Looking back

2018 conference champion

Junior Ian Behringer shot 82 and finished third as Manitowoc Roncalli shot 348 and topped Sheboygan Falls for the Eastern Wisconsin Conference Championship at Quit-Qui-Oc Golf Club in Elkhart Lake.

2018 conference medalist

Valders senior Bennett Braun shot 73 and topped Kiel senior Trace Woepse by four shots to earn medalist honors at the Eastern Wisconsin Conference Championship at Quit-Qui-Oc.

Top 2018 WIAA finishes

Team: Manitowoc Roncalli shot 344 and finished third at the WIAA Division 3 Waupun Central Wisconsin Christian sectional, 31 shots behind eventual state champion Fond du Lac St. Mary's Springs and three shots shy of a state berth. Individual: Junior Ian Behringer and sophomore Bryce Pautz of Manitowoc Roncalli shot 79s at the WIAA Division 3 Waupun Central Wisconsin Christian sectional and finished tied for ninth, six shots off the pace and three strokes shy of a trip to the state tournament.

Looking ahead

Preseason top three

Manitowoc Roncalli, Sheboygan Falls, Two Rivers.

Preseason all-conference

First team: Ian Behringer, sr., Manitowoc Roncalli; Calvin Leverenz, sr., New Holstein; Bryce Pautz, jr., Manitowoc Roncalli; Cameron Owens, jr., Chilton; Dakota Rezachek, so., Two Rivers.

Second team: Dan Burgarino, jr., Manitowoc Roncalli; Cody Lewis, jr., Two Rivers; Jamison Nickolai, so., Sheboygan Falls; Luke Pautz, fr., Manitowoc Roncalli; Ethan Wheelis, jr., Manitowoc Roncalli.

What to watch

Four Manitowoc Roncalli golfers who helped the Jets reach the WIAA Division 4 state boys basketball tournament have thrown on the polo shirts, laced up their Softspikes and shifted their goals to the golf course where they are heavy favorites to repeat as Eastern Wisconsin Conference champions. Roncalli not only returns all five golfers off the team that missed a state berth by three shots — led by UW-Green Bay recruit Ian Behringer, who finished third in the EWC last season — but they add an impact freshman in Luke Pautz. With four-time defending WIAA Division 3 state champion Fond Lac Springs needing to replace four of its top five golfers from a team that has dominated Roncalli's sectional the past four years, the Jets could be in prime position to make a deep WIAA tournament run. The battle for second in the EWC could prove to be most entertaining. Sheboygan Falls, Two Rivers and New Holstein all return just two golfers from last year's conference tournament lineups, but New Holstein has the top front-runner in senior Calvin Leverenz, who tied for fifth in the EWC last year. Chilton could also have a say in the race with three golfers back led by junior Cameron Owens.

Circle these dates

April 15 — Eastern Wisconsin Conference Mini-Meet #2/#3 (Autumn Ridge GC-Valders). April 17/18 — Sheboygan North Invitational (Blackwolf Run GC-Kohler). April 18 — Valders Invitational (Seven Lakes GC-Reedsville). April 23 — Eastern Wisconsin Conference Mini-Meet #4 (The Bull at Pinehurst Farms GC-Sheboygan Falls). April 25 — Fond du Lac St. Mary's Springs Invitational 2 (Rolling Meadows GC-Fond du Lac).  April 27 — Sheboygan North Invitational (Pine Hills CC-Sheboygan).. April 29 — Kewaskum Invitational (Hon-E-Kor GC-Kewaskum). April 30 — Eastern Wisconsin Conference Mini-Meet #5 (Branch River CC-Cato). May 3 — Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah Invitational (Quit-Qui-Oc GC-Elkhart Lake). May 4 — Green Bay Preble Invitational (TBA). May 6 — Eastern Wisconsin Conference Mini-Meet (Hickory Hills GC-Chilton). May 9 — Neenah Invitational (Ridgeway CC-Neenah). May 10 — Kiel Invitational (Quit-Qui-Oc CC). May 13 — Eastern Wisconsin Conference Mini-Meet #6 (Fox Hills Resort-Mishicot). May 14 — Eastern Wisconsin Conference Championship (Wander Springs GC-Fond du Lac).    

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.