Grace Burdick chips the ball out of a sand bunker at Mascoutin Golf Club in Berlin.
Grace Burdick chips the ball out of a sand bunker at Mascoutin Golf Club in Berlin.

   Rick Kelm entered last week Wednesday’s Division 2 regional golf meet thinking his Ripon High School golf team had an outside chance at advancing to sectionals.

   But it wasn’t in the cards for the head coach as the Tigers finished eighth out of 10 teams in the Berlin Regional at Mascoutin Golf Club. Only the top-four teams advance.

   They shot a 399, which was 34 strokes behind Waupaca and Little Chute. The two teams finished tied for third with a 365, with Little Chute winning the tiebreaker.

   Xavier won the meet with a 337 and was followed by Winneconne (359), Waupaca (365), Little Chute (365), Fox Valley Lutheran (385), Berlin (392), Omro (395), Ripon (399), New London (403) and Wautoma/Wild Rose (427).

   Ripon also was skunked from advancing golfers to sectionals in the individual competition as it didn’t have one among the top four from non-qualifying teams.

   “I didn’t think that we finished with our strongest match of the year. I think we had two, if not three golfers that probably had a shot at moving on but didn’t have one of their better days,” Kelm said. “It was windy conditions, but that was the same for all golfers and I think we fell short.”

   Among the golfers who he thought had a chance at advancing to sectionals for the Tigers even if the team didn’t were Sam Yeomans and Jackson Morrin.

   Both finished three strokes back of the fourth and final qualifier with a 24-over-par 96. It tied them for 23rd overall out of 49 golfers.

Read the full story, which includes information on the future of the team, in the May 30, 2019 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press