Polar Bears ‘past excited’ to achieve WIAA state women golf event

Polar Bears 'beyond excited' to reach WIAA state girls golf tournament

Ricardo Arguello
| Appleton Submit-Crescent

HORTONVILLE – Making faculty historical past was a memorable second for Alix Kundinger. 

The junior is a member of the Hortonville women golf crew that superior to the WIAA state meet for the primary time in class historical past.

The state meet is at The Meadows Valley Course at Blackwolf Run. The 2-day meet is Monday and Tuesday, with tee instances starting at 8:30 a.m. each days.

“We have been past excited,” the junior mentioned. “It was a surreal second for all of us, particularly for it being the primary time in class historical past, particularly with this sturdy crew that we have now. We now have such a robust bond and it was such a cool expertise for us.”

The Polar Bears completed second on the Notre Dame sectional at Thornberry Creek with a crew rating of 375. Notre Dame was the highest finisher (350) and each groups be a part of Arrowhead, Brookfield Central, Cedarburg, Kettle Moraine, Tomah and Waunakee as Division 1 groups competing.

“I am very proud to be part of this crew going to state,” Hortonville coach Travis Bauer mentioned. “Hortonville is my hometown, the place I work and the place I performed my highschool golf. I really feel very lucky to have this chance with this group of younger ladies. It is going to be such a fantastic expertise to be at Blackwolf for the primary time and to spend the three days collectively as a crew.”

Kate Downie, additionally a junior, is the Polar Bears’ high golfer with Kundinger shut behind. Downie shot 85 to complete third general on the sectional, with Kundinger firing a 92. 

Reagan Sturn, Savannah Teale and Emily Schmidt may also compete for the Polar Bears. 

“I am simply glad I bought to have the ability to be part of it. It is principally making historical past,” Downie mentioned of Hortonville advancing to state. “My sister (Bree) had gone as a person in 2017 and I used to be glad to make it as a crew. It is a large accomplishment.”

The coronavirus pandemic pressured the WIAA to maneuver the event from College Ridge in Verona to Blackwolf Run, however Bauer would not suppose the change may have an excessive amount of of an affect on the crew.

“College Ridge is historic and a fantastic venue for the annual state event, and Blackwolf and the Kohler properties are identified worldwide so that you could not ask for a greater alternate web site to play the state event,” he mentioned. “I at all times inform the women golf is a two-point sport – the spot the place the ball is and the spot the place you need it to land – the whole lot in between would not matter whatever the course in the event you’re assured within the line you select and your potential to hit your distance. I do not actually suppose the course change will play any position within the end result of the event. What a good looking place to spend three days.”

Kundinger mentioned she has performed the course beforehand, with this being the primary time for Downie. Groups and people are allowed follow rounds Sunday.

“I’ve performed it as soon as earlier than with my dad and it’s a beautiful course,” Kundinger mentioned. “It is actually well-maintained and I am actually excited to go play it.”

Stated Downie: “They’ve informed me slightly concerning the course. I feel it may be a fantastic alternative to play as a result of I heard it is a fantastic course. (It is a new web site for state), and that is a very good factor that we’re all taking part in on (even floor).”

The crew has only one senior (Schmidt), so the expertise ought to repay sooner or later as properly for the Polar Bears.

“The whole lot at this level is bonus to our season,” Bauer mentioned. “We had completely no crew disappointments in competitors this season and it doesn’t matter what occurs at state, this season was an unimaginable success for our crew and our faculty. I would like our women to essentially benefit from the expertise of competing in a state event as a crew for the primary time at Blackwolf Run, taking part in the Meadows for 3 days and the time they’ve along with one another and their households for 3 days that almost all gamers do not get to ever expertise.

“There’s numerous nice groups and gamers competing this 12 months. We’re simply going to place a peg within the floor, take our swing and see what occurs.”

Kundinger is hoping for the very best when the meet tees off Monday.

“There are some actually good groups getting in to the event,” she mentioned. “But when we put up some good scores and play our greatest, we might be close to the highest and issues will prove for us.”

Downie agreed.

“I simply need to take it one shot at a time,” she mentioned. “I do know there will probably be numerous groups there which might be superb and very aggressive. I feel it’s a very good expertise for our crew to go.”



Groups: Hortonville (Kate Downie, Alix Kundinger, Reagan Sturn, Emily Schmidt, Savannah Teale); Notre Dame (Grace Durkin, Emma Wolf, Belle Mae Williams, Emily Noble, Lily Balison, Anna Gruesen)

People: Madeline Kiley, Kimberly; Jasmine Yang, Wausau East/West


Groups: Freedom (Callie Berg, Emma Laundrie, Megan Alexander, Gracie Moeller, Ella Peters)

People: Religion Flynn, Inexperienced Bay NEW Lutheran; Lauren Haen, Xavier

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