Lauren Craig, a senior at West Bend High School and member of the varsity girls golf co-op team, qualified for the WIAA Girls State Golf Championship during the sectional meet in Oshkosh Wednesday, October 3. Craig’s career low 83 pushed her into a two-way playoff which she won, advancing her as a Division 1 Individual Qualifier to the State Championship. She is the first player in six years from West Bend to qualify for the state tournament.
Craig started golfing just a few years ago when she enrolled in the Get Golf Ready Program at Kettle Hills, taught by Susie Hartfield, LPGA Life Member and Kettle Hills Teaching Pro. Hartfield says she has been lucky enough to be her swing coach ever since. “Lauren’s an incredible student-athlete with huge parental and team support, I cannot think of anyone more deserving of this achievement,” Hartfield expressed after the win, “I am beyond proud.”
In addition to Craig’s golfing achievements she boasts a weighted 4.76 GPA and plans to attend the University of Minnesota in the fall of 2019. Kettle Hills is proud to play host to Lauren in the summer months as she practices and helps with the Tiny Tot Program. Hartfield says it is Craig’s hard work and persistence that pays off in the end. “She works so hard on her game, staying after practice for hours, on weekends and in her driveway,” Hartfield said, “that combined with unwavering parental support led to this outcome.” Hartfield went on to say Craig is a team player, always trying to boost her teammates’ confidence.
The WIAA Girls State Golf Championship is October 8th and 9th at University Ridge in Madison, Wisconsin. Craig will represent the West Bend High School’s Co-Op Girls Golf Team as one of 18 Division 1 individual qualifiers. Along with Swing Coach Susie Hartfield, Kettle Hills would like to wish Lauren the best of luck!