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Marines Take Third at D2 State Meet, Ty Kretz Claims Bronze

Issue Date: June 17, 2021

WIAA

Peshtigo's Bauman is 12th in D2, STAA's Bailey Finishes 20th in D3

Led by third-place individual finisher Ty Kretz, the Marinette Marines took third place as a team at the WIAA Division 2 state championship in Wisconsin Dells.

Kretz, golfing for the final time as a Marinette Marine before heading to play NCAA D1 golf at South Dakota, shot a 75 on the first 18 Monday and 77 on the final 18 Tuesday to finish eight strokes above par.

He was tied for the lead going into Tuesday. Edgewood Sacred Heart's Ethan Arndt would take the crown with a 72 on Tuesday. Kretz tied for third with two other golfers.

"My first round, I only hit three greens and three fairways on the front and shot even. I was really struggling striking the ball and then I just didn't quite get away with it on the back nine, missing some shots that I don't usually miss," Kretz said. "I didn't have my normal game, kind of my "B' game these last few days, which is sort of disappointing, coming in my last tournament, you want to play your best, but you can't always play your best all the time, so I just had to grind it out."

Kretz lost a few strokes Tuesday early on, but an eagle on the par-5 eighth hole put him back in the lead.

"I pulled driver and I was nervous, but I knew I just had to trust it. It was wide enough that if I did miss it, I should be able to find it and hit it again," Kretz said. He hasn't been using his driver as much lately, opting for the 5-wood more often, as he's been able to keep his shots straighter.

On the eighth hole, he had a great drive, then his pitching wedge shot hit the back of the cup and he tapped in for the one-stroke lead.

The back nine didn't quite go his way, with one drive that felt good nicking a tree branch and a chip that felt good bouncing off the green leading to some bogeys down the stretch.

"This is the first tournament I lost this season. I sort of wanted to go undefeated, but the best players in Wisconsin come here," he said. "I think it's the best finish Marinette's ever had, so it's nice to be a part of that."

Marinette finished with a 662 as a team, 27 strokes behind first-place Edgewood Sacred Heart and eight strokes off Lakeland. Going into Tuesday, Marinette was 10 strokes off first, but Edgewood posted a standout 317 to pull away for first.

"Tough course," Marinette coach Pete Kretz said of Trappers Turn Golf Course, which doesn't allow for as many shots with a driver as a typical course. "Not a course for us to play, took the driver out of our hands quite a bit, but you've got to play it as it is."

Marinette was fourth after Monday but took a place back Tuesday to finish third.

"I'm proud," coach Kretz said. "The best finish for Marinette ever, and what more can you ask?"

Ty's brother Trey Kretz carded a pair of 82s to finish tied for 18th in the 52-golfer state field.

Kelten Hermanson, whose 74 at sectionals last week helped push Marinette to state shot 84 and 85 on a tough Trappers Turn course to finish tied for 25th. Keegan Polomis tied for 36th with 90 and 88 scores.

Senior Terrance Nicklaus shot an 89 on the first 18 and 92 on Tuesday to tie for 41st in his final match as a Marine.

He said he played pretty well, and had "a lot more fun the second day once the pressure was off just a little bit of that initial shock."

Trey Kretz, Polomis and Hermanson will return to the team next year.

"I think we're going to have a great team next year. Hopefully we'll make it back here," Trey Kretz said. He and Hermanson will likely be tasked with taking a few strokes off their game to make up for the loss of Ty Kretz, but Hermanson is confident the Marines will be back at state in 2022.

"I think we have just as good a chance to come back next year," Hermanson said. "We've got the three in the middle staying. We've got two young ones coming up. I hope they can fill shoes and I've got to fill Ty's shoes, so it's just going to be tough and just takes a lot of practice. Trey moves in and Keegan, all he does is get better, he got a lot better throughout the season then we've got the two eighth graders, we get them filled and I think we'll have no problem coming back next year."

Peshtigo's Grant Bauman finished tied for 12th in the field. He came into Tuesday tied for 29th following an 86 Monday, but shot a 77 Tuesday, one of the best scores of the day.

Without a triple bogey on one par-3 hole where he went in the water, Bauman's day would have been even better, but he was more than happy with his round.

"That was, I can't even describe it," he said, saying some of the jitters were gone on Tuesday, his putts improved, and he hit 70% of his fairways on the day. "I knew all the shortcuts you can take here, where you can get in trouble and where not to."

Peshtigo coach Kyle Cheney said Bauman, a sophomore, "represented himself and Peshtigo golf really, really well."

"To be able to get this experience as a sophomore is just such a bonus. He's got two more years of this, he knows what this feels like and you can tell just by today, he likes it out here, so I think he's going to want to come back," Peshtigo coach Jim Dufrane said.

Kaden Bailey's season came to a close with a 20th-place finish at the D3 state meet on Tuesday.

The St. Thomas Aquinas Academy freshman did about all a freshman can do in northeastern Wisconsin before taking on state, including winning M&O Conference player of the year honors, along with regional and sectional medalist titles.

He put himself to the test against Division 3's best on Monday and Tuesday, shooting an 88 Monday to go into Tuesday tied for 23rd, then improving to an 85 Tuesday to make the jump into the top 20 with a total of 173, +29 over 36 holes.

Bailey consistently shot rounds in the high 70s this year, but playing at Trappers Turn in Wisconsin Dells, he couldn't quite replicate that score on a tough state tournament course that takes the driver out of the equation a lot.

"He had some struggles, but a great experience for him. It's a great experience for him," STAA coach George Hayes said. "I'm sure he learned a lot from playing with these guys and playing this course. It's a tough course and I think he learned a lot. It's the pressure, just the pressure of playing the state tournament."

Bailey said he played with more confidence and aggression Tuesday to try and make an improvement to his score. He said he will go into next year with more confidence as he tries to climb the state leaderboard.

"I feel like I can have more confidence in the future not having to, I wouldn't say worry, but have much struggle making it to state," he said. "I know next year I'll be a better player and I hope to be."

Kohler won the D3 state team championship. The top individual score in D3 was Lancaster's Noah Kirsch, who shot a +3 147 with rounds of 76 and 71.



Marinette Tops the Field

at D2 Sectional Peshtigo's

Grant Bauman Advances

The Marinette Marines booked their ticket to state from the Division 2 sectional at Waushara Country Club in Wautoma, with Peshtigo sophomore Grant Bauman joining them in the season finale with his individual performance.

Marinette's Ty Kretz and Kelten Hermanson posted the day's best scores, with a 69 from Kretz and 74 from Hermanson leading all 72 golfers.

"Today I definitely attacked. I came in today saying that I wanted to make a lot of pars," Hermanson said. "I thought I was going to go out and make pars and threw in a few birdies to go around."

Those two scores helped the Marines to a 313 team score, six strokes ahead of second-place Xavier and 10 better than third-place Winneconne. The top two teams advanced to state.

Beyond Kretz and Hermanson, Trey Kretz carded an 83, Keegan Polomis recorded an 87 and Terrance Nickluas shot a 92.

"Great win today. Memories were made today for these kids. That's what it's all about," Marinette coach Pete Kretz said. "They gutted it out. It was close at the turn and we knew that, and they went to that back nine and took control of this tournament and won it."

The Marines were one stroke ahead at the turn and built a lead down the stretch to accomplish another goal of theirs, making state.

"It's a surreal experience. Being able to witness it two years ago was one thing, but then being a part of it is just a whole nother level," Polomis said. "Great round by Kelten and Ty to kind of carry us through. I mean, we got a little sketchy there after the front nine, but we grinded it out and I'm happy with where the team's at going into state."

After their win, the Marines talked about heading down to state to play the state course at Trappers Turn in Wisconsin Dells. The Marines had a chance to play the course before the state tournament. State was held Monday and Tuesday.

Peshtigo came up short of state as a team, with its 340 good for sixth of 12 teams. Bauman, however, earned a trip to state by being one of the top three players not on a qualifying team. He was fifth overall with a 78.

Bauman said he just tried to stay out of trouble, and said he hit his drives well on the day to set himself up. He said he hit more irons off the tee down the stretch, which helped him come on strong late in the season.

"He really breaks the course down and doesn't care what other people are doing," Peshtigo coach Kyle Cheney said. "If everyone else in the group hits driver, a lot of times that's what someone else would hit. With Grant, he does what he's going to do with no influence of outsiders."

Bauman said he isn't going into state with any expectations.

"I'm just happy to be there," he said. "Just try to shoot in the 70s is what I'm going to try to do."

Teammate Jordan Carvenough shot a 79, Adam Bauman shot an 86, Christian Boyle shot a 97 and Carson Collins' 100 was dropped. Carvenough, Adam Bauman and Collins are seniors.

Cheney said Carvenough and Adam Bauman, Grant's brother, helped push Grant to his state berth over the last couple years.

"I think that really helped make Grant the player he is today," Cheney said. "As happy as I am Grant, I feel that bad for Adam and Jordan for falling short. They had a lot of high expectations for themselves and put in a lot of work. I know they're both great young men and I know they're going to be around our team in the future."

"We had a great year and we're really proud of the kids," Peshtigo coach Jim Dufrane said. "We had a very difficult front nine and I think the kids still hung in there and battled and ending up with a score of 340, that score could have been a lot higher."

Oconto Falls was 10th as a team at 364, led by 10th-place Evan Jaeger, who shot an 80. Trevor Metzler shot a 91, Caden Leonhardt recorded a 96, Thomas Carmondy shot a 97 and Rease Hodkiewicz finished at 108 strokes.


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