Marshfield’s Derek Michalski wins playoff at WIAA Division 1 boys golf sectional to earn spot at state
WIAA State Boys Golf Tournament is June 6-7 at University Ridge in Verona
By Paul Lecker
EAU CLAIRE — Marshfield’s Derek Michalski had a birdie on the first playoff hole to earn a spot in next week’s state tournament after tying for fifth at the WIAA Division 1 boys golf sectional Tuesday at Wild Ridge Golf Club.
Michalski, a junior, shot a 3-over-par 75 to finish tied for fifth with Michaelem Selissen of Hudson for the third and final individual qualifying spot for the state tournament. In the playoff, Michalski needed just one hole to win the playoff and move on.
Michalski advances to his first WIAA State Boys Golf Tournament, which will be played June 6-7 at University Ridge Golf Club in Verona.
River Falls’ Blake Skogen shot an even-par 72 to defeat Eau Claire North’s Matt Tolan and Wausau East’s Matt Tuman by one shot. Tuman won a playoff for second place and also earned an individual slot at state.
Michalski shot a 36 on the front nine and a 39 on the back for his total of 75.
Eau Claire North won the team title with a 302, and Stevens Point was second with a 309 to earn the two team spots at the state tournament.
The top two teams and top three individuals not on those teams qualified for state.
(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)
WIAA Division 1 Boys Golf Sectional
May 31, at Wild Ridge Golf Club, Eau Claire (par 72)
Team scores: *1. Eau Claire North 302; *2. Stevens Point 309; 3. Hudson 322; 4. Wausau East 328; 5. River Falls 329; 6. Eau Claire Memorial 337; 7. Wausau West 344; 8. Rhinelander 359.
Top 10 individuals: *1. Blake Skogen (RF) 72; *2. Matt Tuman (Wausau East) and Matt Tolan (ECN) 73; 4. John Haselwander (ECN) 74; *5. Derek Michalski (Marshfield) and Michaelem Selissen (HUD) 75; 7. Evan Thomas (SP), Taylor Thomas (SP) and Logan Comte (ECN) 76; 10. Josh Yang (WW) 77.
Note: Michalski def. Selissen on first playoff hole for fifth place and final state qualifying spot; Tuman def. Tolan on first playoff hole to earn runner-up medalist honors.
*State meet qualifier