FOND DU LAC
Logan Handy has been wielding a hot set of golf clubs lately.
It continued on Saturday.
The Oshkosh West golfer tied for the low score of the day with a 1-under par 71 before losing in a playoff for medalist honors at the Fox Valley Association golf meet at Whispering Springs Golf Course.
“Pretty much hitting fairways and greens all day,” Handy said. “The one’s you didn’t hit then you just had to grind out your par.
“You just feel like you can hit every green. It helps build your confidence.”
Handy finished tied with Neenah’s Sam Galloway but then lost on the first playoff hole, when Galloway scored a birdie to Handy’s par. The duo finished one shot ahead of Appleton East’s Erik Thulien on the par 72 course.
“It was impressive round,” West coach Michael Johnson said. “He strikes the ball really well. He didn’t really make any mistakes in his round. If a couple more putts had fallen it could have been even lower.”
In addition to his finish at the tournament, Handy wrapped up Player of the Year honors in the FVA based on a scoring system that rewards points for dual meet finishes and opponents beaten in dual meets and at the tournament.
Handy was one of two Oshkosh golfers in the top 10 as Oshkosh North’s Paul Christman finished in a three-way tie for seventh with around of 75. Kimberly’s Garrett Hoffman and Appleton East’s Turner Schmidt also finished at 75.
Despite the strong individual finishes, both Oshkosh teams struggled a bit.
The Wildcats, who posted a perfect dual meet season, finished fifth with a 321 and dropped into a three-way tie for second place with Kimberly and Neenah in the final overall conference standings.
Appleton East claimed the overall conference title, winning the conference tournament with a score of 298 — seven shots ahead of Neenah.
Oshkosh North finished with a score of 364 to place ninth in the tournament and the Spartans were ninth in the final standings as well.
Wyatt Stickney, who also earned first-team all-FVA honors, was the only other Oshkosh golfer to break 80 on the day, posting a 78.
Nick Bauer had the second-best round for the Spartans with an 82.
FVA Golf Meet
At Whispering Springs GC, par 72
Team scores: Appleton East 298, Neenah 305, Kimberly 313, Fond du Lac 316, Oshkosh West 321, Kaukauna 324, Appleton North 345, Appleton West 355, Oshkosh North 364
Final FVA standings: 1. Appleton East; t-2. Oshkosh West, Kimberly, Neenah; 5. Fond du Lac; 6. Kaukauna; 7. Appleton North; 8. Appleton West; 9. Oshkosh North; 10. Menasha.
Top 10 individuals: 1. Sam Galloway (NEE), 71 (won medalist honors on first playoff hole); 2. Logan Handy (OW), 71; 3. Erik Thulien (AE), 72; t-4. Mitchell Wittman (KAU) and Mitch Cardinal (FDL), 73; 6. Alan Lemons (AE), 74; t-7. Paul Christman (ON), Harrett Hoffman (KIM) and Turner Schmidt (AE), 75; t-10. Isaiah Harminson (AW) and Nate Pronschinski (NEE), 76.
OW: Logan Handy 71, Wyatt Stickney 78, Jacob Christopherson 86, Alex White 86.
ON: Paul Christman 78, Nick Bauer 82, Brandon Nimke 99, Brett Spangler 108.