Viroqua senior Collin Campbell capped off his first year playing boys golf this spring at the Division 2 sectional golf tournament at Evansville, Tuesday, May 28.
Campbell shot a 99 over 18 holes at the Evansville Country Club.
“The competition was much better than we expected, but he hung in there,” VHS boys golf coach Aaron Cade said.
Through the first six holes, Campbell shot no higher than a bogey, Cade said, but after couple bad holes, Campbell was all but out it.
“He could have shot par on the back nine and still not made it,” Cade said.
Cade said if Campbell had parred his last nine holes, he would have still missed making it to state by four strokes.
It was that tough.
Edgerton (310) and McFarland (319) were the top two teams advancing to state. The three individual state qualifier golfers are going on after shooting scores of 75 and 78 at Evansville.
Cade said the course was in a really good shape May 28, but a strong thunderstorm the night before delayed the sectional tournament by an hour.
“We also, instead of doing tee times, where Collin would have been the third group off, they decided to send out the entire field in a shot gun format,” Cade said.
So instead of teeing off on No. 1, Campbell started on the 18th hole and shooting his first nine holes on the back nine of the course.
Campbell bogeyed hole No. 18, but didn’t lose any strokes among the field of the other golfers, Cade said.
“It’s a dog-leg right with trees lining both sides and trees hanging over you, you really have to be precise to get on the green in two,” Cade said.
From 18, Campbell stayed on the back nine, playing No. 10, a short par 3 with a small green, for his second hole.
Campbell went into the bunker on hole 10, but made a bogey save .
“The first five holes, he was just grinding to get bogeys, but he wasn’t putting himself out of the tournament. He was doing what he had to do,” Cade said.
Campbell carded a 48 on the back nine — the first nine holes he played — and shot 51 on the front nine — the last nine holes he played.
Cade said he felt very lucky to have Campbell on the golf team this spring.
“I knew from talking with other coaches and other people at the school what a quality individual he was, a good student and a good kid, so I was very pleased to see him coming out for the golf team,” Cade said.
Unfortunately, Viroqua won’t just be missing Campbell. The Blackhawks also say goodbye to senior Cody Getter-Skrede, who played his best round of golf in the pouring rain at Arcadia; senior Jake Gardner, who was the only golfer to break 40, shooting a 39 on the back nine at Viroqua Hills and senior Cody Kruse-Hilt, who played his first varsity match at an 18-hole invite this spring.
Driving back from the Arcadia Invite, Cade causally mentioned to the golfers about Kruse-Hilt’s goal of playing in one varsity match.
Without hesitation — or any prompting by Cade — all six golfers in the van volunteered to sit out for the G-E-T Invite the following week, so Kruse-Hilt could play. In the end, Troy Sanwick gave up his spot for Kruse-Hilt.
On his very first hole, Kruse-Hilt carded a bogey and almost chipped it in 20 yards from the green, hitting the pin, Cade said.
Kruse-Hilt had a double bogey on his second hole, but the amazing thing there was that he almost sank a 40-foot putt, Cade said.
He was only an inch off.
Senior Talon Kangas also came out for his first year as part of the golf team and played on the JV team this spring.
DIVISION 2 SECTIONAL
Evansville CC, par 72
Team scores (top 2 qualify for state meet): Edgerton 310, McFarland 319, Madison Edgewood 322, Walworth Big Foot 328, Lodi 333, River Valley 335, Columbus 349, Dodgeville 363, Watertown Luther Prep 363, Westfield 383.
Medalist: Morrison (Edg) 70.
Individual state qualifiers (top 3 not on qualifying team): Miller (Lodi) 75, Westley (RV) 78; Bourneul (WBF) 78.
Prairie du Chien: 56, Adamany 96; Westby: 59, Allen 97; 62, Campbell 98; Viroqua: 63, Campbell 99.