AJ Gray

AJ Gray watches his putt on the third green of The Oaks Golf Course in Cottage Grove on Monday, April 30.

Playing at The Oaks for the second time this season, the Milton boys golf team earned a second-place finish, shooting 332. Edgewood topped the mini-meet with a strong 308. Monona Grove finished third with 336.

Michael Koppa led the Red Hawks on the day, shooting a round of 77 to be one of five golfers to shoot under 80. Drew Arndt of Edgewood finished the day with a 72. Shooting a 39 on the front nine, Koppa shot a 38 on the back.

“Michael’s in his first year of varsity, so that was not only his varsity best, but a career best round,” head coach Kirk Wieland said. “He played well off the tee, chipped and putted well. He’s improving and showing us that he’ll be important for us at the end of the season.”

Three Red Hawks finished five shots apart from each other. AJ Gray finished with a round of 83, while Tucker Dunk shot 84 and Ryan Nelson finished with 88.

Gray went 41 on the front and 42 on the back while Dunk went 40 on the front and 44 on the back. Nelson shot 45 on the front and 43 on the back.

Elliot Christianson rounded out the Red Hawks with a round of 99, shooting 50 on the front nine and 49 on the back.

Wieland said that, even though they played the course before, it was slightly different this time around.

“It was a little longer this time around and extremely windy. We were very happy with our score of 332 as a team.”

Bristlecone

At Bristlecone Pines Golf Course in Hartland, the Red Hawks saw their toughest competition of the season.

“It’s like the best of the best of Wisconsin. It’s the ‘who’s who’ there,” Wieland said. “It was fun for the boys to just play and see some of the best teams in the state. We’re not quite there yet.”

Milton scored 337 as a team to take 11th of the 20-team field. Arrowhead topped the leadedboard with 302.

Gray led the Red Hawks with a 77, with Nelson (83) and Dunk (84) not far behind. Koppa and Brayden Kline rounded out Milton with 93 and 96.

“This was Brayden’s first 18-hole varsity meet and so he was kind of like a deer-in-headlights, but he was extremely pleased with his round. Extremely please,” Wieland said.

The Red Hawks also played Wednesday after deadline at the Monroe Country Club. Milton next plays Friday at the Krueger-Haskell Golf Course in Beloit.

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