Milton High School girls golf coach Kirk Wieland said he’s never seen a team make it halfway through a season without losing a match or tournament until this year’s Red Hawks.
Milton continued its early winning trend with dominating Badger South Conference victories at Stoughton and at home against Fort Atkinson, while also winning the Crusade Fore a Cure Tournament in Madison this past week. The Red Hawks vaulted up to the top spot in the Golf Coaches Association of Wisconsin rankings.
“It’s just not common in golf (to stay undefeated for this long),” Wieland said. “It’s so hard to win a tournament, let alone four. We’ve had some good breaks and the girls are playing well. The Nos. 1 and 2 are doing what they need to do: be in the 70s and lower. The Nos. 3, 4 and 5, we need to have them around 90 or better, and that’s what they’ve done. It’s been a good combination so far.”
The Red Hawks don’t play again until the Balance and Believe Invite at Blackhawk Country Club in Madison on Sept. 6. Wieland said it’s important for the girls to stay humble to keep the winning streak going.
“I have to keep letting them know that they are never as good as a No. 1 ranking, they’re never as good as their undefeated record,” Wieland said. “Other teams are going to get better. The only way we can go is down and the only way other teams will go is up.
“Our top two girls (Mia Seeman and Taylor Hakala) are smart enough to figure out that they have to burden the load. Claudia (Seeman) and Holly (Gunnink) are really important because they have the ability to save some strokes for us. We have to get some big contributions from our No. 5 player too to protect us. Callie (Hakala) has done a great job so far.”
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Senior Mia Seeman fired a 2-over-par 37 and junior Taylor Hakala finished right behind her at 38 to lead the Red Hawks to another victory on the front nine at Coachman’s Golf Resort in Edgerton.
Mia Seeman birdied the par-4 eighth hole while Taylor Hakala birdied the par-4 fourth hole.
Sophomore Claudia Seeman (43) and freshman Callie Hakala (44) rounded out the team score. Like her sister, Callie Hakala birdied the fourth hole.
Senior Holly Gunnink’s 48 was thrown out.
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Mia Seeman placed second by a stroke and Taylor Hakala tied for third to lead Milton to a team score of 346 and another tournament title on Monday at the par-74 Maple Bluff Country Club in Madison.
Middleton (350) was second and Verona (377) was a distant third.
Mia Seeman made three birdies on her way to a score of 77. Taylor Hakala had one birdie and 12 pars on her way to a 79.
Claudia Seeman tied for 20th with a 93, and Gunnink tied for 26th with a 97 to round out the team score. Callie Hakala’s 119 was dropped.
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Taylor Hakala birdied the par-3 fourth hole and par-5 ninth hole at Oak Ridge on Tuesday to finish at 1-under-par 35 to lead the Red Hawks to another easy win.
Claudia Seeman (40), Mia Seeman (42) and Callie Hakala (46) also contributed to the team score. Gunnink’s 49 was thrown out.