PREP GIRLS GOLF: Portage finishes 8th at Balance and Believe Shootout | Golf

The Portage girls golf team put together another solid round, shooting a 383 and finishing in eighth place at a stacked field of 15 teams at the Balance and Believe Shootout held at Blackhawk Country Club in Madison on Wednesday.

Portage junior Hanna Garetson shot a career-best 27-over-par 99 for the Warriors, finishing in 42nd place out of 82 players. Portage coach Ed Carlson said shooting a career low round at Blackhawk Country Club is an impressive feat.

“I am so excited for Hanna. It is also really cool to see somebody get their career low score, and she did it on this course and in tough playing conditions,” Carlson said. “I just love the way Hanna is always so positive. Her attitude fuels her determination and she always gives it her best.”

Carding the low round of the day for Portage was junior Sophie Denure, who finished 18th with a 16-over 88. Her younger sister, freshman Ella Denure, finished 36th with a 23-over 95. Earning Portage’s fourth-best score was senior Rachel Hepler with a 101.

Carlson was happy to see his team do so well against so many large schools.

“This is an awesome showing for us,” Carlson said. “Not only did we put together a very solid score on a golf course that is the hardest we will play all year, we also had a great team finish in a very good and deep field of teams.”

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