Tess Hackworthy | 2018 Wisconsin State Women's Open champion

Tess Hackworthy | 2018 Wisconsin State Women's Open champion 

JANESVILLE — The back nine at Janesville CC was built to make golfers feel uncomfortable and, even as she held the Wisconsin State Women's Open trophy for the third year in a row Wednesday, Madison's Tess Hackworthy confirmed the finishing holes of the 124-year-old layout did its job.

The University of Wisconsin golfer bogeyed Nos. 13, 14 and 17 after a birdie at No. 12 gave her a six-stroke lead. She made a 10-foot, downhill putt for par on the final hole to close out a 3-over-par 76 and hold off Eastern Kentucky University golfer Mikayla Hauck of Cottage Grove (78) by four shots to become the third golfer to win the event three straight years, doing so with the same 36-hole total of 147 that got the job done in 2016 and 2017.

Kohler's Jenna Peters, a Symetra Tour golfer, shot 76 and tied for third at 152 with former Badgers golfer Becky Klongland (77), earning Peters low professional honors. Former UW golfer Aya Johnson (75) rounded out the top five.

"A little bit (too much drama); I was a little on edge throughout the day," Hackworthy said after joining Carolyn Barnett-Howe (2005-07) and Malinda Johnson (2008-10) as the only golfers to "three-peat" as champion. No golfer has ever won four years in a row in the 22-year history of the event.

"I just couldn't really get anything going. I stayed with it and my short game saved me quite a bit throughout the day."

Hackworthy saved most of her handiwork with her wedge game for the six holes that followed her 12-foot birdie putt on No. 12, the lone birdie on the 383-yard par-4 during the final round. That stretched her lead to six shots, until the back-to-back bogeys at Nos. 13 and 14 cut it in half.

"I felt really confident coming off that (12th) hole because it was playing very long for a lot of us this week so a birdie on that felt pretty good," Hackworthy said. "The greens that I missed were the ones that cost me a couple bogeys out there. We had the line and we knew where we wanted to hit it; it was just poor execution on my part."

That changed on Nos. 15 and 16 where she also missed the greens, but managed to walk away with pars.

She flipped a pitch shot from right of the green on the par-5 15th hole to within a foot and saved par. Her chip from off the green on the par-3 16th hole rolled out about 6 feet past the cup, but she made the come-backer to save par.

"I think both back-to-back (were big)," Hackworthy said. "The one on the par 3 was pretty big because I had a downhill slope there so I had to stop the ball a decent distance (from the cup). I didn't have an easy putt coming back, so to make that gave me momentum."

Klongland, her closest pursuer at the time, knocked herself out the running on No. 17 when her drive came to rest on the side of the 18th tee. It took her three more shots to reach the green and then a slippery putt from above the cup led to a three-putt and a triple-bogey 7.

On the same hole, Hauck nearly stuffed her approach shot within a foot for a kick-in birdie. That was the highlight-reel moment for a soon-to-be-married college junior who played her final six holes in 1-under and — just two years after finishing dead-last in this event at Mascoutin GC in Berlin — posted her best finish.

"I think it says I've matured my game a lot," Hauck said. "When a rough patch comes, I can turn it around and not pack it in."

For Hackworthy, one year after surviving a playoff with former UW golfer Jessie Gerry, she walked away proud for extending her reign another year.

"It means a lot; it's been a competitive field all three years," Hackworthy said. "I'm really happy that I'm able to compete with all of them and they all put up a really good fight as well. So we have a lot of fun out here."

1Tess Hackworthy  Madison, WI+3F+17176147 
2Mikayla Hauck  Cottage Grove, WI+5F+57378151 
T3Jenna Peters (p)  Kohler, WI+3F+67676152 
T3Rebecca Klongland  Stoughton, WI+4F+67577152 
5Aya Johnson  Madison, WI+2F+77875153 
6Mia Seeman  Milton, WI+5F+97778155 
7Taylor McCorkle  Oregon, WI+5F+117978157 
T8Carly Werwie (p)  Kenosha, WI+6F+127979158 
T8Emily Lauterbach  Hartland, WI+9F+127682158 
T10Jo Baranczyk  Green Bay, WI+7F+137980159 
T10Julie Pyne Van Hoosen (p)  Green Bay, WI+7F+137980159 
T10Grace Dunn  Milwaukee, WI+9F+137782159 
T13Allison Schultz  Verona, WI+5F+148278160 
T13Ashley Kulka  Beaver Dam, WI+6F+148179160 
15Alexis Thomas  Middleton, WI+6F+168379162 
16Rachel Montaba (p)  Plymouth, WI+6F+188579164 
T17Ashley Hofmeister  New Berlin, WI+6F+198679165 
T17Lorenza Martinez  Menomonee Falls, WI+8F+198481165 
T17Aimee Gerschke  South Milwaukee, WI+9F+198382165 
T17Sammi Grunder  Manitowoc, WI+9F+198382165 
T17CheyAnn Knudsen  Milton, WI+10F+198283165 
T17Margaret Leef  Pewaukee, WI+11F+198184165 
T23Kate Engler  Beloit, WI+6F+208779166 
T23Brittany McNett-Emmerich (p)  Fitchburg, WI+9F+208482166 
25Taitum Beck  Waterford, WI+10F+218483167 
T26Ashli Stolen  Stoughton, WI+9F+238782169 
T26Rachel Kauflin  Wauwatosa, WI+17F+237990169 
T28Katie Warpinski  Green Bay, WI+12F+248585170 
T28Sarah Balding  Brookfield, WI+12F+248585170 
T28Speedy Kent  Mequon, WI+15F+248288170 
T31Sarah DeKraay  Madison, WI+9F+258982171 
T31Payton Hodson  Middleton, WI+13F+258586171 
T31Lindsay Koth  Madison, WI+14F+258487171 
T34Anouska Siva  Brookfield, WI+12F+268785172 
T34Bobbi Stricker  Madison, WI+15F+268488172 
T36Katie Gastrau  Wauwatosa, WI+14F+308987176 
T36Rebekah Donner  Neenah, WI+16F+308789176 
T36Elise Hoven  Grafton, WI+17F+308690176 
T36Taylor Hakala  Milton, WI+19F+308492176 
T36Melissa Biesmann  Fitchburg, WI+19F+308492176 
T41Courtney Matschke  Franklin, WI+15F+318988177 
T41Pat Roisum  Deerfield, WI+16F+318889177 
T41Sydney Hubbard  Onalaska, WI+20F+318493177 
44Holly Murphy  Lake Geneva, WI+15F+329088178 
45Kalynn Dolby (p)  Berlin, WI+11F+339584179 
T46Ellyn Subak  Janesville, WI+15F+349288180 
T46Emily Grunder  Pardeeville, WI+19F+348892180 
T48Sydney Steinmetz  Oshkosh, WI+14F+359487181 
T48Mari Suokko  Sturtevant, WI+20F+358893181 
T48Isabelle Maleki  Mequon, WI+20F+358893181 
51Faith Krause  Franklin, WI+16F+379489183 
T52Katie Falk  Milwaukee, WI+18F+389391184 
T52Sophia Dooman  Janesville, WI+18F+389391184 
T52Sabrina Schreck  New Berlin, WI+19F+389292184 
55Sydney Brown  Eau Claire, WI+19F+409492186 
56Caylie Kotlowski  Stoughton, WI+21F+429494188 
57Emily Balding  Brookfield, WI+22F+449595190 
58Lauren Shorter  Fitchburg, WI+21F+479994193 
59Markie Ash  Waupaca, WI+21F+4910194195 
60Margaret Warrner  Lakewood, WI+25F+519998197 
61Grace Welch  Madison, WI+24F+5210197198 
T62Courtney Shorter  Fitchburg, WI+24F+5310297199 
T62Sydney Maule  Appleton, WI+25F+5310198199 
64Samantha Soulier  Waunakee, WI+33F+60100106206


Rob started covering the Wisconsin golf scene in 1987 at the Wisconsin State Journal in Madison & has been the only reporter covering all levels of state golf. He joined Killarney Golf Media in Sept. 2015 & helped launch Wisconsin.Golf in Jan. 2016.