Middleton's four aces named all-Big 8

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Rob Reischel
Emmet Herb was one of four Middleton golfers named all-Big Eight./Times-Tribune photo by Mary Langenfeld

It was a magical year for Middleton’s boys golf program.

A Big Eight Conference title. Several outstanding performances at major invitationals. And a fifth place finish at state.

So it was no surprise that the Cardinals dominated the all-Big Eight Conference team.

Juniors Joey Levin, Emmet Herb and Brady Thomas were all named first-team all-conference. And junior Nils Arneson was named second-team all-league.

The all-conference teams are decided by the three lowest conference matches vs. the course rating, the Big Eight Conference tournament and three at large invitationals.

Levin finished second in the league for Player of the Year honors, a dramatic jump after he was a second-team all-conference player in 2014.

Levin’s low round of the season was a 71 at the Middleton Regional. Levin shot in the 70s in 15 of his 20 rounds, and he finished the year with an average of 77.2.

“Joey had a great golf season,” Middleton coach Tom Cabalka said. “He became so consistent. Great ball striker, long off the tee, great iron player, and improved a great deal over the season with his putter.”

Herb was third in the running for conference player of the year and was named first-team all-league for a second straight season.

Herb played in the No. 1 spot for the Cardinals the second half of the season, shot in the 70s in 15 of his 20 outings, and finished the year with a 77.15 average.

“Emmet played with some of the best players in the state and played very well against those players,” Cabalka said. “One of the best, if not the best short game players that I have coached. I expect Emmet to make those 10 footers! 

“Also a great ball striker and probably added 20 to 25 yards this season off the tee. He and Joey were very consistent all season.”

Thomas was named first-team all-conference for a second straight year and earned the final spot on the first-team. Thomas’ play was up and down at times, but he finished with a solid average of 79.1.

“Brady was not as consistent as Joey and Emmet,” Cabalka said. “But this will only drive Brady to work even harder. Nobody spends more time on his game then Brady, and that is saying quite a bit because they all put in the time.”

Arneson, a transfer from Madison East, was the first player named to the second team. Arneson had a season-average of 79.85 and was a huge addition to the program.

“Great addition to our team and a very good friend of Joey, Emmet and Brady,” Cabalka said of Arneson. “Hits a very long ball, crazy long irons. Sometimes this hurt him because of his length, missing greens long. Hopefully with time he will be able to better understand and utilize his length.”

This quartet figures to lead the Cardinals again in 2016. Middleton also hopes to find a consistent No. 5 golfer after it used seven different players in that spot this season.

“It will be extremely nice to have four very talented seniors next season who all have three years of varsity experience,” Cabalka said. “To add to those four will be some great competition for the No. 5 spot. I look forward to the competition next season for that final spot.”

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