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By: 
Rob Reischel

It’s a year of great expectations.

A season of tremendous hope.
And Middleton’s boys golf team showed last Saturday it’s ready to live up to the hype.

The Cardinals opened their season with an impressive performance at the 17-team Wisconsin Dells Invitational last Saturday.

Middleton finished in second place at 308, two shots behind White Bear Lake (Minn.). Madison Memorial (311), Forest Lake, Mn. (312) and Waunakee (315) rounded out the top five. The first day of the tournament was cancelled due to inclement weather.

Middleton — like every other team during this brutal spring — had struggled to get in practice rounds. But the Cardinals gave a solid performance on a sunny, 40-degree day that felt almost balmy.

“That was the first time we played 18 (holes) all year,” Middleton coach Tom Cabalka said. “The kids haven’t walked 18 and they haven’t had to concentrate for four-plus hours.

“So for the first time out, I thought it was good. I don’t think they were terribly satisfied with how they scored, but it wasn’t bad at all.”

Middleton played without senior Joey Levin, its typical No. 2 golfer, who was sick all of last week. The rest of the Cardinals all stepped up, though.

Senior Brady Thomas had a strong day with a 75 that was good for a fourth place tie.

“I’m sure it gave him the confidence he needs,” Cabalka said of Thomas. “He showed that he can play with some of the best golfers and be one of the better players in any tournament.”

Senior Emmet Herb carded a 76 and senior Nils Arneson shot a 77. Sophomore Andy Zucker added an 80, while junior Brett Wipfli shot an 82.

Zucker, Wipfli, sophomore Henry Taylor and others are expected to vie for the Cardinals’ No. 5 spot. So Cabalka liked getting a first-hand look at two of the candidates.

“That’s something you’d like to figure out sooner than later,” Cabalka said. “If you can get your lineup set, it takes some pressure off of your No. 5 kid.

“He’s not looking back and wondering how’s so and so is playing. It would just take a little pressure off.”

• On deck: Middleton was at the Madison West Quadrangular Tuesday, then is at the Madison Edgewood Invitational Monday at Maple Bluff Country Club at noon.

 

April 9

Boys golf

WISCONSIN DELLS INVITATIONAL

Large schools

Team scores: 1, White Bear Lake (Mn.) 306; 2, Middleton 308; 3, Madison Memorial 311; 4, Forest Lake (Minn.) 312; 5, Waunakee 315; 6, Stevens Point 323; 7, Cretin Derham Hall (Minn.) 328; 8, Sun Prairie 328; 9, East Ridge (Minn.) 329; 10, Waukesha West 333; 11, Racine Park 335; 12, Stoughton 340; 13, Baraboo 347; 14, Wausau East 349; 15, Marshfield 352; 16, Holmen 396; 17, Beloit Memorial inc.

Top 10 individuals: O’Loughlin, MM, 71; Delaney, WBL, 73; Hinz, Bar, 74; Thomas, Mid, 75; Bancker, StP, 75; Forseth, Waun, 75; Herb, Mid, 76; Oberding, RP, 76; Thomas, StP, 76; Tuman, WE, 76; Marston, WBL, 76.

Middleton: Thomas 75, Herb 76, Arneson 77, Zucker 80. 

 

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