Middleton golfers roll past Janesville
Typical of recent times, there again was no touching Middleton High’s state-rated team with its dazzling array of scores. The Cardinals were so powerful that their No. 5 man, senior Conner Wipfli, became the conference medalist with a par 35-37—72 in leading his team to a repeat tournament title.
With all four players who counted in the team scoring at 76 or below, Middleton won the championship with a 296 total. That put the Cardinals nine shots below last year’s winning score on the same course and gave them this title by a 17-stroke margin over Madison Memorial and Verona.
Craig finished sixth with a 328. Janesville Parker was eighth with a 350, led by juniors Peyton Graham and Taylor Braun, each at 86.
Sean Murphy and Blake Jens, both seniors, each had a 74 for Middleton. Cardinal junior Mitch Johnson, the team’s No. 1 man, shot a 76.
Verona sophomore Tyler Reinecke was the individual runner-up with a 1-over 36-37—73.
Gagg had 42-37 nines in becoming Janesville’s only player in the 70s. His round included 11 pars and a birdie, but a 9 hurt him on the par-4 eighth hole.
Craig also had junior Ryne Clatworthy with a 41-39—80, followed by senior Jordan Moss, 41-41—82; and senior Jacob Bandi, 45-42—87.
Tyler Brossard (45-44), a senior, and junior Charlie Grafft (45-44) each shot an 89 to follow Graham (44-42) and Braun (40-46) in the Parker totals.
The Janesville schools play in the Beloit Scramble on Saturday.
Big Eight golf
At Evansville GC
Middleton 296, Madison Memorial 313, Verona 313, Sun Prairie 326, Janesville Craig 328, Madison West 331, Beloit Memorial 338, Janesville Parker 350, Madison La Follette 351, Madison East 370.
Connor Wipfli (Middleton), 72; Tyler Reinecke (Verona), 73; Sean Murphy (Middleton), 74; Blake Jens (Middleton), 74; Caleb Baltes (Verona), 75; Peter Webb (Madison Memorial), 76; Mitch Johnson (Middleton), 76; Matt Opsal (Verona), 76.
(Top four count in team total)
Middleton (296)—Mitch Johnson, 35-41—76; Sean Murphy, 36-38—74; Blake Jens, 36-38—74; Conner Wipfli, 35-37—72.
Madison Memorial (313)—Peter Webb, 38-38—76; Brad O’Loughlin, 41-38—79; Craig Wilson, 42-39—81; Kellen Rice, 37-40—77.
Verona (313)—Tyler Reinecke, 36-37—73; Caleb Baltes, 38-37—75; Matt Opsal, 36-40—76; Harry Seig, 46-43—89.
Sun Prairie (326)—Colin Lane, 41-37—78; Kyle Nickerson, 42-42—84; Eric Cichy, 40-42—82; Nick Behrens, 42-40—82.
Janesville Craig (328)—Ryne Clatworthy, 41-39—80; Jordan Gagg, 42-37—79; Jordan Moss, 41-41—82; Jacob Bandi, 45-42—87; Jim Leute, 49-40—89.
Madison West (331)—Ricky Howard, 40-41—81; Charlie Kritter, 41-39—80; Evan Brown, 44-41—85; Quentin Jiohnson, 45-40—85.
Beloit Memorial (338)—Nolan Dahlberg, 44-44—88; Connor Day, 43-39—82; Kolton Kelley, 47-38—85; David Wandell, 43-40—83.
Janesville Parker (350)—Tyler Brossard, 45-44—89; Dustin Richards, 50-41—91; Peyton Graham, 44-42—86; Taylor Braun, 40-46—86; Charlie Grafft, 45-44—89.
Madison La Follette (351)—Jake Feuerstein, 39-38—77; A.J. Chamberlain, 45-40—85; Tyler Lewis, 48-49—97; Scott Mogilevsky, 50-42—92.
Madison East (370)—Edgar Carli, 43-40—83; Jackson Ferrick, 49-46—95; Muir Mulholland, 43-49—92; Joey Johnson, 51-49—100.