Tomah's Long headed to state after sectional ace
You could hear the roar from several holes away, and the smile on Ilayna Long’s face as she approached the final hole at Hiawatha Golf Club Monday was a reminder to everyone watching that the Tomah High School senior had just done something extraordinary.
Long sank a hole-in-one on No. 16 to fuel a two-over-par round of 38 on the back nine at Hiawatha Golf Club – and she did it on a very big stage.
The unlikely ace, followed by a par on No. 17 and a bogie on the 18th hole, allowed Long to finish the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association Division 1 girls golf sectional with an 18-hole score of 81 after opening with a round of 43 on the front nine
The nine-over-par round was good enough to earn Long a trip to next week’s WIAA individual state girls golf championships at University Ridge Golf Course in Madison.
While Long finished third behind Lexi Jonas of Hudson (78) and Onalaska’s Sydney Hubbard (80), her team fell shy of a trip to state.
Tomah finished sixth in the eight-team sectional, which included a trio of Mississippi Valley Conference teams.
MVC champion Onalaska won the sectional with 347 team strokes, while Eau Claire Memorial finished second with a 353.
Tomah was sixth with 371 team tallies, while Sparta - which finished fourth in this year’s MVC standings - landed in eighth place with a team score of 408.
The top two teams at the Tomah sectional advance to next week’s Division 1 state championship.
Katie Tillman added a round of 91 for Tomah on the par-72 layout at Hiawatha, while Alison Krultz and Isabelle Zingler finished with rounds of 98 and 101, respectively, for the Timberwolves.
Molly Larson rounded out Tomah’s top five golfers with an 18-hole total of 105.