Berlin golf coach Conrad Falk knew his team faced a tall order heading to the WIAA State Golf Tournament.
With the Division 2 field loaded, even the Indians’ best two rounds of the season wouldn’t likely land them anywhere near the title.
So, when Berlin wrapped up its seventh-place finish on Tuesday, after shooting rounds off 333 and 329 at University Ridge, there was no disappointment in his voice.
“I thought our team played really good. We basically played better than our average for both days,” Falk said. “I think the field is ridiculous this year. Those teams are just crazy.”
The Indians finished with a team score of 662, nine shots behind Osceola in the team standings. Catholic Memorial shot a 616 to win the Division 2 title, after firing a 297 on Tuesday.
In the two rounds, the highest score Berlin used was an 87. And by comparison, the Indians carded a 342 in placing second at the sectional meet.
“On an unfamiliar course, with all of the people around and in the situation, that’s some of the best golf I’ve seen (from Berlin),” Falk said. “I’m just real happy with the way we played.”
Drew Dretske fired his second straight round in the 70s, finishing with a 75 to back up his first-round total of 79.
Dretske birdied his first two holes of the day and picked up another birdie at the 10th hole after making the turn at 3-over par.
Only a bogey on his final hole of the day kept him from finishing in the top 10 — something that his total of 154 would have done each of the last four years.
“That’s unusual to not get to a top-10 with that score,” Falk said. “He was steady once again. He putted better today and made some birdies.”
Michael Falk added an 82, which included two birdies on par 5s, while Alec Huggins shot his second straight 85.
Freshman Sam Marks provided the fourth score with an 87, after Dylan Calabresa had been the fourth golfer on Monday.
“All of the kids shot in the 80s and you really like to see all of the kids do well,” Falk said. “I was really happy to see Dylan shoot his best round of the year (on Monday).”
Also in Division 2, Ripon’s Michael Lueptow had another up-and-down day as he registered three more birdies but took a 10 on one hole and finished with an 86 for his round.
Over the two days though, Lueptow carded six birdies — one more than individual winner Andrew Morrison of Edgerton — but finished with a total of 167 in 36th place.
In Division 1, it was a rough day for both Oshkosh West qualifiers Wyatt Stickney and Logan Handy.
Stickney shot an 84 in his second round and finished 15-over par and in a tie for 38th place.
Handy carded a round of 83 and was tied for 51st with his two-day total of 17-over par.
Both players carded two birdies on the day with Stickney getting the mark on the first and 18th holes, while Handy had birdies on the fourth and 14th holes.
Cedarburg won the Division 1 team title, while Appleton East finished third. Sauk Prairie’s R.J. Budd shot 1-under for the tournament to win the Division 1 individual title.