It wasn’t the strongest play from the Red Hawks on Saturday, yet the Milton girls golf team found a way to finish sixth of 20 teams with a score of 376 at the Cardinal Invite at Pleasant View Golf Course in Middleton on Saturday. Waunakee won the event with a round of 338.

“Our overall team score shows that it was not our best tournament of the season. However, I was pleased for the most part with the effort the girls showed,” head coach Ashton Stair said. “They kept battling through the final hole. If each player eliminates a few of the really big numbers from their scorecard, we would have had a great day.”

Taylor Hakala led for Milton with a round of 85, 42 on the front and 43 on the back, tying for 11th place individually. Claudia Seeman finished with an 87, going 47 on the front before a strong finish of 40 on the back to tie for 14th. Fifth player Callie Hakala finished just under triple digits with a round of 99. Both Grace Weiss and Reagan Moisson shot over triple digits, with Weiss shooting 101 and Moisson 110.

“The main challenges we faced were wind, green speed and even mosquitoes,” Stair said. “However, every team had to deal with the same conditions, so we can’t make any excuses. We have to learn to adjust to the environment around us and use it to our advantage when we can, or not let bad holes turn into blow-up holes.”

But it wasn’t all bad news for the Red Hawks.

“Despite a few big numbers, Callie bounced back and helped the team out with one of her best rounds of the year. We hope that she can continue that momentum going forward. Claudia had a solid second nine, bouncing back after a tough first nine to shoot 40 on her last nine holes, which included a chip-in on her 17th hole.”

Stair said that she prefers the larger invites because they give off more information.

“(They) give you a better idea of where you’re at as a team because you see more of the teams in the area and from around the state and get to feel out where you might stand heading into postseason play,” she said. “We have a lot to work on yet before the postseason comes around, but I know all six girls that have played varsity for us this year can improve and go low. We just have to keep the bad holes to a minimum and build on the birdies, pars and even bogeys. I’m looking forward to competing with these girls down the stretch. We have some important tournaments coming up to prepare us for the conference tournament, regionals and hopefully sectionals.”

The Red Hawks were scheduled to take on Stoughton and Watertown Wednesday after deadline at the Watertown Country Club. Milton is scheduled to partake in an invite at Riverside Golf Course in Janesville on Saturday.

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