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By: 
Rob Reischel
Middleton senior Emmet Herb shot an even-par 72 and tied for third place at the Sheboygan North Invite./Times-Tribune photo by Mary Langenfeld

The course was sublime.

The golf was even better.

Middleton’s boys golf team went to the Sheboygan North Invite held at the Irish Course at Whistling Straits in Kohler last Wednesday. The Cardinals then proceeded to put on a show.

Middleton shot a scintillating 305 and cruised to the title at the 24-team tournament.

Kaukauna (314), Notre Dame (316), Cedarburg (317) and Lake Geneva Badger (320) rounded out the top five.

“I think that our good play and winning on a good golf course against some top competition means that on a good day, we can be one of the better teams in the state,” Middleton coach Tom Cabalka said. “There are many tournaments left to prove or disprove that. 

“The guys know that they need to keep improving, and what they do about that is completely up to each one of them. The guys were very pleased though that they were the only team to have four scores in the 70's.”

Indeed.

Middleton senior Emmet Herb led the way with an even-par, 72. Herb tied for third place, just one shot behind co-medalists Brock Hlinak of Kaukauna and Matt Bachman of Pulaski.

Herb began his round with two bogeys, but he quickly found his game. Herb’s round included an eagle, two birdies and 11 pars, and he played the four par-5s at 4-under-par.

“Emmet was steady all day after a bogey-bogey start,” Cabalka said. “He made good decisions as to when to be aggressive and when to lay up on the par-5s.”

Middleton seniors Joey Levin and Nils Arneson both tied for 10th individually with 77s.

Levin struggled with his putter and didn’t notch a birdie. But he was remarkably steady in the other areas and carded 13 pars and five bogeys.

“Joey couldn't get many putts to fall today, but had a solid round of 77,” Cabalka said of Levin. “I sure like to see no doubles from Emmet and Joey.”

Arneson had one of his better rounds of the year, a performance Cabalka had been waiting for.

“It was great to see Nils shoot a 77,” Cabalka said. “Nils had no doubles today as well.”

Middleton also counted a 79 from senior Brady Thomas.

“Our 305 was a very nice showing,” Cabalka said. 

The Cardinals also rolled to an easy win at the Janesville Parker Triangular last Thursday. Middleton finished with a 305 team score, followed by Beloit Memorial (331) and Janesville Parker (332).

Herb and Levin led the Cardinals with 75s. Sophomore Andy Zucker carded a 76 and Thomas shot a 79.

• On deck: Middleton was at the Lake Wisconsin Invitational Monday, then is at the Onalaska Invite Friday beginning at 8:30 a.m. The Cardinals then play at the Sparta Invite Saturday starting at 9 a.m.

 

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