Howards Grove, Elkhart earn sectional berths

¦ Plymouth’s Willeford also advances

Howards Grove and Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah advanced to Division 3 boys sectional golf play at Wednesday’s regional meet at the Town & Country Golf Club in Sheboygan.

Plymouth freshman Jake Willeford qualified for D-1 sectional competition as an individual at Wednesday’s regional tournament at the Quit Qui Oc Golf Club in Elkhart Lake.

The top-four teams and the top-four players from nonqualifying teams advance to sectional play. Sheboygan Christian won the regional at Town & Country with a score of 346 for 18 holes. Host HGHS and Kohler tied for second at 360 and Elkhart was fourth with 368.

PHS, the host school, finished sixth in the regional at Quit Qui Oc with 339 for 18 holes. Sheboygan North won the title with an impressive 310. Also qualifying for the sectional were West Bend East, runner-up at 321, followed by Slinger with 323 and Manitowoc Lincoln, 326.

Freshman Matt Bagnall of Howards was the runner up medalist at Town & Country with an 81 which included a 41 on the front nine and a 40 on the back.

Elkhart senior Antonio Bett placed fourth with an 85 (44-41).

James Rasmussen of Christian earned medalist honors with a 79 on the par-71 layout which included the par-36 front nine on the Berms Course and the par-35 Riverwoods Course.

The other low players for HGHS were Collin Meyer, sixth with an 89, Jonny Probst, 94 and Jake Fritz, 96. Also scoring for Elkhart were Elliot Van Oss, tied for 10th with a 92, Brennan Cain, 94 and Stephan Clemens with a 97.

“We were really hoping to survive and advance and that is what we did. We figured Howards and Christian would advance with their talent and homecourse advantage,” said Elkhart head coach Bart Larson.

“The kids played well and are really excited. With two first-year players, we are very pleased. Stephan and Brennan really came through for us.”

Willeford shot an 81 – carding a 37 on the front nine and a 44 on the back. The Panthers’ other low golfers were Jaryd Larson with an 85, Aron Schilsky, 86 and Zach Gambrell, 87.

Cal Meyers of Slinger was the medalist with a 3-over-par 74. North’s Ellis Kirchenwitz was earned second with a 76.

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