Parker golf braves elements, tops Craig and Verona

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Gazette staff
Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Janesville’s high school boys golf teams had a tough call to make Monday—play on a day with deplorable weather conditions or reschedule for a later date.

The Parker Vikings are happy they played.

John Milner and Bobby Wyss led the way with a pair of 13-over 85s, and Parker swept Craig and Verona in a Big Eight Conference triangular at the Janesville Country Club.

Thanks to three rounds in the 80s, Parker shot 360 to edge Verona by one stroke. Craig’s Nolan Moran posted the low score of the day, an 84, and Craig shot 382.

“We just wanted to make sure that we got the round in,” said Parker coach Bob Eicher, who had the teams tee off a bit early and in a bit of a shotgun format, with the driving range closed and more rain looming. “We’ll see Craig again Friday and Saturday, but this is conference, so this is a really nice win for us.”

With winds whipping through the trees and the waterlogged ground squeaking under their feet, the Vikings stayed focused on a course that’s difficult to play when the weather is nice.

“Even though they were fighting the wind, they struggled through and didn’t get down on themselves,” Eicher said.

Jordan Manthey shot an 87, while Sam Kisting rounded out Parker’s lineup with a 103.

The Cougars got a round of 91 from Ethan Karcher. Troy Lipker shot 101, and Colin Hinkle came in at 106.

“(Nolan) wasn’t happy about his score, but he was happy to have the low round of the day,” Craig coach Dominic Wiegel said. “(Ethan) had a major knee injury right before the hockey season, so he’s still adjusting with transferring his weight.

“Last year he could blast his way out of trouble, but now he’s got to be a little more accurate.”

Parker and Craig both play in the Beloit Invite on Friday ahead of Saturday’s 61st annual Ashenfelter Invitational at Riverside Golf Course.

“It’d be nice to get outside and do some work (before those tournaments),” Wiegel said. “Friday and Saturday are a good gauge, because it’s all the local and regional teams. There will be some good golf out there.”

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