The Milton High School boys golf team has a lot of unknowns in the 2019 season.
The Red Hawks return senior A.J. Gray, who was an all-conference golfer two years ago. But other than Gray, head coach Kirk Wieland is in the dark when it comes to who he expects to fill the starting lineup.
“After A.J., it’s really just the unknown,” Wieland said.
Sophomore Brayden Kline returns from last year’s team with minimal varsity experience.
“Hopefully I can count on him on being a contributor, but I just don’t know,” Wieland said.
One thing Wieland does know however, that no matter what his starting five are, they will be young.
“We’re really going to be young, we’re really going to be inexperienced,” he said.
As a four-year varsity golfer, Gray will be the only Red Hawk with experience. A trip to state could be in the sights for Gray.
“That’s [state meet] got to be his goal. He should have been there before, he knows that, I know that,” Wieland said. “This is going to be his year.”
The Red Hawks missed out on the state meet as a team last year by just three strokes.Wieland said he never sets out goals such as to get to state or to win conference. His goal is always to improve throughout the season and this year is no different.
“My goal is to just be playing the best golf by the time we get to conference and then regionals and then just take our chance from there,” Wieland said.
With lots of inexperience on the course this season, Wieland is going to need his lone Veteran for leadership.
“A.J. is so quiet. His words are usually selective and far and few between,” Wieland said. “This year he is going to have to take that role [a leader]. He’s going to have to be out there and communicate and talk and help the other kids out. He’s going to be put in a little bit different spot, that maybe he isn’t the most comfortable with, but he’s going to have to understand that’s what leaders do.”
As far as the Badger South goes, Wieland said he expects Madison Edgewood to once again be the cream of the crop.
The Crusaders won the WIAA Division 2 state tournament last season.
“I don’t want to give a prediction where we’ll be, but if we could be somewhere in the middle of the conference, that would be an unbelievable season for our kids,” Wieland said. “We’re real young and have a lot of work to do.”
Milton will get to work on April 8 when the team heads to the Stoughton Country Club for the first action of the season.