Another season of Chargers girls golf has begun. Hamilton began practice on Aug. 8, in what is the program's 15th year of existence. New this year to the team is Tyler Dahl, a HHS graduate and former member of the boys program. Randy Howard is the head coach, and Paul Schmidt returns as an assistant coach for Hamilton.
A record 27 players have signed up for the team, with one returning letterwinner in Kirsten Leonardi.
Seniors include Sarah Sankey, Shayna Savage, Karley Garcia and Samantha Glendenning.
Juniors in the program are Hallie Anton, Brenna Kelbel, Jasmyn Ware and Emma O'Neill.
Sophomores are Sarah Lane, Mallie Gammon, Brie Brandt, Kate Burke, Kaylee Braatz, Morgan Donnelly, Cean Faulstich, Hailey Hilgart, Ashley Johnson, Leonardi, Julia Nolde, Olivia Remm and Savanna Thorne. The 13 golfers at one grade level is also a record for the HHS program.
The freshmen include Molly Coady, Samantha Garoukian, McKenna Kessenich, Alyssa Mussfeldt, MacKenzie Prodoehl and Peyton Ross.
In its first competition of the season at the Pius Invite at Washington County Golf Course on Aug. 11, the Chargers finished 14th out of 21 teams with a 430. Leonardi led the way with a 96. Garcia carded a 105, Johnson shot a 114, Anton a 115 and Kelbel rounded out the scoring with a 118. Arrowhead won the event with a team score of 313.
On Aug. 15 at the Mukwonago Invitational, held at Edgewood Pines, the Chargers shot a 445. Waterford won the event with a 371. Leonardi led the way with a 98. Kelbel shot a 106, Savage a 120, Garcia a 121 and Anton a 122.
The HHS JV team shot a 39 and placed sixth out of 17 teams at the inaugural Menomonee Falls 4-Player Scramble at Silver Spring Golf Course on Aug. 11. Players included Morgan Donnelly, Samantha Garoukian, Julia Nolde and Emma O'Neill.
On Aug. 12, Hamilton lost to Waukesha at Silver Spring, 195-214. Garoukian shot a 53, Ashley Johnson a 54, O'Neill a 56, Sarah Lane a 59, Mckenna Kessinich a 61 and Olivia Remm a 63. Brie Brandt/Mackenzie Prodoehl shot a 51 (scramble).