The Milton High girls golf team is out to a scorching start, winning its first two invites and first Badger South Conference match of the season.
The Red Hawks won the Verona Wildcat Invite on Thursday and the Madison Edgewood Invite on Friday before taking down Madison Edgewood in a dual meet on Monday to improve to 1-0 in league play.
This week, Milton hosts its home Best Ball Invite at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday at Oak Ridge Golf Course. The team also plays at Oregon at 9 a.m. on Tuesday.
VERONA WILDCAT INVITE
The Red Hawks won the weather-shortened Verona Wildcat Invite last Thursday at the par-72 Edelweiss Country Club in New Glarus with a 15-hole team score of 275. Middleton (283) and Verona (307) finished in second and third, respectively, in the 13-team field.
Senior Mia Seeman finished her round before the tournament was called off, firing a 74, but her 15-hole score of 63 counted toward the team score as she finished second behind Edgewood’s Grace Welch (62). Welch also finished a full round, posting a 75.
Milton junior Taylor Hakala completed her round with an 83, but her 15-hole score that counted toward the team score was a 70. Sophomore Claudia Seeman (68) and senior Holly Gunnink (74) also contributed to the team score.
Freshman Callie Hakala’s 15-hole-score of 86 was dropped.
“It was too bad because Holly and Claudia were both playing very well and they had the opportunity to have one of their best rounds,” head coach Kirk Wieland said. “Claudia had one hole to go and Holly was putting for birdie on her second-to-last hole and had a short par-3 left. They both were probably going to finish off their rounds and have great scores. Nevertheless, the team was able to win.”
MADISON EDGEWOOD INVITE
Milton continued its strong start by winning the 20-team Edgewood Invite on Friday at par-72 Yahara Hills Golf Course in Madison.
The Red Hawks fired a 319 to beat out Brookfield Central (323), Homestead (325) and Arrowhead (327).
Arrowhead and Homestead were ranked Nos. 1 and 2 in the preseason state golf coaches poll, while Milton and Brookfield Central were Nos. 3 and 4, respectively.
“I don’t even know who the top 10 are, but clearly some of the coaches believe some of the best teams were there. All the top teams are pretty similar,” Wieland said. “We’re all pretty top heavy and then at No. 4 and 5, it’s kind of a crapshoot for what you’re going to get. We just happened to have a little bit better on that day and snuck out the win.”
Taylor Hakala shot 1-under-par 71 and went into a playoff with Homestead’s Speedy Kent for individual first place, but Kent came out on top. Taylor Hakala finished with three birdies, two bogies and 13 pars.
Mia Seeman finished right behind Hakala with an even-par 72 to take third place.
Claudia Seeman tied for 27th with a score of 85, and Gunnink shot a 91 to tie for 47th place. Callie Hakala’s 99 was thrown out.
“We took full advantage of the pick, clean and place everywhere and everyone played quite well,” Wieland said. “Taylor had probably her low high school round with a 1-under-par 71. She played great all day. Mia played steady at 72. She didn’t probably score as she would have liked, but she played fine. Claudia and Holly both played steady enough for us to sneak out the victory.
“When you have two girls shoot 1-under-par (combined), you’re going to be in any tournament you play in any time throughout the year.”
MILTON 164 EDGEWOOD 174
The Red Hawks took down the Crusaders in their first Badger South match of the season on Monday at the par-36 front nine of Oak Ridge Golf Course.
Mia Seeman made a 30-foot birdie putt on the first hole on her way to a 2-over-par 38 to lead Milton. Taylor Hakala was second on the team with a 41 and Claudia Seeman posted a 42.
Gunnink completed the team score with a 43 as she birdied the fifth hole. Callie Hakala’s 48 was dropped.
“A team score of 164 is really good,” Wieland said. “Claudia and Holly both played really well. Mia and Taylor did not play bad, but just didn’t score how they would have liked.”