Competing in four events in the first week of the season, the Milton girls golf team definitely put time on the course. The Red Hawks posted strong results from day one at Watertown on Aug. 9, finishing second place. The following day, the team took sixth out of 19 teams at the Yahara Golf Course in Madison. On Aug. 13, Milton came in second to a dual against Edgewood, while on Tuesday the Red Hawks topped Oregon in a dual meet at Oak Ridge.
For the first action of the season, the Red Hawks didn’t show much rust throughout the day. As a team, Milton took second place with a score of 337, just six strokes behind Edgewood’s 331. Individually, Taylor Hakala also took second place with a round of 75, a single stroke behind leader Rachel Kauflin of Wauwatosa.
“(Taylor) is such a consistent golfer and doesn’t let a bad shot or a bad putt ruin her round. She has matured so much over the years,” coach Ashton Stair said.
Claudia Seeman finished in second for the Red Hawks, shooting 82, earning her a place in the top 10 at eighth.
“Claudia’s overall composure on the golf course is amazing and she is such a steady golfer for our team. Claudia does a great job at not letting one bad hole define her round,” coach Brady Farnsworth said.
“To have two girls in the top 10 at our first event is awesome, and I think there will be more top 10 finishes from both of those girls in the future,” Stair said.
Grace Weiss and Reagan Moisson each shot a round of 90, with Desirae Dorsey rounded out the Red Hawks with a round of 102.
“It was very motivating and encouraging for us as coaches and for the team as a whole to take a second-place finish out of 15 teams in our first event of the season,” Stair said. “It definitely helps with our confidence levels to know that we can keep up with and beat some of our best competitors. Our other current varsity members, Grace, Reagan, and Desi were strong contributors as well and each individually finished in the top half of the field at Thursday’s event.”
The Red Hawks followed up play the next day by traveling up to Madison for the Madison Edgewood Invite at the Yahara Hills Golf Course, consisting of 20 teams. Milton finished the day in sixth with a team score of 344. Arrowhead won the event, shooting 322.
Individually, Hakala and Seeman both shot 81 to tie for 13th place with Sarah Balding of Brookfield Central.
“Taylor and Claudia have been consistent score leaders for our team and are great role models for the rest of our team,” Stair said. “Friday’s event was larger at 20 teams, and we finished 6th as a team. There were a lot of competitive teams at the event and we weren’t too far off from the teams ahead of us, so a 6th place finish is a strong finish when considering the lineup.”
Weiss and Moisson each shot 91 to tie for 34th place with Dorsey tying for 67th with a round of 101.
“I was extremely proud and pleased with the outcomes from Thursday and Friday,” Stair said. “The girls came out strong and showed that they are capable of scoring low and competing with the other teams. The first few events are always a little nerve-wracking for everyone involved. We had a few players who had never competed in a varsity event, so it was a big step for them and I’m really proud of the way they carried themselves.”
The Red Hawks returned to the Yahara Golf Course in Madison on Monday to take on Edgewood in a dual meet. Edgewood topped Milton by 10 strokes, with the Red Hawks shooting 175 to Edgewood’s 165 in the 9-hole event.
Hakala shot 36 to lead the Red Hawks and the entire field. Anaka Leske led Edgewood with a round of 40.
Seeman shot 43 for the Red Hawks and Weiss also finished under 50 with a round of 46. Moisson shot 50 while Dorsey finished the day with a 61.
“It is still early in the season, but I think we have a pretty solid lineup at this point, but it will be helpful to have some matches that include varsity and JV to compare scores,” Stair said. “Many of our JV girls haven’t played competitively, so it will be nice to give them an opportunity to play against other teams and see how they perform.”
Playing a home fueled the Red Hawks to a comfortable win over Oregon Tuesday, winning the nine-hole dual by over 20 strokes, 170 to 191.
Four Red Hawks shot under 50. Hakala led with a round of 37, followed by Seeman with 42, Weiss with 45 and Moisson shooting 46. Dorcey rounded out the Red Hawks with a round of 57.
“We have definitely gained some confidence,” Stair said. “However, we have also found many areas that we could use some additional practice on to gain even more confidence, so it will be nice to have a couple days of practice this week to tune up those areas.”
“There are a lot of positives that we can take away from our first week. As coaches, we look forward to seeing our players progress week by week and couldn’t be more excited to be apart of this journey with them. We couldn’t be more proud of the way our girls performed this week and are looking forward to building on that success in the upcoming week as conference play begins.
Milton returns to Oak Ridge Thursday to host an invitational.