Middleton golfers win regional title

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Rob Reischel
Colin Butler and Middleton's boys golf team won the Madison Memorial Regional last Tuesday./Times-Tribune photo by Mary Langenfeld

Middleton’s boys golf team has picked the perfect time to get red hot.

The Cardinals won the WIAA Division 1 Madison Memorial Regional Tuesday held at Blackhawk Country Club.

Middleton shot a season-low 311 and easily outdistanced runner-up Waunakee (326).

“I really believe that the guys gained much confidence in the conference three-hole playoff, and they carried that into today's round,” Middleton coach Tom Cabalka said, referring to the Cardinals’ win over Verona at the Big Eight Conference meet. “A 311 was really nice team score … much improved from where we were in April.”

The top four teams at regionals advanced to next Tuesday’s Reedsburg Sectional.

In addition to Middleton and Waunakee, Madison Memorial (328) and Verona (329) also moved on to sectionals.

Middleton’s trio of seniors Ross Johnson and Colin Butler, and junior Andy Zucker all shot 76 and tied for second individually.

Johnson, Middleton’s No. 3 golfer, fired a 1-under-par, 35, on the front nine before finishing at 76. Butler, playing at No. 4, shot an even-par 36 on the front and finished with a 76.

Zucker, Middleton’s No. 1 player, shot 38 on each side for his 76. The Cardinals also counted an 83 from senior Connor Wipfli.

“Andy continues to be the steady player that he has been for the past month,” Cabalka said. “This was Ross’ best round of the season and Colin has continued to improve with every outing. 

“It was exciting to see their confidence today and belief in themselves. Along with consistency, confidence has been something that we have been trying to get from this group.”


Madison Memorial regional

Team scores: Middleton 311, Waunakee 326, Madison Memorial 328, Verona 329, Oregon 348, Stoughton 354, Madison West 358, Sauk Prairie 388.

Top five individuals: Cagnazzo, MM, 73; Murphy, W, 76; Butler, Mid, 76; Johnson, Mid, 76; Zucker, Mid, 76.

Individual sectional qualifiers: Gardner, Sto, 81; Klus, Or, 82; Cranley, MW, 83; Candell, Or, 83.

Middleton — Butler 76, Johnson 76, Zucker 76, Wipfli 83. Waunakee — Murphy 76, Meganck 82, Johnson 84, Guerrera 84. Madison Memorial — Cagnazzo 73, Knecht 84, Simmerman 85, Danielson 86. Verona — Bates 80, Kaegi 81, Kellerman 83, Zunker 85. Oregon — Klus 82, Candell 83, Roskos 91, Janecek 92. Stoughton — Gardner 81, Graffin 89, Schuh 89, McLaury 95. Madison West — Cranley 83, Kuenzi 87, Wittenwyler 94, Buinevicius 94. Sauk Prairie — Bradley 88, Benish 94, Zimmerman 102, Novak 104. At Blackhawk CC, par 72.


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