By Cara L. Dempski
MADISON — Colfax sophomore Abby DeMoe tied for 18th as an individual in her inaugural visit to the WIAA Division 2 state golf tournament last year as a freshman.
When she finished her first round of 18 holes at the 2017 D2 state championship on the University Ridge Golf Course last Monday, October 9, she was in a five-way tie for 13th with a score of 93 on the course that is the home of the Wisconsin Badgers. By the time she reached the end of her second round the following day, October 10, she was tied for 18th.
[emember_protected] “Abby had a great state tournament,” Colfax golf coach Ryan Krall said after he and DeMoe returned home. “The course played really hard, especially the second day when the wind was really gusting and it started to rain on the second nine.”
Krall called University Ridge a tough course if you don’t hit the ball a lot off the tee, which is a category DeMoe fits, but the Viking sophomore proved her ability to play with any crowd when she got her short game going.
DeMoe was up bright and early to make her 9 a.m. tee time at University Ridge’s first hole Monday, October 9, and played as part of a group with Somerset’s Emma Westmoreland, Kaitlyn MacCharles of LaCrosse Aquinas, and Emma Santos from Fox Valley Lutheran.
The Viking golfer had the best finish of her group for the opening round of the state tournament, shooting 21 over par for the day, while Westmoreland finished the day in 33rd after going 44 over, and Santos tied at 28th with a final score of 102 for the day, and MacCharles shot 94 for a five-way tie at 18th.
She started Tuesday as part of a group including Santos and MacCharles, but which now included Caitlyn Hegenbarth of Edgewood High School. The quartet formed the seventh group to start for the day, and started their second 18-hole round on the course’s back nine at 9:50 a.m.
DeMoe slipped to 23rd in her opening holes Tuesday, October 10, but seemed to recover after a few rough holes on the back nine. She played par on the 17th and 18th before moving back to the front nine.
By the time she finished her second round of 18 holes, DeMoe had clawed her way back up into 18th, and stayed there in a tie with Ellsworth’s Erica Feuerhelm.
Krall said DeMoe will likely aspire to finish in the top 10 next year at the state match, and he believes she can do it.
Overall, the Colfax coach was happy with the how the Vikings played this season, and is excited the whole team, but for senior Amanda Christianson, will return for 2018.
“We have a great group of kids that I think are really committed to getting better and working hard to achieve some lofty team goals next year,” Krall said. “I’m hoping we have a really good off season and summer next year leading up to our competitive season.” [/emember_protected]