VERONA, Wis. — Aquinas High School senior Annie Balduzzi’s putting game escaped her on Tuesday, and it cost her the chance to end her WIAA career as a Division 2 state golf champion.
But Balduzzi’s 8-over-par 80 at University Ridge Golf Course did allow her to complete the best state finish she has had as a Blugold.
Balduzzi’s 80 gave her a second-place Division 2 finish in her fourth state tournament. Balduzzi was 13th as a freshman, tied for fourth as a sophomore and placed sixth as a junior.
“I chunked two shots right away and two-putted for a double (bogey) on the first hole, but I came back and birdied the next one,” Balduzzi said. “But after that, I had trouble.”
Appleton Xavier’s Clair Phakamad won the Division 2 championship by shooting a 74 on Tuesday. She trailed Balduzzi by four shots after Monday’s first round but made up the difference while finishing at 152.
Balduzzi’s 154 was four shots ahead of a third-place tie on a day that included some rain but warm and breezy conditions otherwise.
Arcadia’s girls finished fourth out of six teams in Division 2 with an 819 over 36 holes. Rylee Haines and Hallie Tulip each shot 94 on Tuesday, while Kendra Konkel added a 102.
Haines led the Raiders over two days with a 192 that tied for 19th place overall. Tulip (197) was 22nd and Konkel (203) 23rd.
Onalaska’s girls, making their fourth straight appearance, finished 10th (732) out of 12 teams in Division 1 but moved up a spot on the second day by cutting 18 strokes from their Monday performance.
Alyssa Achenreiner shot an 87, Amber Nguyen an 87 and Allison Balduzzi a 90 for the Hilltoppers on Tuesday. Achenreiner and Nguyen both shot 171 for the tournament and tied for 32nd overall.
Annie Balduzzi, who has yet to decide where she will play in college, shot a 5-over 41 on the back nine and 3-over 39 on the front, starting on the 10th hole during a shotgun start.
“She was accurate on her drives and just had some trouble with her chipping and putting,” Aquinas coach Andy Foley said of Balduzzi, who birdied the par-5 11th and par-5 second. “That was the negative for her today.”
But Foley said Balduzzi, who led by four shots after the first round, cemented her spot in program history with the runner-up finish and four state appearances.
“There are very few Annie Balduzzis,” he said. “She progressed as a golfer and played with integrity, and her best golf is still ahead of her.
“Annie is the best golfer in program history.”