2019 WIAA Division 2 state team qualifiers
|Hartland Lake Country Lutheran||2nd||2010 (3rd)||3rd-2010||336|
|Madison Edgeood||15th||2018 (1st)||1st-2009, 2010, 2017, 2018||312|
|Marinette||20th||2016 (5th)||5th-2014, 2015, 2016||318|
|Minocqua Lakeland||4th||2018 (3rd)||3rd-2018||303|
|Rice Lake||9th||2018 (4th)||3rd-2017||304|
2019 WIAA Division 2 state individual qualifiers
|Amherst||Vince Omernik, sr.||2nd||T15-2018||78|
|Appleton Xavier||Charlie Schubbe, so.||1st||(2x sectional qualifier)||80|
|Brookfield Academy||Pius Hanele, so.||1st||(2x sectional qualifier)||77|
|Columbus||Austin Liethe, jr.||1st||(3x sectional qualifier)||77|
|Lakeside Lutheran||Lukas Heckmann, sr.||3rd||1st-2018||74|
|Maple Northwestern||Kordell Swanson, sr.||1st||(3x sectional qualifier)||75|
|Maple Northwestern||Trevor Priem, sr.||2nd||45th-2018||79|
|Mosinee||Stanford Swid, jr.||1st||(2x sectional qualifier)||80|
|New Holstein||Calvin Leverenz, sr.||1st||(2x sectional qualifier)||77|
|Platteville||Cade Rohrbach, sr.||1st||(4x sectional qualifier)||78|
|St. Croix Central||Matt Mueller, so.||1st||(2x sectional qualifier)||77|
|Shorewood||Aaron Eimers, sr.||1st||(4x sectional qualifier)||76|
Monday: Noon (off No. 10). Tuesday: 7 a.m. (off No. 1).
Program-best 605 helps Madison Edgewood make the rounds with second straight WIAA Division 2 state championship
Once the 2018 WIAA Division 2 state championship trophy completes its tour of Madison with the boys golf team clearly proud to claim it as its own, it will take its home in the Madison Edgewood trophy case next to the 10 other gold and silver trophies collected by the Crusaders boys golf program since 2001.
This one will have a special shine about it, though.
It represents the best 36-hole body of work by any Edgewood team in those 14 state appearances at University Ridge. The Crusaders placed all four of their scoring golfers over the last two days in the top five, shot a final-round 302 and won their fourth state title with a 605 total — six shots better than the 611 it took to win the title in 2009, two years into this remarkable run that has made Edgewood an active participant in awards 10 of the last 11 years.
Senior Drew Arndt shot his second straight 75 to finish second to Lakeside Lutheran junior Lukas Heckmann and lead the way for the Crusaders with a 6-over 150 total. Senior Matt Phelan closed out his high school career with a 73 (five shots better than Monday) while junior James Gilmore shaved six shots off his first-round score with a 73 and senior Rory Gierhart, who was battling for the lead until a triple-bogey on the 13th hole, added an 81 to finish off the scoring for the Crusaders, who held off Edgerton (316) to win by 39 strokes.
"I'd say we're all very happy with how we played this year," Phelan said. "We shot 303 (Monday) and low-300s again (Tuesday) so that's below our season-average. I think we all played well."
As well as Edgewood played on the front nine, Edgerton matched them score-for-score at the Nos. 1 through 4 positions. The Crimson Tide got a 39 from Alec Johnson at the No. 1 spot, a 38 from Kyle Wille at No. 2 and a pair of 37s from Joe Forsting at No. 3 and Jacob Fox at No. 4 to match the Gierhart-Arndt-James Gilmore-Phelan start by the Crusaders over the same stretch.
"The front nine really made a difference," said Edgerton coach Terry Dickinson, whose team saw improvement from all five golfers over Monday, when the Crimson Tide shot 328. "The boys all played solid. They all played to their abilities. The back nine was a little rougher than the front nine. I don't know if they were wanting it too much or afraid to make a mistake."
In the end, Edgerton finished six shots ahead of Minocqua Lakeland and 10 in front of Rice Lake. It is the first state trophy for the Crimson Tide since 2013, when it finished runner-up one year after beating Edgewood by five shots for the Division 2 crown.
"We came out and we played well, had it going good, but Edgerton just hung right there," Edgewood coach Joe Ring said. "They were shooting the same scores we were on the front. They were really playing well. I think that was helpful, too, for us to see other guys playing well, pushing them."
Heckmann, pushed by Edgewood's Gierhart for much of the day, overcame a quadruple-bogey 8 on the fourth hole and a triple-bogey 7 at No. 13 to shoot 79 and win medalist honors with a 147 total. Heckmann, who tied for fifth a year ago, had the veritable scorecard smorgasbord with four birdies, nine pars, two bogeys, one double-bogey, the triple bogey and the snowman on No. 4, where he pulled his drive into the deep grass and took several shots to get out.
"I didn't feel like I played bad, I just survived I guess," Heckmann said. "I had a couple bad breaks, made a couple dumb decisions. But, other than that, it was not terrible. ... I started out par-birdie-par so I wasn't nervous on the first tee. I survived after my quad until the back nine. It was a little bit better."
Kyle Bengston of Minocqua Lakeland, whose closing 75 gave him a share of third place, was the only other non-Edgewood golfer besides Heckmann to medal. His Thunderbirds improved 42 strokes over a year ago, when they finished eighth in their first state berth since 1996 (11th).
Gilmore brothers are back, but can they keep two-time defending champion Madison Edgewood ahead of Minocqua Lakeland, others?
When it comes to trophy hauls, no WIAA Division 2 boys golf team has collected as much hardware over the last 11 years as Madison Edgewood.
With four state championship and six runner-up finishes, the Crusaders have more than established themselves as perennial contenders. They have now twice strung together runs of five straight years in which they have brought home gold or silver trophies from University Ridge Golf Course in Madison, ranking them third overall behind Osseo-Fairchild, which brought home nine trophies in a row between 1999 and 2007 in Division 3; and Hartland Arrowhead, collected six straight trophies between 2007 and 2012.
But this year was to have been different for Edgewood.
The Crusaders graduated three of the five golfers who contributed to last year's 39-stroke victory over Edgerton at the 2018 state championship. Since launching their most recent run of success, they have had to replace more than two golfers from one year to the next just one — in 2013 when they finished third at the Evansville sectional and failed to qualify even an individual for the state championship.
There has been no skipping of a beat for Edgewood, which rolled to regional and sectional titles by a combined 32 strokes. And now they are back trying to add to their collection of state golf trophies, which now numbers 11 for boys and 17 for girls.
Senior James Gilmore and junior brother Karl, the two holdovers from a year ago, have given the Crusaders solid leadership and a strong 1-2 punch. But sophomore Ethan Arndt, senior Brody Andes and junior Tbone Weis each figured into the scoring at least once for Edgewood during this postseason.
Now come the big questions:
- Do the Crusaders have enough pop up front to withstand a Mincoqua Lakeland that had seven sub-80 scores among the 10 it has posted during the regionals and sectionals? The Thunderbirds return four of the five golfers from a team that finished third behind Edgewood and Edgerton a year ago and have added one of the state's top freshmen in Kaeden Nomm, a former national Drive, Chip & Putt national qualifier who shot 66 in his first Great Northern Conference match earlier this spring.
- Where do Edgerton and Rice Lake figure into the mix? Edgerton graduated three of the five golfers off its 2018 state runner-up team, but return a solid 1-2 duo in seniors Kyle Wille and Joe Forsting, who will play together next year at Iowa Central Community College. Rice Lake brings back four of the five golfers from last year's squad that finished fourth and has a strong top three, but the Warriors' fate at University Ridge could be tied their ability to produce a solid fourth score each day.
- Will Kewaskum play the sleeper role to perfection and upstage the prohibitive favorites? The Indians return seniors Jacob Schlosser, Brad Buechel, Talon Ralph and Travis Griesemer off a team that finished fifth a year ago and have added two new names to the mix in juniors Toree Ralph and Andrew Carlton, allowing coach Casey Scheel to possibly make a line-up change for the state tournament to improve his team's chances of making a run at the championship.
Individually, defending champion Lukas Heckmann of Lakeside Lutheran has the best resume of the contenders for medalist honors. He has back-to-back top-five finishes at University Ridge, but he has plenty of company among golfers who are capable of putting together a pair of sub-75 rounds and joining the chase for individual honors.
Projected top three teams
1) Madison Edgewood; 2) Minocqua Lakeland; 3) Kewaskum.
Projected top three individuals
1) Lukas Heckmann, Lakeside Lutheran; 2) Ethan Wilkins, Lake Country Lutheran; 3) Ty Kretz, Marinette.