CADOTT — It had to come down to the wire.
In a meet featuring three different conference championship teams, who would step out on the wire and make the difference was an unknown.
Wednesday’s WIAA Division 3 boys golf regional at Whispering Pines featured Dunn-St. Croix champs Spring Valley, Dairyland champ Eleva-Strum and Cloverbelt champ Osseo-Fairchild.
In the end it was the Thunder, led by lone senior Colin Sumner, bringing home the regional title and advancing to Tuesday’s sectional at Frederic Golf Course.
Sumner, who tied for fourth after shooting a 76, had a simple plan going into the meet.
“Don’t make more than a bogey,” he said. “If a bogey’s the worse score that you make you’re gonna do alright.”
That worked out pretty well for Sumner, who started off with five birdies and three pars on the front nine, and only had four bogies the entire round.
Sumner set the pace for the Thunder, and fellow All-Cloverbelt pick Drew Vold almost matched that pace shooting a 78. All-conference pick Cooper Ward shot an 88.
But it was Trent Trubshaw who anchored the Thunder. The sophomore, who wasn’t among the five players who suited up for Osseo-Fairchild at the conference meet last week, stepped up with an 83, taking 10th in the individual standings. That’s even after starting off with a triple bogey.
That sort of scoring coming from different players is pretty consistent with what the Thunder have done all year.
Coach Scott Vold attributes that to kids buying in and playing more golf over the summer.
“We’re pretty well balanced so we get good scores out of all out them,” Vold said.
The Thunder returned four of the top five of last year’s team. The four returning Thunder golfers shot a 325, a 41-stroke improvement from the regional meet last year at Spring Valley. This is the first regional title for the Thunder since 2014 which is the last year the Thunder advanced to state.
Eleva-Strum senior Drew Severson shot 73 to share individual medalist honors with 2016 state champion Tyler Leach of Spring Valley. Leach has now either won or shared the regional medalist honors in each of his four seasons.
Eleva-Strum had their usal 2-3 punch of Isaac Larrabee and freshman Nick Higley tie Osseo-Fairchild’s Colin Sumner for fourth at 76.
Durand’s Dawson Kurth was third at 74, while teammate TJ Tulip was seventh at 77 to lead the Panthers, who were second to Spring Valley at the Dunn-St. Croix Conference meet, to a third-place finish and a sectional berth.
Spring Valley grabbed the last team spot. Mondovi’s Garrett Gifford and Kobe Fuentes, Fall Creek’s Ariel Heuer and Coy Bowe of Cadott advanced to Frederic as individuals.