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Girls golf: Going for first place
Submitted by admin on Sun, 09/22/2013 - 06:00
After a 5-0 dual season, Stoughton controls its own destiny in the Badger South
After failing to make state in 2012 by three strokes, the Stoughton girls golf team felt the sting, head coach Dave Taebel said.
The girls became determined to not let that happen again, and they started their offseason the next day by playing more golf, taking lessons, training and, later, playing in summer Wisconsin Jr. PGA tournaments.
That hard work led the girls to shave off those extra strokes that could have meant a state berth last season, and it has finally come together with a school-record 157 to defeat Milton (179) Monday and move to 5-0 in the Badger South Conference.
The win over Milton puts No. 5 Stoughton in position to control its own destiny Sept. 25 at the Badger South Conference meet.
If the No. 5 Vikings win, the title is theirs outright. If the Vikings take second, they still have a chance to win outright but can finish no worse than in a tie for the title.
“It is exciting and something we have never done before,” Dave Taebel said. “It is a testament to the talent and the hard work that the girls have done. It is the way you want it to be. You want the conference tournament to decide the conference.”
Stoughton is not only looking to win its first conference title in the Badger South, but it also has a tough regional and sectional to look forward to.
Although Taebel doesn’t want the girls to overlook the conference tournament on Sept. 25, he said they should be well prepared after playing in several tournaments with the top 10 teams.
“Those teams are phenomenal and are well-coached,” Dave Taebel said. “It is a daunting task, but we like the girls we have out there too, and we think we can compete with anyone.”
Senior Becky Klongland led the Vikings with a 33 against Milton, while Kailey Taebel (41), Taylor Wise (41) and Ashli Stolen (42) finished the scoring.
The Badger Cup was Wednesday and results were unavailable by the Courier Hub’s Tuesday deadline.
The conference tournament is at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 25, at Lake Wisconsin Country Club.
Check @CourierHub for tweets from the tournament, and check ConnectStoughton.com for a story and photos.
Stoughton 171, Fort Atkinson 218
The Vikings traveled to Koshkonong Mounds Country Club last Thursday for a Badger South match with Fort Atkinson and won 171-218.
Klongland led Stoughton with a 39, while Kailey Taebel shot a 40. Stolen was third with a 43, and Taylor Wise finished the scoring with a 49.
Stoughton traveled to Riverside Golf Club Saturday to compete with seven of the other nine top 10 teams in the state and finished fourth with a 338.
Klongland was fourth overall with a 74, while Stolen shot an 81. Kailey Taebel (90) and Wise (93) finished the scoring.
No. 1 Verona (315), No. 2 Middleton (316) and No. 3 Madison Edgewood (323) finished in the top three, while No. 6 Janesville Parker (339), No. 7 Madison Memorial (344), No. 10 Milton (345) and No. 8 Mukwonago (358) finished behind Stoughton.