The Antigo Red Robins golf team’s season has come to an end, after WIAA sectional competition held on a scorching Tuesday at the Greenwood Hills Country Club in Wausau.
Competing in a Division One Meet, the Robins battled the elements as well as a loaded field of golfers, vying for a trip to State.
With the top two teams and top three individuals not part of a qualifying team moving on, the Robins took eighth in the eight team field, with its leading golfer throughout the season, Joe Volpentesta, just missing out on a State berth.
“The extremely hot day took a toll on us,” head coach Steve Fermanich said. “The only bright spot was Joe Volpentesta who shot a 77 and missed his chance to go to State by one stroke.”
Volpentesta shot a 37 on Greenwood Hills’ front nine and followed it up by a 40 on the backside.
Carter Cygan of Wausau East was the sectional champion and took the first individual qualifier spot with a 72 on the par 72 course. Will Schlitz of Eau Claire Memorial was a stroke back, ending with a round of 73.
Andy Ziemer of D.C. Everest and Stevens Point’s Logan Pechinski both shot a 76, tying for fifth overall and grabbing the final two individual State spots. Volpentesta’s 77 was next in the standings.
“I felt really bad for him as he really worked to get his game as good as it is,” Fermanich said. “On this tough course, a 77 is really a great score. The rest of us succumbed to the heat.”
Next up for the Robins was Alex Samolinski in 38th place overall with a 91. Jake Peterson took 41st with a 93, Joe Bartletti shot a 96 in 45th place and Cody Parsons was a spot behind in 46th with a 98.
As a team, the Robins finished with a round of 357. Eau Claire Memorial is sectional champions, totaling a 300, 18 strokes better than second place Hudson, who also advances to State.
River Falls was third, followed by New Richmond, Stevens Point, Wausau West and D.C. Everest.
“We did show a lot of improvement as a team throughout the season which I am really proud of,” Fermanich added. “We came on hard the last third of the season and that is important for building for next year as Joe Bartletti is our only senior and we will miss him dearly. The rest of us have to work hard this summer and show improvement for next season.”