When Haley Myers steps onto the first tee at University Ridge Golf Club in Madison on Monday, she will become the first golfer in Somerset High School history to play in three WIAA state championships.
Myers was part of the 2017 Somerset team that shocked the area golf scene by qualifying for the state Division 2 meet. Myers was a big part of that success, winning the individual sectional championship by shooting a 77 at the Frederic Golf Course. Myers tied for 23rd in her first state tournament experience.
Last year, Myers qualified for state by placing fourth at the Hayward Division 2 sectional meet, shooting an 84. Myers played quite capably in her second chance at the challenging University Ridge course. She shot a 91 each day, with her 182 score tying for 13th in the Division 2 individual scores.
In her third chance at state, Myers is aiming even higher. She said her goal this season is to finish among the top 10 Division 2 golfers. She said she hopes to play as consistently across the two days of the tournament as she did last season. She said the key to succeeding at state is keeping drives in the fairway and staying out of the bunkers, which are incredibly soft.
Myers advanced this year by shooting an 88 at last week’s sectional meet played at Pheasant Hills Golf Course. The weather has been a factor in seemingly every match and it was that day, with an incredibly fierce wind blowing across the course. Myers said she doesn’t let the weather affect her play.
“I like playing the rain. You have to not think about it and play how you normally do,” she said.
Todd Myers, Haley’s dad and coach, said they never set a numerical goal for a meet because there are so many variables like the weather. He said for state they are setting goals on how many fairways she hits and how many greens she reaches in regulation.
Haley decided recently that she will play golf collegiately at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. UW-Whitewater recently won the Wisconsin State Intercollegiate Conference women’s golf championship.
“I like the school, the girls and the coaching staff,” she said on her decision to attend Whitewater. Whitewater graduates four varsity players this year and Myers said she hopes to step into one of those varsity spots as a freshman.
Myers played extensively around the state over the summer. She said the Whitewater coach saw her play at the Badger Camp and College Showcase, helping her to get recruited.