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Milwaukee Marquette brings home the gold trophy once more in Division 1.

MADISON – Milwaukee Marquette broke the WIAA state tournament scoring record and won its second straight Division 1 team title Tuesday. Russell Dettmering of Merrill put on a show in claiming medalist honors, breezing to a six-shot victory margin. And Hartland Arrowhead junior Piercen Hunt came up short in his bid for a third consecutive individual title.

Otherwise, it was a slow news day at University Ridge Golf Course.

Let’s start with the Hilltoppers, who followed their first-round 296 with a 298 for an 18-over 594 total, breaking by one stroke the previous record of 595 posted by Madison La Follette in 2003.

Marquette shot 598 in winning the 2018 title and shot 290 in winning its sectional last week.

“This team is very capable of doing that,” said coach Brad Niswonger. “I have six guys who can shoot in the 70s, which is where it starts for every state championship team. You’ve got to be able to put at least four up there. This team is very capable of shooting these types of scores two days in a row.”

Middleton, which returns its entire team next year, finished a distant second, 20 shots back at 614.

“They’re awfully good,” Middleton coach Tom Cabalka said of the Hilltoppers. “They didn’t make any mistakes. They’re just an awfully good team. They played from the middle of the fairways and they played from the middle of greens. When you play like that … they were unbeatable.”

Marquette senior and No. 1 player Jack Blair closed out his high school career in style, bouncing back from a 40 on the front nine to shoot 32 on the back. He shot 71-72 to finish at 1-under 143 and was runner-up to Dettmering, albeit six shots back.

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With two eagles and a 32 on the back nine, Milwaukee Marquette’s Jack Blair finished second in Division 1.

Blair made a pair of eagles on the back nine, on the par-5 11th and 16th holes. He chipped in on No. 11 and “kind of gave out a sarcastic fist pump; I was just kind of frustrated at that point.” On No. 16, he hit a 9-iron into the green on the 533-yard hole to set up a short birdie putt.

“When you shoot a 40 on the front nine, you just go after every par-5,” he said. “Front nine, I didn’t hit the ball poorly, I just putted awful. On the back nine I was like, ‘It’s my last nine of high school golf. Just enjoy it. No reason to be mad and not enjoy the moment.’”

Senior and No. 2 Drew Sagrillo closed with a 2-under 70, including a 34 on the back nine, to lead the Hilltoppers. He tied for third place at 145 with Lake Geneva Badger senior Blake Wisdom, the first-round leader (70-75).

“I didn’t even know we broke the scoring record,” Sagrillo said. “That’s pretty sweet. Obviously, there was a thought of going back-to-back in our minds. The scoring record was kind of out of the picture. I think we realized we just kind of had to handle business and play our own games and we’d be fine.”

Marquette also got contributions from junior Jack Lutze, who closed with a 79 and tied for 20th, and freshman Hayden LeMonds, who shot a 77 and tied for 34th. Senior Liam More O’Ferrall’s 80 did not count toward the team total, but he chipped in with a 76 in the first round and tied for 26th.

Blair, Sagrillo and LeMonds combined to play the final three holes in 4-under.

“You’re always surprised when a freshman comes in and contributes big time, which Hayden LeMonds did,” Niswonger said. “And then, of course, the player that really hasn’t played a lot of big competitive tournaments – and that’s what this is – is Liam O’Ferrall, and he was tremendous for us.

“My top three guys, it’s what I expected. They can all go low and I think they’re some of the best players in the state and they didn’t disappoint me.”

Blair said the Hilltoppers got off to a slow start this season, but they made steady progress as the weeks went on and saved their best for last.

“I think, honestly, we peaked these last two days,” he said. “From me to our ‘five’ we all played well. Nobody made the dumb mistakes we were making at the beginning of the year. It’s just kind of cool to see everybody play to their potential and execute when it matters.”

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Division 1 medalist Russell Dettmering of Merrill watches his tee shot on the par-3 12th hole on Tuesday.

Dettmering, a junior who qualified as an individual, was far and away the best player in the field.

After opening with a solid 70 that left him one shot off the pace, Dettmering went off Tuesday, making five birdies and an eagle against a lone bogey and posting a 6-under 66, low round of the tournament. He finished at 7-under 137.

Because Dettmering qualified as an individual, he teed off before the team participants went out and finished hours before the final players came in. Not that he was worried. For much of the afternoon, his lead was eight shots.

“I just played my game and tried to make as many birdies as I could,” he said. “I knew somebody might be able to put up a good round so I just said, ‘Screw it, I’m going to go low.’ Sixty-six, on this course, it’s something special. I never thought I could do it. I thought maybe 69, 68. But 66 … man, I can’t believe it.”

Dettmering got off to a fast start, rolling in a birdie putt on the second hole.

“I said, ‘Ooh, could be a good round,’” he said.

He added birdies on Nos. 5, 6 and 11, made his only bogey on 12, and then birdied 15 and eagled the par-5 16th, hitting the green from a fairway bunker with a 7-iron from 183 yards and rolling in the 6-foot eagle putt.

As for Hunt, he was trying to become only the third three-time WIAA champion and the first to do it in his junior year. After opening with a 71, he took one step forward and two back Tuesday, making two double-bogeys on the front nine and four bogeys in the round. He shot a 76 and finished in a tie for sixth.

“It was kind of a grind,” he said. “Similar to yesterday – way too many silly mistakes. Putts didn’t drop when they needed to. It was tough to get something generated both days, even though I think I made 10 birdies for the tournament. That’s enough to contend, but Russell outplayed everyone this week and hat’s off to him.”

Asked if there was a point in the round when frustration turned to resignation and Hunt realized he wasn’t going to win, he said, “Yeah, I bogeyed 14 and I got to 15 tee and I just let it all out and cried on the 15th tee while I waited to tee off.”


Team/Player Leaderboard
University Ridge Golf Course - WIAA Boy's Championship D1 Par: 72 Yardage: 6477
University Ridge Golf Course - WIAA Boy's Championship D1 Par: 72 Yardage: 6477
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Click on the round header, (Rd 1, Rd 2, etc), to view previous round data
Pos. Team/Player (seed) Rd 1 Rd 2 Total
1 Marquette University 296 298 594
2 Jack Blair (1) 71 72 143
T3 Drew Sagrillo (2) 75 70 145
T20 Jack Lutze (3) 74 79 153
T26 Liam More O'Ferrall (5) 76 80 156
T34 Hayden LeMonds (4) 81 77 158
2 Middleton 303 310 613
T12 Jacob Beckman (1) 73 78 151
T12 Kip Sullivan (4) 75 76 151
T26 Tommy Kriewaldt (3) 80 76 156
T34 Carson Frisch (2) 75 83 158
T58 Tim O'Malley (5) 83 80 163
3 Badger 306 317 623
T3 Blake Wisdom (1) 70 75 145
T32 Luke Abram (4) 75 82 157
T64 Ben Rademaker (2) 81 83 164
T75 Carter Parent (3) 91 77 168
T79 TJ Walton (5) 80 90 170
4 Kaukauna 315 309 624
T8 Brock Hlinak (1) 72 76 148
11 Tyler Cleaves (2) 75 75 150
T58 Zachary Klingseisen (3) 85 78 163
T64 Evan Hallsy (5) 83 81 164
T70 Reis Schweiner (4) 85 80 165
5 Wauwatosa East/West 310 316 626
T12 Charlie Somers (3) 74 77 151
T26 Ben Monty (1) 78 78 156
T41 Mark Schaefer (4) 78 82 160
T53 Noah Monty (2) 80 81 161
T70 Dan Soboleski (5) 85 80 165
6 Menomonee Falls 315 312 627
T12 Steven Sanicki (2) 77 74 151
T17 Danny Sanicki (1) 77 75 152
T41 Marty Swab (3) 81 79 160
T64 Nathan Coad (4) 80 84 164
94 Charlie Pietz (5) 88 90 178
7 Hudson 317 316 633
T26 Nolan Wagner (5) 79 77 156
T34 Bennett Swavely (1) 77 81 158
T41 Charley Chase (2) 83 77 160
T41 Jacob Johnson (4) 79 81 160
74 Ben Pendleton (3) 82 84 166
8 Kettle Moraine 328 306 634
T26 Jackson Cain (5) 80 76 156
T34 Jackson Vinopal (3) 84 74 158
T41 Kody Koehn (1) 80 80 160
T41 Ben Pausha (2) 84 76 160
T89 TJ Harvey (4) 87 88 175
9 Holmen 322 316 638
T24 Carson Brock (2) 76 79 155
T41 Cody Dirks (1) 80 80 160
T53 Sam Evenson (4) 83 78 161
T56 Nathan Damaschke (3) 83 79 162
T79 Brennan Dirks (5) 87 83 170
10 Homestead 326 319 645
T24 Josh Teplin (1) 80 75 155
T41 Christian Staudt (3) 79 81 160
T70 Spencer Tank (2) 84 81 165
T70 Ty Mueller (4) 83 82 165
85 Michael Kennedy (5) 90 83 173
11 Mukwonago 324 322 646
T6 Nick Schroeder (2) 71 76 147
T26 Mason Schulz (1) 81 75 156
83 Grant Fischer (3) 84 87 171
T86 Matt Paulson (5) 90 84 174
T91 Jake Sadler (4) 88 88 176
12 Arrowhead 321 327 648
T6 Piercen Hunt (1) 71 76 147
T39 Nick Amtmann (3) 77 82 159
T77 Matthew Raab (2) 90 79 169
T91 Cade Holder (4) 86 90 176
T95 Andrew Fickel (5) 87 92 179
13 Eau Claire Memorial 333 325 658
10 Billy Peterson (1) 77 72 149
T34 Zach Bernhardt (2) 79 79 158
T91 Max Savaloja (3) 92 84 176
99 Will Sherry (5) 85 97 182
101 T Nordlund L Sather (4) 97 90 187
14 Bay Port 324 343 667
T22 Preston Cedergren (1) 71 83 154
T64 Adam Schilawski (2) 81 83 164
T79 Jameson Matthias (3) 83 87 170
T95 Garrett Anderson (4) 89 90 179
102 Cody Lindquist (5) 100 90 190
15 Fond du Lac 334 334 668
T41 Sam Nielsen (1) 79 81 160
T58 Jonah Duwell (3) 84 79 163
T79 Seb Hoban (2) 83 87 170
T89 Kyle Kahl (4) 88 87 175
104 Bryce Holz (5) 103 104 207
16 Franklin 335 336 671
T58 Nolan Ruffing (1) 80 83 163
T58 Cade Gumieny (3) 82 81 163
T64 John Mirsberger (2) 84 80 164
98 Ben Ticali (4) 89 92 181
103 Tanner Self (5) 99 92 191
 
Individuals
Pos. Player (Team) Rd 1 Rd 2 Total
1 Russell Dettmering (Merrill) 71 66 137
5 Cameron Huss (Kenosha Tremper) 75 71 146
T8 Max Schmidtke (Sheboygan North) 74 74 148
T12 Connor Brown (Union Grove) 75 76 151
T17 Jack Anderson (Brookfield Central) 79 73 152
T17 Mickey Keating (Sun Prairie) 75 77 152
T20 Austin Thyes (Sheboygan North) 75 78 153
T22 Kasen Fager (Mount Horeb) 72 82 154
T32 Josh Koszarek (Waterford) 80 77 157
T39 Austin Gaby (Verona Area) 83 76 159
T41 Zak Kulka (Beaver Dam) 75 85 160
T41 Trent Thomas (Green Bay Southwest) 77 83 160
T41 Evan Thomas (Stevens Point) 78 82 160
T53 AJ Gray (Milton) 78 83 161
T56 Dean Yun (Brookfield Central) 81 81 162
T58 Austin Erickson (Sparta) 77 86 163
T64 Owen Covey (New Richmond) 81 83 164
T75 Sam Mendoza (Greenfield) 81 87 168
T77 Cole Hanke (Green Bay Preble) 87 82 169
84 Ben Gilkay (Appleton East) 82 90 172
T86 Kadin Kleman (Janesville Parker) 85 89 174
T86 Peter Iwanowski (St. Francis/Cudahy) 87 87 174
T95 Cole Griffin (De Pere) 92 87 179
100 Charlie Aschenbach (Plymouth) 93 91 184

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Gary has covered golf in Wisconsin since 1980 and is a multiple award winner in the GWAA writing contest. He was inducted into the WSGA Hall of Fame in 2017 and joined Wisconsin.Golf in 2018 after a distinguished career at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.