By Cara L. Dempski
FREDERIC — Colfax sophomore Abby DeMoe knows a little something about the University Ridge Golf Course in Madison.
After all, she played her first state tournament matches there last October as a freshman. It is entirely likely she felt more comfortable on the course this year as a sophomore after qualifying for the WIAA Division 2 state girls’ golf championship as an individual following the results of the sectional tournament held October 2 in Frederic.
The Vikings’ golfer is one of three individuals and two teams from the Frederic Sectional who made the trip to Madison for the October 8 practice sessions, and the 2017 state championships which were played Monday, October 9 and Tuesday, October 10 at the Ridges.
DeMoe earned an individual state berth with a score of 87 at the Frederic Golf Course after playing the front nine in 44 strokes and the back in 43 to finish in a three-way tie for fifth place with junior Erica Feuerhelm of Ellsworth and senior Annie Lorsung of Amery at last Monday’s sectional meet.
DeMoe and Feuerhelm both edged out Lorsung based on tie-breaking criteria for the final two state individual state qualifying spots. Hayward junior Emily Neff copped the other individual berth by taking third with a score of 82.
Stanley-Boyd won the sectional title with a 358 while Somerset finished as the runner-up with a score of 384, beating third-place Ladysmith by six strokes. Just two strokes separated third from fifth place in the final Frederic Sectional standings as Ellsworth finished fourth with a 391 and Hayward was fifth with a 392. St. Croix Central was sixth after scoring 413, Northwestern copped seventh with a 414 and Baldwin-Woodville was eighth with a score of 420.
In DeMoe’s first appearance at University Ridge last year, she garnered her 18th place out of 39 players in the 2016 Division 2 championship rounds. She swung for a score of 90 over 18 holes on the first day, and scored 98 on the second to wind up 44 over par as a freshman.