Coming into conference with confindence, the Red Hawks came away with a third place finish, shooting 332. Edgewood took first with 310 and Oregon came in second with 318.
Tucker Dunk and Ryan Nelson both shot 81’s for the Red Hawks, each with 42 on the front nine and 39 on the back.
AJ Gray wasn’t far behind with a round of 82, 41 on the front and 41 on the back.
Elliot Christinanson finished with an 88, with Michael Koppa rounding out the Red Hawks shooting a 90.
Preceding conference play, the Red Hawks traveled to the Watertown Country Club for a scene that more closely resembled Louisiana than Wisconsin, large pools of water covering the course. But Milton wasn’t discouraged.
“Thursday was a lot of fun,” head coach Kirk Wieland said. “We played Watertown country club and it was unbelievably wet, there was standing water everywhere. But at least we got a chance to play. We had out lowest 18-hole round tournament of the year in terms of we shot a 320.”
Leading the way for Milton was Tucker Dunk, shooting a career low 74.
“Round of the day,” Wieland said. “Even par on his second nine holes, which was the front nine. He ended up finishing tied for third. That was just an awesome round. That was his low high school round and he had a smile for all 18 holes.”
AJ Gray finished with a 76,” Wieland said. “He shot a really good round. Didn’t have his best finish, but he played really really well. Kind of a tough stretch at the end.”
Ryan Nelson and Michael Koppa scored in the 80’s for the Red Hawks.
“Ryan shot 83. It was a pretty steady 83,” Wieland said. “Just a couple wayward shots here and there, otherwise he would’ve shot in the 70s. Michael had 87. He played really well. Had one hole where he had a couple shots in the water, but other than that one hole, he played very well.”
Rounding out the Red Hawks was Elliot Christiansen, who finished with a 94.
“Elliot got a little frustrated. He’s just got to realize that you’ve got to fight hard, play hard and his score is what it is and just need him to stay positive and focus at all times and go from there,” Wieland said.
With the regular season concluded, Wieland said that the real work begins now for the Red Hawks.
“If we’re not where we need to be now, we’re not going to have it. That’s what I’ve preached to them all year long,” he said. “The regular season is just preparation for conference and regionals because you get a reset in golf in terms of you go to regionals, there’s no seedings, no placement based on how you did in the regular season. You know your assignment and you just go play. It’s kind of like it’s a second season. But now’s the time when that reset button is pushed. We’ve got to play at our highest. We want to start playing well right now.”
Milton competed at the Badger Challenge at The House on the Rock Golf Course in Spring Green.