THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
WIAA STATE GOLF
Langlois/Jacobson Battle Tough Tournament Field
Marinette senior Dakota Langlois and Peshtigo junior Bryce Jacobson competed at the WIAA Division II State Golf Championship in Verona Monday and Tuesday.
Langlois carded a 165 to tie for 19th, with rounds of 82 and 83. Langlois shot a 158 on the course last year, tying him for 14th place. He was helped by a 76 on his first 18 last year.
"Personally, I don't think I hit the balls terribly, but a few bad swings in each round led to some doubles and one triple bogey," Langlois said.
"I was just happy to end my high school career at state even though I didn't play as well as I could've," Langlois said. "The overall experience was great these last four years."
"Not the state Dakota was hoping for, but not a bad showing," Marinette Coach Cary Waloway said. "I'm very happy for him in what he has accomplished in his high school career."
Waloway called Langlois "a very dedicated player, both academically and as a golfer," noting that Langlois had made it to state all four years of his career. "He has accomplished something that I don't think any other player has accomplished at MHS," he said.
Langlois will be trying out for the NCAA Division II Winona Sate University golf team in the fall. "I think he has a very good chance of making their team," Waloway said.
Jacobson finished with two 88s for a total of 176, putting the M&O Conference's golfer of the year in a four-way tie for 34th place.
Peshtigo Coach Pete Kretz said Jacobson could learn from the experience going into his senior year. "He struggled with the pressure but the only way to get used to the heat is to get burned a little," Kretz said. "I am sure he is already making plans for next year and it won't be so difficult for him."
Jacobson thanked his coaches for their help during the season for helping him get to state, saying "I'm just thankful for everyone who supported me throughout the whole season. Special thanks to Coach Kretz and Coach Jacobson for helping me become the player I am today. I couldn't do it without them pushing me throughout the season and in the offseason."
Hunter Pipik of New Berlin West fired a 3-under par 141 to win the Division II individual crown. Ben Gilles of Madison Edgewood was second, carding a 147. Edgewood won the team title with a score of 623.
Casper Leads Coleman Golfers On State Links
Coleman sophomore Kasey Casper made big strides in his game from his first trip to the WIAA State Golf Championships last year, taking 13th in the field and improving his total score by 31 strokes over 36 holes Monday and Tuesday in Verona.
As a freshman, Casper shot rounds of 95 and 99 to finish with a 194 and a tie for 44th place in the 52-golfer field. This year, Casper shot 80 and 83. That total of 163, 19 over par, earned him 13th place in the field of 52.
Despite his growth, Casper said he has room for improvement. "I am happy with my two days of golf but I fell a little short of my personal goal," he said. "I did improve from last year, but I know that I have work to do on my short game before next year."
Coleman Coach George Laitinen said Casper had potential for the top five. "Had he been able to do just a little better on his chips and lag putts, he would have been in the top five," Laitinen said. "Casper played great golf."
The rest of Coleman's golfers did not fare as well in their two rounds on the par-72 course. Cody Van Hoff's total of 198 was 42nd in the field. He went into Tuesday tied for 38th after a 96, but shot a 102 on Tuesday.
Nathan Woulf tied for 45th with a total of 202. His best round was a 100. Tyler Salesky shot a 210 and Garrett Johnson carded a 2112 as the two finished 49th and 50th, respectively.
"We had no expectations at state and we just wanted to enjoy the experience and we sure did," Laitinen said, thanking all of his players for a great season. "It was a great course and a great atmosphere with a lot of excitement."
Also in Division III, Laona/Wabeno senior Maggie Warrner, who qualified as an individual, shot 83 and 82 for a 165 and a 15th-place finish.
Saint Mary's Springs won its third consecutive championship in Division III, finishing with a four-player, 36-hole score of 648. Mathew Higley of Eleva-Strum won medalist honors with a score of 150.