Wallin finishes career with top 20 finish at state
Jackie Wallin capped her high school golf career with a well-earned trip to the State Tournament. Due to COVID-19 the State Tournament event was moved from it’s usual home at University Ridge in Madison to prestigious Blackwolf Run in Kohler, WI. The girls would play the Meadow Valley 18 holes on the Blackwolf property, and were in store for a wild few days of weather as well.
The Sunday practice round previewed the difficulty the course would present in any conditions. The front nine makes up the Meadow side of the course featuring a wide-open and rolling manicured landscape with large undulating greens with sand traps and water hazards covering the property. The Valley back nine was also highly manicured but featured severe elevation changes, forced carries, perched greens, and even more hazards to contend with.
Playing smart golf has always been one of Jackie’s strengths and she would again have to lean on good shot placement to get around the 18 holes.
She had the second tee time for the opening 18, teeing off on hole one. What started out as a typical fall morning had already presented difficult weather conditions. Winds had picked up to nearly 20 mph, with even greater gusts. While the air temp was in the mid 50’s, it certainly didn’t feel like it. “Jackie played a great 9 holes including a few pars and a birdie in tough conditions. Fog, mist, and stiffer winds developed during the round. She finished with a 48 after the front side. A great score considering the conditions. Her putt on the 9th had just fallen, when the horns blared and all golfers and spectators were pulled off the course,” coach Andy Albarado stated.
What followed was a three hour weather delay, that included torrential downpours, hail, and more wind. The decision was made to limit the day to nine holes only, concluding Jackie’s day, and all golfers who had not finished nine holes returned to the course to finish. After play concluded for the day, Jackie was in 13th place.
Tuesday was still windy but the sun came out at times, and the course was in great condition considering the amount of rain it had received. Jackie again had the 2nd tee time, this time going off on hole #10. She bogeyed a tough opening hole, and it didn’t get any easier after that. She avoided major problems, and brought home a 50 on the opening nine. Her first couple of holes on the 2nd nine were also tough, but she found a par on number three, and sprinkled a couple more pars and bogeys on her way to a 47, and a 97 on the day. With her day one score of 48, she turned in a 145 for the tournament, seven strokes out of the top 10.
“It was a great two days of golf, and an excellent way to finish her career. The trip to State was a long time coming, as it was pointed out on the Wisconsin.golf website that Jackie was a 4 time qualifier for Sectionals. Overall it was a superb season for Jackie as she captured a top five at the Northwestern Invite, was the individual Conference champion, and with her 15 place finish in Division 2 - landed her in the top 50 of all high school golfers in Wisconsin in 2020,” coach Albarado concluded.