Kate Munro was not at her best on the golf course Tuesday at the WIAA State Girls Golf Championship.

She still is bringing home some hardware.

Munro shot her second-worst round of the season, an 85, but it was still good enough to earn her a fourth-place finish in the Division 2 field.

Munro, who was part of a four-way tie for the first-round lead Monday with an 80, had a two-day total of 165 and finished five strokes behind Erica Priebe of Fox Valley Lutheran.

Priebe, one of the four co-leaders Monday, shot her second straight 80 for a total of 160 and a two-shot victory over Emily Neff of Hayward (81-81—162).

In Division 1, Waterford junior Aubrie Torhorst improved by one stroke and moved up seven positions, totaling 169 to tie for 25th. Mia Seeman of Milton won the Division 1 title, shooting 71-74—145 to win by two shots over Abby Cavaiani of Kettle Moraine (72-75—147).

Munro’s finish matches the second-best for the Hawks in the 10-year history of their program. Nikki Isaacson in 2010 and Sienna Chapman in 2012 finished third and each also had a fourth-place finish.

“I’m happy to represent my school,” Munro said.

Beginning her round at University Ridge Golf Course in Verona on the 10th hole, Munro got off to a good start on a windy, cool and later, rainy day, parring two of her first three holes, but on the 294-yard, par-4 13th, her fourth hole, she bladed her bunker shot over the green and finished with a triple-bogey 7.

On the next hole, the 322-yard, par-4, she hit a good drive, but her approach shot came up short, she chipped well past the hole and took a double-bogey 6.

“My drives were a lot better, but I couldn’t hit my approach shots,” Munro said. “I was not putting or chipping as well (as Monday).”

She shot 45 on her first nine, then had a chance to make a move on her 11th hole, the 428-yard, par-5 No. 2 hole. Munro reached the green in two, but was long on her eagle putt and just missed the birdie putt and settled for par.

“That would have given a huge momentum boost,” Prairie coach Carrie Massey said. “But she just couldn’t get the momentum to make a move. She was getting frustrated, but she has been such a good scrambler.

“She has been very good at grinding it out and that’s what she did today.”

Munro made her only birdie of the tournament on the 83-yard, par-3 No. 8 hole, hitting to within three feet.

Massey said Munro didn’t play the way she wanted, but she was the perfect representative for the Hawks.

“I know she is extremely disappointed, but I’m really proud of what she did,” Massey said. “Overall she had a great career at Prairie. To get back to state on her own says a lot about what kind of a player she is.”

Torhorst just beat the rain, but had to put up with a brisk wind and temperatures in the 50s.

“I heard some of the coaches say scores were going to be inflated today,” Torhorst said.

But she bucked that trend, and one of the keys to that was staying away from high numbers. Torhorst had two triple bogeys and a double bogey Monday, but had just two double bogeys Tuesday.

“It was pretty solid, I guess,” Torhorst said. “I could have done better, but I can’t complain about it.”

Torhorst also started on the 10th hole and had five pars, and one of her double bogeys, for a 41.

In the team competition, La Crosse Aquinas won its first Division 2 title in its second state appearance, totaling 717 to beat 13-time champion Madison Edgewood (732) by 15 shots.

In Division 1, Hartland Arrowhead easily won its second straight title and fourth overall, totaling 630 to beat runner-up Milton (657) by 27 strokes.


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