Michalski shoots even par 72 for Tigers, wins title by five shots
By Paul Lecker
MARSHFIELD — Marshfield sophomore Derek Michalski shot an even-par 72 to win medalist honors and lift the Tigers to a second-place finish at the WIAA Division 1 boys golf regional on Wednesday at RiverEdge Golf Course.
Marshfield shot a team score of 339, trailing only first-place Stevens Point by 12 shots, to advance to next Tuesday’s sectional at Stevens Point Country Club.
Antigo took third with a 345, and Wausau East (348) defeated Wausau West in a playoff for the fourth and final team slot at the sectional.
Michalski, who won a Wisconsin Valley Conference meet at his home course at RiverEdge last week, was five shots better than Stevens Point’s Taylor Thomas, who was second with a 77.
To go along with 11 pars, Michalski had birdies on the par 5 second hole and both par 3s on the front nine, Nos. 5 and 7, to offset a double bogey on No. 3 and a bogey on No. 8. He had a birdie on the par 5 14th hole and bogeyed the 15th.
Brandon Nikolai tied for eighth with an 84, Zach Shortess had a 91, and Jordan Schlinsog shot a 92 to round out the scoring for Marshfield. Zach Hanson added a 95.
The top two teams and top three individuals not on those qualifying teams will advance to the 2015 WIAA State Boys Golf Championships at University Ridge Golf Club in Verona on June 8-9.
(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)
2015 WIAA Division 1 Boys Golf Regional
May 27, at RiverEdge Golf Course, Marshfield
(*sectional qualifiers – June 2 at Stevens Point Country Club)
(&) – won playoff for fourth place, 16-18 on first hole.
($) – won first playoff hole for final individual sectional spot.
Team scores: *1. Stevens Point 327; *2. Marshfield 339; *3. Antigo 345; *4. Wausau East(&) 348; 5. Wausau West 348; 6. D.C. Everest 350; 7. Merrill 381; 8. Rhinelander 392.
Top 10 individuals, other sectional qualifiers, and Marshfield finishers: 1. Derek Michalski (MAR) 72; 2. Taylor Thomas (SP) 77; 3. Jackson Charlesworth (ANT) and Max Bancker (SP) 80; 5. Jake Hofmeister (SP) 81; *6. Josh Yang (WW) 82; *7. Derek Tomczik (DC) 83; 8. Brandon Nikolai (MAR) and Sam Brettingen (ANT) 84; 10. *Adam Parsells (WW) and Matt Tuman (WE) 85; *13. Isaac Flath (DC) ($) and Brad Goetsch (DC) 87; 21 (tie). Zach Shortess (MAR) 91; 25 (tie). Jordan Schlinsog (MAR) 92; 29 (tie). Zach Hanson (MAR) 95.