Middleton golfers mining for gold

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Rob Reischel
Jacob Beckman and Middleton's boys golfers have lofty expectations this spring./Times-Tribune photo by Mary Langenfeld

The 2018 boys golf season had been over for about 10 minutes.

Middleton’s Kip Sullivan stood near the 18th green at University Ridge last June where his Cardinals had just finished sixth at the WIAA Division 1 state tournament. Sullivan then fired off a warning shot for 2019.

“We want to be the team to beat,” Sullivan said. “That’s the way we look at it.”

And that’s what the Cardinals are now intent on proving.

Middleton brought back four of its top five golfers from a year ago. And the Cardinals proved at the season-opening Wisconsin Dells Invite they just might be the team to beat in 2019.

Middleton fired a 433 to easily win the 27-hole tournament that included nine holes at Trappers Turn last Friday and 18 holes at Coldwater Canyon last Saturday. Holmen and Waunakee tied for second at 460, while Mount Horeb (472) and Marshfield (497) rounded out the top five.

“Great two days by all,” Middleton coach Tom Cabalka said. “This gives us an idea of what we are capable of accomplishing this season.”

No one was better than Sullivan, who shot a remarkable 7-under-par, 64 on Saturday. According to Cabalka, that’s a new MHS record, breaking the mark of 65 set by Jon Turcott, Danny Zimmerman and Mitch Johnson — a trio that all played Division 1 collegiate golf.

Sullivan, a junior, also shot a 2-over, 38, during the opening round at Trappers Turn and captured medalist honors with a 5-under-par, 102.

In addition, sophomore Jacob Beckman shot 36-70 and finished in second place with a 1-under-par, 106. Junior Tommy Kriewaldt tied for seventh with a 112, while junior Carson Frisch tied for eighth with a 113.

“One thing that really stood out was that zero double bogeys were recorded by our top four players in the 108 holes played,” Cabalka said. “That was fantastic. I'm not sure that has ever been done by any team that I have been associated with.”

This group certainly has the potential to become one of the better ones in Middleton history. The Cardinals won state titles in 1993, 1997-’99 and in 2011, and certainly figure to be in the hunt for gold come June.

Sullivan was a first-team all-Big Eight Conference player last season and an honorable-mention all-state player after averaging 77.77. Sullivan improved his average by more than five shots last season and finished in a tie for 28th at state.

Frisch averaged 78.67, improving his average by more than five shots, as well. Frisch was named second-team all-conference and honorable-mention all-state.

Beckman had a sensational freshman season in which he also tied for 28th at state, which was the top finish by an MHS golfer. Beckman averaged 79.60, was named second-team all-conference and honorable-mention all-state.

And according to Cabalka, Kriewaldt “came from nowhere” last season to average 80.13 and earn second-team all-conference honors himself.

That fabulous foursome is back. And if last weekend showed anything, that quartet figures to be better than ever in 2019.

“If we all just go out and play our game like I know we can, there should be no one stopping us,” Frisch said last spring.

The Cardinals need to find a reliable fifth golfer. But in a program as deep as Middleton’s, that typically works itself out.

As enjoyable as 2018 was for Middleton — a year in which the Cardinals won the Big Eight Conference and Sullivan, Beckman, Frisch and Kriewaldt all made a major splash — MHS’ final tournament should provide motivation for 2019.

During the early stages of the final round at state, Middleton jumped into second place and was just three shots behind eventual champion Milwaukee Marquette. But the Cardinals struggled down the stretch and eventually slipped to sixth.

They all insisted that memory would be a driving force this spring.

“We’re going to take that experience and we’re going to learn from it,” Sullivan said.

Added Kriewaldt: “I think we want to set our own standards … and have those standards be pretty high.”

The Cardinals proved at the Wisconsin Dells Invite those standards will be sky high.

And that Middleton’s pursuit of greatness has begun.



April 5-6


(27 holes)


Team scores: Middleton 148-285-433, Holmen 155-305-460, Waunakee 150-310-460, Mount Horeb 156-316-472, Marshfield 169-328-497, Reedsburg 166-347-513, Baraboo 180-340-520, Sauk Prairie 178-345-523, DeForest 180-355-535, Wausau East 193-357-550, Sparta 198-353-551, Stoughton 208-399-607.

Top 10 individuals — 1, Sullivan, Mid, 38-64-102; 2, Beckman, Mid, 36-70-106; 3, Erickson, Spa, 40-67-107; 4 (tie), Dirks, Hol, 39-73-112; Fager, MH, 34-78-112; Hinz, Bar, 37-75-112; Kriewaldt, Mid, 37-75-112; 8 (tie), Brock, Hol, 38-75-113; Murphy, Wau, 38-75-113; Frisch, Mid, 37-76-113.

Middleton — Sullivan 38-64-102, Beckman 36-70-106, Kriewaldt 37-75-112, Frisch 37-76-113.

Waunakee — Murphy 38-75-113, Werlein 39-77-116, Johnson 36-78-114, Humphrey 37-80-117.

Mount Horeb — Fager 34-78-112, Winkler 40-78-118, Kealy 43-81-124, Whaley 39-86-125.

Reedsburg — Cunningham 43-85-128, Crary 41-86-127, Schneider 54-88-142, Scharmacher 46-100-146.

Baraboo — Hinz 37-75-112, Anderson 45-75- 120, Rath 51-85-136, Carigan 47-105-152.

Sauk Prairie — Vieth 46-78-124, Frey 43-87-130, Breunig 47-89-136, Lacour 55-97-152.

DeForest — Galvin 48-84-132, Brethouwer 42-88-130, Buchanon 41-91-132, Blackdeer 49-92-141.

Stoughton — Livingston 47-88-135, Olson 54-101-155, Apel 59-103-162, Hellenbrand 54-107-161.

At Coldwater Canyon,

par 71.





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