As he waited for the other players in his foursome to hole out, Matt Zimmerman stood on the ninth green, a slight smile across his face, and took some time to look inward.
He had just tapped in the final putt of his high school golf career. There was a lot running through the Janesville Parker senior’s mind.
“I was going through all four years—the best highlights of high school,” Zimmerman said after shooting a nine-over 81 during the second round of the WIAA state boys golf tournament Tuesday. “And then looking toward my next chapter. I was reflecting.”
The Viterbo-bound golfer shot 81 both days at University Ridge Golf Course.
“Coming in here, I wanted to shoot a good score to go out right,” he said. “But at the same time, it was a good experience, and I got to do it with my best friends I’ve had through high school. I played bad, but nothing can really beat playing with them.”
The Vikings shot 317 as a team Tuesday, trimming seven strokes off their first-round score to finish 10th in the Division 1 field.
Parker jumped past Big Eight Conference-champion Verona during the second round and finished six strokes ahead of the Wildcats.
“That was team golf right there,” Parker coach Sam Van Galder said. “They hung together; they wanted to be better than yesterday. That was our original goal was top 10. Right on the money.”
Senior Michael Henry was the low man for Parker on Tuesday, carding his best score of the year, a four-over 76 (38-38), after shooting 87 on Monday.
“Even if you go bogey-bogey, you can still make a birdie on the next hole,” Henry said. “I bounced back. I learned a lot from this course yesterday in a competitive round.”
Henry trimmed seven shots off the back nine alone. He was even through six holes before bogeying Nos. 7-8. He doubled bogeyed the par-4 first to open his second nine but birdied the 174-yard third and rolled in a 15-foot, right-breaking putt to birdie the 570-yard, par-5 sixth.
“That was probably the marquee moment of the day,” Henry said of his second birdie. “My putting was better today. I hit a lot of 10-footers.”
Sophomore Kadin Kleman played the final nine holes 1-under after a bogey-double bogey-bogey-bogey-double bogey run from Nos. 14-18. The sophomore shot a seven-over 79.
Senior Nik Sitter followed up his first-round 76 with an 84 to finish tied for 53rd individually. Senior Spencer Orley shot 81 on Tuesday.
“Everybody held their own and we didn’t embarrass ourselves,” Van Galder said.
The second-round scores weren’t what some of Parker’s players were hoping for. But it’s hard to be too disappointed about making a seven-stroke improvement in the span of a day.
And the opportunity to play at the pristine University Ridge? Not a bad way for Parker’s four seniors to close out their careers.
Marquette University held off reigning champion Arrowhead to win the Division 1 team crown by seven strokes. Arrowhead sophomore Piercen Hunt defeated Wauwatosa’s Adam Garski in a playoff to win the Division 1 individual title.
Edgerton secures silver ball
Edgerton entered Tuesday’s second round two shots back of Rice Lake and Lakeland. The Crimson Tide hopped past both competitors midway through the front nine and didn’t let go of second place. Edgerton shot 316 to claim the silver ball as Division 2 runners-up behind Madison Edgewood, which breezed to its second straight title.
Alec Johnson (80-79) finished 12th individually. Joe Forsting (83-77) tied one other for 13th, while Kyle Wille (82-80) and Jacob Fox (83-80) also finished in the top 20.
Lakeside Lutheran’s Lukas Heckmann built a commanding lead in the individual race with a four-under 68 on Monday. He won by three strokes over Edgewood’s Drew Arndt despite carding a second-round 79.
Wisdom breaks the top 10
Lake Geneva Badger’s Blake Wisdom fired a 1-over 73 on Tuesday to finish in a tie for seventh individually. The junior ended his day with back-to-back birdies on the par-3 eighth and par-5 ninth.
The Badgers (332-317) finished 12th as a team.
state boys golf tournament
At University Ridge Golf Course
Marquette University 299-299—598, Arrowhead 306-300-606, Eau Claire Memorial 318-295-613, Fond du Lac 305-314—619, Kaukauna 313-309—623, Middleton 306-318—624, Brookfield Central 315-309—624, Kettle Moraine 307-318—625, Sheboygan North 311-314—625, Janesville Parker 324-317—641, Verona 324-323—647, Badger 332-317—649, Franklin 334-318—652, Notre Dame 322-331—653, River Falls 324-332—656, Westosha Central 346-342—688.
Piercen Hunt, Arrowhead, 69-73—142; Adam Garski, Wauwatosa, 71-71—142; Brock Hlinak, Kaukauna, 76-69—145; Zach Bernhardt, Eau Claire Memorial, 72-73—145; Russell Dettmering, Merrill, 70-76—146; Jack Blair, Marquette, 76-71—147; Blake Wisdom, Badger, 75-73—148; Jack Lutze, Marquette, 77-71—148.
AREA TEAM RESULTS TUESDAY
Parker (317)—Michael Henry 38-38—76; Kadin Kleman 44-35—79; Matt Zimmerman 41-41—81; Spencer Orley 39-42—81.
Badger (317)—Blake Wisdom 39-34—71; Luke Abram 40-41—81; Carter Parent 40-41—81; Ben Rademaker 41-41—82.
Madison Edgewood 303-302—605; Edgerton 328-316—644; Lakeland 326-324—650; Rice Lake 326-328—654; Kewaskum 339-322—661; Peshtigo 333-338—671; Waupun 342-334—676; Winneconne 350-356—706.
Lukas Heckmann, Lakeside Lutheran, 68-79—147; Drew Arndt, Edgewood, 75-75—150; Kyle Bengtson, Lakeland, 76-75—151; Matthew Phelan, Edgewood, 78-73—151.
AREA TEAM RESULTS TUESDAY
Edgerton (316)—Joe Forsting 37-40—77; Alec Johnson 39-40—79; Kyle Wille 38-42—80; Jacob Fox 37-43—80.