For the 12th straight year, the Lodi boys golf team competed in a WIAA sectional last week. The Blue Devils took part in the Division 2 Prairie du Chien Sectional on May 28.
The Blue Devils came away with a 361 to finish in sixth place.
“The course was very challenging and our team did really well,” Lodi coach David Zilker said.
Madison Edgewood claimed the sectional title with a 312, while Edgerton earned the second team spot at state with a 325. Columbus (330), Wisconsin Dells (334) and Platteville (341) rounded out the top five.
Senior Jackson Furniss was Lodi’s top golfer with an 85, which put him in 19th place overall.
“Jackson Furniss shot a 37 on the front nine and had a bad hole on the back,” Zilker said. “It was a bad break, but Jackson carried on for the team and conducted himself with Lodi Pride. He made me so proud and showed the character that made him a great captain all year long.”
Freshman Haley Thoeny had a great round for the Blue Devils. She shot a 43 on the front nine holes on her way to a 90.
“My two freshmen, Haley Thoeny and Bailey Clark, played varsity all year and really held the three and four spots for the whole season,” Zilker said.
Lodi senior Collin West finished with a 92, which included a 45 on the front nine.
“Collin West, a co-captain, played the second spot all season was kind and helpful to all players on the team no matter what grade or spot they played,” Zilker said.
Senior Shane Ness closed out the team score for Lodi with a 94.
Clark finished the day with a 100, but it did not factor into the team score.
Lakeside Lutheran’s Lukas Heckmann led the sectional and earned one of the three individual state qualifying spots with his round of 74. Columbus’ Austin Lietha (77) and Platteville’s Cade Rohrbach (78) earned the final two qualifying spots.
Zilker was very pleased with the 2019 season went.
“Everyone on our team, from the varsity to the JV reserves, played and practiced to get better throughout the season,” Zilker said. “From a coach’s perspective, I couldn’t have been happier for how they conducted themselves all season.”