CLASSIC 8 CONFERENCE BOYS GOLF CHAMPIONSHIP
Memorial puts final touch on title
Allen’s 72 helps Crusaders erase last year’s heartache
DELAFIELD – It lacked drama, but it didn’t lack clarity.
The WIAA Division 2 defending state champion Catholic Memorial High School boys golf team finished what was virtually a foregone conclusion by winning the Classic 8 Conference championship with a 306 total at Naga-Waukee Golf Course on Wednesday.
Entering the meet, the Crusaders could have finished sixth out of the eight teams and still claimed the championship – ending Arrowhead’s seven-year reign as league champion.
But counting four scores in the 70s – including senior Dylan Allen’s medalist round of 72, the Crusaders piled on to their already huge lead and finished with a 13-point margin, 61-48, over the runner-up Warhawks, who placed third in the tournament with 315 behind a 311 from Mukwonago.
“They were the class of the Classic 8 Conference,” Arrowhead coach Greg Budzein said. “They’re a great team. It’s a great conference and we had a great run, but we were unseated by a superior team – and that’s OK. Congratulations to (Memorial coach Steve Plechaty). It couldn’t have happened to a nicer group.”
Senior Joel Stanislawski (77), junior Tyler King (78) and senior Conor Farrell (79) backed up Allen with counting scores while sophomore Mike Immekus, a first-team all-conference selection, posted an 82 as Memorial claimed the fourth conference championship in school history (1998, 2005 and 2006).
Memorial players finished with five of the top eight overall averages in the league and made sure of the league title after a narrow miss last season.
“We fell one point short last year – and we led going into the tournament,” Plechaty recalled. “It was very disappointing, but things worked out nice at state so that was a nice consolation prize.
“We had this pretty well clinched this year, so the kids were able to play free and easy.”
Allen did not have a free and easy start but admitted, “I got it going.”
Allen, who will attend Division 2 Palm Beach Atlantic University this fall, had a triple bogey on the third hole and a three-putt bogey on the fourth hole. But he rebounded with four birdies on holes 11 through 18.
“This year’s been a struggle – either real low or in the low 80s,” he said. “Last year I was consistently around 38 and in the 76 or 77 range. This year, when I’m in the 70s I’m not above 75 so I’m either way on or way off. My goal was to win conference, but more important was our team winning it.”
Senior Dylan Patscot of Kettle Moraine also had a comfortable lead in the season medalist standings, and he finished his league career with a 78 to claim Player of the Year honors for a second straight season – an accomplishment claimed by few players. His season average of 37.5 edged Waukesha North junior Gavin Stutz (37.63), who finished with a 76 Wednesday.
“It was definitely a goal of mine to come in here and win it,” Patscot said. “It was a priority and a big milestone, but I have some bigger goals.”
Heading that list is the state tournament, which would be a first for the Charleston Southern University recruit. “My 78 was not near the expectations I have, but it was satisfying,” he said. “Everyone has improved. I got a little longer and put myself in a position for more scoring opportunities, and I was able to show a little less emotion.”
The 78 was still tied for the seventh-best round of the day.
“Two in a row is a great accomplishment,” Kettle Moraine coach Rob Elliott said. “He’s fun to coach and easy to coach because he’s such a great young man.”
Stutz was “super consistent all season” according to North coach Dan Knuth. “A 40 was his highest round in conference. Everything else was under,” he said. “His strengths are he understands the game and he doesn’t take crazy risks, but when he’s on he’ll go after pins so he has the capacity to get birdies.”
The runner-up to Allen on Wednesday was Arrowhead junior Alec Winston with a 74.
“That’s promising for the future,” Budzein said. “We had three guys new to the varsity this season and there’s a learning curve there, but next year we’ll only have to replace two players.”
One of the big surprises was Mukwonago’s secondplace 311 Wednesday.
Senior Nick Pickering (75) and junior Ben Nichols (76) had Mukwonago’s top scores.
“It was a great performance by our guys,” Mukwonago coach Lee Purdy said. “Our first three players have been consistent all year, and we’ve been waiting for our fourth and fifth players to materialize. Having freshman Zach Dybul shoot a 78 was a pleasant surprise, and having four scores in the 70s is what we need.”
Photo credit: Catholic Memorial senior Dylan Allen tees off on the 10th tee during the Classic 8 Conference Championship at Naga-Waukee Park Golf Course on Wednesday. Robert F. Borkowski/Special to The Freeman