Stankiewicz, MHS golfers roll at regionals

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Rob Reischel
Charlie Stankiewicz captured medalist honors at the Middleton boys golf regional Tuesday./Times-Tribune photo by Mary Langenfeld

 

It would have been easy for Charlie Stankiewicz to throw in the towel. To say enough is enough.

Fortunately for Middleton’s golf program, that never happened.

Stankiewicz battled and battled, but failed to earn a spot with the Cardinals’ varsity until this — his senior season. Now, he’s making it a year to remember.

Stankiewicz shot a 3-over-par 74 and captured medalist honors at the Middleton Regional Tuesday at Pleasant View Golf Course. Stankiewicz’s big day helped the Cardinals win the regional title and advance to Tuesday’s Baraboo Sectional.

“Good for Charlie,” Middleton coach Tom Cabalka said. “I’ve said it before, Charlie is our best ball striker, and when he hits it like he was (Tuesday) and puts it in the center of the green, he’s going to score well.”

Middleton won the regional with a 308-team score, while Madison Memorial was second (314) and Oregon was third (323). Waunakee, Sauk Prairie and Verona (341 each) all tied for fourth, but the Warriors won a playoff and earned the final spot at sectionals.

“It was a fun day,” Stankiewicz said. “I didn’t think I was striking the ball all that well, but I made some putts and put up a solid number.”

Stankiewicz has been putting up solid numbers all season long. And his emergence is a big reason that Middleton — the state’s top-ranked team — is among the favorites to win the WIAA Division 1 state title.

Stankiewicz averaged 86 a year ago and simply wasn’t consistent enough to win a spot on Middleton’s varsity. But he’s lowered his average to 78 this year and has been a huge reason for the Cardinals’ success.

“Last year was very frustrating,” said Stankiewicz, who plays out of the No. 5 position. “But I worked really hard on my game last summer and especially this winter. And I came into the year really confident that I was at the level I needed to be at.”

Stankiewicz was certainly at that level Tuesday.

Stankiewicz made a 10-foot birdie putt at No. 4. He also knocked home a 15-foot uphill birdie putt at No. 15.

Stankiewicz stayed out of trouble the rest of his round and bested the other 39 golfers in the field.

“We’re lucky that we have five solid players,” Cabalka said. “That’s a luxury that most teams don’t have.

“I think at some point this year, every one of our guys has ben our top scorer and maybe the high scorer, too. So we have five guys that all make a difference.”

Middleton sophomore Brady Thomas shot a 1-under-par 35 on his first nine and finished with a 77, which was good for a fourth place tie. Cardinals senior Josh Haunty — who plays No. 1 — also shot 77 and tied for fourth.

Middleton also counted an 80 from sophomore Joey Levin, which was good for 12th place overall.

“The cool thing about this team is that at any given time one of us can medal,” Stankiewicz said. “And we’re all good friends and hang out … so that makes it even more fun.”

Middleton now advances to the Baraboo Sectional Tuesday. The Cardinals will enter as the favorites, but Cabalka knows his team will have to be at its best to reach the state tournament June 9-10.

“It’s one of those courses that isn’t terribly demanding,” Cabalka said. “But you have to play good smart golf.

“I like where we’re at right now and like how we’re playing. All of our kids are averaging in the 70s and I’m really comfortable with the lineup. We just have to keep it going.”

 

May 27

WIAA Division 1 Middleton Regional

Team scores: 1. Middleton 308; 2. Madison Memorial 314; 3. Oregon 323. 4 (tie) *Waunakee, Verona, Sauk Prairie 341; 7. Stoughton 348; 8. Madison West 356.

Middleton results: Charlie Stankiewicz 74, Josh Haunty 77, Brady Thomas 77, Joey Levin 80.

At Pleasant View Golf Course, par 71

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