This story was originally published at dailyunion.com at 11 p.m. Monday. A follow-up story with information from Tuesday’s second day at the tournament appears on B1 of this edition.
VERONA — The state golf competitions continue to be a family affair for the Heckmanns.
After brothers Lukas and Isaac made appearances on the boys side in 2017, Maya and Ava Heckmann are competing with the state’s finest in 2019.
Maya, a junior making her second appearance at state, shot a 96 while Ava, a freshman, posted a 102 at Monday’s WIAA Division 2 girls golf state tournament at University Ridge Golf Course in Verona.
After 18 holes, Maya is tied for 15th in the 39-player field. She took 12th place last year.
“She came in with goals of being in the top 10. I don’t think she is far off of that,” Lakeside Lutheran girls golf coach Kyra Lostetter said.
“Tomorrow is another day of golf and we look forward to seeing what she shoots. With golf, one day you can have a really good round and the next day maybe not so good. Overall, I’m just proud and excited that they are here to experience this, especially Maya her for her second year.”
Maya Heckmann made back-to-back pars on the par-4 seventh and par-3 eighth holes. She made par on hole 15, a downhill dogleg right that she split the fairway on and nearly made a 25-foot birdie attempt.
“My driver was not good in the beginning of the round,” Maya Heckmann said. “I got through it and it got better. I hit some shots that left me in tough spots to recover from, it was up and down today. It could have been better, I know what I need to work on for tomorrow.”
Tuesday’s forecast calls for a chance of precipitation, meaning a positive outlook will be of even greater importance.
“I just want to stay positive throughout the whole round, I think that will help me with my mental game,” Maya Heckmann said.
Ava Heckmann got her first taste of the state tournament environment and is in 22nd place after the opening round.
“I thought she had a pretty good round,” Lostetter said. “This is her first experience with state and I don’t know think she knew what to expect going in. She did a good job for her first time at state and we are happy to be here.”
Ava Heckmann kept the ball in play off the tee but struggled on University Ridge’s slick, sloped putting surfaces.
“It was a lot of fun,” said Ava Heckmann of her first state experience. “I mostly was trying to keep a positive attitude through everything and remember I got to here and I can be proud of that. It doesn’t necessarily matter how I play and I’m grateful for being here.
“I think most of my driving worked out really well. Putting I could do better at. The course was hard for putting for me today.”
Ava Heckmann belted a drive on the downhill, par-5 16th hole, a shot she called her best of the round. She also made pars on holes No. 3 and No. 8, both par-3s.