For the past three seasons, Wyatt Stickney and Logan Handy have locked down spots near the top of the Oshkosh West varsity lineup.
It seemed fitting then that they both made their first trips to the WIAA State Golf Tournament together.
Stickney, a senior, and Handy, a junior, will be among the golfers teeing things up at University Ridge on Monday afternoon for the Division 1 portion of the state tournament. And both players are glad to be heading down there with one another.
“I’m pretty excited. It’s everyone’s goal to get to go there,” Stickney said. “(Going with Logan) I think it makes a lot more fun.”
It could also help them score better.
The duo is playing a practice round together today and will be able to learn from what the other did.
“Usually we always we do that in the car ride,” Stickney said. “This time we’ll do it at the hotel where we will compare what we hit on every hole and where it went.”
Having two sets of eyes focused on the same thing could be especially helpful on the greens.
“Sometimes if you’re both putting from different spots on the greens you can learn the greens a lot better,” Handy said. “It’s good that I’m going with the Wyatt and we’re going to have the practice round where we can just push each other and learn the course better.”
But both Wildcats are going as individuals and look to shine in their own rite as well.
“Usually I just set a score, but for this I’d like to get top 10 and get all state. That’s what I’m hoping for,” Stickney said. “Pretty much the short game, like putting and chipping. At this point everybody’s a good player it just comes down to who is making the putts.”
Handy is also looking to put together two good rounds on a course he feels sets up well for his game.
“Definitely I think the course will help out my game,” Handy said. ” One of my stronger suits I would I think is my putting.
“I don’t set a goal score wise, I just try to shoot the best round I can possibly shoot and take what the course gives me that day.”