STEVENS POINT — In Kurt Andreasen’s near-decade at the helm of the Mauston boys golf program, the Golden Eagles had never finished better than third in the South Central Conference standings. Now, that has finally changed.
Mauston shot a 366 to finished second at the 2019 South Central Conference meet held Tuesday, May 14 at SentryWorld Golf Course in Stevens Point. The Golden Eagles needed just a top-three finish to lock up second-place in the conference standings.
Vince Seeley led the way for Mauston by shooting an 81, good enough for fourth overall among all golfers. Lucas Eilers followed in fifth overall with an 87. Dustin Ryberg carded a 98, Aiden Zufall finished with a 100 and Austen Brescia shot a 105 as well for the Golden Eagles.
“We were hoping for first or second (in the conference standings) because we won week one. Then we were second three straight weeks and then got a third and a fourth,” Andreasen said. “Lucas came through great. He shot an 87. Vinny had his best round of the year — shot an 81. Our two sophomore boys shot 98 and 100, which was their best rounds of their lives. So I’m very pleased.”
Though it was a good day for Mauston, the story of the meet was the same as it has been for almost the entire conference season: a dominating win for Wisconsin Dells.
The Chiefs shot a combined score of 346 to finish 20 shots clear of Mauston and clinch the SCC title. After finishing second to Mauston in the opening SCC mini meet of the season, Wisconsin Dells had won each of the remaining five mini meets and thus would’ve needed a catastrophic performance Tuesday to not win the conference championship.
“(Wisconsin Dells) just really has improved. Our guys have improved, but not to the level of the Dells,” Andreasen said. “Next year is going to be tough because I graduate by number one, number two and number three. The Dells graduates no one.”
After Wisconsin Dells and Mauston, Wautoma/Wild Rose shot a 371 to place third, Westfield took fourth with a 406, Adams-Friendship finished with a 449 to come in fifth and Nekoosa followed in sixth with a 456.
Individually, Wautoma/Wild Rose’s Dylan Hughes finished in first overall after shooting 78. Caden Jacobson of Wisconsin Dells was one shot back in second with a 79. His teammate, Grant Marsich, followed in third with an 80. After Seeley and Eilers in fourth and fifth, respectively, Riley Eck of Wisconsin Dells came in sixth with an 88.
Nekoosa’s Brett Anderson shot a 91 to secure seventh place. Wautoma/Wild Rose’s Alex Hendrickson and Austin Konrath shot 93 and 94, respectively, to come in eighth and ninth. Westfield’s Lucas Thompson rounded out the top 10 by shooting 96.
All-conference honors are determined via aggregate by taking an individual’s five best scores from the six conference mini meets and then adding their score from the conference meet. The top five aggregate scores make up the first team while the second team consists of the next five aggregate scores.
Making this year’s all-conference first team were Hughes (290), Marsich (300), Jacobson (301), Eck (302) and Seeley (325). The second team was comprised of Eilers (329), Anderson (335), Hendrickson (336), Keaton Wasson (353) and Zufall (356).
Next up for Mauston is a WIAA Division 2 regional meet to be held Tuesday, May 21 at 9 a.m. at House on the Rock Golf Course in Spring Green.