The five members of the All-Racine County boys golf first team shared a common statistic this year.
The players, from junior Player of the Year Connor Brown of Union Grove on down, averaged less than 40 strokes per nine holes, and were the only five players in the county to do so.
Case had two players earn first-team honors, last year’s Player of the Year Zach Shawhan, and fellow senior Josh Weber, who qualified for the WIAA State Tournament.
Rounding out the first team are Prairie senior Brian Eitel and Waterford sophomore Josh Koszarek.
Here are capsule looks at the All-County boys golf first team:
SCHOOL: Union Grove
NOTABLE: Averaged 38.2 strokes for nine holes; shot rounds of 77 and 73 to total 150 and tie for 11th at the WIAA State Tournament at University Ridge Golf Course in Verona; earned Golf Coaches Association of Wisconsin All-State honorable mention honors; finished fifth at Southern Lakes Conference Tournament to lead Broncos to fourth place; earned first-team All-SLC honors; set or tied at least a dozen school records, including low average and low 18-hole score, a 5-under-par 67 to win the Division 1 Waukesha West Sectional at The Broadlands in North Prairie; shot three rounds of 75 and had just one round higher than 79 all season; shot 76 to finish third in Racine County Invitational; honor-roll student.
QUOTABLE: “He showed at the WIAA tournament that he belongs with the best in the state,” Broncos coach Eric Swanson said. “I’m excited to see what he can do next year.”
NOTABLE: Led county players with a nine-hole average of 37.9; considered for All-County Player of the Year honors; shot 1-under-par 71 at Ives Grove Golf Links in Yorkville to win title of WIAA Division 1 Case Regional to lead Case to regional title; shot 77 to finish fourth and lead Case to Racine County Invitational title; won Franklin Invitational, won two Southeast Conference mini-meets, shot 75 to finish second in SEC Tournament and lead Eagles to tournament title and second place overall in the SEC; earned first-team All-SEC honors and the SEC academic award; received Golf Coaches Association of Wisconsin Academic All-State high honor; will play golf for Carthage College this fall.
QUOTABLE: “Zach was a leader on this team who worked hard with younger golfers to make sure they improved,” Eagles coach Jerry Kupper said. “Zach always did things the right way and worked hard to continually improve himself as a golfer and a person.”
NOTABLE: Averaged 39.7 for nine holes; won individual title at Racine County Invitational at Browns Lake Golf Course in Burlington with a 1-over-par 73; played the No. 1 spot in the Wolverines’ lineup for the second straight year, lowering his average from 41.4 last year; shot 74 to finish second in Southern Lakes Conference Tournament and earn first-team All-SLC honors; shot a 79 at the WIAA Division 1 Waukesha South Regoinal at Naga-Waukee Golf Club to qualify for Waukesha West Sectional.
QUOTABLE: “Josh’s dedication and hard work during the season and offseason are apparent by his scoring average,” Waterford coach Mike Harmeling said. “Josh’s biggest asset on the course is his mental work that he does before, during and after a round.”
NOTABLE: Averaged 39.8 strokes this season; won the Division 2 title at the Ashenfelter Invitational in Janesville with a 2-over-par 74; tied for medalist honors in Metro Classic Conference Tournament; averaged 39.3 in MCC play, led the Hawks to second place in the MCC and was named MCC Player of the Year; earned received Golf Coaches Association of Wisconsin Academic All-State honors.
QUOTABLE: “Brian is one of my all time favorite players,” Prairie coach Kevin Will said. “He always listens, wants to get better, and is very coachable. Brian’s ability to keep his emotions under control is one of his strongest attributes.”
NOTABLE: Averaged 39.9 strokes this season; shot 76 at WIAA Division 1 Franklin Sectional to tie for second and advance to the WIAA State Tournament at University Ridge in Verona; shot 81-79—160 at state to tie for 52nd; shot 75 to finish second and lead Case to title of Racine County Invitational at Browns Lake Golf Course in Burlington; medalist at one Southeast Conference mini-meet; shot 84 in SEC Tournament to help Eagles win the tournament title and take second overall in the SEC; will attend Milwaukee School of Engineering.
QUOTABLE: “Josh played his best golf at the end of the year,” Eagles coach Jerry Kupper said. “He was also great working with the younger golfers in the program making them better and improving the golf program.”