Tigers win BEC Tourney, overall title


DANTE MILLER, Elkhart Lake senior, chips onto the sixth green in Thursday’s BEC Golf Tournament. Miller finished third. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley DANTE MILLER, Elkhart Lake senior, chips onto the sixth green in Thursday’s BEC Golf Tournament. Miller finished third. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley ELKHART LAKE – The Howards Grove Tigers won the Big East Conference Boys Golf Tournament Thursday which also earned them the overall BEC championship.

The conference title is the first one for the Tigers’ golf program in the past 22 years. Prior to 2016, HG competed in the former Central Lakeshore Conference. The Tigers edged Sheboygan Lutheran for the tourney and overall crowns.

HG shot 343 in the 18- hole tourney at the Quit Qui Oc Golf Club. Lutheran was second at 344. The Crusaders were the two-time BEC tournament and overall champions coming in.

The overall title is determined by a combination of the league’s mini-meets and the 18-hole tourney. The Tigers amassed 61 points during the conference season, followed by Lutheran with 60. The Tigers were the overall runnersup the previous two years.


JACK BALDWIN of Howards Grove tees off on the seventh hole in Thursday’s BEC Golf Tournament. Baldwin tied for fifth. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley JACK BALDWIN of Howards Grove tees off on the seventh hole in Thursday’s BEC Golf Tournament. Baldwin tied for fifth. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley Oostburg finished third overall with 46 points and the Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah Resorters took fourth with 45.5. Elkhart, playing on its home course, placed third in the tourney with a score of 358.

Junior Ryan Splittgerber led the Tigers in the tourney with a third-place finish as he shot an 84. HG’s other low players were Jack Baldwin with an 85, Jacob Brunner, 86 and Mason Valenstein, 88.

“I am very proud of our players as they have worked very hard for this and we felt that winning the Big East was unfinished business from our 2017 season,” said Tiger head coach Joe Hansen.

“Our team had to dig deep today after a rough front nine. In looking at the scores, we were down by 10 shots [actually 12] after nine holes.”

The Resorters’ top finisher was senior Dante Miller who earned third with an 80. Elkhart’s other low golfers were Max Ward with an 88, Alex Viglietti, 94 and Justin Schultz, 96.

“Overall, we played pretty well. Dante was steady throughout and I was happy he took third,” said Resorter head coach Bart Larson.

“Max had a great front with a 38. Justin and Alex were solid.”

Lutheran’s Drake Wilcox was the medalist for the second straight year. Wilcox shot a 5-over-par 76. Grant Boyson of St. Mary Catholic (Neenah) was the runner-up with a 77.


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