TREMPEALEAU — As she has for much of the girls golf season, Aquinas High School junior Annie Balduzzi led the way in an impressive showing for the Blugolds at the WIAA Division 2 Regional hosted by Arcadia.
Balduzzi earned medalist honors with a 10-over-par 82 on a cool, breezy day at Trempealeau Mountain Golf Course, and Aquinas (377) won the regional by 21 strokes. The win advances the Blugolds to the Wisconsin Rapids sectional on Monday.
Balduzzi set the pace for her team, carding 41s on both the front and the back nines. Seniors Shealyn McCoy (47-48—95) and Kaitlyn MacCharles (49-47—96) gave the Blugolds a good cushion from the rest of the field. The top four teams Wednesday advanced to the sectional, meaning Osseo-Fairchild (398), Wisconsin Dells (404) and Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau (410) will also be competing as a team next week.
G-E-T saw solid performances from seniors Madison Schmidt (96) and McKenzie Mahlum (98) to comfortably take fourth as a team.
The top four players on non-qualifying teams also advanced: Prairie du Chien’s Mackenzie Maguire (92) and Gabby Ritchie (101), C-FC’s Katie Wachowiak (95), and Arcadia’s Rylee Haines (100).
At Stevens Point CC, Par 72
STEVENS POINT, Wis. — Onalaska (358) ran away from the eight-team field to win the regional by 37 strokes. Senior Erin Ericson earned medalist honors with a 10-over 82, four strokes better than Westby/Viroqua’s Brooke Knutson.
The Hilltoppers, Stevens Point (395), Tomah (398) and Westby/Viroqua (442) all advanced to the Madison Edgewood sectional. Sparta’s Ginny Yahnke (88) and Central/Logan’s Grace Amundson (105) also advanced.
Onalaska claimed two singles titles and a doubles crown to win the tournament and finish atop the season points standings.
The Hilltoppers’ Faith Leithold won the No. 1 singles tourney, battling Tomah’s Lindsay Conway into a tiebreaker, but pulling out a 6-3, 2-6, 10-6 win. Teammate Alli Laux cruised to a 6-1, 6-1 win over Aquinas’ Fiona Flaherty for the No. 2 singles title.