The WIAA began its golf tournament program for girls in the fall of 1972. Madison West won the first team championship, finishing ahead of runner-up West Bend East and third-place Brookfield Central.
The first tournament was held at Winagamie, near Appleton. It has been held at various locations - Fond du Lac, Lawsonia, Wisconsin Rapids, Stevens Point, Lake Arrowhead, Janesville Riverside, University Ridge in Madison, and Cherokee Country Club in Madison in 2012. It returned to University Ridge in 2013 after course renovations were completed.
Edgewood leads in number of team championships won with 13. Madison West, which won the first five State titles, and La Crosse Central are next in line with five. Appleton West and Homestead have won four titles, and Arrowhead, Madison Memorial and Notre Dame have won three.
Osceola has produced the largest number of medalists with eight. Madison Memorial has had six individual champions, and both Appleton West and Racine Case have both produced five individual champions.
Homestead has qualified a team for the State meet more than any other program with 27 appearances. Brookfield Central is next with 24, and then comes Madison Memorial with 20. Edgewood and Fond du Lac have qualified 19 times, and Middleton and Arrowhead have qualified 17 times.
In 2008, Lindsay Danielson of Osceola became the first golfer to win four individual championships (2005-08). Her sister, Casey Danielson, became the second individual to accomplish the feat from 2009-12. Heather Suhr of Racine Case is the only other golfer to win medalist honors three consecutive years (1996-98).
Two Madison Memorial girls--Chris Regenberg (1976-77) and Sherri Steinhauer (1979-80)--as well as Ellen Mielke of Appleton West (1985-86), Erika Brown of Madison La Follette (1989-90), Carly Werwie of Kenosha Bradford (2004-05), Tory Bauman of Nicolet (2007-08), Emily Joers of Waukesha South/North/West (2009, 11) and Jessica Reinecke of Verona (2012-13) have won medalist honors twice.
Casey Danielson shot the best 36-hole performance in a State Meet with a 138 (69-69) at University Ridge in 2010. Holly Stark of Arrowhead and Lauren Anzelone of Racine Park both scored a hole-in-one at the 2001 State Meet. Jami Kessenich of Arrowhead accomplished the feat on hole 17 at University Ridge in 2008. Aimee Tripp of Onalaska did it on hole 8 at University Ridge in 2009, and Mari Pechacek of River Falls had an ace on hole 3 at University Ridge in 2011. Last to do it was Megan Elmes of Madison Memorial on hole 5 at Cherokee Country Club in 2012.
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