At age 22, Rebecca Klongland figures to have a lot of competitive golf left in her.
With one college diploma in hand, however, the former University of Wisconsin golfer from Stoughton might be hard-pressed to juggle the pursuit of another with title defenses at the Wisconsin Women's State Amateur going forward.
Less than a month after becoming the first win five State Am titles, Klongland began the next chapter in her life in August when she began Law School at Marquette University in Milwaukee. It remains to be seen where golf will fit in her life in 2019 when the Women's State Am goes to La Crosse Country Club.
For now, Klongland can look back on her most recent victory in her signature event with great satisfaction. Her nine-stroke victory over Eastern Kentucky University golfer Mikayla Hauck of Cottage Grove at The Beloit Club was the most lopsided in Klongland's reign over Wisconsin women's amateur golf and the No. 12-ranked story in Wisconsin.Golf's staff-selected top 18 of 2018.
She shot her second 2-over-par 74 of the week, bookending a 68 in Monday’s afternoon round of the 36-hole opener and finished the 54-hole event at even-par 216. But, like the others, it wasn't the score she remembered most.
“The people I played with asked me about the last five years,” said Klongland, who played with Hauck and Verona's Allison Schultz. “I rattled off the courses where I’ve won (Lake Arrowhead Golf Course south of Wisconsin Rapids, Watertown Country Club, Riverside Country Club in Menominee, Michigan, and Westmoor Country Club in Brookfield before this year) so it was pretty cool, the memories I have from all of them. … It’s weird because I don’t remember the scores I shot, which I think is kind of interesting because that is what you get wrapped up in during the round. I remember the people I played with and how I was in a twosome at Watertown and we played the first 18 holes in like three hours.
“It’s the stuff like that that I remember more than the scores.”
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