Milton High School hopes to make its third appearance in the WIAA girls state golf team tournament in four years after falling short of making the Division 1 field last fall.
The Red Hawks and other Stateline area squads hit the postseason trail starting Wednesday and Thursday, Oct. 1 and Oct. 2.
The other 11 regional events are scheduled Oct. 1, while the Milton Regional will be Oct. 2 at the Red Hawks’ home layout, Oak Ridge Golf Course.
Senior Maddie McCue and junior CheyAnn Knudsen qualified as individuals in 2013, shooting two-day totals of 158 and 162, and hope to carry Milton back to Madison’s University Ridge again as a team.
The Red Hawks finished only one stroke behind mighty Edgewood in the Badger Conference meet to end the regular season. Milton placed second in 2011 and fourth in 2012 at state, and freshman Mia Seeman and sophomore Leah Foster will be counted on to help them make a return visit.
The regional field also features Janesville Parker, Janesville Craig, Beloit Memorial, Badger and Elkhorn.
Parker, behind senior standout Kailey McDade, also should contend for a spot in the sectional that the Vikings will host at Riverside Golf Course the following week.
Meanwhile, Edgerton and Beloit Turner will participate in the Edgewood Regional in Division 2 competition at Yahara Hills. The Crusaders have won three straight and 10 of the 11 Division 2 championships ever held, not to mention the last two single-class tourneys in 2001-’02.
The top teams and individual advancers from that event will play at Trapper’s Turn in the Wisconsin Dells Sectional.
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