Middleton hogs all the honors at Big Eight golf meet
The Cardinals lost a dual meet to Madison Memorial and were forced to share the dual meet crown with Beloit Memorial.
Mike Schilling and his Middleton teammates made sure there would be no sharing of the conference tournament title Thursday at Evansville Golf Club.
Schilling took medalist honors with a 2-over par 74, and all four Cardinal golfers broke 80, as Middleton cruised to its second straight tournament title.
Middleton finished with a 305 total, while Madison Memorial was 11 shots back at 316.
Janesville Craig, behind Ross Peterson's 78, finished sixth at 328. Janesville Parker was seventh at 354.
Middleton's Mitch Johnson, who shot 79 on Thursday, had the top scoring average in the conference, but it was Schilling who took center stage Thursday.
The senior birdied No. 9 for a 38 on the front, and after a double-bogey at No. 10, rattled off three straight birdies en route to an even-par 36 on the back.
"The back nine has a lot of birdie opportunities, so the key to playing here is to make it through the front without any big holes," Schilling said.
"I'm glad I won, but the main goal today was for our team to win the meet. We were not happy about having to share the dual meet title. Hopefully, this carries over to the regional, sectional and state meet."
Middleton coach Tom Cabalka said winning conference never gets old.
"The goal today was to get through the front nine in good shape because it's so tough," Cabalka said. "And we did that, which set us up for a good back nine. The course makes you hit good shots, and if you don't, your score is going to reflect that."
Peterson had a 1-over 37 on the back nine in finishing seventh overall.
Payton Graham and Dustin Richards had 84 and 85, respectively, to lead Parker.
Sun Prairie's Colin Lane and Madison La Follette's Jake Feuerstein each recorded a hole-in-one. Lane had an ace on the 162-yard, par 3 seventh hole, while Feuerstein aced the 140-yard, par 3 10th.
Big Eight boys golf
At Evansville GC (Par 72)
Middleton 305, Madison Memorial 316, Beloit Memorial 323, Sun Prairie and Verona 327, Janesville Craig 328, Janesville Parker 354, Madison West 355, Madison East 360, Madison La Follette 376.
1. Mike Schilling (Middleton), 74; 2. Nick Johnson (Middleton), 76; 3. Sean Murphy (Middleton), 76; 4. Eric Lockard (Memorial), 76; 5. Peter Webb (Memorial), 76; 6. Quin Moe (Memorial), 77; 7. Ross Peterson (Craig), 78; 8. Nolan Meier (Beloit), 78; 9. Tyler Kubicek (East), 78; 10. Mitch Johnson (Middleton), 79.
Middleton (305)—Mitch Johnson, 39-40—79; Mike Schilling, 38-36—74; Sean Murphy, 40-36—76; Nick Johnson, 40-36—76.
Memorial (316)—Quin Moe, 39-38—77; Peter Webb, 38-38—76; Eric Lockard, 40-36—76; Jamie Niebauer, 43-44—87.
Beloit (323)—Ethan Dahlberg, 39-41—80; Nolan Meier, 40-38—78; Brody Mauel, 40-42—82; Nate Christofferson, 41-42—83.
Sun Prairie (327)—Tyler Cobb, 43-37—80; Colin Lane, 39-41—80; Kyle Nickerson, 46-37—83; Matt Schneider, 46-38—44.
Verona (327)—Cameron Bathe, 40-41—81; Jason Reinecke, 40-46—86; Ben Opsal, 39-41—80; Tyler Reinecke, 40-40—80.
Craig (328)—Greg Ruef, 42-41—83; Ross Peterson, 41-37—78; Jordan Moss, 43-40—83; Tanner Woodman, 45-39—84.
Parker (354)—Tyler Brossard, 48-45—93; Dustin Richards, 39-46—85; Taylor Braun, 47-45—92; Payton Graham, 41-43—84.
West (355)—Ricky Howard, 42-44—86; Michael Luedtke, 52-41—93; Karsten Sladkey, 48-44—92; Charlie Kritter, 44-40—84.
East (360)—Tyler Kubicek, 36-42—78; Muir Mulholland, 44-43—87; Dakota Castleberg, 51-46—97; Jackson Ferrick, 52-46—98.
La Follette (376)—Jake Feuerstein, 41-45—85; A.J. Chamberlain, 51-47—98; Scott Moglevsky, 45-50—95; Casey Mael, 53-45—98.
Beloit Memorial, 8-1; Middleton, 8-1; Madison Memorial, 6-3; Sun Prairire, 6-3; Verona, 6-3; Janesville Craig, 5-4; Madison West, 3-6; Janesville Parker, 2-7; Madison La Follette 1-8; Madison East, 0-9.