SHS golfer shows integrity after scoring snafu
The season came to a disappointing end for the Superior High School girls golf team at Wednesday’s WIAA regional tournament at the New Richmond Golf Course — especially for senior Kayla Raboin.
While the Spartans finished in seventh place in the eight-team event with a score of 450, Raboin was preparing for a three-way playoff for the final two individual spots at next week’s sectional tournament.
“Kayla played an extremely solid round of golf,” SHS coach Dan Schulz said. “She consistently put her driver in the fairway and her approach shots were spot on, in all facets of the game this was probably her best round all year.”
But as Raboin was preparing for the potential playoff, she described her round to coach Schulz and it was discovered that she had mistakenly taken an errant drop after she lost her ball in the thick rough on No. 10.
“Kayla was ultimately disqualified as she had already signed and turned in her scorecard,” Schulz said. “The way Kayla played she truly deserved to advance to the sectional qualifier, but unfortunately that didn’t happen. That being said, I couldn’t be more proud of her for the way she handled herself throughout the ruling process.”
With her 98, Raboin would have finished in a tie for 15th place with Hudson’s Sam Koehler and New Richmond’s Maggie Veenendahl, who both advanced to sectionals.
“At the end of the day there are far more important things than the numbers on your scorecard,” Schulz said. “And today, I got to witness some of those qualities on display first hand as Kayla represented the game of golf, as well as her coaches and teammates, with the utmost class, sportsmanship and integrity.”
Eau Claire North won the team title with a score of 370 and Eau Claire Memorial finished second at 382.
“I’m pleased with the efforts from all the girls who competed today,” SHS coach Dan Schulz said. “New Richmond is a difficult golf course and our players battled hard throughout.”
Lauren Raboin ended up with Superior’s low score of 109, good for 25th place. Halie Mackie finished 26th with a 110; Hailey Gronquist was 30th at 113; and Missy Walkowiak finished 35th at 118.
ECN’s Lauren Klauck took medalist honors with an 83. Former Superiorite Alyssa Bee of ECN finished in seventh place with a 92.
WIAA Division 1
Regional Golf Tournament
New Richmond Golf Course
Eau Claire, 370; Eau Claire Memorial, 372; River Falls, 382; Rice Lake, 398; Hudson, 404; New Richmond, 405; Superior,450; Chippewa Falls/McDonell Central, 451.