Girls golf team finishes eighth at sectionals
Sparta’s post-season run on the golf course came to an end Monday, as the Lady Spartan linksters finished eighth in the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association Division 1 regionals at Hiawatha Golf Club in Tomah.
Sparta finished with one of its best team scores of the season with a 408, but couldn’t match-up with the bigger schools at the sectional.
Sophomore Ginny Yahnke led the Lady Spartans, firing a 40 on the front nine and a 47 on the back to shoot a 15-over-par round of 87 on the par-72 layout at Hiawatha.
Senior Becca Yahnke was solid as well, shooting back-to-back nine-hole rounds of 46 to finish with an 18-hole total of 92, while senior Laney Sullivan fired a 1-1 – shooting 48 on the front and 53 on the back.
Senior Kayla VonRuden carded a 62 on the front and a 66 on the back to come in at 128 for Sparta, while sophomore Delaney Schaller added nine-hole rounds of 65 and 64 to shoot 129.
Three Mississippi Valley Conference teams - Sparta, Tomah and Onalaska - qualified for Monday’s sectional after finishing in the top four at last week’s WIAA Division 1 regional at Stevens Point Country Club.
Onalaska and Eau Claire Memorial finished in the top two at Tomah to earn a trip to next week’s WIAA Division 2 state girls golf championships at University Ridge Golf Course in Madison.
MVC champion Onalaska took first at the sectional with a team score of 347, while Eau Claire Memorial finished six strokes back in second with a 353.
Third place went to Rice Lake with a team score of 365, followed by Stevens Point in fourth at 367, River Falls in fifth at 370, Tomah in sixth at 371, Eau Claire North in seventh at 373 and Sparta with 408 strokes in eighth place.
Hudson junior Lexi Jonas was the sectional medalist with a six-over-par round of 78, while Onalaska’s Sydney Hubbard finished in second with 80 and Tomah’s Ilayna Long – who carded a hole-in-one on No. 16 - finished third with an 81.
Alyssa Bee of Eau Claire North finished in fourth at 84.
Hubbard will advance to state with her team, while Jonas, Long and Bee qualified for state as individuals.
The WIAA Division 1 state golf championships will be contested in Madison Monday and Tuesday.