Noah Kirsch | 2021 WIAA Division 3 boys individual champion

Noah Kirsch | 2021 WIAA Division 3 boys individual champion

Wisconsin.Golf's Rob Hernandez sizes up the WIAA Division 3 boys regional golf tournaments being contested across the state this week. The top four teams in each regional advance to next week's sectionals, along with the top four golfers not on those teams. The state tournament is scheduled for June 6-7 at Blackwolf Run in Kohler.

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CHETEK-WEYERHAEUSER SECTIONAL

HURLEY REGIONAL

Team Average
Prentice 199.43
Hurley 202.33
Flambeau 208.4
Drummond 210.14
Mellen 212
Winter 252
South Shore 274.33

When: Tuesday (9 a.m.).

Where: Eagle Bluff GC-Hurley

The way it was (in 2021): Juniors Jack West (83) shared medalist honors with Drummond senior Nolan Arthur and Keegan Steckel (86) finished alone in fourth place as host Ladysmith (362) rolled to the team title at the WIAA Division 3 Ladysmith regional at Tee-Away Golf Course in Ladysmith. Drummond (381), Prentice (390) and Mellen (436) also advanced out of a regional in which just five of the nine schools represented fielded full teams. It took a round of 107 or better to advance to the sectional individually.

The way it is (in 2022): Ladysmith, the 2021 winner of this regional, was shifted to the Webster regional to start this postseason, leaving a wide-open chase for the regional title in Hurley where four scores under 100 will likely win the team title and four scores south of 110 will likely be what it takes for a team to reach the sectional. Prentice has a solid 1-2 combo at the top of the lineup in Joe Hueckman and Reese Isaacson, who both finished in the top seven in the season-long Marawood Conference standings and should keep their team ahead of the pack at the regional. However, the Buccaneers have struggled to find third and fourth scores below 110, which could limit the length of their postseason journey. 

Who will advance: Teams — Prentice, Hurley, Drummond, Flambeau. Individuals — Curtis Thompson, Winter; Jordyn Delegan, Mellen; Marcus Heltman, Mellen; Thomas Kruzan, Mellen.

WEBSTER REGIONAL

Team Average
Ladysmith 172.68
Luck/Frederic 188.81
Turtle Lake/Clayton 221.08
Unity 225.2
Cumberland 227.2
Webster 232.57
Birchwood 233.55
Cameron 248.83
Grantsburg 251.43

When: Tuesday (9 a.m.).

Where: Voyager Village GC-Danbury.

The way it was (in 2021): Junior Tyler Van Atta shot 87 at Luck GC to earn medalist honors by four strokes and lead Luck/Frederic (377) to an eight-stroke victory over Grantsburg at the Unity regional. Unity (425) and Cameron (455) were also able to qualify teams to the sectional. It took a score of 100 or better to advance from the regional individually with all four berths going to underclassmen — Birchwood junior Preston Herricks (94), Turtle Lake/Clayton junior Nate Lauritsen (97), Turtle Lake/Clayton sophomore Drew Torgerson (98) and Cumberland sophomore Leighton Stouffer (100).

The way it is (in 2022): Ladysmith, the runner-up to Division 2 Northwestern (Maple) in the Heart O'North Conference, has a proven No. 1 golfer in senior Keegan Steckel — the runner-up to Northwestern's Trent Meyer in the HON player-of-the-year standings — and four other golfers capable of shooting 95 or lower. That should be enough to distance the Lumberjacks from the other contenders in this regional. Luck/Frederic is the only other school among the nine in the regional with a nine-hole scoring average below 200.

Who will advance: Teams — Ladysmith, Luck/Frederic, Cumberland, Unity. Individuals — Drew Torgerson, Turtle Lake/Clayton; Nate Lauritsen, Turtle Lake/Clayton; Henry Pike, Cameron; Payton Schultz, Birchwood.

CADOTT REGIONAL

Team Average
Eleva-Strum 188.83
Glenwood City 192.82
Osseo-Fairchild 196.5
Cadott 197.09
Chetek-Weyerhaeuser 207.65
Fall Creek 208.33
Clear Lake 209
Mondovi 220.36

When: Tuesday (9 a.m.). 

Where: Whispering Pines GC-Cadott.

The way it was (in 2021): Senior Dawson Kurth (76) and junior Simon Bauer (86) finished 2-3 behind medalist Nick Higley of Eleva-Strum (71) as Durand (344) rolled to a 41-stroke victory over Eleva-Strum and Fall Creek at the Clear Lake regional at Amery GC. Glenwood City (400) edged Cadott (405) for the last of four sectional berths. It took a score of 97 or better to earn a sectional berth individually.

The way it is (in 2022): Durand, which won this regional a year ago on the way to a sectional championship and state championship, has moved to Division 2 for this WIAA postseason, leaving Eleva-Strum — eighth at the 2021 Division 3 state tournament — to lead a quality field of teams hoping to finish among the top four and earn sectional berths. The Cardinals finished second to Cochrane-Fountain City in the Dairyland Conference behind player of the year Riley Sterry. Dunn-St. Croix Conference runner-up Glenwood City and Cadott and Osseo-Fairchild, who finished fifth and sixth, respectively at last week's Cloverbelt Conference Championship, look to join Chetek Weyerhaeuser, which shot 368 to finish sixth at the Heart O'North Championship, in chasing Eleva-Strum for the regional title.

Who will advance: Teams — Eleva-Strum, Cadott, Glenwood City, Chetek-Weyerhaeuser. Individuals — Ian Vold, Osseo-Fairchild; Spencer Anderson, Osseo-Fairchild; Jack Thomson, Fall Creek; Bryce Kuula, Fall Creek.

BONDUEL SECTIONAL

WABENO/LAONA REGIONAL

Team Average
Wabeno/Laona 179.5
Crivitz 192.15
Crandon 192.6
Three Lakes/Phelps 198.12
Coleman 201.41
Pembine/Goodman 256.5
Florence 263
Elcho 269.33

When: Tuesday (9 a.m.).

Where: McCauslin Brook GC-Lakewood.

The way it was (in 2021): Juniors Reed Christianson (83) and Ryan Simonis (86) finished 1-2 as Wabeno/Laona shot 366 and won the Florence regional at Youngs Golf GC in Iron River, Mich. Coleman (394), Crandon (418) and Crivitz (460) were the other three teams to earn sectional berths It took a score of 109 or better to advance out of the regional individually.

The way it is (in 2022): Senior Reed Christianson, last year's regional medalist, is one of four golfers back for Wabeno/Laona as the Rebels look to make the most of that experience and the opportunity to host a regional on their home course at McCauslin Brook. When the course last played host to a regional in 2019, only champion Coleman (355) was the only school to break 400. Senior Karson Kasper, who will play the No. 3 position for the Cougars, finished T-2 behind older brother Kasey, the only golfer to break 80 (he won with a 75) that year. His course knowledge will no doubt come in handy as Coleman, the No. 5 seed, will look to displace No. 2 Crivitz, No. 3 Crandon or No. 4 Three Lake/Phelps, and play its way into next week's sectional. 

Who will advance: Teams — Wabeno/Laona, Coleman, Crivitz, Crandon. Individuals — Wyatt Simons, Three Lakes/Phelps; Ian Mouw, Three Lakes/Phelps; AJ Pukall, Elcho; Josh Knutson, Pembine/Goodman.

MARATHON REGIONAL

Team Average
Newman Catholic (Wausau) 175.58
Marathon 176.41
Assumption (Wisconsin Rapids) 184.18
Pacelli (Stevens Point) 199.67
Nekoosa 205.1
Colby 217.4
Wisconsin Valley Lutheran 221.87
Thorp 245.55
Port Edwards 252.39

When: Tuesday (9 a.m.).

 Where: Pine Valley GC-Marathon.

The way it was (in 2021): Sophomore Conner Krach shot 78 and finished third behind co-medalists Peyton Schuelke of Manawa and Noah Gage of Marathon, leading Newman Catholic (Wausau) to the Marathon regional team championship with a 345 total. Manawa (363), Marathon (375) and Stevens Point Pacelli (395) secured the other three sectional team berths. It took a score of 100 or better to advance to the sectional individually.

The way it is (in 2022): Newman Catholic (Wausau) and Marathon, who finished fifth and sixth, respectively, at the 2021 WIAA Division 3 state tournament, are again among the top five teams in the Bonduel sectional and this regional serves an important step for two teams that will need momentum going up against the host Bears next week. Marathon's Noah Gage, who edged Newman's Conner Krach for Marawood Conference player-of-the-year honors, helped the Red Raiders held off Newman to win the Marawood tournament series. Ben Robbins and John Stoffel have been solid second and third scores for Marathon behind Gage, who works at Pine Valley as a pro shop assistant and has birdied every hole on the course at one point or another. Likewise, Isaac Seidel has formed a solid 1-2 punch behind Krach, but the Cardinals will need Jack Hoelter and Nevaeh Nelson to come through at the Nos. 3 and 4 positions to be able to keep pace with Marathon.

Who will advance: Teams — Marathon, Newman Catholic (Wausau), Assumption (Wisconsin Rapids), Pacelli (Stevens Point). Individuals  Nate Esselman, Nekoosa; Konnor Mehlberg, Wisconsin Valley Lutheran; Brody Decker, Colby; Carson Rau, Colby.

IOLA-SCANDINAVIA REGIONAL

Team Average
Bonduel 179.93
Lena 185.8
Oconto 187.94
Iola-Scandinavia 209.27
Marion 219.38
Weyauwega-Fremont 220.44
Oneida Nation 230.86
Manawa 231.38
St. Thomas Aquinas (Marinette) 237.45

When: Tuesday (9 a.m.).

Where: Glacier Wood GC-Iola.

The way it was (in 2021): Junior Cooper Uelman of Bonduel shot 79 to share medalist honors with freshman Kaiden Bailey of Saint Thomas Aquinas (Marinette), but the Bears fell to Oconto 19-23 in a playoff for the team title after both schools tied for first place with matching 361s. Lena and Saint Thomas Aquinas, who shot identical 412s, finished tied for third to claim the two remaining sectional team berths. It took a score of 105 or better for individuals to make it to the sectional individually.

The way it is (in 2022): Central Wisconsin Conference champion Cooper Uelmen has Bonduel in position for a deep and successful WIAA postseason run. The Bears, looking for their first state tournament berth, won the season-long Central Wisconsin championship and will play host to next week's sectional at Golden Sands GC in Cecil. For now, Bonduel will look to fend off Marinette & Oconto Conference champion Lena and Oconto and begin its quest with a regional title. Glacier Woods gave Bonduel the most trouble of the four courses in the CWC rotation this spring and will likely do the same for the nine teams in this regional, but probably not enough to open the door for a long-shot to advance.

Who will advance: Teams — Bonduel, Iola-Scandinavia, Lena, Oconto. Individuals — Kaiden Bailey, St. Thomas Aquinas (Marinette); Theron Thayer, St. Thomas Aquinas (Marinette); Ben Stern, Manawa; Jonas Johnson, Oneida Nation.

MARKESAN SECTIONAL

COCHRANE-FOUNTAIN CITY REGIONAL

Team Average
Cochrane-Fountain City 174.86
Neillsville 176.82
Luther (Onalaska) 198.86
Whitehall 203.28
Alma/Pepin 256.57

When: Tuesday (9 a.m.).

Where: The Grove GC-Cochrane.

The way it was (in 2021): Aquinas (La Crosse) boasted a regional champion in junior Sam Dobbins (80), shot 358 and cruised to the team title at the Luther (Onalaska) regional at Drugan's Castle Mound GC in Holmen. Assumption (Wisconsin Rapids) shot 376 and joined Cochrane-Fountain City (381) and Onalaska Luther (392) in qualifying for the sectional. It took a score of 105 or better to earn a berth in the sectional individually.

The way it is (in 2022): With 2021 champion Aquinas (La Crosse) having jumped to Division 2 and runner-up Assumption (Wisconsin Rapids) having been moved to the Bonduel sectional, this regional is left with just five schools that will field teams, meaning the top four seeds should have no problems advancing to the sectional and fifth-place Alma/Pepin will send its four entrants as individual qualifiers. Cochrane-Fountain City is the favorite to rule the regional after taking the Dairyland title behind Cameron Lipinski and Aiden Schmidtknect, who finished 2-3 at last week's Dairyland Championship. Neillsville, which finished fourth in the Cloverbelt Conference, could challenge for the team title if senior Nolan John can continue to set a high bar at the No. 1 position.

Who will advance: Teams — Cochrane-Fountain City, Neillsville, Luther (Onalaska), Whitehall.   Individuals —  Keegan Stiel, Alma/Pepin; Ethan Graner, Alma/Pepin; Emily Walker, Alma/Pepin; Ridge Lodermeier, Alma/Pepin.

MINERAL POINT REGIONAL

Team Average
Mineral Point 164.33
Lancaster 179.86
Parkview (Orfordville) 199.12
Barneveld 199.61
Fennimore 207.5
Argyle/Pecatonica 209.73
Darlington 217.91
Iowa-Grant 225.73
Wisconsin Heights 227.17

When: Tuesday (9 a.m.).

Where: Dodge-Point GC-Mineral Point.

The way it was (in 2021): Mineral Point (359) and Fennimore (361) began their journey towards securing WIAA state tournament berths by finishing 1-2 at the Barneveld regional at Deer Valley GC in Barneveld. Eventual Division 3 state champion Noah Kirsch, a junior from Lancaster, shot 77 to earn medalist honors ahead of Parkview (Orfordville) junior Trey Oswald. Lancaster (373) and Parkview (391) earned the final two sectional team berths with Oswald playing his final three holes in 1-under-par to help the Vikings hold off Argyle/Pecatonica (392) for the final spot. It took a score of 99 or better to advance from the regional individually.

The way it is (in 2022): Host Mineral Point, which finished third behind Kohler and Durand at the 2021 Division 3 state tournament, figures to have a huge advantage on its home course with a veteran team that currently shares the No. 1 position in the Golf Coaches Association of Wisconsin Division 3 state rankings. The Pointers placed four golfers on the all-Southwest Wisconsin Activities League team, led by player of the year Carson Kroll, after they shot 320 and won the SWAL Championship by 65 strokes over Fennimore. They could have their hands full with Lancaster, which won the Southwest Wisconsin Conference title with a 340 score behind an eye-popping 67 from defending state champion Noah Kirsch, who will renew his rivalry with Orfordville Parkview's Trey Oswald, the 2021 state runner-up and 2022 Trailways South Conference player of the year. The race for the fourth sectional berth could prove interesting if Fennimore plays as well as it did at the SWAL Championship or freshman Alex Ruetten can go low enough to thrust Argyle/Pecatonica into the top four.

Who will advance: Teams — Mineral Point, Lancaster, Parkview (Orfordville), Fennimore. Individuals — Alex Ruetten, Argyle/Pecatonica; Ryan Gust, Barneveld; Andrew Pietrykowski, Wisconsin Heights; Aidan Holcomb, Wisconsin Heights.

RANDOLPH REGIONAL

Team Average
Pardeeville 196.75
Princeton/Green Lake 198.29
Central Wisconsin Christian (Waupun) 201.89
Markesan 215
Horicon 229.82
Westfield 236.87
Wonewoc-Center/Hillsboro 251

When: Tuesday (9 a.m.).

Where: Fox Lake GC-Fox Lake.

The way it was (in 2019): Sophomore Cooper Jenatscheck (92) and senior Peter Freye (93) both finished in the top five as Pardeeville shot 387 and won the Markesan regional at the Golf Courses of Lawsonia in Green Lake. Markesan (402), Princeton/Green Lake (416) and Westfield (422) also advanced teams to the sectional. It took a score of 102 or better to reach the sectional individually.

The way it is (in 2021): Trailways South Conference runner-up Pardeeville and Trailways North runner-up Princeton/Green Lake are expected to lead the way at this regional where Central Wisconsin Christian (Waupun) and Markesan should join them in playing their way to the sectional Markesan will host at Lawsonia. Princeton/Green Lake's Jonah Curtis, who finished second in the Trailways North player-of-the-year standings, looks to battle Pardeeville's Cooper Janetscheck for medalist honors.

Who will advance: Teams — Pardeeville, Princeton/Green Lake, Central Wisconsin Christian (Waupun), Markesan. Individuals — Elliot Rehm, Westfield; Chris Griner, Westfield; Tanner Voy, Horicon; Ben Koopman, Wonewoc-Center/Hillsboro.

ABUNDANT LIFE CO-OP (MADISON) SECTIONAL

ELKHART LAKE-GLENBEULAH REGIONAL

Team Average
Roncalli (Manitowoc) 172.5
Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah 181.92
Lourdes Academy/Valley Christian (Oshkosh) 192.07
St. Mary's Catholic (Neenah) 196.54
Howards Grove 209.22
Stockbridge/Hilbert 233
Reedsville 237.86

When: Wednesday (9 a.m.).

Where: Quit-Qui-Oc GC-Elkhart Lake.

The way it was (in 2021): Senior Teddy Schumacher shot 79 at Quit-Qui-Oc GC in Elkhart Lake to finish second to sophomore Spencer Lynch of Saint Mary Catholic (Neenah) and help Saint Mary's Springs (Fond du Lac) edge Saint Mary Catholic to a 340-347 victory at the Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah regional. Manitowoc Roncalli (349) and Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah (356) also advanced teams to the sectional. It took a score of 92 or better to advance to the sectional individually.

The way it is (in 2022):  St. Mary's Springs (Fond du Lac) moves out of this regional and into one it will host, leaving a quartet of schools in position to play their way to sectional berths without much trouble. Roncalli (Manitowoc), which finished second to Division 2 Sheboygan Falls in the Eastern Wisconsin Conference, returns all five golfers from the 2021 team that finished third at this regional, led by seniors Will Falconer and Luke Pautz — the lone remaining golfers from the Jets' 2019 Division 3 state championship team. Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah comes into the WIAA postseason on the heels of a fourth-place showing at the Big East Conference Championship on the Resorters home course that will also host the regional.

Who will advance: Teams — Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah, Roncalli (Manitowoc), Lourdes Academy/Valley Christian (Oshkosh), Saint Mary Central (Neenah). Individuals — Payton Bender, Howards Grove; Clayton Melis, Howards Grove; Mara Woelfel, Stockbridge/Hilbert; Matt Tulius, Howards Grove. 

ST. MARY'S SPRINGS (FOND DU LAC) REGIONAL

Team Average
Kohler 167.1
St. Mary's Springs (Fond du Lac) 182.81
Sheboygan Christian 183.09
Sheboygan Lutheran 185.54
Living Word Lutheran (Jackson) 190.23
Ozaukee 249.5
Random Lake 266

When: Tuesday (9 a.m.).

Where: Whispering Springs GC-Fond du Lac.

The way it was (in 2021):  Sophomore Reece Breitenbach shot 77 to share medalist honors with senior Grant McGraw of Living Word Lutheran (Jackson) and lead eventual state champion Kohler (323) to an impressive victory at the Ozaukee regional at The Bog in Saukville. All five Blue Bombers golfers finished in the top seven. Sheboygan Area Lutheran (356), Sheboygan Christian (362) and Living Word Lutheran (364) had no troubles nailing down the three other sectional team berths. It took a score of 92 or better to get through what was the state's toughest regional and qualify for the sectional individually.

The way it is (in 2022): Kohler, the co-No. 1 team in the GCAW Division 3 state rankings, graduated three of the five golfers off its 2021 state championship team, but the Blue Bombers haven't missed a beat, winning a competitive Big East Conference Championship by 18 strokes over Sheboygan Area Lutheran. Junior Reece Breitenbach continues to set the pace for Kohler, which has tournament-tested golfers at the Nos. 2 and 3 spots in Everett Schroeder and Lucas Albrecht, but senior Donny Sobecki has been a pleasant surprise at the No. 4 position. St. Mary's Springs moving into this regional means Kohler and the Ledgers will get to wage a spirited battle throughout the WIAA tournament series, perhaps all the way to the state tournament at Blackwolf Run in Kohler.

Who will advance: Teams — Kohler, St. Mary's Springs (Fond du Lac), Sheboygan Area Lutheran, Sheboygan Christian. Individuals — Michael Wrucke, Living Word Lutheran (Jackson); Caden Krell, Living Word Lutheran (Jackson); Caleb Breckenfelder, Living Word Lutheran (Jackson); Nick Hartman, Random Lake.

WILLIAMS BAY REGIONAL

Team Average
Abundant Life co-op (Madison) 161.87
Cambridge 166.95
The Prairie School (Racine) 191.4
Williams Bay 201.6
Palmyra-Eagle 204.67
Kenosha St. Joseph 210.4
Kenosha Christian Life 215.86

When: Tuesday (9 a.m.). 

Where: Delbrook GC-Delavan.

The way it was (in 2021): Senior Riley Gal shot 75 as Racine Lutheran (326) topped host Cambridge (332) to win the Cambridge regional at Lake Ripley CC in Cambridge. The Abundant Life co-op (Madison) finished third with a 342 while Kenosha St. Joseph (379) edged Racine Prairie School (383) and Palmyra-Eagle (383) for the final sectional berth. It took a score of 93 or better to advance to the sectional individually and three of the berths went to underclassmen — Palmyra-Eagle junior Daniel Riener (81), The Prairie School junior Ben Reynolds (88) and Williams Bay Faith Christian junior Ethan Elkin (93). 

The way it is (in 2022): Defending champion Racine Lutheran graduated all five golfers off last year's team, tried to form a co-op program with Racine St. Catherine's and, after being assigned to Division 1, wound up not being able to field a full team. But there is no shortage of talent in this regional. Cambridge and the Abundant Life Christian School co-op (Madison) come into the WIAA postseason at Nos. 3 and 4, respectively in the GCAW state rankings coming off championship seasons in their respective conferences. Cambridge overtook Division 2 Lodi to win the Capitol Conference behind junior Nick Buckman and freshman Kian Bystol-Flores, who finished 1-2 at the Legend at Bergamont GC in Oregon with Buckman using the finish to earn Capitol player-of-the-year honors. Likewise, Abundant Life was up to the challenge in the Trailways South Conference where the Challengers had all five golfers shoot 85 or better, led by No. 1 golfer James Rollins (76), and won by 42 strokes over Pardeeville. Cambridge and ALCS will need to be wary of Metro Classic Conference champion The Prairie School (Racine), which had its four scoring golfers at last week's conference championship shoot 87 or better — with senior Ben Reynolds (76) leading the way — as the Prairie Hawks wrapped up the overall title.

Who will advance: Teams — Cambridge, Abundant Life co-op (Madison), The Prairie School (Racine), Williams Bay. Individuals — Daniel Riener, Palmyra-Eagle; Thomas Dippel, Kenosha St. Joseph; Nick Delimat, Catholic Central (Burlington); Dyland Riener, Palmyra-Eagle.

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