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Simon Cuskey of Rice Lake.

Simon Cuskey

Rice Lake senior Simon Cuskey shot rounds of 72 and 37 in the weather-shortened, 27-hole WIAA Division 2 state tournament in 2019. His 1-over-par 109 total was good for sole possession of second place, one shot behind champion Joe Forsting of Edgerton, and helped the Warriors to a fourth-place finish in their third straight state appearance and ninth overall.

1What was your most memorable high school golf highlight or accomplishment? My most memorable high school memory would be taking second place at Wisconsin state golf my junior year. Even though it was rain-shortened it was still very memorable.


2Besides golf, what were you best known for at your high school? Outside of golf, most people think of me as a funny person and a very relaxed personality.


3How did you get your start in golf? What age? Who were your early influences? My family has always been really into the game of golf, so I grew up playing the game and that’s how my passion for the game started. I probably started around 6 years old if I had to guess. My dad has probably been the biggest influencer in my golf career.


4What do you remember about your first varsity match in high school? I remember it was the two-day tournament hosted at Pheasant Hills in Hammond and Bristol Ridge in Somerset. I could only play the first round because I was headed to my spring-break vacation the second day. I don’t remember a ton, but I shot an 84 and I was nervous. I benched my driver that day and went to my 3-wood. I didn’t realize the potential my team had from there and now, looking back on it, that was one of the most fun seasons I experienced. 


5Who was your most influential high school teammate and why? My most influential teammate has probably been Ben Resnick. He is one of the most hard-working golfers I know. He passed some great advice along to me and my teammates.


6What was your favorite high school tournament and why? My favorite golf tournament was definitely the state tournament. I was fortunate enough to go there three times, and each experience was extremely fun. The hospitality was great and the access to the facilities was very cool. This year we were scheduled for a tournament at Blackwolf Run, which would’ve been a great experience, too.


7What did you miss most without high school golf this spring? Obviously my teammates and I have still been golfing, but it just isn’t the same. Going to school then going to golf practice and staying until darK playing and practicing is something I will always remember. I miss competing as a Rice Lake Warrior and just wish we could’ve gotten one more season.


8What did you miss most about not going to school for classes this spring? I miss seeing all my friends everyday and as a senior, we would’ve been doing a ton of fun activities that I will never get to experience. With all this free time, I have been able to do a lot of flying, which has been nice.


9What are your plans for this fall? What college do you plan to attend? My plans this fall are to attend Minnesota State-Mankato to study aviation as well as be on the men’s golf team.


Sam Johnson, Rice Lake

Sam Johnson of Rice Lake High School.

Sam Johnson

Rice Lake senior Sam Johnson shot rounds of 84 and 45 in the weather-shortened, 27-hole WIAA Division 2 state tournament in 2019. He finished tied for 34th at 21-over-par 129 and helped the Warriors to a fourth-place finish in their third straight state appearance and ninth overall.

1What was your most memorable high school golf highlight or accomplishment? My most memorable golf moment in high school had to have been reaching state three years in a row. My favorite out of the three years had to have been last year.


2Besides golf, what were you best known for at your high school? I am known in my high school as all around being a great guy. I always am smiling in the halls and saying hello when passing people. I am also known for just all around being a positive guy.


3How did you get your start in golf? What age? Who were your early influences? Well, I have been playing golf since I was eight years old. When I was eight I would play just with my family and grandpa. The only time I would play outside of that would be when I went to golf camp and see all my friends. I played baseball growing up in the summer so there wasn't much time to play golf because I was always busy with baseball. When I was coming up on whether I should play baseball or golf I remember my grandpa telling me that you can play baseball for about 20 more years, but golf you can play this sport for life. When I quit baseball six years ago my best friends Simon Cuskey and Braeden Resnick sucked me into playing golf. That's when I became obsessed with the game of golf.


4What do you remember about your first varsity match in high school? So this is a funny story. My first varsity match was at Pheasant Hills in Hammond, Wisconsin. I was a sub for Simon Cuskey because it was a two-day tournament. So I show up to the course with the team nervous as heck because I don't want to play bad. I was group 18b and I soon figured out that I was playing with my teammate  Blake Zadra. We were paired up with two kids from Hudson. The funny thing is this never happens. I remember being 1-under through four holes and thinking this is going to be the round of my life. I ended up not playing too bad, but it definitely wasn't the best round of my life.


5Who was your most influential high school teammate and why? This question is hard because every teammate has helped me in many different ways. The main people that have helped me the most would have to be my friend Blake Zadra, Simon Cuskey and Braeden Resnick. Blake has mostly helped me with my mental game and to be honest that has been a big factor to my success. Simon helped me just in any situation if it was chipping or making small adjustments to my swing he has helped me in that category. Braeden helped me in the way of how to play golf in just rules and how to play specific shots and how to get me out of some tight jams.


6What was your favorite high school tournament and why? My favorite high school tournament has to be the Hayward two-day tournament where the first day we play Hayward Golf and Tennis, and the second day we play Big Fish. I love this tournament because it's the first overnight tournament that we have always had good success in the tournament and it's a great time with the boys. In addition to that our team has become good friends with Eau Claire Memorial and Chippewa Falls. So it's always fun to hang out with those guys after the first round.


7What did you miss most without high school golf this spring? What I missed about the season is those great rides in the van along with seeing friends from out of town and talking to them at the range. What I miss the most is competing as a team with my best friends in the whole world.


8What did you miss most about not going to school for classes this spring? I never thought I would ever say this ever but I really miss school. I miss seeing all my friends every day. I also miss my teachers.


9What are your plans for this fall? What college do you plan to attend? Next fall I am attending Minnesota State of Mankato. I will be majoring in mechanical engineering and I am now thinking of minoring in something else but I haven't yet decided. I would like to see if I could do a walk-on program at Mankato, but if there is nothing I will play intramural golf.


Tyson Tomesh, Rice Lake

Tyson Tomesh of Rice Lake High School.

Tyson Tomesh

Rice Lake senior Tyson Tomesh shot rounds of 88 and 44 in the weather-shortened, 27-hole WIAA Division 2 state tournament in 2019. He finished tied for 39th at 24-over-par 132 and helped the Warriors to a fourth-place finish in their third straight state appearance and ninth overall.

1What was your most memorable high school golf highlight or accomplishment? My most memorable highlight would definitely be winning the playoff at the sectional meet to go to state my sophomore year.


2Besides golf, what were you best known for at your high school? Besides golf, I was the quarterback of the football teams and a captain in football and hockey.


3How did you get your start in golf? What age? Who were your early influences? I started to play golf in eighth grade because my buddies played almost every day and they asked me to come along one day and it sparked my interest and I have played ever since.


4What do you remember about your first varsity match in high school? My first varsity match in high school I believe was the 18-hole invite at Turtleback my freshman year. I believe I shot 89 that day.


5Who was your most influential high school teammate and why? Choosing my most influential teammate is a very hard choice, but I would have to say Blake Zadra, who was a year older than myself. He would really help me with the little things in my swing whenever I asked.


6What was your favorite high school tournament and why? My favorite high school tournament would for sure be the state tournament. Playing in front of all of the fans and hearing people cheer and clap for you is an awesome feeling.


7What did you miss most without high school golf this spring? I missed just spending time at the courses with all of my friends for practice, as well as seeing all the other golfers from other schools in our conference. You get to know the kids when you play with them two to three times a week so it’s always fun to have a good time with them on the course.


8What did you miss most about not going to school for classes this spring? I miss seeing everyone every day at school. Also not having a routine every day tends to get very boring sometimes. The main reason is no golf, that was a big disappointment when we heard the news that the season was canceled.


9What are your plans for this fall? What college do you plan to attend? This fall I am going to attend the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and major in Accounting.

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