Bay Port senior Preston Cedergren shot rounds of 71 and 83 at the WIAA Division 1 state tournament in 2019. He finished tied for 22nd with a 10-over-par 154 total as the Pirates finished 14th in their seventh state appearance.
1What was your most memorable high school golf highlight or accomplishment? Qualifying for state this past year as a team. I couldn’t of hand picked four better guys to spend a season with and our hard work and collaboration finally payed off. Going in to the season I don’t think we had high hopes of making it to state but we put together one good round on the right day. It’s hard to describe in words how much it meant to me to be able to go to U Ridge as a team. I went to state twice with my team and once individually but nothing compares to spending the week in Madison with your five best friends. There was just something special about that team last year and I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to top that feeling of being able to defy the odds and pull off a state berth.
2Besides golf, what were you best known for at your high school? Other than golf, I think am best known for my contributions to Bay Port Radio as a student broadcaster over the past two years.
3How did you get your start in golf? What age? Who were your early influences? My family has always loved golf and I was introduced to it at a very young age. My earliest golfing memories are with my grandparents at Pine Acres Golf Course, which is a small nine hole course in Abrams. I played golf for fun up until I was about 13 but then after giving up baseball I decided to pursue the golf competitively. My biggest influence was my brother, he is seven years older than me so I got to see him go through Bay Port playing for Coach Buchinger and ever since I watched him play at State in 2012 I knew I wanted to follow in his footsteps.
4What do you remember about your first varsity match in high school? I remember being really nervous, my first varsity meet was my first-ever high school meet so it was a bit nerve-racking but Coach Buchinger helped me stay calm and I ended up finishing top 10 and our team won the meet.
5Who was your most influential high school teammate and why? My most influential teammate was Jed Baranzcyk. Jed is without a doubt the best golfer to ever tee it up for Bay Port. He helped me grow so much over the two years we played together. His determination and drive to get better showed me early on what it takes to be a successful golfer and now this fall I get to compete against him in the Summit League.
6What was your favorite high school tournament and why? The state tournament, there is nothing like it. The atmosphere is so much different than any other golf tournament. I have so many great memories from University Ridge and it is something I will miss so much this year.
7What did you miss most without high school golf this spring? The van rides to meets. I don’t think I’ve ever had as much fun in my life than a good van ride filled with laughs and weird music.
8What did you miss most about not going to school for classes this spring? Seeing my teachers. Bay Port is filled with such a great staff that all support you, and are there for you whenever you need it.
9What are your plans for this fall? What college do you plan to attend? I will be attending the University of Nebraska at Omaha to play golf and study Journalism and Communications media.