The still strong women’s golf programs in the Madison area look set for more success this season.
Middleton was ranked second and Waunakee fourth in Division 1 while Madison Edgewood was fifth in Division 2 in the Golf Coaches Association of Wisconsin preseason poll.
Middleton won the Big Eight conference and all of its competitions last season before finishing third in the WIAA Division 1 State Tournament. The Cardinals lost Ellie Frisch, who was fourth in the state, at graduation. But they return three integral parts of last year’s roster – juniors Vivian Cressman and Ellen Close and senior Amanda Beckman, a four-year-old varsity player, Cardinals coach Becky Halverson said the team is getting better. relies on leadership and experience.
Waunakee, which won the Badger East Conference and finished tied for sixth last season, should be great again with junior doubles Izzi Stricker (tied 14th at State) and Jordan Shipshock (27th at State). Senior Gabby Ziegler also returns from the state team.
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Oregon, which received Division 1 honorable mention (ranked No. 15) in the preseason poll, has a roster that includes junior Drew Hoffer and sophomores Delainey Halverson and Addison Sabel. Panthers coach Casey Johnson said Hoffer excelled at specialty shooting, Halverson earned the nickname ‘Ms. Short Game’ due to her hitting and throwing skills and her state qualification , Sabel displays plenty of length off the tee.
In Division 2, Madison Edgewood will be led by new coach Corey Sielaff, who will succeed retired Peggy Gierhart. The Crusaders will be led by junior Jacklyn Thao and senior Sarah Nakada.
The WIAA State Tournament will be held Oct. 10-11 at University Ridge Golf Course.
5 players to know this season
Vivian Cressman, Jr., Middleton
Things to know: Cressman was a medalist at the season-opening Hartford Invitational on Thursday, leading the Cardinals to the tag team title. She finished tied for 20th at the state and tied for fourth at the WIAA Division 1 Oregon last season. Cressman was a 2021 Golf Coaches Association of Wisconsin All-State Third-Team selection. Cressman and Beckman were all-conference first-team picks in the Big Eight last year.
Quoteable: “Vivian’s game has improved a lot throughout the summer; it may have been the best summer she’s had to date. As we head into the season, she seems incredibly motivated to continue to excel in her high school career,” Halverson said. “She is going to be a strong leader in our team. Her strong summer schedule paid off at our first event, as she shot a par 72. It’s great to see her hard work pay off.
Isabel Royle, Sr., Sun Prairie West
Things to know: Royle and his twin Sophia are two of the golfers at the new Sun Prairie West High School. Isabel Royle finished 13th in the Oregon Division last year and received an All-State honorable mention in 2021. The Royle sisters were part of Sun Prairie State’s second division in softball last spring.
Quoteable: “Isabel Royle embodies what it means to be a multi-sport student-athlete. She is a hard worker, an excellent student and an excellent team player. She brings a lot of experience and leadership to our team,” Wolves manager Maggie Gugel said. “One of the many things that makes Isabel so special is her competitive spirit. She always wants to do her best and encourages her teammates to do the same.
Addison Sabel, So., Oregon
Things to know: Sabel finished tied for fourth in sections and qualified for state, where she finished tied for 63rd as a rookie. Sabel, sophomore Delainey Halverson and junior Drew Hoffer provide coach Casey Johnson’s Panthers with a solid core.
Quoteable: “Addison is our only returning player who qualified for state last year,” Johnson said. “Addi also finished second team in all conferences. She has a lot of length and can really hit the ball. Although she’s third on our depth chart, she’s the player most likely to get an eagle or one-by-a-round.
Jordan Shipshock, Jr., Waunakee
Things to know: Shipshock, an all-Badger East Conference first-team selection last season, finished 27th in the state after a third-place finish at the Oregon Section last season. Shipshock was the third All-State team in 2021.
Quoteable: “One thing we can always count on with Jordan is the work ethic she has and her drive to continue to be one of the best players in Wisconsin State. She is truly a student of the game and owns a great understanding of swing mechanics and course strategy,” Warriors coach Paul Miller said. “During practices and even rounds, she asks questions and shares her understanding of course management; all in the name of improving.Jordan believes in managing the “little things” that can make her successful, and she passes that knowledge on to her younger teammates.
Izzi Stricker, Jr., Waunakee
Things to know: Stricker, a first-team pick and Badger East Player of the Year, helped lead Waunakee to a sixth-place finish as a team, and she finished tied for 14th in the Division 1 state tournament. , daughter of professional golfer Steve Stricker, and Ellie Frisch of Middleton had the lowest totals at the Oregon Section. Stricker was the second-team All-State in 2021.
Quoteable: “While Izzi has great length off the tee and an absolutely solid short game that makes her one of Wisconsin’s top players, what really stands out about her is the feisty competitor that it is deep within itself. She likes the challenge of playing tough courses with strong fields of competition,” Miller said. “She has a tenacity that allows her to bounce from a tough hole to string together a series of pars with a birdie or two thrown to erase the hiccups she may have had a few holes before. And now, as a junior, she is evolving into a natural role as a team leader through her actions and encouragement.
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