Golfers are kings of the conference

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By: 
Rob Reischel
Brady Thomas and Middleton's boys golf team won the Big Eight Conference tournament last Thursday./Times-Tribune photo by Mary Langenfeld

They’ve devoured the appetizers.

Now, it’s on to the main course.

And it will be a surprise to no one if Middleton’s boys golf team continues to feast on the competition.

The Cardinals polished off their romp through the Big Eight Conference last Thursday, rolling to a second straight league tournament title.

Middleton shot a terrific 307 at Evansville Golf Course, easily outdistancing runner-up Madison Memorial (331). Sun Prairie finished third at 336, while Janesville Parker (343) and Verona (345) rounded out the top five.

“(Thursday) was the first big check mark off our list of goals,” said Brady Thomas, one of four standout juniors in Middleton’s lineup. “I think our goal coming into the year was to win the conference regular season and win the tournament. I think because we did that, it gives us confidence to succeed in the postseason.”

Cardinals junior Emmet Herb agreed with Thomas.

“It means a lot,” Herb said of winning the league title. “Playing in our conference is always tough because teams find a way to be good every year, which makes going undefeated that much sweeter.

“The conference match is always unpredictable because anything can happen, especially with a tight course like Evansville. The experience to be able to lose the seniors we had last year and continue our success in the conference is awesome.”

Middleton, ranked third in the latest state poll, had another impressive run through the Big Eight.

The Cardinals went a perfect 9-0 in conference dual meets. Middleton then cruised past a solid field on the tight and challenging Evansville Golf Course.

Joey Levin, who’s enjoyed a terrific junior season, led the Cardinals with a 3-over-par, 75. Levin played the four par-5s at even par and tied for second individually.

Nils Arneson, a transfer from Madison East, continued to prove why he’s one of the biggest additions in the state. Arneson, another junior, finished fourth individually with a 76.

Thomas tore up the par-5, playing them at 2-under-par on his way to a 77 and finished fifth individually. And Herb, arguably Middleton’s most steady golfer this season, fired a 79.

Now comes the postseason for Middleton’s swing kings.

The Cardinals host a WIAA Division 1 regional Tuesday at Pleasant View beginning at 9 a.m. The top four teams will then advance to the Reedsburg Sectional June 2 at Reedsburg Country Club beginning at 9:15 a.m.

The Cardinals finished fourth at state last year, just nine shots behind state champion Homestead. Now, Middleton heads to the postseason believing a state title is in the cards.

“We’re all excited and ready to go,” Thomas said. “We have a big checklist. We were able to check off the conference tournament, now we just need to take one shot at a time and check off the regional tournament. But in the end, it’s the state championship checkmark that will mean the most to this team.”

Herb and the rest of the Cardinals feel the same way.

“Our goal has always been to win the state title,” Herb said. “After getting so close last year, we know what it takes to win and so we have an idea in mind that the title is the ultimate goal.”

 

May 21

Big Eight Conference meet

Team scores: Middleton 307; Madison Memorial 331; Sun Prairie 336; Janesville Parker 343; Verona 345; Madison La Follette 365; Beloit Memorial 366; Madison West 369; Janesville Craig 386; Madison East 397.

Top five individuals: Milner, JP, 72; O’Loughlin, MM, 75; Levin, Mid, 75; Arneson, Mid, 76; Thomas, Mid, 77.

Middleton: Levin 39-36-75, Arneson 40-36-76, Thomas 40-37-77, Herb 40-39-79. Madison Memorial: O’Loughlin 40-35-75, Weitz 41-41-82, Knecht 41-43-84, Piotrowski 45-45-90. Sun Prairie: Oehrlein 39-41-80, Simon 46-37-83, Wisniewski 42-43-85, Thomsen 49-39-88. Janesville Parker: Milner 38-34-72, Zimmerman 45-43-88, Henry 48-43-91, Sitter 45-47-92. Verona: Zunker 42-41-83, Mellon 46-40-86, McCormick 45-43-88, Lois 44-44-88. Madison La Follette: Volmann 47-40-87, Romero 48-43-91, LaPlant 45-48-93, Connor 50-44-94. Beloit Memorial: Eldred 48-42-90, Klobucar 48-43-91, Davis 46-45-91, Polglaze 45-49-94. Madison West: Kuenzi 48-43-91, Lee 44-48-92, Fuhrmann 50-42-92, Stordia 51-43-94. Janesville Craig: Kaufman 48-42-90, Schrader 47-46-93, Hinkel 50-51-101, Hermanson 53-49-102. Madison East: Conowall 45-38-83, McGowan 52-48-100, Henslee 53-52-105, Carroll 60-49-109. At Evansville CC, par 72.

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