MADISON — For a high school athlete, there may be no better way to cap a career than in a state tournament.
That’s just what Glenwood City Jake Hierlmeier was able to do.
Playing in his third straight WIAA State Boys’ Golf Championship, Hierlmeier finished in a two-way tie for 23rd place in the Division 3 field after two-days of competition at the University Ridge Golf Course in Madison on June 8 and 9.
Hierlmeier, who shot an 86 after the first day of play and sat in 19th place, carded an 87 on the second and final day of play to finish with a 173. Hierlmeier scored a 175 in last year’s state meet to take 31st and shot a 179 (36th place) in 2013 when the Hilltoppers qualified and finished sixth as a team.
“Even though Jake hit the ball as well as he did all year, his score didn’t show it,” said Glenwood City head coach Ron Johnson.
“From a number of putts that just missed falling into the hole and then hole number six by itself,” stated Johnson.
Hierlmeier took a ten on the par-five hole on Monday (June 8) and then shot a nine on the same hole the following day (June 9).
“Take away the extra shots on hole six, and Jake would have been in the top ten,” noted Johnson.
After shooting a plus 11 47 to start the tournament which included the 5-over-par sixth hole, Hierlmeier recovered and finished strong with five pars and a birdie on the final nine holes to register a 38 and first-day tally of 86.
But the following day, Hierlmeier once again struggled on the front nine and got off to a slow start. After bogeying the first three holes, Hierlmeier had multiple bogeys on his next four. He double bogeyed holes four and five, triple-bogeyed number seven and was four over on the infamous sixth hole. Although he parred number and sunk a birdie on nine, Hierlmeier finished the front nine with a score of 49.
Jake saved his best round of golf for the final nine holes at University Ridge. After a bogey on ten, Hierlmeier scored four straight pars on holes 11 through 14. He also parred number 17 and had a birdie on the par-five 16 to finish with a 38 for second-day total of 87.
“Still looking back, Jake had a great four years in golf,” said Johnson adding, “With his work ethic and great attitude, I will personally miss having him around on next year’s team.”
St. Mary’s Springs Academy won the Division 3 team title with a score of 667. Martin Luther was the runner-up with a 683. Lancaster took third at 699 and Spring Valley was fourth with a 714.
Tyler Ryman of Mineral Point was the individual state champion (medalist) with a 152 followed by Lancaster’s Nathan Farrey with a 154 and Spring Valley freshman Tyler Leach, who shot a 159, to place third.