Plymouth, HG play well in state tourney


RYAN SPLITTGERBER of Howards Grove hits a tee shot during Monday’s D-3 state golf tournament. – Submitted photo RYAN SPLITTGERBER of Howards Grove hits a tee shot during Monday’s D-3 state golf tournament. – Submitted photo VERONA – The Plymouth Panthers and the Howards Grove Tigers competed well in the boys state golf tournament, held Monday and Tuesday at the University Ridge Golf Course.

PHS finished 10th in a very strong, 16-team Division 1 meet with a 36-hole score of 650. The Panthers shot 328 in the opening round on Monday and totaled 322 Tuesday. The state tourney included two 18-hole rounds.

HG placed fourth in the eight-team D-3 meet with 707 – carding a 360 score in the first round and a 347 on day two.

Hartland Arrowhead won the D-1 title with an impressive 602 which included 303 in the first round and 299 in the second. Sheboygan North took fourth at 631.

Saint Mary’s Springs (Fond du Lac) earned its third straight D-3 championship as the Ledgers shot 648.


JAKE WILLEFORD, Plymouth senior, tees off during Monday’s play at the D-1 state golf tournament. – Submitted photo JAKE WILLEFORD, Plymouth senior, tees off during Monday’s play at the D-1 state golf tournament. – Submitted photo Senior Jake Willeford led the Panthers with a two-day score of 153 which placed him in a five-way tie for 12th. Willeford shot a 4-over-par 76 in the first round and a 77 in the second.

Plymouth’s other low golfers for both rounds were Cade Knaus with a 162 total (83- 79), Cole Bogenschuetz, 166 (84-82) and Alex Shutter with 169 (85-84). Johno Aschenbach also competed for the Panthers and shot 186 (93- 93).

The D-1 medalist was Arrowhead’s Piercen Hunt with 141 which included an evenpar 72 in the first round and a 3-under-par 69 in the second.

Senior Matthew Bagnall was the Tigers’ top finisher – placing in a two-way for 11th with 162. Bagnall shot 85 in the first round and improved eight strokes on day two with a 77.

The Tigers’ other low players for the first round were Jack Baldwin with an 87, Ryan Splittgerber, 92 and Jacob Brunner with a 96. On day two, HG’s other low golfers were Baldwin with an 86, Splittgerber, 92 and Jake Fritz with a 92. Mason Valenstein also played and shot 193 (97- 96).

Mathew Higley of Eleva- Strum was the D-3 medalist with 151 (78-72), one stroke ahead of Sheboygan Lutheran’s Drake Wilcox (73-78).

“We played very solid for two days and finished a very respectable 10th in state. Jake played outstanding for two days. Cade was steady for the tournament,” said Panther head coach Dan Knaus.

“It was a great accomplishment to play with the best in the state and hold our own on a great golf course. This team had a great season and accomplished all of our goals,” said coach Knaus.

“It was a nice run to make in the second round and I was pleased with the team finish,” said Tiger head coach Joe Hansen.

“We know that we had better golf in us but we are pleased with the effort we put out there this week. I was also very happy for our two seniors, Jake Fritz and Matthew Bagnall, to have strong finishes to their seasons.”

Hansen was pleased with the 13-stroke improvement the Tigers showed from the first round to the second.

Madison Edgewood won the D-2 championship with 623. Kewaskum and Winneconne from the East Central Conference (Plymouth’s conference) finished tied for fourth and in seventh, respectively, with scores of 672 and 691.


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