Waunakee’s Izzi Stricker makes a ‘big step’, winning the WIAA Division 1 girls’ golf tournament.

Waunakee junior Izzi Stricker discusses the girls’ golf season on October 3 at Pleasant View Golf Course in Middleton.

John Mason | Wisconsin Magazine

Waunakee Jr. Izzy Striker It’s okay to come from behind at the golf tournament.

In fact, she kind of likes it.

Stryker was definitely in catch-up mode on Tuesday and knew she would have to shoot subpar in the final round of the WIAA Division 1 girls’ golf tournament.

She quickly turned from a hunter into a stalker.

Storm returned with six birds, including four in a row – and turned Four-stroke deficit after the first round on Monday The lead and then the state championships Tuesday at University Ridge Golf Course.

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“It’s been my goal since the last state championship (a year ago),” said Stryker. she Tied at 14 last year.

Meet Golfer Waunakee Izzi Stricker

Striker fired 2-under-par 70 and finished on 143, better than Salem Westosha Central Jr. Kylie Walker (69-76-145).

Coach Paul Miller confirmed, by winning her first state title, that she would become the first female Waunakee singles champion in girls’ golf.

“I would say I feel very accomplished and very proud of myself,” said Straker. “It’s a great achievement. It’s not really settled yet.”

Stryker had to wait about an hour for the final sets, which included Walker, to finish.

“I’m very happy for Izzy,” Miller said. “You put in the work. The shots hit. I really like the way you held them together. She said today that she was very alert. I think you call that ‘being in the zone’. … It’s so worth it.”

“She’s so humble. She works hard and has a great attitude. She doesn’t come down. She doesn’t let a bad pit get into her. She comes back with more ferocity. She doesn’t let things get to her. That can make you a hero and he did that today.”

Izzy Striker

Izzy Straker of Waunakee hugs her father, professional golfer Steve Straker, after learning that she finished first in the first class.

The win – on a windy day when it was sunny in the morning and rainy in the afternoon – led to her sharing many hugs afterwards with his teammates, coaches, friends and family – including her father, professional golfer Steve Stryker. mother, Nikki; and her sister Bobby.

“They were proud of me,” said Izzie Stryker.

“This is a huge step,” said Izzy Stryker, who called it her biggest victory in competitive golf.

She said that she did not like to play with a certain number during the round. But she thought she would need 68 to compete for the state championship after she tied for third after the first round on Monday.

Stryker, who apparently loves musk-and-eyes as much as she loves golf, didn’t need to go that low, but her score did the trick.

Izzy Striker

Waunakee’s Izzi Stricker kicks off on the ninth hole Tuesday at the WIAA Division 1 State Girls’ Golf Championships at University Ridge Golf Course. She fired the final 2-under 70.

Amber Arnold photos, state newspaper

Stryker had a birdie on numbers 2, 6, 8 and 9 and a double bogey on number 7 in a 2-under-34 grouping on her first nine holes.

She ended up with two birds in four consecutive holes—numbers 8, 9, 10, and 11—to go 4-under. This is the first time in competitive golf that she’s made four sparrows in a row, Straker said, noting that all three in a row were her previous best.

“I try not to get ahead of myself,” she said, “but I knew the four (in a row) birds would definitely help me.” “I had no idea where I was compared to the field, but I knew it would help me climb the leaderboard.”

She had a bogey at No. 13 and another at No. 14, relegated to 2 under. Walker closed in one stroke with the sparrows at #15 and #16 but had a bogey at #17.

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Middleton coach Becky Halverson, whose team finished as first-class runners-up, was thrilled to see the area golfer, especially Stryker, win the state title.

“I am so proud of my dear,” Halverson said. “I’m enjoying her a lot. I would say she’s one of the most beautiful golfers in the state. I tell her that. She’s so cute and she’s so much fun to watch. I’m so proud of her victory. She’s not on our team, but I feel like she’s part of our team.”

Westosha Central defended the Division 1 title, firing 319 in total on Tuesday and finishing with 626. Middleton came in second with 645 (315-330). Waunakee finished fifth (334-331-665), led by Stryker and Jordan Shipchuck Jr. (80, tied for 22nd with a score of 162).

Middleton golf

Middleton’s players crowded around coach Becky Halverson after completing the 18th hole.

“Obviously we were hoping to finish first,” said Halverson, this year’s Big Eight Conference coach. “But Westosha Central, they are a strong team. They played great today. Our girls stuck there today. … We are definitely happy to bring the trophy home.”

Middleton Junior’s Vivien Cressman tied for fifth after shooting 77 to 151.

Middleton’s senior Amanda Beckman went 80-80 to 160, and Middleton’s young Elaine Close tied for 22nd (79-83-162).

“I am so proud of all these girls,” Close said. “We all came here to give our best. We wanted to give our best and we all did.”

How golfers in the area coped with pressure in the WIAA Division 1

Prescott defended her Division 2 title, winning a playoff game over the Prairie School after the teams tied at 684.

Madison Edgewood led by senior Sarah Nakada (86-95-181) finished fourth with a score of 761.

Prescott senior Ava Salai reprized the title role, shooting a 74 and finishing with a 149.

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