2018 conference champion
Three of Peshtigo's four scoring golfers shot 85 or better as the Bulldogs shot 334 and topped Sevastopol (356) to win the Packerland Conference boys golf championship at Wander Springs Golf Course in Greenleaf.
2018 conference medalist
Peshtigo sophomore Bryce Jacobson shot 77 at Wander Springs GC and earned medalist at the Packerland Conference Championship by five shots over freshman teammate Trent Carriveau.
Top 2018 WIAA finishes
Team: Peshtigo shot 333-338 at the WIAA Division 2 state boys golf tournament and, with a 36-hole total of 671, finished sixth out of eight teams, 66 shots behind repeat champion Madison Edgewood. Individual: Peshtigo senior Bryce Jacobson shot 73-84 at the Division 2 state tournament and, with a 157 total, finished 10 shots behind champion Lukas Heckmann of Lakeside Lutheran in a tie for ninth place.
Preseason top three
Peshtigo, Oconto, Sevastopol.
First team: Trent Carriveau, sr., Peshtigo; Jordan Carvenough, so., Peshtigo; Ty Davis, sr., Peshtigo; Alex Krause, sr., Sevastopol; Andrew Westphal, sr., Oconto; Reece Nellis, sr., Sturgeon Bay.
Second team: Tyler Kiehnau, jr., Sevastopol; Jackson Krause, jr., Gibraltar; Maddie LeClaire, sr., Gibraltar; Alan Malcore, jr., Southern Door; Peyton Thomas, so., Gibraltar.
What to watch
Peshtigo got hot at the right time last season, parlaying its 22-stroke victory at the Packerland Conference Championship into a trip to the WIAA Division 2 state tournament. The Bulldogs shot 328 to win the Bonduel regional and 339 to win the Ripon sectional before finishing sixth at University Ridge. Graduation claimed Nos. 1 and 2 golfers Bryce Jacobson and Tyler Lund, but Peshtigo returns its Nos. 3 through 5 golfers — led by senior Trent Carriveau, the Packerland runner-up to Jacobson and a top-20 finisher at the state tournament where he shot 83-79. While the Bulldogs have a considerable edge in the experience department, Oconto brings back three golfers off last year's squad that finished third in the Packerland while Sevastopol and Sturgeon Bay return two each. Then again, when you play golf in or around the beauty of the Door County peninsula, there is more to golf than wins and losses. "I expect the team to learn the game of golf and find joy in it so that they will continue to play throughout the summer and years to come," wrote Sturgeon Bay coach Erik Tauschek, who is in his first year as head coach and fifth at the school. "I want to show them this is a sport that you can play your entire life."
Circle these dates
April 18 — Packerland Conference Mini-Meet #1 (Cherry Hills GC-Sturgeon Bay). April 22 — Packerland Conference Mini-Meet #2 (Vernon Hills GC-Peshtigo). April 25 — Packerland Conference Mini-Meet #3 (Idlewild GC-Sturgeon Bay). April 29 — Packerland Conference Mini-Meet #4 (Peninsula State Park GC-Egg Harbor). May 2 — Packerland Conference Mini-Meet #5 (The Orchards GC-Egg Harbor). May 7 — Sevastopol Invitational (Horseshoe Bay GC-Egg Harbor). May 9 — Packerland Conference Championship (Wander Springs GC-Greenleaf). May 17 — Luxemburg-Casco Invitational (Northbrook CC-Luxemburg).