FOX VALLEY ASSOCIATION: RECENT CONFERENCE CHAMPIONS
|Year||Overall Tag Team Champion||Champion||Score||Finalist||Score||Medal||Score||Finalist||Score|
|2021||North Appleton||North Appleton||327||Kaukauna||346||Aiden Cudney, Kimberly||74||Austin Georger, West Appleton||77|
|2019||Kaukauna||Kaukauna||296||Hortonville||332||Tyler Cleaves, Kaukauna||67||Brock Hlinak, Kaukauna||74|
|2018||Kaukauna||Kaukauna||313||Kimberly||320||Brock Hlinak, Kaukauna||72||Charlie Keider, Neenah||75|
|2017||Kaukauna||Kaukauna||312||Bottom of the lake||339||Brock Hlinak, Kaukauna||73||Mason Schmidt, Kaukauna||77|
|2016||Kaukauna||Kaukauna||302||Neenah||310||Sam Galloway, Neenah||68||Brock Hlinak, Kaukauna||71|
2021 WIAA Best Finishes
Team: Appleton North shot 344 and finished fifth at WIAA Division 1 Notre Dame (Green Bay), 33 shots behind champion De Pere and 23 shots short of earning a berth in the state tournament. Neenah shot 352 and finished fifth in the WIAA Division 1 Plymouth Section, 46 shots behind champion Arrowhead and 43 shots short of a state spot. Individual: Appleton North sophomore Rasmus Madsen shot rounds 82-82 at Wild Rock Golf Club in Wisconsin Dells to finish T-53 at the WIAA Division 1 State Tournament. His total of 163 from 19 over par was 23 shots behind champion Jacob Beckman of Middleton (68-72). Aiden Cudney (80-88) of Kimberly finished T-71 and John Callahan (85-86) of Neenah and Austin Georger (87-84) of Appleton West both finished T-79.
Top 3 of the pre-season
1 Appleton North; 2, Appleton West; 3, Nena.
All pre-season conferences
First team: John Callahan, Sr., Neenah; Aiden Cudney, So., Kimberly; Brendan Lemery, Sr., Appleton North; Rasmus Madsen, Jr., North Appleton; Wyatt Pfeiffer, Jr., Fond du Lac.
Second team: Lucas Burry, Sr., Appleton West; Ross Reinemann, Jr., Hortonville; Drew Rudolf, N/A, Appleton North; Connor Schaefer, Sr., Hortonville; Cole Thorin, so., Fond du Lac.
What to watch
Nine of the 15 golfers who received Fox Valley Association all-conference honors in 2021 are returning this season, which would generally speak to the promise of a balanced and spirited pursuit for the tag team championship.
However, four of those decorated golfers will sport Appleton North’s Vegas navy and gold colors this season. This explains why FVA coaches expect the Lightning to strike again as league champions after going 9-0 in double FVA and winning the FVA championship by 19 strokes a year ago. year.
All-FVA first-team selections Rasmus Madsen, one of four FVA golfers to reach the state tournament individually, and Brendan Lemery will provide the 1-2 punch at the top of the lineup for North, who brings back his six best golfers a year since. Sophomore Drew Rudolf, an all-FVA second-team winner, and honorable mention junior Kyle Schabo are also back for the Lightning as they appear to become the first FVA school not named Kaukauna to repeat as champions. in the league since Appleton East did that in 2014.
Appleton West graduated as an Austin Georger Conference runner-up (University of Wittenberg), but fires all four golfers behind him from a team that finished third to North and Kaukauna in the FVA Championship. “We have a balance (within) the squad with two seniors, two sophomores and one experienced tournament player (WPGA Junior) who is a freshman,” Terrors coach Shayne Porter wrote. in his pre-season survey, referencing newcomer Prestyn Evers.
Neenah also welcomes the five golfers from her team who finished seventh in the FVA, third in their own region and fifth in the Plymouth section. The Rockets will be led by senior John Callahan, a state qualifier (T-79) a year ago who won a section playoff for the last of three individual spots to get there.
Kaukauna lost three of the five golfers on the FVA runner-up team last year, but brings back senior Alex Buckoski, the team’s 2021 MVP, and junior Sam Knapp, a section qualifier last season. However, the Galloping Ghosts also have four other returning golfers with nine-hole averages between 45.8 and 46.7, exactly the kind of potential that co-trainers Pete and Andy Benson have seemingly turned into most often contenders during their tenure in Kaukauna.
And then there’s Kimberly, who has 2021 FVA Player of the Year Aiden Cudney. The second, who finished T-71 at the state tournament a year ago, is Wisconsin.Golf’s No. 1-ranked golfer in the boys’ class of 2024 and someone who’s on many NCAA Division I programs.
Cudney is one of four returning golfers from a stationer team that was one score less than 90 away from challenging for second place in the FVA Championship. Kimberly’s coach Greg Lueneburg wrote in his survey that it would be helpful to start the season with golfers who have college experience after the COVID-19 cancellation of the 2020 season left his program without any in 2021.
“We’re looking for a big jump in players now that they’ve gone through a season and know what to expect,” Lueneburg said.
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▶ Fox Valley Association Championship: May 20 at Chaska GC-Greenville.