Disappointing sectional for Tigers, Resorters


MAX WARD of Elkhart Lake (right) putts onto a green in Tuesday’s D-3 sectional golf meet at the Rock River Country Club in Waupun. – Submitted photo MAX WARD of Elkhart Lake (right) putts onto a green in Tuesday’s D-3 sectional golf meet at the Rock River Country Club in Waupun. – Submitted photo WAUPUN – The Howards Grove Tigers and the Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah Resorters had disappointing showings in the Division 3 boys sectional golf meet here Tuesday.

The Tigers, vying to make a second straight trip to state, finished fourth with an 18- hole score of 354. Elkhart finished only tied for 10th in the 12-team field with 379.

Qualifying for state were St. Mary’s Springs (Fond du Lac), which won the sectional with an impressive 313, and runner-up Sheboygan Lutheran at 341. Springs is the reigning D-3 state champion.

The top-two teams and the top-three individuals from nonqualifying teams advance to the state meet to be held Monday and Tuesday at the University Ridge Golf Course in Verona, just outside Madison.


JACK BALDWIN, Howards Grove junior, hits a fairway shot during D-3 sectional golf play Tuesday at the Rock River Country Club in Waupun. – Submitted photo JACK BALDWIN, Howards Grove junior, hits a fairway shot during D-3 sectional golf play Tuesday at the Rock River Country Club in Waupun. – Submitted photo Jack Baldwin was HG’s low player with an 82 on the par-72 course at the Rock River Country Club. Also scoring for the team were Ryan Splittgerber with an 86, Ryan Baldwin, 92 and Mason Valenstein with a 94.

Dante Miller paced EL-G with a 90. The Resorters’ other low players were Max Ward with a 92, Alex Viglietti, 96 and Sam Lutzke, 101.

The medalist was Mishicot’s Austin Schnell who won a scorecard tie-breaker for first over Drake Wilcox of Sheboygan Lutheran. Both players shot 1-over-par 73s.

“This was a tough day for us as we felt we left a lot of shots on the course. I’m very proud of how our team fought today but this just wasn’t our day,” said Tiger head coach Joe Hansen.

“For our returning players this will be a great learning experience but we were hoping to send our seniors out on a better note,” said Hansen.

“The course got the best of all of them. We took way too many penalty strokes,” said Elkhart head coach Bart Larson about his players.

“It was a fine ride and I will miss this group tremendously. I definitely feel we are a state-worthy team but we didn’t put it together today unfortunately.”


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