MHS golfers continue their terrific season

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Rob Reischel
Middleton boys golf coach Tom Cabalka (left) loves what he’s seen from Jacob Beckman (right) and the Cardinals./Times-Tribune photo by Mary Langenfeld

There was no rest last week for Middleton’s golfers.

Then again, the Cardinals certainly didn't look like a group that needed a break.

Middleton had a sensational week, in which it won the Morgan Stanley Invitational at University Ridge, took control of the Big Eight dual meet race by besting Verona, and tied for third place at the prestigious MACC Fund Invite held at Erin Hills.

When it was over, Middleton jumped to No. 3 in the latest Wisconsin Golf Coaches Association poll.

“It was a busy, big and very successful week for us,” Middleton coach Tom Cabalka said.

Middleton opened the week by shooting a 301 and winning its own triangular held at Pleasant View last Wednesday. Verona was second with a 321 and Madison Memorial was third (344).

Middleton moved to 6-0 in the conference and can wrap up the dual meet title this week.

Tommy Kriewaldt led the way with a 74, both Jacob Beckman and Kip Sullivan shot 75 and Carson Frisch carded a 77.

“Verona had been unbeaten as well coming into the match,” Cabalka said. “We had four very good scores.”

The Cardinals then won the Morgan Stanley Invite last Thursday. That tournament is played at University Ridge — home of the WIAA Division 1 state meet next month.

Middleton and Madison Edgewood tied for first at the 12-team event with a 310. The Cardinals then bested the Crusaders on the second playoff hole. Waunakee was third at 318.

“It's always nice to play well at the Morgan Stanley, due to state being played there and playing against some good competition,” Cabalka said. “Edgewood had the ‘Old Man’ trophy for the last two years, so that was some added incentive to play well.”

Beckman led the Cardinals with a 74 that was good for second individually, while Frisch shot a 75 and finished fourth. Sullivan was sixth individually with a 77 and also made an 18-foot putt on No. 18 to force a playoff with Edgewood.

Kriewaldt added an 84.

“The playoff with Edgewood was not only fun to win, but a great experience for the guys,” Cabalka said. “It really showed how each shot is important in the team score.”

It sure did.

On the first playoff hole, Sullivan and Frisch made tough birdie putts, while Beckman and Kriewaldt made difficult par-saving putts. On the second playoff hole, Beckman, Frisch, Kriewaldt and Tim O’Malley all made pars, while Edgewood played the hole at 1-over-par giving the Cardinals the team title.

“In the playoff, our guys really played great golf,” Cabalka said. “All five players contributed under pressure. 

“Very, very exciting. It was a tremendous experience, and the true meaning of team golf.”

Middleton continued to shine at the MACC Fund Invite at Erin Hills last Saturday.

Hartland Arrowhead was first in the 35-team tournament with a 296, while Marquette (297), Middleton (301), Menomonee Falls (301) and Mequon Homestead (307) rounded out the top five.

“A great field of teams, many of those will be playing at state,” Cabalka said. “So it was another great opportunity to compare ourselves to the top teams in the state.”

Sullivan was sensational and fired a 2-under-par, 70 to finish third individually. That marked the third time this season Sullivan broke par.

“He is playing so well,” Cabalka said of Sullivan.

Beckman was extremely steady with a 72, while Kriewaldt shot a 77 and Frisch added an 82.

“All of the guys wished they had a couple swings back to have a chance for a lower total, but we played well,” Cabalka said.

The event also raised $80,000 to fight childhood cancer.

“The day is not just about golf but also for cancer research,” Cabalka said. “What a treat for these guys to play a great course in good weather and to know that they are playing for kids that have cancer.”


May 4



Team scores: Hartland Arrowhead 296, Milwaukee Marquette 297, Middleton 301, Menomonee Falls 301, Mequon Homestead 307, Wauwatosa West/East 308, Sheboygan North 309, Germantown 316, Wales Kettle Moraine 319, Lake Geneva Badger 321, Sussex Hamilton 326, Mukwonago 332, Neenah 333, Oconomowoc 342, Kenosha Tremper 349, Beaver Dam 351, Hartland Arrowhead B 355, Muskego 362, West Allis Hale 410.

Top five individuals: 1, Hunt, HA, 67; 2, Wisdom, LGB, 67; 3, Sullivan, Mid, 70; 4, Sagrillo, Marq, 70; 5 (tie), Schmidtke, SN, and Blair, Marq, 71.

Middleton — Sullivan 70, Beckman 72, Kriewaldt 77, Frisch 82


May 2


Team scores: x-Middleton 310, Madison Edgewood 310, Waunakee 318, Sun Prairie 329, Verona 332, Oregon 334, Madison Memorial 339, DeForest 346, Monona Grove 347, Milton 359, Madison West 401, Madison La Follette 408.

x — won two-hole playoff.

Top 10 individuals: J. Gilmore, MEd, 73; Murphy, Wau, 74; Beckman, Mid, 74; Frisch, Mid, 75; K. Gilmore, MEd, 76; Sullivan, Mid, 77; Gray, Milt, 77; Gaby, V, 79; Arndt, MEd, 79; Carrick, SP, 80; Mirwald, V, 80; Guerrera, Wau, 80.

Middleton — Beckman 74, Frisch 75, Sullivan 77, Kriewaldt 84. 


May 1


Team scores: Middleton 301; Verona 321; Madison Memorial 344.

Middleton — Kriewaldt 74, Beckman 75, Sullivan 75, Frisch 77. Verona — Gaby 72, Rufenacht 81, Mirwald 81, Prough 87. Madison Memorial — Pickhardt 78, Schmidt 84, Williams 85, Lecy 97.

At Pleasant View GC, par 71.


April 30


Team scores: Milwaukee Marquette 307; Hartland Arrowhead 313; Wales Kettle Moraine 316; Menomonee Falls 320; Mequon Homestead 320; Green Bay Notre Dame 321; Sussex Hamilton 322; Madison Edgewood 326; Mukwonago 328; Waukesha West 332; Brookfield East 332; Sheboygan North 337; Oconomowoc 348; Middleton 352; Waukesha Catholic Memorial 365; Cedarburg 372; Waukesha South 379; Fond du Lac St. Mary’s Springs 382; Milton 388.

Top 10 individuals: 1, Hunt, HA, 66; 2, Walsh, BE, 71; 3 (tie), Blair, MM, and J. Gilmore, MEd, 72; 5, Beckman, Mid, 73; 6 (tie), Lutze, MM, Meglic, GBND, and Pausha, WKM, 75; 9 (tie), Polaske, SH, Schmidtke, SN, and Staudt, MH, 76. Madison Edgewood — J. Gilmore 72, K. Gilmore 78, Arndt 88, Andes 88. Middleton — Beckman 73, Sosnowski 91, Jesse 93, Chafe 95. Milton — Gray 83, Bothun 100, Brown 100, Kline 105.

At The Legend at Bristlecone CC, Hartland, par 71.





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