MHS golfers earn top honors

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Rob Reischel
Middleton's Tommy Kriewaldt was named second-team all-Big Eight and honorable mention all-state./Times-Tribune photo by Mary Langenfeld

Tom Cabalka couldn't stop gushing.

Middleton’s boys golf coach was recently discussing how Kip Sullivan, Jacob Beckman and Carson Frisch were named first-team all-Big Eight Conference, and Tommy Kriewaldt received second-team honors.

The foursome was also recognized by the Wisconsin Golf Coaches Association. Sullivan was named second-team all-state, Beckman received third-team honors and both Kriewaldt and Frisch were named honorable-mention all-state.

And Cabalka simply couldn't find enough plaudits to throw in the direction of his four golfing standouts.

“I'm finding it hard to say enough good things about these guys,” Cabalka said. “They are all great young men, and such an enjoyable group to work with. 

“Golf is more of an individual game, but they really worked so well together — pushing and encouraging each other to work to improve their game. Each of them are high honor roll students, as well. They all have very supportive parents that enjoyed this season as much as they did.”

There was certainly plenty to enjoy, as this foursome helped lead Middleton to a second-place finish at the WIAA Division 1 state meet. The Cardinals also won the Wisconsin Rapids Sectional, along with the Big Eight Conference’s regular season and postseason titles.

Sullivan, a junior, tied for 12th individually at state, placed third at the Wisconsin Rapids Sectional and fifth at the Waunakee Regional.

Sullivan finished the year with a team-best average of 75.27, a 2.5 stroke improvement over 2018. He also had three rounds below par.

“Kip has made a huge improvement from when he came into the program,” Cabalka said. “I think it will really be fun to see what he does next season. I believe that he now knows just how good he can be.”

Beckman, a sophomore, averaged 75.54 — a four-shot improvement from 2018. Beckman tied for 12th at state, helping lead the Cardinals to a runner-up finish.

“Jacob really took his game to a different level,” Cabalka said. “Improving four strokes in one season does not often happen to a player that was already averaging in the 70s. He’s a great competitor and a real student of the game.”

Frisch averaged 77.64, a one-stroke improvement from a year ago. Frisch tied for 34th place at state, tied for fifth at sectionals and was sixth at regionals.

“Carson was very steady all season,” Cabalka said. “He’s a great short game player.”

Kriewaldt averaged 78.23 this season, a two-shot improvement from last year. Kreiwaldt then had a sensational postseason in which he was the medalist at the Waunakee Regional, was fifth at the Wisconsin Rapids Sectional and tied for 26th at state.

“Tommy had some really great rounds,” Cabalka said. “Improving two strokes a round was really important for our team success. Tommy (also) really played well in the tournament series,”

Sophomore Tim O’Malley, Middleton’s No. 5 golfer, didn’t receive all-conference accolades, but made notable improvement throughout his first varsity season. And on the second day of the state tournament, O’Malley’s 80 played a big role in helping the Cardinals hold off all challengers for second place.

“Tim had two great rounds at state,” Cabalka said. “Having his score on Day 2 count was very exciting and I'm sure this will really make him a better player and make him want work at his game.”

Middleton will return all five players next year and be among the favorites to win a state title.

“This is a very talented group and I know that they will work extremely hard to improve,” Cabalka said. “They were excited about their state play and this will only push them to get better. 

“We were the only team at state that did not have a senior on their team. Returning all five players should be fun to see how good they can get.”  

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