Max Schmidtke’s last high school golf match is winding down.
The Sheboygan North senior is competing in the Division 1 state meet Tuesday afternoon at University Ridge in Madison, and no matter where he finishes in the two-day event, it’s the last time he’s golfing representing the Golden Raiders (for updates, go to http://www.sheboyganbeacon.com).
“It’s a little bittersweet,” said Schmidtke, who will golf at Illinois-Springfield next season. “I’m really looking forward to it and it’ll be a good way to cap off my high school career. If you told me four years ago that I’d be a three-time state qualifier and two-time conference player of the year, I would’ve been in awe and probably called you crazy.
“But I’m really looking forward to playing my last 36 holes in the state tournament.”
North senior Austin Thyes is also wrapping up his last high school outing, as he also qualified for state by taking second place at the sectional level last Tuesday at Whistling Straits.
He shot a 1-over-par 73 to finish one stroke behind medalist Ben Pausha of Kettle Moraine. Schmidtke was fourth (76).
Thyes took 25th at state last year and Schmidtke was 28th, as North qualified as a team for the second year in a row.
The Golden Raiders finished third at the North Sectional and missed the state cut by three strokes.
“It’ll be a little different,” Schmidtke said.
to qualify as a team
The Crusaders’ team is at Division 3 state for the third time in four seasons and fourth overall – its best finish was fourth in 2016.
Lutheran was fifth last season and all five golfers returned, led by junior Drake Wilcox.
He was third last year after his runner-up finish as a freshman.
Seniors Devin Madson and Emma Egbert, junior Joel Hacker and sophomore Andrew Meador are also on the team that finished second at the Markesan Sectional last week.