State experience a decade in the making

Schmidt, Bergum, and McCoy talked about golfing at WIAA state ten years ago

They are three WIAA state girls golf qualifiers from three different schools.

“We’re definitely more friendly than we are rivals,” said Aquinas senior Sheridan McCoy.

But the three have a connection that goes way back.

“It was a long time ago, maybe 2nd grade,” said Holmen senior Courtney Bergum.

Bergum, McCoy, and Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau’s Bailey Schmidt grew up together playing Ettrick Junior Golf with one another.

All three have gone on to have their successes whether it would be getting named conference player of the year or capturing a regional championship.

Then last week the stars aligned as all three qualified for state individually.

“I actually remember us talking about it way back in 2nd grade that, wow this would be really cool if we were all here together at one point,” recalled McCoy. “And to actually have it happen is a really great experience.”

“It’s just amazing,” said Bergum. “It’s been our goal since day one, just pushing each other to do our best and now we’re here.”

The trio even got to play Sunday’s practice round at University Ridge Golf Course together.

“It was fun. There were a lot of laughs and to see everyone get better and better, it was great,” said Schmidt who is a junior at G-E-T.

That practice round wasn’t all too different from what they have experienced over the past ten years together.

“Usually golf is serious and when you are out with them you can’t stop talking.”

“We just support each other 100% and want each other to do as best as we can and have fun with each other while we’re here,” said Bergum.

“This was all of our goals for such a long time and to be able to experience it all together it was really special,” added McCoy.


Division 1

1. Verona 648; 2. Arrowhead 656; 3. Middleton 670; 11. Tomah 780

Holmen’s Courtney Bergum ties for 10th individually with a 160

Division 2

1. Edgewood 659; 2. Fox Valley Lutheran 715

G-E-T’s Bailey Schmidt ties for 6th place individually with a 166

Aquinas’ Sheridan McCoy places 20th with a 190