Four MHS golfers named all-Big 8

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Rob Reischel
Middleton sophomore Kip Sullivan was named first-team all-Big Eight Conference./Times-Tribune photo by Mary Langenfeld

Middleton’s boys’ golf team had a memorable season.

The Cardinals won the Big Eight Conference dual meet title and tied for sixth at the WIAA Division 1 state tournament.

As a result, all five Cardinals earned all-conference honors.

Sophomore Kip Sullivan and senior Andy Zucker were named first-team all-Big Eight. Freshman Jacob Beckman, sophomore Carson Frisch and sophomore Tommy Kriewaldt were all named second-team all-league.

To figure a golfers’ score, the Big Eight Conference calculated:

• Three conference match scores vs. course rating.

• Three at large, non-conference invites vs. course rating.

• The Big Eight Conference Tournament (mandatory) vs. course rating.

For example, if a golfer shot a 75 and the course rating was 71.1, the number for that match would be 3.9.

Using that formula, Zucker was the No. 2 player in the conference and Sullivan was No. 5. Frisch finished No. 7 in the league, while Beckman was No. 9 and Kriewaldt was No. 10.

Overall, Sullivan finished the year with a 77.77 average, while Frisch’s average was 78.67. Zucker’s average was 79.06, Beckman averaged 79.60 and Kriewaldt’s average was 80.13.

Of that group, only Zucker will be lost to graduation.

“I'm looking forward to the next couple years with this talented group of returning players,” Middleton coach Tom Cabalka said. “Kip, Carson and Tommy all improved their average over the previous season by four and five strokes per round, and obviously Jacob was a very good addition to that group. 

“If they continue to improve by practicing and working on their game, we should be pretty talented and an improved team. We'll miss Andy's leadership next year. He really did a nice job bringing the young group together and showing them what it takes to be successful.”

Middleton’s group was also remarkably successful in the classroom.

The Golf Coaches Association of Wisconsin recently announced that Zucker, Sullivan, Kriewaldt and Frisch all received 2018 Academic-All State honors. Freshmen are not eligible for this award, meaning Beckman could not be honored.

Students were recognized by GCAW coaches if they met the following criteria: 

1) A cumulative GPA of at least 3.25;

2) participation in at least 75% of their team’s varsity matches;

3) are a sophomore, junior or senior. 

Middleton also received team academic honors, this time with Beckman’s high honors being counted.

“We not only have talented golfers but intelligent students and leaders in the classroom,” Cabalka said. “Very cool!”


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