Golfers making their move

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By: 
Rob Reischel
Andy Zucker and Middleton's boys golf team are in the hunt for a Big Eight Conference title./News Publishing Co. photo by Mary Langenfeld

The Big Eight Conference boys golf standings are more crowded than any time in recent memory.

But last Thursday, Middleton made sure it will be in the hunt for a fourth straight league title.

Middleton captured the tightly-contested Sun Prairie Triangular held at Sun Prairie Golf Course. Middleton shot a 322, while Verona carded a 324 and host Sun Prairie posted a 326.

Madison Memorial has yet to lose in the league, while Middleton has one loss. Both Sun Prairie and Verona now have two losses.

“This was huge for us,” Middleton coach Tim Cabalka said. “We’ve been right there with Verona and Sun Prairie all year long, so this was a huge win.”

For years, Cabalka has taken his team to Kwik Trip for a big slushy when they win a major invitational. Cabalka was so happy with this win, though, he pulled the van into Kwik Trip, much to the delight of his team.

“They were pretty happy,” Cabalka said. “Usually, we only do that after big invites, but this was a big win for us.”

Middleton junior Andy Zucker had a big day, firing a 75. That was the lowest score of the year by any Middleton golfer.

“That was huge,” Cabalka said. “He’s certainly capable of that and he proved it.”

Seniors Brett Wipfli and Ross Johnson both shot 81, while Henry Taylor notched an 85.

Middleton also defeated Madison La Follette, 312-347, on Monday. Middleton’s 312 was a new season-low.

Zucker carded a 76 and Ross Johnson shot a season-low 77. Colin Butler fired a 78 and Wipfli notched an 81.

“We’re getting better,” Cabalka said. “That’s for sure.”

The Cardinals now finish Big Eight play Friday against Madison West and Janesville Parker at Odana Hills at 2 p.m.

Considering this was supposed to be a complete rebuilding year for Middleton, Cabalka and the Cardinals were awfully pleased to be in the hunt for another league title.

“It’s great. It really is,” Cabalka said. “Once you experience some good scores and attain some success, you know it’s possible and you know it’s not far away.”

Middleton also finished in a tie for 12th place at the 18-team Waukesha South Invite held at Bristlecone Pines last Tuesday.

Wipfli was the Cardinals’ top golfer with an 80.

“We’re still looking for a No. 4 and 5,” Cabalka said of his fluctuating lineup. “We haven’t had a whole lot of consistency there. It would be nice if we could get that figured out before the postseason.”

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