Kasey Casper of Coleman

Kasey Casper of Coleman

Looking back

2018 conference champion

Coleman's Kasey Casper (72) and Cody Van Hoff (82) led the way as the Cougars shot 350 and topped Crivitz (395) in the 18-hole finale at Oak Crest Golf Course in Norway, Michigan, to wrap up the Marinette & Oconto Conference championship.

2018 conference medalist

Casper shot 34 on the back nine at Oak Crest GC en route to a 72 and a six-shot victory over Crivitz's Shane Bauer. Casper won the season-long competition by a single shot.

Top 2018 WIAA finishes

Team: Coleman shot 359 and finished third at the WIAA Division 3 Marathon sectional, 22 shots behind champion Manawa and 16 shots shy of the second state tournament berth. Individual: Coleman junior Kasey Casper shot 86-78 at University Ridge GC in Madison and, with a 36-hole total of 20-over 164, finished 16th at the WIAA Division 3 state tournament, 14 shots behind champion Tyler Leach of Spring Valley. Crivitz's Shane Bauer was 17th after rounds of 82 and 83.

Looking ahead

Preseason top three

Coleman, Wausaukee, Crivitz.

Preseason all-conference

Cole Brown, sr., Niagara; Kasey Casper, sr., Coleman; Eli Lawrence, sr., Crivitz; Mason Marvin, jr., Crivitz; Alex Powers, so., Marinette St. Thomas Aquinas.

What to watch

The Marinette & Oconto Conference boasts one of the state's top WIAA Division 3 golfers in Coleman senior Kasey Casper, a three-time state qualifier. He is the Cougars' lone returning golfer from their conference title-winning lineup of a year ago, although they do return junior Payton Deering and should find enough talent around Casper to live up to their billing as the M&O preseason favorite. It won't be a slam dunk, though. Eli Lawrence and Mason Marvin return for a Crivitz team that graduated the other three golfers from its conference runner-up team. Wausaukee returns all five golfers and Niagara four from teams that finished fourth and fifth in the M&O, respectively, and could enjoy a boost up the standings. And keep an eye on Lena, which didn't have enough golfers to field a full team a year ago, but — according to coach John Moe — has 12 golfers out (out of 102 students at the school) — and should see some healthy competition for spots. 

Circle these dates

April 15 — Marinette & Oconto Conference Mini-Meet #1 (Parkway GC-Pound). April 18 — Marinette & Oconto Conference Mini-Meet #2 (Hunter's Glen GC-Crivitz). April 23 — Marinette & Oconto Conference Mini-Meet #3 (Whistling Straits-Haven). April 25 — Marinette & Oconto Conference Mini-Meet #4 (Riverside CC-Menominee, Michigan). April 26 — Niagara Invitational (Oak Crest GC-Norway, Michigan).  April 27 — Coleman Invitational (Parkway GC-Pound). May 2 — Marinette St. Thomas Aquinas Invitational (Riverside CC-Menominee, Michigan). May 6 — Marinette & Oconto Conference Mini-Meet #5 (Oak Crest GC-Norway, Michigan). May 10 — Crivitz Invitational (Hunter's Glen GC-Crivitz). May 13 — Marinette & Oconto Conference Championship (Thornberry Creek at Oneida GC-Oneida). May 16 — Laona-Wabeno Invitational (McCauslin Brook GC-Lakewood).

rob@killarneygolfmedia.com

Rob started covering the Wisconsin golf scene in 1987 at the Wisconsin State Journal in Madison & has been the only reporter covering all levels of state golf. He joined Killarney Golf Media in Sept. 2015 & helped launch Wisconsin.Golf in Jan. 2016.