they were carrying around that little leaderboard thing so I could tell where we were both at — we were tied at one point (after Matschke birdied No. 3) — and coming in those last three holes on the front nine, our back nine, I went 2-under. It was nice doing that. I just tried to be calm and play my game and it worked out."

Matschke, who finished 12th in this event a year ago, 15 strokes behind repeat champion Bobbi Stricker, a UW golfer from Madison, couldn't complain, either. 

After her birdie on No. 3, Matschke missed back-to-back 15-footers for birdie on the par-5 fourth and par-3 sixth holes. She thought she had made her 8-footer for birdie on the par-5 seventh hole and — after an up-and-down par at No. 7 and a solid, two-putt par at No. 7 — missed by inches a 12-footer for birdie on No. 9, but by that time Hahn had done what was needed to secure the win.

"Overall, ... I was very happy with myself and how I played," wrote Matschke, who believes three UWGB golfers finishing in the top 10 (Katelynn Warpinski shot 78-77 and finished eighth) speaks well for the progress the Phoenix have made under coach Lee Reinke. "Like I said, I really wanted to go out there and focus on my game because I know there’s nothing I can do about how the others play. Obviously, Mackenzie did play well overall, but I was proud of the way I grinded out the last nine and kind of kept the pressure on her too."

Championship flight

POS
PLAYER
TOTAL
THRU
TODAY
R1
R2
STROKES
 
1Mackenzie Hahn+2F *+17474148 
T2Ashley Kulka+4F *E7773150 
T2Courtney Matschke+4F *E7773150 
4Amy Kucera+5F *-28071151 
5Jo Baranczyk+6F *+27775152 
6Mia Seeman+7F *E8073153 
7Mallory Swartz+8F *+37876154 
8Katelynn Warpinski+9F *+47877155 
T9Lorenza Martinez+13F *+58178159 
T9Isabella Dory+13F *+87881159 
T11Jenny Myslinski+15F *+78180161 
T11Grace Suter+15F *+107883161 
T13Maggie Leef+16F *+78280162 
T13Grace Welch+16F *+88181162 
15Isabelle Maleki+17F *+68479163 
16Speedy Kent+18F *+108183164 
T17Rachel Kauflin+20F *+98482166 
T17Sydney Brandt+20F *+167789166 
19Kelly Storti+21F *+108483167 
20Sami Forester+22F *+98682168 
T21Markie Ash+24F *+108783170 
T21Mo Sheehan+24F *+138486170 
T23CheyAnn Knudsen+25F *+128685171 
T23Susan Lee Kolbe+25F *+128685171 
25Leah Hansen+26F *+108983172 
26Kailey Godfrey+29F *+168689175 
T27Sarah Chen+30F *+158888176 
T27Karen Ford+30F *+188591176 
T27Sydney Brown+30F *+188591176 
30Katie Falk+48F *+239896194 
DID NOT FINISH
WDKirsten Leonardi+22     

First flight

POS
PLAYER
TOTAL
THRU
TODAY
R1
R2
STROKES
 
1Peg Carlson+15F *+87980159 
2Amy Gehrke+18F *+108082162 
3Elaine Koepke+23F *+88780167 
T4Pat Roisum+25F *+148386169 
T4Deb Toll+25F *+178089169 
T6Darcy Hinz+28F *+148686172 
T6Megan Morris+28F *+178389172 
8Kendra Swanson+30F *+148886174 
9Karen Schmid+32F *+129284176 
10Sandra Nass+35F *+188990179 
11Lina Cicero+51F *+2210194195

Second flight

POS
PLAYER
TOTAL
THRU
TODAY
R1
R2
STROKES
 
1Sue Wassenberg+32F+139185176 
T2Dawn Thiel+34F+169088178 
T2Krystyna Kumosz+34F+198791178 
4Amy Moritz+35F+188990179 
5Mary Beth Buechel+38F+199191182 
T6Mary Moase+39F+248796183 
T6Jeanie Richmond+39F+228994183 
T8Carla Hellerman+45F *+199891189 
T8Carol Koopman+45F+229594189 
10Rita Cooney+49F *+229994193 
11Marge Munson+59F *+29102101203

Third flight

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PLAYER
TOTAL
THRU
TODAY
R1
R2
STROKES
 
1Kristin Smith+37F+149586181 
2Jeanne Whitish+44F+229494188 
3Lynn Raml+46F+239595190 
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T5Judy Shirley+51F+269798195 
T5Connie Hillmann+51F+249996195 
T7Wendy Proctor+53F+2410196197 
T7Lori Clark+53F+269998197 
9Kathy Algiers+54F+2898100198 
10Geri Petersen+57F+2410596201 
11Karen Weiss+59F+2610598203 
12Pat Kraft+62F+30104102206 
13Jayne Swick+73F+35110107217

Fourth flight

POS
PLAYER
TOTAL
THRU
TODAY
R1
R2
STROKES
 
1Linda Sierzchulski+46F+2890100190 
2Holly Haskin+48F+259597192 
3Peggy Mead+51F+2110293195 
4Angie Brindowski+57F+28101100201 
5Mary Jo Wendels+58F+3199103202 
6Nancy Tolocko+59F+29102101203 
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8Chris Mortensen+63F+32103104207 
9Barb Hussin+64F+2511197208 
10Jody Silverberg+67F+2711299211 
11Karen Gazzana+68F+32108104212 
12Bonnie Jerow+72F+30114102216

Fifth flight

POS
PLAYER
TOTAL
THRU
TODAY
R1
R2
STROKES
 
1Jean Ziller+48F+2892100192 
2Carol Holley+59F+29102101203 
3Charlene Lynch+60F+30102102204 
4Gretchen Styles+64F+35101107208 
5Patty Townsend+66F+2311595210 
T6Jenn McLaughlin+72F+37107109216 
T6Mary Schingen+72F+41103113216 
8Claudia Standorf+79F+36115108223 
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10Anne Devine+92F+51113123236 
11Kitty Schultz+98F+48122120242 
12Marilyn Glowacki+113F+53132125257

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