Bulldogs claim M&O golf title
Niagara wins meet but Peshtigo wins trophy with 2nd-place showing
Tuesday, May 14, 2013 7:00 PM
MARINETTE - Niagara won the tourney but Peshtigo won the M&O Conference title Tuesday.
Mitchell Behnke of Peshtigo hits his tee shot on the 17th hole at Little River Country Club during the M&O Conference Championship Tuesday.
The Bulldogs tied for second at Tuesday's M&O Conference Championship and placed first in the overall standings.
"I'm happy with it," Bulldog senior Marcus Behnke said. "I'm perfectly happy."
Niagara shot a 356 at Little River Country Club to win Tuesday's 18-hole tourney. Peshtigo and Crivitz tied for second at 363.
It was the second straight M&O golf title for the Bulldogs.
"Winning conference is our No. 1 goal," Behnke said.
After the two M&O nine-hole meets, St. Thomas Aquinas Academy was tied with Peshtigo with 32 team points, while Niagara was fourth. On Tuesday, the Cavaliers shot a 372 to place fifth, and they fell to third in the final standings, one point behind Niagara.
Niagara's T.J. Liebergen fired a 78 to capture medalist honors. His steady round included one birdie, a tap-in three on No. 16.
"Means a lot," he said. "Good to continue the tradition among the family."
Liebergen said his wedges were working well on Tuesday.
"And my driver was working pretty well," he said.
Crivitz's Austin Banaszak and Anthony Jazwiecki of Suring were one stroke behind Liebergen at 79.
Liebergen earned player of the year honors. He was joined on the M&O first team by Peshtigo's Marcus Behnke and Mitchell Behnke, Casey Boyle of STAA and Jazwiecki.
Mitchell Behnke had the best round, 39, on Little River's front nine. Then, Marcus Behnke was shooting even par through the first seven holes on the back nine. He pulled off a crafty bump-and-run shot under a tree from about 80 yards away on No. 16. It stopped several feet from the cup, and he sank the birdie putt.
But then came a double-bogey on No. 17, and an 8 on the Par 5 18th.
"It went downhill fast at the end," Behnke said.
NIAGARA (356) - T.J. Liebergen 78, Colin Anderson 91, Zach Zychowski 84, Joey Coppens 103
PESHTIGO (363) - Mitchell Behnke 81, Marcus Behnke 81, Jordan Van Beek 93, Jeff Bruso 113, Levi Sterzing 108
CRIVITZ (363) - Trevor Maye 92, Austin Banaszak 79, Dave Poh 93, Cameron Fischer 109, Matt Tomaszewski 99
STAA (372) - Michael Schmidt 86, Casey Boyle 90, Andy Long 95, Stuart Anderson 101, Molly Linczeski 113
COLEMAN (370) - Alex Tisler 85, Richard Geimer 88, Brandon Rymer 97, Jacob Woulf 100, Jacob Frievalt 126
WAUSAUKEE (381) - Blake Elias 106, Logan Gruszynski 89, Brandon Wesolowski 94, Wyatt Tilkens 92, Eric Arndt 119
SURING (395) - Anthony Jazwiecki 79, Tyler Fisher 105, Dalton Kopatz 106, Dillon Kempen 106, Ramsey Thompson 113
GILLETT (426) - Kelsey Hischke 102, Bailey Chapin 108, Cody May 107, Claire Thompson 117, Melissa Meunier 109
LENA (444) - Sam Beschta 106, Randy Schroeder 109, Cole Huberty 110, Zach Simonson 119, Katherine Waara 130