Shawano golfers finish 2nd in conference

2 Hawks make all-conference first team
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Shawano wrapped up Bay Conference play this week with a second-place finish behind Appleton Xavier.

Xavier edged the Hawks (412) by five points in Tuesday’ conference tournament in West De Pere.

“We were able to close the gap on a very good (Xavier) team, where we almost beat them at the conference invite,” Shawano coach Dean Kuglar said. “These are all things that these girls can be very proud of. If you look at the first meet, where we scored a 472, and look at our last couple of meets — 395, 402, 412 — you’re talking about a 60- to 70-shot improvement.”

The Hawks’ top two finishers, seniors Brianna Zook (95) and Brinley Kowalkowski (98), also landed a spot on the all-conference first team. They were joined by Xavier’s Lauren Haen and Eliana Tetzlaff and Seymour’s Kennedy Peters.

“Brianna and Brinley have played all four years for the girls golf team, and they have represented Shawano and our school as well as we could ever ask,” Kuglar said. “I’m happy for them both, because they have been great leaders of our team, and deserve the accolades of being first-team all-conference players.”

Zook, a two-time sectional qualifier, finished the tournament one shot behind Haen (94).

Juniors Kennedy Klemens (106) and Kiley Rusch (113) rounded out the Hawks’ scoring. Macie Herm shot a 122.

West De Pere (425) finished third, followed by Seymour (451), Bonduel (473) and Oconto (540) on the 18-hole course.

Kuglar likes his team’s good position heading into regionals in Oneida on Wednesday but hopes they can achieve more.

“Second place is a good accomplishment,” Kuglar said, “and we’re proud of the improvement the girls have shown over the course of the season. Our goals are not done yet though. We would like to make it to sectionals as a team, and maybe more importantly play competitively there.”

He doesn’t want the girls to lose sight of enjoying the experience.

“We don’t need to put any pressure on ourselves to feel like we have to obtain these goals,” he said. “If we play as well as we can, they will be a success either way.”