Abby Cavaiani, Kettle Moraine, talks about her 60! At the Broadlands https://t.co/KBSbJl8fVV— GCAOWI (@GCAOWI) September 21, 2017
There’s no doubt about one fact: Abby Cavaiani made history on Thursday.
The senior golfer at Wales Kettle Moraine shot the best round ever recorded by a Wisconsin player in a high school girls competition — an astonishing round of 12-under-par 60 — to win the Classic 8 Conference Tournament at The Broadlands in North Prairie.
Cavaiani tallied two eagles, eight birdies and eight pars on the 4,952-yard, par-72 course at The Broadlands in North Prairie.
"At the Broadlands, anything can happen," Cavaiani said in a post-round interview posted to the Golf Coaches Association of Wisconsin Twitter page.
Her round included a string of six birdies over an eight-hole run midway through the round, and a birdie-eagle-par finish slightly marred when a long chip shot on No. 18 stopped a few feet short of a birdie — and a 59.
The Missouri State recruit and reigning Wisconsin PGA Juniors tournament champion recently told NOW Newspapers that she had changed her putting stroke and putter in midseason, following an “intense” three-hour putting lesson with PGA professional Steve Stricker.
After a solid warm-up session on the driving range and a terrific tour of the putting green pre-round, Cavaiani was ready for a big day Thursday.
“I was making a lot of putts on the putting green, so I think I went into my round with a lot of confidence,” Cavaiani said in the GCAW interview. “I missed a short one on the first hole, (but) after I went eagle-birdie on my first three holes, I knew that I was going to have a special round.
“I just told myself to stay in the moment and take it shot by shot, so I didn’t get too far ahead of myself.”
Cavaiani’s playing partner on Thursday, University of Wisconsin recruit and defending WIAA Division 1 state champion Emily Lauterbach of Hartland Arrowhead, shot 67. Only five other players in the field broke 80.
The WIAA does not keep regular-season state records in any sport, although Wisconsin.golf reported that the previously known records were 65s turned in by Middleton’s Lindsey Solberg in 2004 and Osceola’s Casey Danielson in 2012.
The National Federation of High Schools publishes an annual book of national records, but it does not feature an entry for individual golf scores. An email to the NFHS inquiring where Cavaiani’s 60 might fit on the list of best high school scores ever recorded nationally was not immediately returned.
In June, high school boys golfer Noah Goodwin of Corinth, Texas, shot a 13-under-par 59 at his hometown Oakmont Country Club. However, the round was in open play (not a high school competition).
In 2014, eighth-grader Joey Burlison of Salinas, California, shot an 11-under 60 in a middle school league tournament at Rancho Canada's East Course.