VERONA, Wis. — Mother Nature couldn’t stay away from Day 2 of the WIAA Boys State Golf Championships at University Ridge Golf Course on Tuesday, forcing the Division 2 and 3 teams to end their rounds after nine holes.

Marinette, whose tee times were between 7:27 a.m. and 8:03, had to fight bad weather to start its rounds and after struggling through just five holes, the horns blew and play was delayed due to the bad conditions. When play finally resumed, the golfers finished up whatever was left of their first nine holes but didn’t get to play all 18 holes.

As a team, the Marines finished in sixth place with a 27-hole total of 504. Edgewood Sacred Heart won with a score of 464, Lakeland Union was second (467) and Edgerton was third (476). Edgerton’s Joe Forsting won the individual medalist award by shooting even-par for the tournament. He carded a 5-under-par 67 the first day and shot 5-over 41 on the front nine on Tuesday.

“We started out poorly and it just wasn’t our day,” Marinette coach Pete Kretz said. “We couldn’t catch a break, the weather was terrible when we teed off and after the horn blew, the delay forced the shortening of the tournament to just nine holes the second day. That changed all of the kids’ attitudes because they knew the goal of finishing up near the top was now unreachable.”

Sophomore Ty Kretz, who entered the day 4-shots back of the leader, was able to shave a stroke off his deficit at the time of the delay. Unfortunately, with only four holes to play instead of the remaining 13 when play resumed, there just wasn’t enough holes to catch him as he was forced to settle for a tie for third place at 2-over-par with Edgewood Sacred Heart’s James Gilmore.

Kretz started his first two holes par-birdie to begin the round 1-under, but a double-bogey on the par-3 3rd put him at 1-over and he played the next six holes at 2-over-par to come in with a 39 for his two-day total of 110 (71-39).

Senior Matt Wagner placed 27th after shooting a 7-over 43 for a two-day total of 124 (81-43). Freshman Kelten Hermanson came in with a 46 on Tuesday after shooting 88 in Monday’s round to tie for 42nd with ESH’s Tbone Weis (134). Senior Chas Ferm tied for 45th with Shorewood’s Aaron Eimers after carding a 50 in the final round. His two-day total came to 138 (88-50) and senior Wes Knutson placed 50th. After having a good round on Monday, Knutson struggled just like so many others on Tuesday, and carded a 56 for a two-day total of 142 (86-56).

“It was hard to watch the seniors have to finish their golf careers on such a high note after Monday and then such a low note on Tuesday,” coach Kretz said. “Such is life, or golf.”

Coleman senior Kasey Casper also had his day cut short in Division 3, but not before he snuck his way into the top five by shooting an even-par 36 on the back nine for a two-day score of 115 (79-36).

“The first day on the front nine I struggled but bounced back on the back side and shot even,” Casper said. “Today I played pretty well on the back again, but it’s really disappointing that we couldn’t play 18 holes. We played well as a team the second day and I wish we could have gotten to see what we could’ve done with a full round, but I’m very proud to be finishing my high school career with a medal around my neck.”

Freshman Karson Casper got the Cougars a 19th-place finish, shooting 87 Day 1 and carding a 5-over-par 41 for a total of 128; sophomore Dylan Marquardt took 46th with a two-day total of 159 (111-48); junior Conner DeWitt took 47th with a 164 (107-57) and junior Peyton Deering came in 49th by totaling 168 (116-52).

As a team, the Cougars tied for sixth with Spring Valley with a 27-hole score of 561. Roncalli came in first (493); Abundant Life/Madison Country was second (504) and Sheboygan AL took third (515). Sheboygan AL’s Drake Wilcox won the individual title with a score of 109 (70-39).