MHS golfers in a groove

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Rob Reischel
Carson Frisch helped power Middleton’s boys golf team to a championship at the Sparta Invite last Saturday./Times-Tribune photo by Mary Langenfeld

Middleton’s boys golf team has jumped to No. 7 in the latest Wisconsin Golf Coaches Association of Wisconsin poll.

And there’s a good reason for the Cardinals’ lofty perch. Middleton is playing some awfully good golf.

The Cardinals had a terrific week, highlighted by a first-place finish at the 10-team Singh Grewal Invite at River Run Golf Course in Sparta last Saturday. Middleton also finished in a tie for second place at 12-team Morgan Stanley Shooutout held at University Ridge last Thursday and took fifth at the 16-team Edgewood Invite held at Blackhawk Country Club on April 23.

In addition, the Cardinals won the Janesville Craig Triangular on April 24 and finished first at the Beloit Memorial Triangular Monday.

“The guys are getting there, but we have to really work at turning our doubles into bogeys,” Middleton coach Tom Cabalka said. “Teams that do that are the good teams in the state.”

There’s no question that Middleton is proving to be one of the state’s elite teams.

The Cardinals — like teams everywhere — have been forced to pack a full season into a month due to the brutal weather in April. That’s meant Middleton’s lineup has been in flux, as Cabalka wants to make sure his players don’t miss too much school.

Even with Cabalka rotating his golfers, the Cardinals have been remarkably consistent.

At the Singh Grewal Invite, Middleton fired a 324 to easily outdistance runner-up Tomah (339). Sophomore Carson Frisch led the Cardinals with a 79, while senior Andy Zucker shot an 81. Both sophomore Tommy Kriewaldt and senior Alex Andler carded 82s.

“The Sparta tournament went well,” Cabalka said. “It wasn’t a great field of teams, but our kids played pretty well on a course that had just opened and very difficult rough greens to putt.”

Middleton also tied for second at the 12-team Morgan Stanley Shooutout held at University Ridge last Thursday. Madison Edgewood was first with a 308, while the Cardinals and Waunakee tied for second at 316.

Zucker led the Cardinals and finished sixth individually with a 76. Frisch tied for seventh with a 77 and Kriewaldt was 10th with a 78. Freshman Jacob Beckman added an 85.

Middleton also shot a 328 and was fifth at the Edgewood Invite. Waunakee was first at 309, while Edgewood was second at 311.

Zucker led the Cardinals with an 80 and senior Mitch Giroux shot an 82. Beckman and sophomore Kip Sullivan both added 83s.

“We needed to play a couple different kids at Blackhawk, so our score was not real good,” Cabalka said. “Same for the Morgan Stanley as far as players needing to stay in school.”

In addition, the Cardinals rolled through a pair of Big Eight Conference triangulars.

Middleton shot a 309 to win the Janesville Craig Triangular. Janesville Parker was second at 326 and Craig was third at 335.

Kriewaldt led the Cardinals with a sizzling 74, while Sullivan and Frisch shot 78s. Zucker had a sold day, as well, carding a 79.

Then on Monday, Middleton shot a season-low 306 and won the Beloit Memorial Triangular at Krueger Haskell Golf Course. Sun Prairie was a distant second at 337, while Beloit Memorial was third at 373.

Frisch captured medalist honors with a terrific 75, while Zucker, Sullivan and Beckman all shot 77.

“Our three sophomores — Carson Frisch, Tommy Kriewaldt and Kip Sullivan — have really stepped up their game,” Cabalka said. “They have proven that they should be in the top five or six. 

“Andy is finding his game and his scores are coming down to where they should be. Jacob Beckman has been up and down, but gained some confidence (Monday) with his 77 at Krueger and he has proven that he’ll be a player. 

“We really haven't had all of our top 5-6 players together playing the same round due to different kids needing to stay in school. Alex Andler and Mitch Giroux are still in the mix, so we're still really taking scores to see who belongs. It's still early as far as number of matches, but the season is less than three weeks to our tournament play.”

 

April 30

Beloit Memorial Triangular

Team scores: Middleton 306, Sun Prairie 337, Beloit Memorial 373.

Middleton scores: Carson Frisch 75, Andy Zucker 77, Kip Sullivan 77, Jacob Beckman 77.

At Krueger Haskell, par 70

 

April 28

Singh Grewal Invite

Team scores: Middleton 324, Tomah 329, Holmen 341, Baraboo 345, Marshfield 346, Sparta 356, DC Everest 385, Reedsburg 390, La Crosse Central 420, La Crosse Logan 493.

Middleton scores: Carson Frisch 79, Andy Zucker 81, Tommy Kriewaldt 82, Alex Andler 82.

 

April 26

MORGAN STANLEY SHOOTOUT

Team scores: Madison Edgewood 308, Middleton, Waunakee 316, Verona 325, Sun Prairie 329, Oregon 336, Monona Grove 343, Madison West 361, DeForest 367, Stoughton, Madison Memorial 378, Madison La Follette 384.

Top 10 individuals: 1, James Gilmore MEd, 72, 2, Ryan Candell, Or, 74, 3, Ethan Carrick, SP, 74, 4, Rory Gierhart, MEd, 75, 5, Jake Schroeckenthaler, MG, 75, 6, Andy Zucker, Mid, 76, 7, Austin Gaby, V, 77, 7, Carson Frisch, Mid, 77, 7, Sean Murphy, Wau, 77, 10, Tommy Kriewaldt, Mid, 78.

Madison Edgewood: Gilmore 72, Gierhart 75, Phelan 79, Arndt 82. Middleton: Zucker 76, Frisch 77, Kriewaldt 78, Beckman 85. Waunakee: Murphy 77, Johnson 79, Beck 79, Werlein 81. Verona: Gaby 77, Kaegi 80, Lindell 83, Bates 85. Sun Prairie: Carrick 74, Keating 81, Churchill 85, Haroldson 89. Oregon: Candell 74, Klus 80, Schroeder 90, Eyers 92. Monona Grove: Schroeckenthaler 75, Munn 87, Koch 89, Edmonston 92. Madison West: O. Cranley 85, Wittenwyler 91, J. Cranley 92, Huie 93. DeForest: Doucette 87, Brethouwer 91, Creger 94, Galvin 95. Stoughton: Gardner 88, Sutton 92, Livingston 98, Anderson 100. Madison Memorial: Pickhardt 84, Sorenson 85, McFerren 104, Lecy 105. Madison La Follette: Cayer 90, May 93, DeVries 103, Counts 108. At University Ridge GC 72.

 

April 24

Janesville Craig Triangular

Team scores: Middleton 309, Janesville Parker 326, Janesville Craig 335.

Middleton scores: Tommy Kriewaldt 74, Carson Frisch 78, Kip Sullivan 78, Andy Zucker 79.

At Glen Erin, par 71.

 

April 23

Madison Edgewood Invite

Team scores: Waunakee 309, Madison Edgewood 311, Eau Claire Memorial 319, Verona 321, Middleton 328, Janesville Parker 329, Oregon 337, Janesville Craig 347, Holmen 348, Fort Atkinson 350, Monona Grove 350, Madison Edgewood 2 364, Madison West 366, Madison Memorial 384, Beloit Memorial 393, Madison La Follette 421.

Middleton scores: Andy Zucker 80, Mitch Giroux 82, Jacob Beckman 83, Kip Sullivan 83.

At Blackhawk, par 72.

 

 

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