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Sarah Busey | 2019 WWSGA match play 

LA CROSSE — Sarah Busey and Abby Cavaiani played so well Sunday morning that, even when others in the Wisconsin State Women’s Amateur gained on them during the afternoon session of the 36-hole opener, they left La Crosse Country Club still well ahead of the field at the end of a long, long day.

Busey, a Santa Clara University golfer from Racine, shot 71-77 and, at 4-over-par 148, held a three-shot lead over Cavaiani, a Missouri State golfer from Wales who opened 72-79. Speedy Kent, a Wofford golfer from Mequon, was seven shots off the pace after shooting 77-78.

“Overall, it was a solid day, a lot of good shots to be proud of,” Busey wrote in a text message to “I wasn’t loving my afternoon swing but I did my best to push through.”

With college and/or high school golfers scattered in all four flights of the two-day event, this gathering of the state’s top female amateurs features one of the deepest fields in years.

After just five of the 32 golfers in Championship Flight broke 80 during the morning round, 10 shot in the 70s during the afternoon. Interestingly, Busey and Cavaiani found it harder to score during the afternoon, when the winds picked up and the course firmed up, than in the morning.

“The morning round was much softer which made it easier to keep the ball in the fairway, hold greens, and have softer conditions when chipping from touch places,” Cavaini wrote via text to “The afternoon round got firmer, which made it tougher for me to adjust with irons and with chipping. There were portions of my round where I would hit some really good shots and putts, but I just wasn’t consistent enough to get in a groove in the second round.”

Busey, who started her morning round on No. 14, parred her first seven holes before going birdie-bogey-birdie starting at No. 3. She added a birdied at the par-4 No. 8 to get to 2-under, but bogeyed No. 11 with three holes to go and parred out for the day’s lone sub-par round.

Starting her afternoon round on No. 4, Busey opened with a bogey and finished the front nine with a pair of bogeys. Her troubles continued on the back nine with a bogey at No. 10 and a double-bogey at No. 11 before parring nine of her last 10 holes around a birdie at No. 16.

“Typically, the more I see a course the more I’m able to score,” wrote Busey, the two-time defending Wisconsin Women’s State Golf Association match-play champion. “But when the wind picked up a little bit in the afternoon I was finding myself getting a little loose with the approaches and making some errors with the putter as well.”

Cavaiani, who had two bogeys and two birdies in her even-par 72 during the morning, had seven bogeys and one double-bogey to go with two birdies in the afternoon. Like Busey, Cavaiani struggled near the turn, playing Nos. 6 through 11 in 5-over, before playing her last seven holes 1-over with five pars, a birdie at the par-5 12th and a double-bogey 7 at No. 14.

“(Monday), I’m going to stick to my game and see what happens!” Cavaiani wrote. “Sarah and I have played a lot together over the years so I am just excited to play with her again! It should be a fun day!”

Championship flight

5,873 yards | par 72

1Sarah Busey  Racine, WI, Racine CC+4F+57177 148 
2Abby Cavaiani  Wales, WI, Naga-Waukee GC+7F+77279 151 
3Speedy Kent  Mequon, WI, Wisconsin PGA Junior GC+11F+67778 155 
T4Rachel Kauflin  Wauwatosa, WI, Wisconsin PGA Junior GC+13F+77879 157 
T4Taitum Beck  Waterford, WI, Rivermoor GC+13F+38275 157 
6Isabelle Maleki  Mequon, WI, Ozaukee CC+14F+68078 158 
T7Aimee Gerschke  South Milwaukee, WI, Wisconsin PGA Junior GC+16F+48476 160 
T7Lexi Meade  Eau Claire, WI, Wisconsin PGA Junior GC+16F+78179 160 
T7Payton Hodson  Middleton, WI, Pleasant View GC+16F+48476 160 
T10Ashley Kulka  Beaver Dam, WI, Old Hickory GC+18F+88280 162 
T10Mallory Swartz  Franklin, WI, Wisconsin PGA Junior GC+18F+108082 162 
T10Amanda Karvala  New Berlin, WI, Wisconsin PGA Junior GC+18F+127884 162 
T13Katherine Meier  Middleton, WI, Bishops Bay CC+20F+98381 164 
T13Courtney Matschke  Franklin, WI, Wisconsin PGA Junior GC+20F+108282 164 
T13Grace Welch  Madison, WI, Blackhawk CC+20F+128084 164 
T16Allison Schultz  Madison, WI, Nakoma GC+21F+78679 165 
T16Sydney Wells  Menominee, MI, Riverside Golf Club+21F+98481 165 
T16Ashli Stolen  Stoughton, WI, Stoughton CC+21F+108382 165 
19Trystin Kluess  Greenleaf, WI, Wild Ridge+22F+98581 166 
20Sami Forster  Wauwatosa, WI, Washington County GC+25F+128584 169 
21Katelynn Warpinski  Green Bay, WI, Shorewood GC+26F+138585 170 
22Gianna Gastrow  Hartland, WI, The Legend Clubs+27F+158487 171 
T23Myranda Kotlowski  Stoughton, WI, Stoughton CC+28F+178389 172 
T23Sydney Brandt  Brookfield, WI, Fairways of Woodside GC+28F+148686 172 
T23Faith Krause  Franklin, WI, Muskego Lakes CC+28F+158587 172 
26Courtney Shorter  Fitchburg, WI, Blackhawk CC+31F+218293 175 
27Erin Ericson  Onalaska, WI, The GC at Cedar Creek+32F+178789 176 
28Kimberly Dodd  Brookfield, WI, The Legend Clubs+33F+168988 177 
29Jessie Gulden  Middleton, WI, Bishops Bay CC+35F+159287 179 
30Madison Bowers  Mineral Point, WI, Dodge Point CC+45F+219693 189 
31Lauren Haen  Appleton, WI, Ridgeway CC+52F+269898 196 
32Jordyn Fitzgerald  Marshfield, WI+57F+29100101 201

First flight

5,406 yards, par 72

1Grace Suter  Oconomowoc, WI, North Hills CC+7F+779 79 
2Karen Schmid  Waukesha, WI, The Legend Clubs+8F+880 80 
3Julie Schroeder  Oregon, WI, The Legend at Bergamont+12F+1284 84 
4Lynn Lenz  La Crosse, WI, Coulee Golf Bowl+13F+1385 85 
T5Lillian Knetter  Madison, WI, Blackhawk CC+14F+1486 86 
T5Treva Dodd  Brookfield, WI, Wisconsin PGA Junior GC+14F+1486 86 
7Megan Koch  Franksville, WI, Meadowbrook CC+15F+1587 87 
8Klairissa O'Reilly-Dye  Madison, WI, Monona GC+16F+1688 88 
T9Jessica Rudnicki  Sun Prairie, WI, Eau Claire G&CC+18F+1890 90 
T9Susan Slater  Racine, WI, Johnson Park GC+18F+1890 90 
11Katie Gerschke  South Milwaukee, WI+28F+28100 100 

Second flight

5,406 yards, par 72

T1Ann Bonner  Platteville, WI, Platteville G&CC+16F+1688 88 
T1Peg Carlson  Madison, WI, Odana Hills GC+16F+1688 88 
3Susan Crowson  Madison, WI, Meadows of Sixmile Creek+21F+2193 93 
T4Deb Toll  Appleton, WI, Chaska GC+23F+2395 95 
T4Carla Konet  Oconomowoc, WI, Deertrak GC+23F+2395 95 
T6Sandra Nass  Elkhorn, WI, Johnson Park GC+25F+2597 97 
T6Terry Ziegelbauer  LaCrosse, WI, Coulee Golf Bowl+25F+2597 97 
8Rita Cooney  Colgate, WI, Songbird Hills GC+26F+2698 98 
9Wendy Proctor  Brookfield, WI, Brown Deer Park GC+29F+29101 101 
10Connie Hillmann  Germantown, Brown Deer Park GC+30F+30102 102 
11Grace Warrner  Lakewood, WI, McCauslin Brook G&CC+31F+31103 103 
12Julie O'Connor  Oconomowoc, WI, Morningstar GC+32F+32104 104 
13Pat Kraft  Brookfield, WI, Chenequa CC+34F+34106 106 


Third flight

5,406 yards, par 72

1Andrea Schleeper  Fitchburg, WI+20F+2092 92 
2Dawn Thiel  Appleton, WI, Mid Vallee GC+23F+2395 95 
3Jeanne Whitish  Cross Plains, WI, Meadows of Sixmile Creek+28F+28100 100 
4Karen Weiss  Racine, WI, Johnson Park GC+29F+29101 101 
T5Cathi Baus  La Crosse, WI, Drugan's Castle Mound CC+31F+31103 103 
T5Sue St John  Brookfield, WI, Brown Deer Park GC+31F+31103 103 
7Rosalind Gusinow  Madison, WI, Odana Hills GC+32F+32104 104 
8Vita Paukstelis  Racine, WI, Johnson Park GC+34F+34106 106 
9Kathy Algiers  Appleton, WI, Chaska GC+40F+40112 112 
T10Micki Hill  Madison, Wisconsin, Monona GC+44F+44116 116 
T10Claudia Standorf  Madison, WI, Odana Hills GC+44F+44116 116 
12Gretchen Styles  Wauwatosa, WI, Brown Deer Park GC+47F+47119 119 
13Claudia Berges  Rolla, MO, Johnson Park GC+58F+58130 130

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