SCHS golfers finish fifth in Bay

With a sixth-place finish Tuesday in the Bay Conference tournament at Wander Spring Golf Course in Greenleaf, the Shawano Community High School girls golf team finished fifth in the conference standings.

Denmark, which battled Marinette for the top spot all season, edged the Marines by seven points to win the Bay crown.

Shawano shot a 449 on Tuesday. Denmark (378) took first and Marinette (379) took second.

“The girls did the best they could,” Shawano coach Dean Kugler said. “Fifth place, yes, it’s not exactly first place, but we weren’t necessarily battling for that. … The second-tier players, we held our own in that neck of the woods.”

Shawano was led by Courtney Baumann, who shot a 107 and received an all-conference honorable mention for finishing 12th on the season.

Julia Beck carded a 108, Megan Beck 112, Emily Smith 122 and Cheyenne Knueppel 143.

The coach said the team was limited by inexperience this season, but made the best of the situation.

“If you look at our 3, 4 and 5s, they’re sophomores and freshmen. Technically, they should be JV players, but they were pushed into a varsity role,” Kugler said. “We basically played as well as we could play throughout the season. I’m really not disappointed whatsoever. They had fun. That’s pretty much the biggest goal for me.”

Luxemburg-Casco’s Catarina Wurflova shot a 77 Tuesday to medal, nine strokes ahead of Hortonville’s Ashton Nelson.

Shawano will head to the WIAA Division 1 regional Wednesday at Crystal Springs Golf Course in Seymour, a course the team has played twice this season.

Kugler said the Hawks have a chance to get one or two players through to sectionals, which will be held Oct. 8 at Thornberry Creek at Oneida.