Kaukauna High School golfer McKenna Lowe. Photo via @kaukaunaghosts on Twitter.

MADISON — Freshman McKenna Lowe of Kaukauna is one of 16 individual qualifiers in Division 1 to tee off Monday in the WIAA state girls golf tournament at University Ridge Golf Course in Madison.

Lowe shot an 84 at the WIAA Sectional Golf Meet at Greenwood Hills CC in Wausau to qualifying.

She tees off at 8 a.m. Monday with a foursome including Ava Wittstock, Sheboygan North/Southk Katie Westbrook, Oconomowoc and Kiya Bronston, Onalaska.

The ninth and 18th holes of the WIAA State Girls Golf Championships will be streamed live without subscription on the NFHS Network at nfhsnetwork.com/associations/wiaa-wi or WIAA.tv.

Kaukauna’s golf coach is Andy Benson.


There are numerous golfers with quality State Tournament experience vying for medalist honors.

Senior Ellie Frisch of Middleton qualifies for the fourth time. She finished runner-up in the alternate season in 2020-21 and was 18th in 2019 after a 20th-place standing in 2018. Junior Norah Roberts of Union Grove sophomore and Kylie Walker of Westosha Central tied for third last year. Junior Hannah Dunk of Milton finished fifth at the alternate season championships, and junior Brin Neumann of Tomah and senior Sarah Balding of Brookfield Central battled to a sixth-place tie in 2020. Balding is a four-time qualifier, finishing 52nd in 2018 and runner-up in 2019. Neumann also qualified in 2019, tying for 26th.

Senior Avery Dudra of Bay Port was seventh in the alternate season tournament after tying for 28th in 2019, and senior Jenna Anderson of Kettle Moraine was eighth in 2020 following a 25th-place finish in 2019. Senior Sophie Pokela of Tomah and sophomore Madison Haugen of Brookfield East both return after tying for ninth in 2020. Sophomore Vivian Cressman of Middleton also earned a top-10 position with a ninth-place finish in the alternate season. In addition to Anderson, the sectional champions competing to be in the mix for medalist honors are junior Emily Gastrau of Wauwatosa East/West; sophomore Adalyn Johnston of Bay Port, who won the Wausau East/West Sectional after an 11th-place tie during the alternate season last spring; junior Riley Pechinski of Stevens Point; sophomore Izzi Stricker of Waunakee, who won the Oregon Sectional after tying for 13th at State in 2020; Senior Ava Wittstock of Sheboygan North/South, who earned medalist honors at the Hartford Sectional after tying for 11th during the alternate season last spring.

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By Dan Plutchak

Dan Plutchak, born and raised in Kaukauna, is cofounder of Kaukauna Community News.