Middleton senior Carson Frisch shot rounds of 75 and 83 at the 2019 WIAA Division 1 state tournament at University Ridge Golf Course in Madison. His 14-over-par 158 total was good for a tie for 34th place and helped the Cardinals to a runner-up finish in their 21st state appearance.
1What was your most memorable high school golf highlight or accomplishment? My most memorable high school accomplishment was playing in a team playoff at University Ridge for the Morgan Stanley Invitational trophy against Madison Edgewood. On the first hole, I stuck it to 5 feet and made the putt for birdie (and) we ended up winning the playoff.
2Besides golf, what were you best known for at your high school? Other than golf, I was best-known for basketball.
3How did you get your start in golf? What age? Who were your early influences? I had dropped baseball after fourth grade and needed to pick up a new summer sport. Turns out, I fell in love with golf. My biggest early influence was obviously my father, but I also admired Jordan Spieth.
4What do you remember about your first varsity match in high school? My first varsity match was when I was a freshman and I was nervous as could be. I ended up not playing well, but it fueled me to improve and make that spot mine.
5Who was your most influential high school teammate and why? My most influential teammate was Andrew Zucker. He was the only senior on our team when I was a sophomore and he helped me understand how to play in pressure situations.
6What was your favorite high school tournament and why? My favorite high school tournament was far and away the state tournament. The atmosphere was something that you couldn't beat. I'll always be grateful for that experience (and) wish I would've had it one more time, though.
7What did you miss most without high school golf this spring? Celebrating wins with my teammates and coaches.
8What did you miss most about not going to school for classes this spring? I loved not going to school this spring, but I did miss some of my teachers that I didn't get to say goodbye to.
9What are your plans for this fall? What college do you plan to attend? I plan to attend the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and study business.
Middleton senior Tommy Kriewaldt shot rounds of 80 and 76 at WIAA Division 1 state tournament in 2019. He finished tied for 26th at 12-over-par 156 and helped the Cardinals to a runner-up finish in their 21st state appearance.
1What was your most memorable high school golf highlight or accomplishment? I’d say the final back nine of my high school career. It was incredible to go even par at such a tough course on that big of a stage. Also, it was a great moment of personal redemption, as my 2018 back nines were less than stellar. As a team I’d also say the 2019 State Championship was probably the best moment, even though we lost to Marquette.
2Besides golf, what were you best known for at your high school? Intelligence. I’m not the smartest at my school or a valedictorian or anything but I take a lot of advanced level courses and maintain a good GPA.
3How did you get your start in golf? What age? Who were your early influences? Before I can remember. I probably was around 2 when I actually started playing golf, but I was around the game ever since I was born. My dad fell in love with the game around when I was growing up, and I credit my passion for the game to him.
4What do you remember about your first varsity match in high school? I remember not playing as well as I had in previous rounds that season. I shot somewhere around a 90 only a couple days after playing really well on JV. I was very disappointed as I had blown an opportunity to remain on Varsity for the rest of the season.
5Who was your most influential high school teammate and why? I really don’t know if I could pick just one. If I had to pick only one I’d say Andy Zucker because he really helped me develop into who I am today. I showed up my sophomore year as a shy and quiet kid and he is someone that brought everyone together. I’d also like to mention Jacob Beckman and Kip Sullivan because I think both of their work ethics are incredible and have been very inspiring to me.
6What was your favorite high school tournament and why? My favorite tournament was the 2019 Morgan Stanley Invitational. It was awesome battling with other good local teams, like Edgewood and Verona. It was even better considering we had a team playoff versus Edgewood. It was definitely a different experience playing alongside nine other players at once, which may be why I enjoyed it so much.
7What did you miss most without high school golf this spring? Spending time on the golf course. It was always enjoyable to spend time with my teammates or meet new people from different teams. Also, I wish I got a chance to mentor new teammates like my past teammates did to me.
8What did you miss most about not going to school for classes this spring? Probably seeing people I talked to everyday. It’s hard spending time knowing that you aren’t able to see the people you care about.
9What are your plans for this fall? What college do you plan to attend? I plan to attend the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and hope to play club golf while I’m there.
Middleton senior Kip Sullivan shot rounds of 75 and 76 at WIAA Division 1 state tournament in 2019. He finished tied for 12th at 7-over-par 151 and helped the Cardinals to a runner-up finish in their 21st state appearance.
1What was your most memorable high school golf highlight or accomplishment? I don't know if I have a favorite highlight because I feel like I could choose from so many. As a team, certainly finishing second at state last year was unbelievable and by far my favorite experience as a high school golfer. We really came together as a team that week and performed very well under pressure. I loved the crowds and the atmosphere was incredible. Individually, I think my most memorable highlight was winning the Dells Invite last year, going low at Coldwater Canyon. I don't know what it was, but I was so in the zone that day and I hit most of my shots exactly how I wanted to. Frankly I don't think I will ever play that well again. I did shoot some low rounds after that, but the mentality I had that day and the focus I had I haven't been able to replicate since, and I'm not sure I will be able to again.
2Besides golf, what were you best known for at your high school? It's hard for me to know for sure, but I like to think that I'm known for being personable and kind to people I talk to. I also think that people know me for being very focused on academics, even when the golf season is in full swing.
3How did you get your start in golf? What age? Who were your early influences? I started golf when I was around 10 years old. One day my dad was watching some tournament on TV and I asked him if I could play sometime, and he said sure. I don't think I really had that many specific influences; my dad showed me the basics of the game and I learned the rest by watching the pros. Although, if it wasn't for him allowing me to try it out, I would've never gotten to where I am today.
4What do you remember about your first varsity match in high school? I remember being extremely nervous. My first varsity match was at Blackhawk CC as a sophomore, and I remember I was trying so hard to keep it together. The last thing I wanted to do was make a big number and ruin my round, because I knew there was a good possibility I wouldn't be able to play in another varsity match that year if I didn't play at least decently well. The thing I remember most vividly was on my last hole of the day I hit my tee shot on a par 4 out of bounds, so I had to take a provisional, which I hit it in the fairway. I stuck the next shot to three feet and made the putt for a bogey. It was probably the most important bogey of my high school career, because both my coaches saw that hole and saw my resiliency, and I also completed my round without any doubles.
5Who was your most influential high school teammate and why? Without a doubt Andy Zucker. When I joined the varsity team my sophomore year, I was kind of timid and I didn't really know what I was doing. He was an amazing leader and, being a senior, he walked us through the big tournaments and showed me how to play under pressure. He was there for all of us and he thrived as a leader, giving us confidence and chemistry as a team to be better. When one of us had a good round, he was always so excited and lifted our spirits if we didn't have such a great round. He was by far the most influential teammate I've had not just in high school but probably my whole life.
6What was your favorite high school tournament and why? My favorite tournament, by far, was the two State Championships I was lucky enough to be a part of. The atmosphere of it all, with so many spectators (especially on day 2), was just so cool. I really thrived on it, and I loved playing in front of so many of my friends and family. Finishing second as a team last year was an amazing experience, and it was the culmination of all the hard work that we as a team put in.
7What did you miss most without high school golf this spring? I miss the feeling of being part of a team. I loved the car rides with the guys, and I loved the friendly banter and competitions we had against each other at every match. It pushed me to be better, and I think it pushed us all to be better. I'm also going to miss the coaches a great deal. They were such great leaders and they really gave us the goals and confidence to be better individually and as a team.
8What did you miss most about not going to school for classes this spring? I miss the opportunity to finish out my high school career with the people I've been with over the years. All the fun things that we would've done during our second semester of senior year at school are really tough to miss out on. Also, I would've really liked to say goodbye to all of my teachers and classmates that I likely won't see again for the foreseeable future. They have made such an amazing impact on my life, so it sucks not being able to truly have closure.
9What are your plans for this fall? What college do you plan to attend? I am attending the University of Wisconsin-Madison this fall, and currently I'm planning on majoring in Computer Engineering. I hope to participate in the club golf team as much as I can, I've heard it's a blast.