By Brian Kalish
The SPASH Panthers boys’ golf team hoisted the Wisconsin Valley Conference championship trophy– its fifth consecutive Valley title– on Friday at the Wausau Country Club as they shot 317 as a team to close out the final leg of the conference meet with a first place finish.
SPASH’s Cristian McDonald shot a team-best 77, while Taylor Thomas and Max Bancker carded a 78.
Wausau East’s Matt Tuman led all golfers with a 76 and the Lumberjacks finished second in the team standings with a 329. Tuman was the individual conference champion, edging out Derek Tomczik of D.C. Everest.
“We had a good team win today having the golfers in the 70s,” said SPASH coach Mark Vrieze. “That is the type of golf we want to be playing heading into the post season with regionals and sectionals coming up quickly. I really think this team hasn’t hit its peak yet and I sure hope it will on the next two Tuesdays coming up.”
Vrieze also noted the accomplishment of winning five consecutive Valley titles.
“As for the five-peat as WVC Champs, we are truly soaking it in and realize how special that is,” Vrieze said. “One thing we are not doing is taking it for granted. Having consistency like that over the five years is something awesome. The golfers have earned it all five years and the best part is — they are looking for the sixth next year.”
Leg 7 Team Results
1) SPASH (317)
2) East (329)
3) West (347)
4) Everest (350)
5) Marshfield (355)
6) Merrill (362)
7) Rapids (363)
Leg 7 Individual Results
1) Matt Tuman, East (76)
2) Cristian McDonald, SPASH (77)
3) Max Bancker, Taylor Thomas, SPASH (78)
5) Derek Michalski, Marshfield (80)