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Cal-Wheat freshman Austin Rickertsen hits a tee shot during Monday’s Big East boys golf meet at Wapsi Oaks. Rickertsen blitzed the field at the meet with a 78 to take home medalist honors, and the Warriors made a huge jump from ninth to third in the team standings. Photos by Ross Eberhart
Rickertsen earns medalist honors at Big East meet

By Ross Eberhart
Sports editor

It might have been the conference's final hurrah, but it was a pair of newcomers who topped the field during Monday's last-ever Big East boys golf meet.

A team title was a long time coming for Marquette Catholic, which used three golfers in the top-10 to bring home its first team crown on its 20th try.

The wait was much shorter for Calamus-Wheatland freshman Austin Rickertsen, who added yet another honor to what has turned out to be a sensational first season with the Warriors.

Playing on his home course - Wapsi Oaks - Rickertsen earned medalist honors for the sixth time this season with a round of 78.

With Rickertsen leading the way, the Warriors made a huge jump in the standings, moving from ninth to third, while cutting off 44 strokes from last year.

Cal-Wheat finished with a 356 - just a stroke behind Lisbon and 11 strokes behind Marquette's winning score of 345. Preston was fourth with a 378, while Camanche rounded out the top five with a 381.

Two spots back of Camanche in seventh was Northeast with a 399.

"Austin earning medalist is an outstanding accomplishment," Cal-Wheat head coach Tim Wheeler said. "I know after not medaling in our last meet, it was something he was shooting for."

Rickertsen used a balanced approach to become the Warriors' second-ever Big East champion (Ryan Mason was medalist at the 2008 meet), as the freshman tied for the top score on both the front and back nines.

Rickertsen recorded both of his birdies during the front nine, carding threes on a pair of par-fours (holes five and nine). Rickertsen parred the first hole as well to shoot a 40 heading to the turn.

The freshman did not have any birdies over the final nine holes, but ended up posting a better score with a 38.

It helped that Rickertsen did not record anything worse than a bogey on the back nine (and he only bogeyed three holes), while notching six pars.

The result was a 78, which put him three strokes ahead of Marquette's Isaac Sturm and Prince of Peace's Connor Evers.

Adding his own top-10 finish for the Warriors was Brendan Williams, who finished ninth with an 86.

The junior was extremely consistent with 43s on both the front and back nine. Williams birdied the par-three seventh hole and added a par on the ninth during his front nine, while adding two pars on the back (holes 13 and 16).

Joining Williams with a 43 on the back nine was Warrior senior Seth Patterson, who finished 13th with an 89.

Patterson finished second behind Rickertsen with three pars over the final nine holes (on holes 10, 12 and 16) and also had pars on number two and number eight.

Rounding out Cal-Wheat's team score was sophomore Kirk Hamann, who broke 50 on the front nine with a 49 and then added a 54 on the back for a 103 - good for 33rd overall.

Austin Bumann had pars on the fifth and 11th holes and finished with a 108 - the same score carded by Mitchell Hintermeister, who was the only Warrior to par the third hole (the junior parred the 18th hole as well).

Leading the way for the Northeast boys was senior Shawn Banowetz, who finished a spot behind Patterson in 14th with a 91.

Banowetz had four pars (on holes two, four, five and eight) during a 46 in the front nine and was even better after the turn with a 45 for the 91.

Adding his own top-20 finish for the Rebels was freshman Jarrett Sterk, who joined Banowetz with a 46 on the front nine (including a par on the fifth hole) and added a 48 for a 94 and 18th overall.

Levi Banowetz parred the 16th hole during his round of 105, while Matt Hoffmann finished off the Rebels' team score with a 109 - including a par on the 13th hole.

Trey Sullivan led the Rebels with two pars on the back nine to shoot his own 109, and Jarrod Isbell wrapped things up with a 118.

Northeast was back in action on Wednesday, as it hosted a quadrangular against the newly crowned Mohawks as well as Preston and Bellevue.

Led by a fourth-place finish by L. Banowetz, the Rebels took third in the meet with a 189.

Marquette won again with a 168, while Preston topped Northeast by just two strokes. The Comets, meanwhile, were just a stroke behind the Rebels in fourth.

Banowetz parred four holes during his afternoon and finished the meet with a 43. Sterk was just two strokes back, while S. Banowetz also broke 50 with a 48.

Sullivan finished off the Rebels' team score with a 53. Hoffmann added a 61 with Dalin Briggs shooting a 63.

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