Girls’ golf is a growing sport in Northwest Wisconsin with teams from Flambeau, Clayton and Grantsburg entering WIAA play in the last three years. As those teams have entered playoff competition, the WIAA has had a challenge in grouping teams for regionals and sectionals. This year, that grouping problem resulted in the Chetek-Weyerhaeuser girls’ golf team travelling all the way to Holmen to play the regional at Drugan’s Castle Mound on Wednesday, Oct. 2.
The day did not get off to a promising start as a steady drizzle of rain and temperatures in the low 50s met the golfers as they got out of the van. Drugan’s had received nearly 3 inches of rain in the past 24 hours and water was standing in many low areas of the course.
Senior Eryn Boese was at her best on this day. She has improved her play all year long and has developed a smooth swing on her short game to go along with the ability to drive the ball over 200 yards. Boese got off to a great start by bogeying the first four holes and shot a personal-best round of 52 on the front nine. Adding that to her 58 on the back side led to her finish of 110. Her score missed advancing to sectionals by only three strokes. Boese had a great chip in to save par on the 11th hole and finished a fine senior season in style.
Junior, Kara Rasmussen also had one of her best rounds as she shot a 118, for the second meet in a row, tying her personal-best round. She has found a rhythm to her swing in the past two weeks and coupled that with her excellent short game.
Danielle Westholm, a senior, did not have her best day. After playing so well all year and making it onto the First Team All-Conference Team, she had a goal of making sectionals for the second year in a row. The wet conditions got to her though, and she missed out. She had a great senior year and missing sectionals does not diminish that. It was the final high school golf match for both Westholm and Boese.
Newcomers Abbie Kane and Kaylee Geiger also played for the Bulldogs in the regional match. Both have shown much improvement over the year and have gone from shooting rounds in the upper 70’s for nine holes to rounds in the low 60’s. The highlight of the day for the entire team had to be Kane chipping in for a birdie on the 16th hole.
The Bulldogs finished the meet in eighth place—only four strokes out of sixth place. Colfax senior Abby DeMoe shot 79 to earn a spot in the sectional meet along with teammate Morgan Scheusner. Osseo-Farchild/Fall Creek won the team portion of the meet.
Those who advanced to sectionals golfed on Tuesday, Oct. 8. The 2019 Girls Golf State Championships will be held at University Ridge Golf Course in Madison on Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 14–15.