HS Girls Golf: Thursday’s conference championship previews, link to results | WIAA Girls

by Joanne Miller

The WIAA girls golf postseason is in full swing, with conference championships taking place this week across the state. These championships will determine the conference champions and individual medalists, setting the stage for the regional and sectional tournaments.

One of the most anticipated conference championships is the Big Eight Conference Championship, which will be held on Thursday at the Evansville Golf Club. Middleton, the seven-time defending conference champion, is the team to beat once again. Led by senior Vivian Cressman, Middleton has dominated the conference this season, winning all four conference matches by an average of 75 strokes. Cressman has been a consistent performer, earning medalist honors in all four matches. However, Middleton will face tough competition from other teams such as Janesville Craig and Verona.

In the Big Rivers Conference Championship, Hudson holds a commanding lead going into the final. They are aiming for their first conference title since 2009 and have been in great form this season, winning five of the seven mini-meets. Senior McKenna Zignego has been impressive individually, leading the overall standings going into the championship.

The battle for the CloverCroix Conference Championship is heating up between Bloomer and Colfax/Elk Mound. Bloomer recently ended Colfax/Elk Mound’s five-match winning streak and they will face off in an 18-hole showdown at the conference championship. Colfax/Elk Mound’s defending champion, Belle Kongshaug, has been dominant this season and will look to continue her success.

The Coulee Conference Championship will feature three competitive teams: Westby/Viroqua, Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau, and Black River Falls. Westby/Viroqua has the advantage with sophomore Maddi Fletcher leading the way. Defending champion Alexis Murphy of Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau and Black River Falls’ Zowie Hunter will also be strong contenders.

In the Fox River Classic Conference Championship, Bay Port is the team to beat once again. They have four of the top 10 golfers in the conference and are aiming for their sixth consecutive conference title. Senior Adalyn Johnston will lead the charge for Bay Port, while freshman Emma Cunningham of Green Bay Preble co-op will be pushing for individual honors.

Kaukauna is the team to watch in the Fox Valley Association Championship. They have had an impressive season, winning or sharing invitational titles and breaking their school scoring record twice. Led by senior Norah Berken and junior McKenna Lowe, Kaukauna will be looking to secure their third straight conference title. Neenah will provide tough competition, with seniors Aubrey Oitzinger and Natalie Quella leading the way.

Finally, Franklin will be aiming for their tenth consecutive Southeast Conference title. They have been the dominant team in the conference for many years, and this season looks to be no different. The individual competition will also be fierce, with players like Ava Litkey of Kenosha Bradford in the mix.

These conference championships are just the beginning of what promises to be an exciting girls golf postseason in Wisconsin. The winners of these championships will move on to the regional and sectional tournaments, with the ultimate goal of qualifying for the state tournament. The competition will be fierce, and golf fans in Wisconsin are in for a treat.

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