Milton senior Taylor Hakala was the only golfer to make Koshkong Mounds Country Club look easy on Tuesday.
She strung together three birdies for an even-par round of 36 as the Red Hawks defeated Fort Atkinson, 188-210, in a Badger South dual.
“She’s not hosing herself in a hazard or out of bounds somewhere,” Milton co-head coach Ashton Stair said. “She’s been having very good misses when she does have misses and executing her shots very well.”
Hakala’s 36 was 11 strokes better than the Blackhawks’ top golfer, Miranda Aalto, who had a 47 on the wet afternoon.
Brooke Leibman carded a 52, Natalie Kammer posted a 55, and Kate England had a 56 for the other counting scores for Fort Atkinson.
“I just think as an overall team, I’m very impressed with how we played today,” Fort Atkinson head coach Matt Given said. “We improved since the last time we played here, and that’s all I care about is improvement. The overall score wasn’t what we like to see, but the process is there.”
For Milton, Claudia Seeman posted a 48, Grace Weiss had a 51, and Callie Hakala carded a 53.
For an unfamiliar course for the Red Hawks, Stair knew some of the blind shots at Koshkonong Mounds could be difficult for inexperienced golfers.
“You don’t know what’s lying ahead, so for us who haven’t played here, it’s kind of challenging for them to figure out what the best approach is, whether they need to lay up,” Stair said.
Taylor Hakala was the only one to consistently avoid the big number for both teams.
The third and seventh holes seemed to take their toll on most of the golfers on the day. Eight of the 10 varsity golfers double bogeyed the par-five seventh hole, and the varsity teams averaged a 7.1 on the par-five third hole.
“I think the biggest thing, we talked about it here with the girls is if you are giving up as you play a hole, you are hurting the team as a whole,” Given said.
Given applauded the effort from Hakala and Seeman, who after finishing their rounds, went back out onto the course to cheer on the remaining groups, who finally wrapped up their nine-hole rounds about 3.5 hours after they started.
The Red Hawks traveled to Madison Wednesday afternoon after deadline to Blackhawk Country Club.