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Sophie Denure

Portage freshman Sophie Denure hits a tee shot during a match played at the Portage Country Club back in August. Denure shot a 96 at a WIAA Division 1 Sectional at Edelweiss Chalet Country Club on Wednesday in New Glarus.

Portage freshman Sophie Denure put together another solid round of golf, but it wasn’t enough to extend her season, as she shot a 24-over-par 96 to finish in 21st place at a WIAA Division 1 Sectional at the Edelweiss Chalet Country Club in New Glarus on Wednesday.

Denure made the turn with a 44, but found the back nine to be a little more difficult, shooting a 52.

“The back nine was probably playing at least 2½ or 3 shots harder than the front nine,” Portage head coach Ed Carlson said. “There is out of bounds or hazards on every single hole. You can very easily get in trouble there.”

The highlight of Denure’s round came on the par-5 eighth hole. She used a 250-yard drive the cut the corner on the long dogleg left. Then with about 170 yards to the hole, she hit a hybrid that landed just off the green. Denure chipped on and made the putt for birdie. Out of the 48 golfers in the field, only five of them birdied the eighth.

“Overall, Sophie had a really solid round of golf. She drove the ball well. She managed her game well,” Carlson said. “With that course, you really have to think off the tee and she did a nice job of her game management. And she putted and chipped pretty solid as well.”

Carlson said Wednesday’s round was a great way to cap Denure’s rookie season with the program, which also saw her earn All-Badger North Conference honors.

“To accomplish what she did, it should give her a lot of confidence for what she can do in the future for Portage golf,” Carlson said.

Denure was joined at the sectional by teammate Anna Davidson. The Portage junior finished in 45th place with a 114.

“Today wasn’t her day, but I can’t say enough good things about Anna, on and off the course,” Carlson said. “She grew not only in the sport, but as a person. I have a lot of respect for Anna.”

Results: Scoreboard, A5