Posting the strongest results of the season, the Milton girls golf team finished the conference tournament Monday — delayed from last Tuesday for rain — in second place, shooting 349. Stoughton took the title shooting 346. Claudia Seeman finished first overall with a round of 76, while Taylor Hakala took second with an 80.
“I was very proud of how our team played and persevered through the challenges of the course,” head coach Ashton Stair said. “If they found themselves in trouble on one hole, they were able to leave that in the past and bounce back on the next hole.”
Seeman, who tied her season low score with her round of 76, played consistent throughout the day.
“I was pleased with her consistency and overall steady play,” Stair said. “She holed out on her 12th hole for eagle, which helped drive her momentum, yet she was able to keep calm and not let the excitement of such an accomplishment affect her round.”
“Words can’t describe how proud I am of Claudia,” head coach Brady Farnsworth said. “She is turning it on at the right time and we can only hope that continues. She works very hard to perfect her craft and I am so glad it is paying off for her. She truly deserves it and it should be a very exciting post season if she can keep it up.”
Hakala, who tied with Stoughton’s Myranda Kotlowski, earned second place on the scorecard after a playoff.
“It is awesome that we can rely on our top two golfers to consistently perform well for the team,” Stair said. “Our remaining team members also have the ability to score and have all contributed to our team scores throughout the season.”
All three of Milton’s remaining members shot under 100. Grace Weiss finished with a 95, while Callie Hakala shot 98 and Reagan Moisson had a round of 99.
But the day was not all clear sailing.
“One of the biggest challenges we faced was the thick rough,” Stair said. “While we had the opportunity to practice hitting out of thicker, links style rough at Bonny Meade, one of our normal practice courses, we had a hard time managing it during the tournament and caused us to take higher scores on some holes. However, all five players did a tremendous job of moving forward and not carrying their frustration on to the next hole.”
The meet, which started on Tuesday, but due to some players being able to play two or three holes and others not even teeing off, the meet started from scratch on Monday.
“It was nice to have a fresh start to the day so every competitor played in the same conditions,” Stair said.
Heading into the postseason, Stair said she is excited to see what results follow.
“We’re excited to see what happens moving forward, and I’m hopeful that we can carry this momentum into regionals,” she said.
“We have goals set and can easily reach those girls if each of our girls play the way we know they can,” Farnsworth added. “We will take it one tournament at a time and hopefully be playing our best golf at the most important time of the season.”