EVANSVILLE — Middleton girls golf coach Becky Halverson couldn’t believe her eyes during the front nine of the Big Eight Conference tournament Thursday.But once the top-ranked Cardinals got their bearings and regained their form at Evansville Golf Club, Middleton had smooth sailing to another conference crown.Middleton finished with a 328, comfortably ahead of runner-up Sun Prairie (365) and third-place Janesville Craig (396).“We really struggled on the front nine,” Halverson said. “I didn’t know what I was watching on the front nine. It wasn’t how we’ve been playing. It was good to see them come back on the back nine, for sure. I kind of put some pressure on them on the front nine that they have to figure it out here.
“I let them know that they probably needed to step it up a bit. And it was good to see them respond to that and they all got a little more focused. … They are not used to this course, so they didn’t know what to expect. The wind made it tougher than the course already is. I’m definitely happy with the finish we had.”Individually, Janesville Craig sophomore Mya Nicholson fired an even-par 72 in the windy conditions, earning a five-stroke victory over Beloit Memorial sophomore Sarah Ramsden. Middleton senior Ellie Frisch was third with a 79.