SHEBOYGAN, Wis. — State appears to be a realistic goal for the Peshtigo and Coleman golf teams.
They proved it on Thursday by posting impressive scores at perhaps Wisconsin’s premier golf course.
The M&O Golf Invitational was held at the Irish Course at Whistling Straits. Peshtigo won the tourney with a fine 353 score and Coleman was second at 382.
It was the second year that the event was held at Whistling Straits, and the M&O is planning to come back next spring. Former Coleman coach Karl Peters laid the groundwork for the event.
“It’s a great experience for the kids to play a course of that caliber,” Coleman coach George Laitinen said.
Peshtigo sophomore Trent Carriveau earned medalist honors with an 83 on the Par 72, 6,750-yard course which has one of the highest slope ratings in the state.
“I played very well,” Carriveau said. “I hit many fairways but my short iron game wasn’t great. I had one very had hole but I made (up) for it with a par and a birdie on the next two holes. I also putted very well.”
Peshtigo classmates Bryce Jacobson and Tyler Lund shared medalist honors with an 84.
“I got up and down a lot but after the wind started to pick up then I started struggling,” Jacobson said. “After I made eagle on the Par 5 (520-yard) 14th hole I started playing well and finished 1 over on the last four holes. I just made some dumb mistakes that hurt my score.”
Dylon Gilligan rounded out Peshtigo’s team score with a 102 and Ty Davis shot a 104.
“Today I started and finished very strong,” Gilligan said. “I had some rough holes in between but my putting saved me multiple times.”
Davis said his tee shots with his driver were out of whack to say the least, but his iron and wood shots were solid.
“The bunkers were definitely a difficult obstacle if you didn’t hit a fairway or green,” Davis said.
Sophomore Kasey Casper led Coleman with an 89. He had one great nine and a blowup nine.
Nathan Woulf had Coleman’s second-best score, 94, and Cody Van Hoff shot a 97.
“I was very pleased with the whole team,” Laitinen said. “That’s a very difficult course.”
Golfers played in upper-40s temperatures and dry conditions.
“So it was fine,” Laitinen said. “It was just a little windy. It was much nicer there than here.”
Shane Bauer led Crivitz with an impressive 87 round and Tony Rollo shot a 90 to lead Wausaukee.
Team scores: Peshtigo 353, Coleman 382, Lena 433, St. Thomas Aquinas Academy & Wausaukee 443, Crivitz 453, Niagara 459, Oneida Nation incomplete
Peshtigo scores: Bryce Jacobson 84, Ttler Lund 84, Trent Carriveau 83, Dylon Gilligan 102, Ty Davis 104
Coleman scores: Kasey Casper 89, Cody Van Hoff 97, Nathan Woulf 94, Garett Johnson 109, Tyler Salesky 102
Lena scores: Dalton Anderson 108, Hunter Borchert 109, Jacob Staidl 102, Jacob Anderley 114, Colby Borchert 118
St. Thomas Aquinas Academy scores: Christian Hornick 111, Eric Powers 115, Joe Faucett 112, Tyler Stuart 105, Lauryn Albaugh 127
Wausaukee: Tony Rollo 90, Sawyer Dunlap 117, Jason Jaworski 96, Cooper Rollo 140, Gerard Elfering 147
Crivitz scores: Shane Bauer 87, Sam Spink 120, Travis Giese 124, Mason Marvin 124, Abby Barley 122
Niagara scores: Josh Goudreau 90, Tristan Colenso 111, Cole Brown 103, Brooke Schwedersky 155