2018 Dunn-St. Croix Conference | TJ Tulip, Durand

2018 Dunn-St. Croix Conference | TJ Tulip, Durand

Looking back

2018 conference champion

All four scoring golfers broke 90 for Spring Valley as the Cardinals shot 334 and topped Durand (345) and Mondovi (346) to win the Dunn-St. Croix Conference Championship at Whitetail Golf Course in Colfax.

2018 conference medalist

Marquette-bound senior Tyler Leach of Spring Valley shot 5-under-par 67 at Whitetail GC and topped Mondovi senior Garrett Gifford by five shots to earn medalist honors at the Dunn-St. Croix Conference Championship.

Top 2018 WIAA finishes

Team:  Spring Valley shot 346 and finished fourth at the WIAA Division 3 Luck/Frederic sectional, 26 shots behind host Luck/Frederic and 22 shots shy of the second state tournament berth. Individual: Spring Valley senior Tyler Leach shot 80-70 at University Ridge GC in Madison and won his second WIAA Division 3 state championship, playing his final four holes in 1-under-par to edge Fond du Lac St. Mary's Springs junior Doyle Kelly by one shot.

Looking ahead

Preseason top three

Durand, Spring Valley, Glenwood City.

Preseason all-conference

First team: Julia Hayden, sr., Durand; Colton Kotval, jr., Spring Valley; Dawson Kurth, so., Durand; TJ Tulip, sr., Durand; Trevor Stangl, jr., Spring Valley.

Second team: Seth Fremstad, jr., Mondovi; Josh Hannack, sr., Spring Valley; Dillon Hierlmeier, sr., Glenwood City; Max Marquardt, sr., Elk Mound; Will Owen, sr., Glenwood City; Ethan Rubenzer, jr., Elk Mound.

What to watch

The graduation of omnipresent Tyler Leach of Spring Valley to the collegiate ranks at Marquette will restore a bit more balance to the Dunn-St. Croix Conference this spring. The Cardinals return the middle of last year's lineup and should be a factor in the conference title chase by the end of the season, but they will need senior Braeden Dumond or juniors Kaleb Olson and Kurtis Kerr to provide a consistent fourth score behind returnees Colton Kotval, Trevor Stangle and Josh Hannack. Entering the season, however, Spring Valley coach Matt Ducklow gives a nod to Durand at the Dunn-St. Croix favorite. The Panthers return their top three golfers and four of the top five, led by senior TJ Tulip, sophomore Dawson Kurth and Julia Hayden. They finished 4-5-6 at the conference tournament behind Leach and Mondovi seniors Garrett Gifford (72) and Kobe Fuentes (78) and give Durand the most experience of any team in the conference. Mondovi brings back the three golfers behind Gifford and Fuentes, but needs at least one of them to fill the gap at the top for the Buffalos to battle Durand and Spring Valley. Glenwood City welcomes back three golfers who all broke 100 at the Dunn-St. Croix Championship at year ago, but will need them to break 90 to match what Durand and Spring Valley bring back.

Circle these dates

April 16 — Dunn-St. Croix Conference Mini-Meet #1 (Spring Valley GC). April 18 — Dunn-St. Croix Conference Mini-Meet #2 (Valley GC-Mondovi). April 22 — Dunn-St. Croix Conference Mini-Meet #3 (Rolling Greens GC-Durand). April 24 — Colfax Invitational (Whitetail GC-Colfax). April 29 — Dunn-St. Croix Conference Mini-Meet #4 (Whitetail GC-Colfax). May 2 — Dunn-St. Croix Conference Mini-Meet #5 (Spring Valley GC). May 3 — Dunn-St. Croix Conference Mini-Meet #6 (Glen Hills GC-Glenwood City). May 7 — Arcadia Invitational (Trempealeau Mountain GC-Trempealeau). May 10 — Dunn-St. Croix Conference Mini-Meet #7 (Glen Hills GC-Glenwood City). May 11 — Spring Valley Invitational (Spring Valley GC). May 14 — Dunn-St. Croix Conference Championship (Valley GC-Mondovi).

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.