The Janesville Parker boys golf team had a couple numbers in mind Monday.
First-year head coach Sam Van Galder said he thought a good team score would have been 328, and that the Vikings were hoping for a top-10 finish at the WIAA Division 1 boys golf state championship.
After the first round, their goals are all still right in front of them.
Bolstered by a hot start on the front nine, Parker shot an opening-round 324 at University Ridge. That’s good enough to tie for 11th place heading into Tuesday’s second and final round.
Marquette University High leads the D1 field at 299, ahead of Fond du Lac (305), Middleton (306) and Arrowhead (306).
“I’m happy with the 324. My goal in my mind for them was to break 328,” Van Galder said. “After that front nine, I thought maybe something special was brewing, but we slipped a bit on the back.
“Our goal was to finish top 10. So if we can take care of business tomorrow, I think we’ll have a good chance at accomplishing that.”
Arrowhead’s Piercent Hunt leads the individual field after shooting a 3-under 69. He’s one shot clear of Marquette’s Ethan Graham and Merrill’s Russell Dettmering.
Senior Nik Sitter paced Parker. He posted his third birdie of the day on the par-five 11th and was at even par through 12 holes.
“The front nine, everything was going well,” Sitter said. “I could have shot 1 under on the front, but I missed a short putt. I let it go, but on the back nine, it just didn’t go my way. My driver started flaring out a little bit, but I made it work.
“I’m not going to complain about a 76 at state. My first time playing here, it was awesome.”
Sitter played in the same group as Hunt and said that made him want to up his game even more.
Sitter heads to the second round tied for 15th at 4 over.
“He’s really embracing the fact that high school golf is ending,” Van Galder said. “He wants to finish this off with a bang.”
Vikings senior Spencer Orley played his final six holes at even par to finish with an 80. He shot 39 on the back nine, the only Parker player to shoot better on the back than on the front.
“I heard everyone else was doing really good and figured I might as well start,” Orley said. “I was hitting more greens (on the back nine), which makes golf a lot easier.”
Senior Matt Zimmerman was 1 over through eight holes before encountering a string of bogeys on the back nine. Van Galder said sand trap troubles played a key role in Zimmerman’s round of 81.
The Vikings’ fourth counting score was an 87—turned in by both senior Michael Henry and sophomore Kadin Kleman.
The Vikings begin teeing off at 1:12 p.m. in Tuesday’s second round.
Badger’s Wisdom in top ten
Bolstered by an eagle two on the par-4 15th, Lake Geneva Badger junior Blake Wisdom shot a 3-over 75 and is tied for 10th place in the Division 1 field.
Wisdom began on the back nine, and the eagle helped him shoot a 1-under 35 on his opening nine. He was at 1 under with two holes to play before encountering trouble at the last.
Badger shot 332 as a team.
Edgerton fourth in D2
With four players all shooting in the low 80s, Edgerton fired a 328 in the afternoon on Day 1 to sit in fourth place in the WIAA Division 2 tournament.
Alec Johnson led the way, shooting 8-over 80 to sit in a tie for 13th. Kyle Wille shot an 82, while Joe Forsting and Jacob Fox each carded 83.
Madison Edgewood leads the D2 field at 303, 23 shots clear of both Rice Lake and Lakeland.
WIAA state boys golf tournament
At University Ridge Golf Course (72)
Marquette 299, Fond du Lac 305, Middleton 306, Arrowhead 306, Kettle Moraine 307, Sheboygan North 311, Kaukauna 314, Brookfield Central 315, Eau Claire Memorial 318, Notre Dame 322, Janesville Parker 324, River Falls 324, Verona 324, Badger 332, Franklin 334, Westosha 346
Piercen Hunt (Arr) 69, Ethan Graham (Mar) 70, Russell Dettmering (Merrill) 70, Adam Garski (Wauwatosa) 71, Zach Bernhardt (ECM) 72
AREA TEAM RESULTS
Parker (324)—Matt Zimmerman 38-43—81, Nik Sitter 36-40—76, Spencer Orley 41-39—80, Kadin Kleman 41-46—87, Mike Henry 42-45—87.
Badger (332)—Blake Wisdom 40-35—75, Connor Duggan 46-42—88, Ben Rademaker 44-41—85, Carter Parent 37-47—84
Edgewood 303, Rice Lake 326, Lakeland 326, Edgerton 328, Peshtigo 333, Kewaskum 339, Waupun 342, Winneconne 350
Lukas Heckmann (Lakeside Lutheran) 68, Rory Gierhart (Ewood) 71, Bryce Jacobson (Pesh) 73, Drew Arnt (Ewood) 75, Kyle Bengston (Lak) 76, Simon Cuskey (RL) 76
AREA TEAM RESULTS
Edgerton (328)—Alec Johnson 41-39—80, Kyle Wille 40-42—82, Joe Forsting 42-41—83, Jacob Fox 42-41—83