Golfers surge to No. 1

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Rob Reischel
Andy Zucker and Middleton's boys golf team have jumped to No. 1 in the latest state rankings./Times-Tribune photo by Mary Langenfeld

HARTLAND — It doesn’t seem to matter what course you put Middleton’s boys golf team on these days.

It doesn’t matter what city you drop these Cardinals in.

The results have been the same — and they’ve been downright spectacular.

Middleton won three major invitationals in the past week and also won a Big Eight Conference triangular.

The Cardinals notched arguably their biggest win of the season Tuesday, when they finished first at The Legends Club Invitational held at The Legend at Bristlecone.

Middleton shot a 304 team score and edged defending state champion Hartland Arrowhead, which shot 307. Marquette was third at 313, while Madison Edgewood (319) and Green Bay Notre Dame (324) rounded out the top five at the 18-team event.

The big week helped Middleton jump to No. 1 in the latest Golf Coaches Association of Wisconsin poll.

“Obviously it feels good,” Middleton senior Emmet Herb said. “It’s nice when people think that high of you, and we’ve been playing pretty good golf. So it’s nice.”

Cardinals coach Tom Cabalka agreed.

“It just shows we’re playing pretty well,” Cabalka said. “It’s hard to put a number on where everyone should be. But we’re playing like one of the better teams out there.”

Indeed.

At the Legends Club Invitational, Middleton senior Brady Thomas had a terrific day with a 1-over-par, 72. Thomas made three birdies, four bogeys and had one of his steadiest rounds of the year.

Seniors Joey Levin and Nils Arneson tied for sixth with a 75, while Herb shot an 82.

Tuesday was just the latest example of the Cardinals’ talent and depth. While Herb — Middleton’s No. 1 player — struggled at times, his gifted teammates were there to pick him up.

“It’s good to have people catch you when you fall,” Herb said. “And we have that.”

That was apparent all last week, when Middleton captured two other highly prestigious tournaments.

The Cardinals kicked off their big week by winning the 18-team Onalaska Invitational held at La Crosse Country Club last Friday.

Middleton shot a 304, while Milwaukee Marquette — last week’s No. 1 team — was second at 312. Madison Edgewood (316), Onalaska (317) and Eau Claire North (322) rounded out the top five.

Levin captured medalist honors with a 73, while Thomas finished second with a 74. Sophomore Andy Zucker was 11th individually with a 77, while Herb carded an 80.

The Cardinals also won the eight-team Sparta Invitational last Saturday with a 310 team score. Wausau East (332) and Marshfield were a distant second and third, respectively.

Herb captured medalist honors with a blistering 71, while Levin shot a 78 and finished third. Arneson finished fifth with an 80, while Zucker was seventh with an 81.

“We have enough depth where if one of our guys struggles a bit someone else is there to pick them up,” Cabalka said. “That’s the nice thing about team golf.”

Middleton also won a Big Eight Conference triangular Monday at Sun Prairie Country Club.

The Cardinals fired a 312, while Sun Prairie shot 331 and Madison La Follette carded a 433.

Herb led the way for Middleton with a 75. Levin shot a 78, while Thomas carded a 79 and Arneson shot an 80.

“The year is flying by,” Herb said. “I can’t believe how fast it’s going. But hopefully we can keep it going.”

 

May 3

Bristlecone Pines, Par 71

Team scores— 1, Middleton 304; 2, Arrowhead 307; 3, Marquette 313; 4, Madison Edgewood 319; 5, Green Bay Notre Dame 324; 6, Homestead 326; 7 (tie), Sheboygan North and Brookfield Central 328; 9, St. Mary Spring's 329; 10 (tie), Kettle Moraine and Catholic Memorial 331; 12, Cedarburg 333; 13, Brookfield East 336; 14, Onalaska 339; 15, Waukesha West 346; 16, Menomonee Falls 347; 17, Sussex Hamilton 354; 18, Waukesha South 357.

Top individuals— 1, Patrick Treichel, SMS, 71; 2 (tie), Bennett Knapek, ARR, and Brady Thomas, MID, 72; 4, David Keane, MARQ, 73; 5, Ryan Konop, GBND, 74; 6 (tie), Joey Levin, MID, Matthew Raab, ARR, Ben Gilles, ME, and Nils Arneson, MID, 75; 10 (tie), Kevin Hersburger, BC, and Robbie Morway, HOM, 76.

 

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