Prep girls golf photo: Madison Edgewood celebrates its return to the WIAA Division 2 state tournament

The Madison Edgewood girls golf team shows off its WIAA Division 2 sectional championship plaque after earning its 19th state tournament trip in 20 years with a victory in the Edgewood sectional on Tuesday at Yahara Hills Golf Course.

CONTRIBUTED - Peggy Gierhart

The Madison Edgewood girls golf team is back where the Crusaders have long proven they belong.

Edgewood shot a four-player team score of 357 on Tuesday to win its own sectional at Yahara Hills Golf Course.

The victory gave coach Peggy Gierhart’s Crusaders a berth in the WIAA Division 2 state tournament, after Edgewood missed qualifying for state as a team last year.

Last year’s miss ended the Crusaders’ string of 18 consecutive team state berths — a run that included 13 championships and two runner-up finishes.

The state tournament will take place Monday and Tuesday at University Ridge Golf Course.

Even though Edgewood didn’t qualify for state as a team last year, then-freshman Grace Welch made it — and wound up finishing third individually with an 83-81—164 score.

On Tuesday, she shot an 11-over-par 83 to finish second individually in the sectional, three strokes behind junior Annie Balduzzi of team runner-up La Crosse Aquinas.

Rock Valley Conference Jefferson missed out on a team state berth, finishing third at 383. Eagles senior Alexa Owen qualified for state as an individual, shooting 85.

Also qualifying individually was Wisconsin Dells junior Allison Anderson, who shot 86.

Team scores: Madison Edgewood 357; La Crosse Aquinas 368; Jefferson 383; Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau 386; Osseo-Fairchild 397; Edgerton 404; Southwestern co-op 474.

Top five individuals: 1, Balduzzi, LCA, 80; Welch, ME, 83; 3, Owel, J, 85; 4, Anderson, Wisconsin Dells, 86; 5, Eide, OF, 87.

Individual state qualifiers: Owen, J, 85; Anderson, WD, 86; Eide, OF, 87.

Madison Edgewood — Welch 83; Hegenbarth 88; Leske 93; Jaeger 93. Jefferson — Owen 85; Deblare 97; Draeger 98; Hotter 103. Edgerton — Kruckenberg 89; Brown 100; Suhr 101; Perkins 114. Wisconsin Dells — Anderson 86, Alvarez 93, Gray 98. Cambridge — Pero 115. At Yahara GC, par 72.

Catholic Memorial sectional

Lakeside Lutheran freshman Maya Heckmann missed out on an individual state berth by four strokes, shooting 89.

Waukesha Catholic Memorial won the tournament at The Broadlands in North Prairie, shooting 354.

Team scores: Waukesha Catholic Memorial 354; Appleton Fox Valley Lutheran 357; Appleton Xavier 379; Marinette 384; Racine Prairie 385; Milwaukee St. Thomas More 398; Luxemburg-Casco 399; Bonduel 425.

Top five individuals: 1, Priebe, FVL, 71; Munro, Racine Prairie, 74; Brandt, WCM, 82; Stanislawski, WCM, 84; Haen, AX, 85.

Lakeside Lutheran — Heckmann 89. At The Broadlands, North Prairie, par 72.

Division 1

Mukwonago sectional

State second-ranked Milton shot 335 to edge Wales Kettle Moraine by one stroke atop the sectional team scores.

The Red Hawks earned a return trip to state after tying for sixth place last year.

Kettle Moraine senior Abby Cavaiani, who stunned the Wisconsin golf world by shooting a 60 in the recent Classic 8 Conference tournament, shot 2-under-par 70 at Edgewood Golf Course in Big Bend on Tuesday to win the individual sectional title. Cavaiani tied for sixth at state last year.

Milton senior Mia Seeman finished second individually with a 77, followed by junior Taylor Hakala at 79. Sophomore Claudia Seeman shot 89 and senior Holly Gunnink 90 for the Red Hawks.

Janesville Parker junior Sophia Dooman qualified for state as an individual, shooting 83. Fort Atkinson and Parker tied for seventh in the team race, each shooting 395.

Team scores: Milton 335; Wales Kettle Moraine 336; Union Grove 356; Waterford 373; Lake Geneva Badger 376; Mukwonago 383; Fort Atkinson 395; Janesville Parker 395.

Top five individuals: Cavaiani, WKM, 70; Seeman, Mil, 77; Hakala, Mil, 79; Murphy, LGB, 79; Koenig, WKM, 81.

Individual state qualifiers: Murphy, LGB, 79; Torhorst, Wfd, 83; Dooman, JP, 83.

Milton — M. Seeman 77; T. Hakala 79; C. Seeman 89; Gunnink 90. Fort Atkinson — Schneider 88; Veenhuis 98; Aalto 104; England 105. Janesville Parker — Dooman 83; Burdick 94; Reid 105; McDade 113. Janesville Craig — Lux 87, Christoph 113. Beloit Memorial — Day 89. At Edgewood GC, Big Bend, par 72.

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Wisconsin State Journal prep sports editor Art Kabelowsky has traversed the state to cover sports while working for daily papers in Fort Atkinson, Racine, La Crosse, Milwaukee and Baraboo.