Middleton golfers stay red hot

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Rob Reischel
Middleton senior Joey Levin shot a 2-under-par, 69 at the WPGA High School Invitational Monday./Times-Tribune photo by Mary Langenfeld

The first Golf Coaches Association of Wisconsin poll of the season is out.

And Middleton’s boys golfers are ranked No. 2 in the state.

The way the Cardinals have started the season, they just might be ranked too low.

Middleton shot a blistering 7-over-par, 295 team score and rolled to an easy win at the Madison West Triangular held at Odana Hills last Tuesday.

The Cardinals followed that by winning the 21-team Wisconsin PGA High School Invitational held at Maple Bluff Country Club Monday.

“Everyone contributed, whether it was that birdie putt or the bogey putt that avoided the double,” Middleton coach Tom Cabalka said of his team’s two wins. “It goes to show that every stroke is important to us as a team.”

The Cardinals played sizzling golf and rolled at the Madison West Triangular. Middleton’s 295 gave it a comfortable victory over Madison West (326) and Janesville Craig (384).

Middleton senior Brady Thomas had a sensational day and led the Cardinals with a 2-under-par, 70.

“Brady had not put together a round like that since he did that a couple times his sophomore year,” Cabalka said of Thomas. “You could see his confidence build throughout the round. It was really great to see.”

Senior Joey Levin had missed the previous week with the flu and dropped 10 pounds due to the illness. But Levin looked like his old, terrific self and fired a 74 in his first match back.

“With Joey's week-long break from the game, his score was very impressive,” Cabalka said. “Shooting a 74 on tired legs, walking 18 holes for the first time this season, once again he showed how gutty of a player he is.”

Sophomore Andy Zucker carded a 75, while senior Emmet Herb notched a 76. Senior Nils Arneson shot a 78 that would have been the top score on both West and Craig, but on Middleton’s deep and talented roster, it was discarded.

“Andy had a very nice 2015 summer of competition golf, so we knew he has a pretty good game,” Cabalka said. “His 75 was very impressive for a younger kid to go out in his second match as a varsity player and show his four teammates that they can count on him. Being able to have a No. 5 that can have his score count has always been our strength as a team. 

“Anytime you get all five players shooting in the 70’s, you are going to have a pretty good team score, especially if one of your players goes a couple under par and two others hit that 75 mark. Who is playing No. 1 with our four seniors shouldn't matter to this team, as they all have shown that they are capable of being the low guy at various times.”

Middleton followed that performance with an impressive win at Maple Bluff Monday.

The Cardinals fired a 313 team score and edged both Madison Edgewood (314) and Madison Memorial (315).

Levin had a day to remember, shooting a 2-under-par 69 to capture medalist honors.

Levin had six birdies on the day and posted his best score ever at Middleton. Levin’s previous low was a 71 at regionals last year.

“My putting was the difference,” Levin said. “That was the best round of putting I have had in a long time. So overall, this was definitely a great round and it gave me some more things to work on in order to get that number even lower.”

Middleton also counted a 79 from Herb, an 81 from junior Brett Wipfli and an 82 from Thomas.

“It was a great day to be a Cardinal,” Cabalka said. “But it always is!”

 

April 18

WPGA HIGH SCHOOL INVITATIONAL

Team scores: Middleton 313; Madison Edgewood 314; Madison Memorial 315; Sun Prairie 327; Oregon 332; Monona Grove 335; Onalaska 336; Verona 338; Mount Horeb 338; Stoughton 339; Eau Claire Memorial 339; Milton 342; Kewaskum 343; Monroe 344; Beloit Memorial 345; Fort Atkinson 346; McFarland 353; Madison West 360; Janesville Parker 363; Janesville Craig 408; Madison La Follette 413.

Top 10 individuals: 1, Levin, Mid, 69; 2, Knecht, MM, 70; 3 (tie), Gierhart, MEd, and Rauckmen, ECM, 74; 5, O’Loughlin, MM, 75; 6 (tie), Peck, MH, and Glass, FA, 76; 8, Thomsen, SunP, 77; 10 (tie), Simon, SunP, and Kaegi, Ver, 78.

Middleton scores: Levin 69, Herb 79, Wipfli 81, Thomas 84.

At Maple Bluff CC, par 71.

 

MADISON WEST TRIANGULAR

Team scores: Middleton 295, Madison West 326, Janesville Craig 384.

Middleton scores: Thomas 70, Levin 74, Zucker 75, Herb 76.

At Odana Hills GC, Par 72.

 

 

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