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Mikayla Hauck | 2018 WWSGA State Amateur

Say what you will about Mikayla Hauck always being the bridesmaid but never the bride, but two very big events in her life during 2018 say otherwise.

Mikayla & Benjamin Groonwald

Mikayla & Benjamin Groonwald

First, there was that golf-course wedding June 30 to Benjamin Groonwald at Wild Rock Golf Course in Wisconsin Dells. (Shhhh. Don't tell her, but we swiped this photo just to prove the whole never the bride thing.)

And then there was the golf-course achievement that made the three runner-up finishes she posted in three of the Wisconsin Women's Golf majors seem worthwhile. They earned the Eastern Kentucky University golfer the 2018 Wisconsin Women's State Golf Association Player-of-the-Year honors.

Her 625 points topped Santa Clara golfer Sarah Busey of Racine, who tallied 550 points in just two WWSGA points events. Busey won the WWSGA State Women's Match Play and was third at the Wisconsin State Women's Amateur.

Former University of Wisconsin golfer Rebecca Klongland of Stoughton, who won her fifth straight Wisconsin State Women's Am title, was third in the Player-of-the-Year standings with 490 points. Brookfield's Maggie Leef (412) — the WWSGA Senior Player of the Year — and current Badgers golfer Tess Hackworthy of Madison (300), who won her third straight Wisconsin Women's State Open title in her only WWSGA points event, rounded out the top five.

Hauck is continuing to use her maiden name in competition — "I am still playing by the name Mikayla Hauck, for golf purposes; I am Mikayla Groonwald for all the other purposes," she said at the Women's State Am —it was synonymous with consistent from the start of her summer to the end.

One shot off the lead at the Wisconsin State Women's Open after beginning her final round at Janesville Country Club with a birdie, three double-bogeys over her next seven holes killed her chances of catching Hackworthy. But she played her final six holes in 1-under to overtake Klongland and Symetra Tour golfer Jenna Peters of Kohler and finish second, four shots off the pace.

After qualifying third at the WWSGA State Match Play, Hauck chose to default to Leef in the second round after weather delays disrupted the tournament's schedule one week before her wedding. With a wedding ring under her golf glove at the Wisconsin Women's State Am, Hauck led the way after a first-round 73, but shot 77 in the second round and watched Klongland overtake her en route to a nine-stroke victory over the newlywed at The Beloit Club where, coincidentally, Hauck's husband worked as an assistant professional.

Hauck closed out her summer with another runner-up showing to UW golfer Bobbi Stricker at the Badger Mutual Insurance Women's Amateur at Brown Deer Park Golf Course in Milwaukee. Down three shots despite an opening-round 69, Hauck took a one-shot lead on Stricker at the turn after a 1-under 35 on the front nine only to have Stricker eagle No. 10 to catch her and then take the lead when Hauck double-bogeyed No. 12, holding on to win by two.

This fall, Hauck averaged 77.0 for Eastern Kentucky in 15 competitive rounds. She alternated between the Nos. 5 and 6 golfer for the Colonels.

2018 WWSGA Women

Rank Player Events Points
1 Mikayla Hauck 4 625
2 Sarah Busey 2 550
3 Rebecca Klongland 3 490
4 Maggie Leef 7 412
5 Tess Hackworthy 1 300
6 Allison Schultz 3 290
7 Ashley Kulka 2 210
8 Emily Joers 1 170
9 Ashley Hofmeister 2 152
T10 Ashli Stolen 3 135
T10 Taitum Beck 2 135
12 Courtney Matschke 3 125
T13 Bobbi Stricker 2 110
T13 Sydney Wells 2 110
15 Emily Lauterbach 5 108
16 Maria Seeman 3 105
T17 Taylor McCorkle 2 100
T17 Isabelle Maleki 1 100
T19 Vanessa Leiterman 2 90
T19 Sarah DeKraay 4 90
21 Sami Forster 5 83
22 Pat Roisum 6 80
T23 Allison Chomniak 1 75
T23 Faith Krause 2 75
25 Mikayla Smith 2 70
26 Speedy Kent 3 65
T27 Sabrina Schreck 3 60
T27 CheyAnn Knudsen 1 60
29 Jo Baranczyk 3 56
T30 Katie Elliott 2 55
T30 Mari Suokko 2 55
T32 Maggie Warrner 2 50
T32 Katelyn Martin 2 50
34 Susan Kolbe 3 46
35 Carrie Sperling 3 45
36 Ginger Zimmerman 2 42
37 Michelle Compe 2 41
T38 Liza Ruetten 3 40
T38 Analise Pansa 2 40
T40 Grace Dunn 2 30
T40 Diane Vogel 1 30
T40 Susan Crowson 1 30
43 Jill Trider 3 25
T44 Lindsay Koth 3 22
T44 Amy Gehrke 5 22
T46 Sandra Nass 1 20
T46 Julie Schroeder 3 20
T46 Alyssa Elliott 1 20
T49 Carla Draper 1 15
T49 Jill Amundson 1 15
T49 Peg Carlson 1 15
T49 Abby Cavaiani 1 15
53 Rachel Kauflin 2 14
54 Lexi Meade 3 12
T55 Alix Larson 1 10
T55 Markie Ash 1 10
T55 Kellsey Schwantes 1 10
T55 Leah Hansen 1 10
T55 Connie Hillmann 1 10
T55 Kaitlin Bowe 1 10
T55 Debra Halla 1 10
T55 Marci Dubler 1 10
T55 Mary Welch 1 10
T55 Katie Officer 1 10
T65 Rita Cooney 1 5
T65 Elise Hoven 1 5
T65 Kailey Godfrey 1 5
T65 Hannah Baker 2 5
T65 Jessica Guiser 1 5
T65 Caylie Kotlowski 1 5
T65 Jessica Reinecke 1 5
T65 Trystin Kluess 2 5
T65 Ann Bonner 1 5
T65 Karen Schmid 2 5
T75 Gianna Gastrow 1 4
T75 Grace Welch 1 4
T75 Payton Hodson 2 4
T78 Kathy Algiers 1 3
T78 Deb Toll 1 3
T78 Alexis Thomas 1 3
T78 Karen Scarseth 1 3
T78 Diana Shircel 3 3
T78 Tina Schlichting 1 3
T84 CheyAnne Knudsen 1 2
T84 Karen Lumb 1 2
T84 Lorenza Martinez 1 2
T84 Aimee Gerschke 2 2
T84 Ashley Nickel 1 2
T84 Sammi Grunder 1 2
T84 Carol Hecht 1 2
T91 Katherine Meier 1 1
T91 Katie Falk 2 1
T91 Sophia Loucks 1 1
T91 Nancy Demmith 1 1
T91 Karen Steffes 1 1
T91 Emily Grunder 1 1
T91 Leslie Wolfgram 1 1

rob@killarneygolfmedia.com

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.