CECIL – Wausau Newman Catholic junior Conner Krach placed third at the WIAA Division 3 boys golf sectional on Tuesday at Golden Sands Golf Course, securing a spot in next week’s state tournament.
St. Thomas Aquinas sophomore Kaiden Bailey shot a 78 to secure the individual sectional title, with Ryan Simonis of Wabeno/Laona second, one shot back. Krach fired an 81 to finish third and earn a spot at state, along with Bailey and Peyton Krause of Crandon, who finished sixth with an 83.
Marathon won the team title with a score of 350, four shots ahead of Wabeno/Laona, as both will be heading to state as automatic qualifiers. The top two teams and top three individuals not on those teams earn spots at the 2022 WIAA State Boys Golf Tournament at Blackwolf Run in Kohler on June 6-7.
Noah Gage and Ben Robbins led Marathon as they tied for fourth with 82s.
Newman Catholic finished fourth as a team with a 359, five shots out of the automatic state berth. Wisconsin Rapids Assumption was fifth, one shot behind the Cardinals.
Stevens Point Pacelli senior Keller Anderson finished 10th with an 85 and Iola-Scandinavia junior Brandon Phillips finished in a tie for 19th with a 91, ending their seasons.
Jack Wiedmeyer led Assumption with an 88 as he tied for 14th. Adam Haasl had a 90, Mason Kubis and Bryson Galbreath both had 91s, and Reed Duellman had a 100 to round out the Royals’ scoring.
Isaac Seidel had a 90, Nevaeh Nelson shot a 93, Jack Hoelter fired a 95 and Sam Nelson had a 105 as well for Newman Catholic.