STAA's Bailey Returns to State; Marines 3rd at SectionalIssue Date: June 2, 2022
Marines Take 3rd
Bauman is Edged
Out in Playoff
The Marinette Marines and Peshtigo's Grant Bauman both came ever-so-close to making the Division 2 State Golf Meet from the Marinette Sectional on Tuesday.
Playing in windy conditions at Riverside Golf Club in Menominee, the Marines were six strokes back from the second place finish necessary to secure state qualification. Marinette shot a 343. Winneconne's 322 and Berlin's 337 sent them state-bound.
Marinette was led by senior Kelten Hermanson's 81, which put him 10th in the field of 71 and one stroke back from making the individual playoff.
Fellow seniors Trey Kretz and Keegan Polomis shot 83 and 87, respectively, to finish 15th and 22nd.
Freshman Brady Eastman carded a 92 to tie for 33rd and junior Owen Hansen's 117 was dropped.
The howling winds in Menominee made things tough for every team, Marinette included.
"The wind was hard and it really took our home-field advantage away from us. The kids didn't know what clubs to hit. It was a guessing game out there, and we just came up a little short," Marinette coach Pete Kretz said. "We had our game plan and said "Don't take a big hole, don't hit it out of bounds. Whatever you have to do, you have to hit it in play,' and we didn't execute. We took too many big holes."
The Marines' three seniors will undoubtedly be disappointed with how their season ended, but after several trips to state and three straight conference championships, they'll have fond memories to look back on.
"Those seniors, there's something to be proud of. They went to state a couple times and I'm sure they're disappointed, but it was fun," coach Kretz said. "We played well all season. We had our ups and downs with some players, but we had Brady come in as a freshman replacing Ty [Kretz]. It was tough and he did well. We knew we had to make up some strokes from Kelten, Trey, and Keegan, and they played good. They had good years. Whenever you're breaking 80s in golf is a remarkable feat in itself. Those kids can do it, and they improved over four years immensely, and that's all you want to see."
For Peshtigo, Bauman shot an 80 over 18 holes. The top three individuals not on a qualifying team advanced to state. After 18, four individuals were tied at 80 for the final qualification spot, leading to a playoff hole.
In the playoff, Bauman was beaten by Wrightstown's Grant Delsart.
Despite the tough conditions, Bauman's only hole above five strokes was a seven on the 17th.
"With the weather conditions as they were, I was satisfied with my score," Bauman said. "The wind was affecting the ball's flight path in unimaginable ways today. Although I did not end the way I would have liked to, I thought I played most of the round pretty solid."
Bauman, the Packerland Conference player of the year, is the only member of the Peshtigo five that will be back next season.
"I'm excited to get back out to the course and practice all the small things to elevate my game," he said. "I was so grateful for my coaches and their helpful advice throughout the round, and we are thrilled for what the future holds."
Alex Raygo, Travis Lund, Logan Smith, and Christian Boyle all graduate this spring.
Raygo shot a 95 to tie for 39th on Tuesday, Boyle shot a 100 after 50s on both nines, Logan Smith carded a 104, and Travis Lund's 112 was dropped.
Raygo's round was his best of the season. He's played out of the five spot most of the year, but he looked like a number two on Tuesday.
"Alex has played in the fifth spot for us most of the year, but has really found his game in the last two weeks. His 95 today was second best on the team, and we were very happy for him. He is one of our four seniors this year and we are proud of all of them," Peshtigo coach Jim Dufrane said. "Christian has been a solid, consistent performer for us all year long. Travis continued to improve all year long, and Logan Smith came to us part of the way through the season to help complete our team. [Coach Kyle Cheney] and I are very proud of this team and how hard they worked during the year."
Oconto Falls also saw its season come to an end with an eighth-place finish. For the Panthers, Rease Hodkiewicz and Kadyn Riel tied for 31st with 91s, Trevor Metzler shot a 95 for 39th, Caden Leonhardt shot a 97, and Thomas Carmody carded a 99. The Panthers return four of five next year, with only Hodkiewicz graduating.
Advances to State
With a Medalist
Round of 78
A medalist round Tuesday at Golden Sands in Cecil sent Saint Thomas Aquinas Academy sophomore Kaiden Bailey to the state golf meet for the second straight season.
Bailey shot a 78 on the par-71 course to continue his strong 2022 season. He was far and away the M&O Conference's top golfer on the season, following up a 2021 freshman season where he went on to take 20th at state in Trappers Turn in Wisconsin Dells.
It wasn't a conventional day of golf for Bailey, who started the day with three bogeys before two birdies got him back on track.
"Kaiden had a really strange round of golf on his way to becoming the medalist," STAA coach George Hayes said. "He had his first par on hole number 12. He battled all day to come away with the top score."
This year's state meet will be played at Blackwolf Run in Kohler on June 6 and 7.
"Kaiden is pretty excited to be returning the state tournament next week," Hayes said.
Marathon (350) and Wabeno/Laona (354) advanced to state of the 12 teams on Tuesday. The top three golfers not on qualifying teams advanced as well.
Oconto was the top local team, taking sixth with a 378. Oconto freshman Carter Koch tied for 11th with an 86, three strokes back from what the final individual qualifier, Crandon's Peyton Krause, shot.
Seniors Josh Maynard and Christian Koch shot 96 and 97 to tie for 32nd and take 34th, respectively. There were 71 golfers in the field.
Junior Drew Reinhardt shot a 99 and senior David Westenberg's 105 rounded out the Blue Devil scores.
"The extremely windy playing conditions enabled Golden Sands to present a stern test for the golfers," Blue Devils coach Rick Sherman said. "Although sixth place wasn't our overall goal, I'm very proud of the way my team performed throughout the day, and the strides they made during the season."
Lena shot a 387 as a team. Sophomore Braden McVane tied for 14th with an 88. Sophomore Evan VanderZanden's 95 tied for 29th, freshman Mason Spice and senior Mason Simonson tied for 45th with 102, and sophomore Drake Dionne carded a 104.
"We were hoping for a little better finish than eighth place. The wind made the conditions tough, but we made some mental errors that cost us some strokes," Lena coach John Moe said. "We are young, playing three sophomores and a freshman along with our lone senior, so hopefully this is a good learning experience. I have a good feeling the boys will play some golf this summer to work on their games."
Crivitz carded a 396 to finish ninth. Joey PIckett's 93 tied him for 24th in his final meet for the Wolverines as a senior, sophomores Jack Bauer and Kaden Klaver tied for 35th with 98s, TJ Mueller shot a 107 to wrap up his sophomore campaign, and senior Jake Kosmecki's 110 was dropped.
Coleman's 445 was 12th at the sectional. Kamron Kostrova shot a 98 to wrap up his senior season, senior Lincoln Henry shot a 103, senior Liam Zeitler carded a 112, and junior Evan Hockers recorded a 132.
"We struggled today with the windy conditions and definitely hoped for a better showing," Coleman coach Dan Perry said. "We're losing six seniors this year, and they will all be missed as was evident today. They were in great spirits all day and made even a bad day of scoring a great day for golf."
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