Coming into the final stretch of the season, the Milton girls golf team seems to be finding their strongest play. On Wednesday, the Red Hawks won their final dual meet of the season before taking first at the Parker Invite on Saturday.
Milton 190, Watertown 201
For their final dual meet of the season, the Red Hawks topped Watertown Wednesday 191 to 201 at Watertown Country Club.
Taylor Hakala (43), Reagan Moisson (47) and Claudia Seeman (48) all shot under 50, while Grace Weiss finished with a 53 and Desirae Dorcey with a 55.
“It was a good feeling to lock up our fourth and final conference match victory against Watertown on Wednesday to secure a third place ranking going into the conference tournament,” head coach Ashton Stair said. “While we had one of our higher match scores on Wednesday, we are doing a better job of learning from our mistakes and focusing on the individual-specific challenges to bounce back at the next event.”
Competing in the 17-team invite, the Red Hawks came out on top, winning the invite by three strokes with a team score of 327. Middleton and Madison Edgewood tied for second with 330.
“ Our team scored their season best score for an 18-hole event (327) on Saturday, showing their true potential,” Stair said.
Taylor Hakala not only led the Red Hawks with a round of 75, but her score was the best of the entire 86-player field. Hakala shot par (35) on the front nine before finishing with a 40 on the back.
Claudia Seeman’s round of 76 tied her for second overall. Seeman played the reverse of Hakala, shooting 40 on the front before finishing with par (36) on the back.
Reagan Moisson finished third for the Red Hawks with an 86, while Grace Weiss finished with a 94 and Callie Hakala shot a 98.
“Our team cohesiveness has improved overall since the start of the season, and I’m really proud of the support our players are beginning to show to all of their teammates,” Stair said. “This has allowed us to grow as a team and demonstrate our ability to score well both individually and as a team.”
“Going into the day, the girls seemed very confident and that continued to show in their rounds throughout the day,” head coach Brady Farnsworth said. “Riverside is a course that many of them have played several times, so I think each of them felt very comfortable and that paid off.”
But something the team can’t find day-in and day-out is consistency.
“I’m hoping that our team carries on the confidence from our most recent tournament win at Riverside into post-season play,” Stair said. “Many of our players, and even us as coaches, have not seen some of the courses we have events at, which makes it challenging to make confident club selections on uncertain holes, which likely contributes to our inconsistency.”
“Each of our players have shown that they can post really good scores, but to consistently post those good scores, we have to be more consistent as a team in avoiding the really high numbers on holes and letting that effect us throughout the round,” Farnsworth added.
Heading into postseason, the Red Hawks will have some confidence, especially after posting their season best score at Riverside.
“We are feeling excited going into post-season play, especially coming off a team season-low 18-hole score and many individual season-low scores,” Stair said. Taylor medaled at the Parker Invite at Riverside, tying her season-low score of 75. Claudia, who placed second individually with a 76, Reagan, and Callie all had season-low scores at this event while Grace made her consistent contribution to the team score. Desirae Dorcey also played as an individual and scored a season-low 94. They have all demonstrated the ability to even improve on those scores, and we hope to break some more personal records in the post-season.”
Milton was scheduled to play in the Badger Conference tournament Tuesday, but it was postponed due to weather to Monday, Sept. 24th.