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Craig golf team mixes lineup; Parker relies on youth

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Gazette staff
April 22, 2010
— Coach Domanic Weigel is playing mix and match with the Janesville Craig High School boys golf team.

Weigel has the experience of four-year varsity veteran Greg Ruef and three-year varsity veteran Ross Peterson to mix with a host of juniors and sophomores. Weigel hopes the end result will be berth in the WIAA state tournament.


In Ruef and Peterson, Weigel has a pair of players who have a strong work ethic. Both were in the top 10 in Big Eight scoring last season and gained all-conference recognition.


“The guys put so much time into the game,” Weigel said. “They are dedicated to getting the team to state.’’


Ruef is in his second season as the Cougars’ No. 1 player.


While Ruef and Peterson bring the senior experience, the Cougars have a talented underclass that needs seasoning.


Juniors Jim Leute and Jordan Moss and sophomores Ryne Clatworthy and Tanner Woodman round out Craig’s top six players.


“Leute is left handed and it brings a different perspective,” Weigel said. “He won’t run into the same issues in course set up.”


Moss is also a lefty.


“Jordan could be the longest hitter when he gets a hold of one,” Weigel said. “If he gets his putter rolling, he will keep (his scoring) in the 70’s.’’


Weigel said Clatworthy is “obsessed with the game,” and Woodman doesn’t hit the ball far, but is the best scrambler.


The rest of the team is composed of a junior and five sophomores.


“They have to get out and get experience,” Weigel said. “Those guys have to learn to play with confidence.’’


The remaining Craig schedule:


April: 22—Monona Grove Invitational. 24—Waunakee Invitational. 26—West/Craig at Beloit. 30—Beloit Invitational.


May: 1—Ashenfelter Tournament. 6-7 Tri City. 10—Middleton/Parker. 15—Beloit Scramble. 20—Big Eight meet. 25-26—WIAA regionals.


June: 1-2—WIAA sectionals. 7-8—WIAA state tournament.


Parker thinks young

Janesville Parker High School’s boys golf team is a work in progress.


The Vikings lost one varsity player, Eric Benzel, to graduation.


Coach Ron Cramer is expecting the team to improve as the season moves along.


“We have to be positive and look to the future,” Cramer said. “They are doing a good job, and the scoring is improving as we go along.’’


Parker will have sophomores Taylor Braun, Dustin Richards, Peyton Graham and Charlie Grafft and juniors Tyler Brossard and Ron Ludwig to lead the team.


Braun posted an 88 for his lowest card of the season. Cramer hopes it’s a sign of good things to come.


“It’s the first time he’s been in the 80’s,” Cramer said, who also expects the others to follow suit with more consistent scoring.


The remaining Parker schedule:


April: 22—At Monona Grove Invitational. 26—At Madison Memorial, Sun Prairie. 30—Beloit Invitational.


May: 1—Ashenfelter Tournament. 4—Verona/La Follette/Beloit. 6-7—Tri-City. 10—At Craig/Middleton. 20—Big Eight tournament. 25-26—WIAA regionals.


June: 1-2—WIAA sectionals. 7-8—WIAA state tournament.




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