State golf notes: Middleton, Appleton Xavier and Arcadia lead state prep golf tourneyWisconsin News
- Middleton has a one-stroke lead in Division 1 going into today’s second-and-final round of the state boys’ high school golf tournament in Verona.
MADISON - Middleton has a one-stroke lead in Division-One going into today’s second-and-final round of the state boys’ high school golf tournament at University Ridge Golf Course.
Middleton shot a combined 304 after the first 18 holes. Milwaukee Marquette is second. Three-time defending champion Hartland Arrowhead is in third place, two strokes off the pace. John Gullberg of Racine J.I. Case has the individual lead in Division-One at 72, one stroke up on Mitch Johnson and Mike Schilling of Middleton.
In Division 2, Appleton Xavier has a four-stroke lead over defending champion Madison Edgewood, 313-to-317. Charlie Danielson of Osceola and Josh Udelhofen of Platteville are tied for the individual lead at 69. They’re both up by five strokes over Tyler Prickette and John Weyenberg of Xavier. Somerset is in eighth place with a score of 346.
Arcadia has the Division 3 lead with 318 strokes – 21 up on Cuba City and Fond du Lac Springs. Nate Strigenz of Springs has the individual lead at 74 – two strokes ahead of Chris Allen Cambridge and Eric Wolfe of Cuba City.
Nine Wisconsin golfers failed to qualify yesterday for the upcoming U.S. Open. Seven fell short at the 36-hole qualifier in Woodstock, Illinois. Ryan Helminen of Appleton had the best score among that group with 147. David Merkow of Hartland had 148, followed by Patrick Duffy of Appleton, Mark Voeller of Whitewater, Andrew Stein of Wauwatosa, amateur Tom Wroblewski of Neenah, and Hudson club pro Matt Vandelac. Jerry Smith of Iowa and amateur Bennett Blakeman of Burr Ridge, Illinois earned the two U.S. Open spots at Woodstock. Pewaukee native and PGA Tour pro Mark Wilson failed to make the 15 qualifying spots in Columbus Ohio. And Dallas Cowboys’ quarterback Tony Romo, a Burlington native, had to return to practice with the football team after his qualifier in The Woodlands, Texas was delayed by rain until today. Romo shot a 71 in his opening round, but he opened his second round with a quadruple-bogey. Steve Stricker and Jerry Kelly, both of Madison, are exempt from qualifying for the U.S. Open, to be played later this month at Pebble Beach.
Last year’s winner of the PGA Championship failed to make five long-distance shots yesterday at a charity event in Milwaukee. Y.E. Yang tried the five shots from 200 yards out. Had he made one, an insurance company would have given a million dollars to the Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer. About 400 people attended the event, held on the 18th hole at Milwaukee’s Tuckaway Country Club at the end of a charity tournament for the MACC Fund. Earlier in the day, Yang played a round at Whistling Straits near Sheboygan – where this year’s PGA Championship will be played in mid-August. He also took part in a news conference for the tournament.