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Feuerhelm makes Ellsworth girls golf history with state score of 188

Ellsworth golf coach Carter Huppert and junior Erika Feuerhelm bump knucks before she tees off for the seventh hole during the second day of the WIAA Division 2 state girls golf tournament at University Ridge in Verona on Tuesday, Oct. 10. Jalen Knuteson / Herald contributor 1 / 3
Erica Feuerhelm and her head coach Carson Huppert walk the University Ridge Golf Course in Verona at the Wisconsin Division 2 Girls Golf State Championships held Oct. 9-10. Photo submitted by the Feuerhelm family.2 / 3
Erica Feuerhelm tied for 18th place at the Wisconsin Division 2 Girls Golf State Championships held Oct. 9-10 with a score of 188. Her two-day score is the new best two-day score in the history of Ellsworth girls golf at the state tournament. Photo submitted by the Feuerhelm family3 / 3

Erica Feuerhelm did a fine job of representing Ellsworth at the Wisconsin Division 2 Girls Golf State Championships held Oct. 9-10 at University Ridge Golf Course in Verona. Feuerhelm returned home from the two-day meet with an 18th-place finish and the new best two-day score in the history of Ellsworth girls golf at the state tournament.

Feuerhelm finished with a total score of 188 after combining her first-day score of 96 and her second-day score of 92.

This was Feuerhelm's first state appearance and her first time golfing at Ridge Golf Course, which prompted some nerves for the junior golfer on the first day of the tournament.

"I got super nervous at the beginning," Feuerhelm said. "I had two bad shots right in a row, and I didn't let it go like I should have."

Feuerhelm said she had a rough six holes at the beginning of the tournament, but after a birdie on hole seven she became herself again and only went eight over par through the last 12 holes. She finished tied for 21st place at the end of day one.

"On Tuesday she came out firing right out of the gate," Carson Huppert, Feuerhelm's coach, said. "Her ball striking was right there with some of the best in the state."

"On the second day I just went out and tried to have fun," Feuerhelm said of her day-two performance, which ended with a score of 92. She said it helped that she started day two with day one's back nine and saved the holes she struggled with on day one for the end.

"I wasn't as nervous on day two, but there were still two holes that got me," Feuerhelm said. "Overall, it was a great experience."

Feuerhelm tied for 18th-place overall with Abby DeMoe of Colfax who also shot a 188. She was pleased with her state tournament finish, but hopes to return to the state meet next year to "prove herself".

"I want to be in the top two for conference and make it to state as an individual and place in the top-10 or -15," Feuerhelm said.

Feuerhelm also plans to bring her teammates along to next year's state tournament not as spectators but as competitors in the team state championships.

As for putting her name in the Ellsworth girls golf record books, Feuerhelm said, "It feels pretty great."

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