MHS golfers on a roll

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By: 
Rob Reischel
Middleton senior golfer Mike Wiebe shot 2-under-par at a 36-hole tournament at Wisconsin Dells Monday./Times-Tribune photo by Mary Langenfeld

Golf scores across the state are sky high.

That’s what a month of rain and lack of practice time will do.

Middleton appears to be an exception to the rule, though.

The Cardinals are on a roll, winning a pair of 18-hole tournaments in Wisconsin Dells Monday. Middleton also won the Sparta Invitational last Saturday.

“We’ve had some excellent numbers,” Middleton coach Tom Cabalka said. “I’m really happy with the scores.”

Rightfully so.

Middleton played 36 holes during a 12-hour golfing marathon Monday. But it was time well spent as the Cardinals won a pair of tournaments in Wisconsin Dells.

Middleton fired a 304 team score at Trappers Turn, then shot a 302 at Christmas Mountain. The Cardinals finished first at each venue, and their 606 overall score easily surpassed runner-up Beloit Memorial (639).

“We brought home a lot of hardware,” Cabalka said.

Middleton senior and Winona State recruit Mike Wiebe shot an even-par 72 at Trappers Turn, while junior Josh Haunty continued his ascent with a 73. Breakthrough freshman Emmett Herb carded a 76 and junior Jared Baltes shot an 83.

During Middleton’s second round of the day, Wiebe shot a blistering 2-under-par, 70. Haunty also continued his hot start this spring with a 76.

“Those two have been great,” Cabalka said of Wiebe and Haunty, his only two returning varsity players from a year ago.

“Not only are they putting up good numbers, but they’re showing the younger kids the way. Those younger kids are seeing what it takes to get to that point.”

Junior Charlie Stankiewicz rebounded from a tough opening round and posted a 75. Baltes also counted an 81.

Neither course was playing long, and Middleton took advantage with low numbers on many of the par-5s.

“You still have to play the golf course, whether it’s long or short,” Cabalka said. “If it’s shorter, you can score on the par-5s. But taking that aside, you still have to play the game.”

Middleton played the game awfully well at Sparta, too. The Cardinals fired a 308 team score and edged runner-up Holmen (311). None of the other schools at the 10-team Division 1 tournament were a factor.

The win was doubly impressive when you consider Holmen was the state runner-up a year ago and returned four of its top six players from that team.

“We played alongside them all day,” Cabalka said. “And the kids did a nice job.”

And how.

Baltes and Herb led the way with 76s. Haunty shot a 77, while Wiebe and Stankiewicz both notched 79s.

“It’s been a good start,” Cabalka said. “I’m really happy.”

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