Mittl leads Tigers in CL Tourney
The Northwestern golf team had aspirations of finishing as a top-four team in the Colonial League and qualifying for the league championships at the beginning of the season. The Tigers, which finished the regular season at 10-3 in the North Division, achieved that goal with back-to-back wins over Bangor in the last week of the regular season.
Now that Northwestern had reached the postseason, the Tigers wanted a bit more. They knew that while they would have to play their absolute best match of the season, the possibility of beating undefeated Moravian Academy was there last Monday in the Colonial League Championship Tournament at Bethlehem Municipal.
Unfortunately, the Tigers came up a few short strokes of knocking off the league favorites. Moravian’s top five scores of 412 points earned them the team championship last Monday. Northwestern scored a 443 to finish in third place, led by Julius Mittl’s team-best round of an 86.
“The goal for everyone on our team was to shoot our season average,” said Tyler Wiik, who shot an 88. “If we did that, we could have shocked the world and maybe have upset Moravian Academy. But overall we were all happy to have been a part of this experience.”
Unfortunately, only a handful of Tigers were able to shoot at or below their average on that day. Mittl paced the way by shooting his average of 86, while Mason Vogwill (87) and Luke Hallman (88) shot two strokes better than their season averages.
Brian Garbacik (94) rounded out Northwestern’s scorers in terms of who counted towards the team final. Colin Rex was right behind him with a 95, and Jake Dellicker (107) and Joe Fry (108) finished a couple strokes back of those two.
“It was a great experience for the people on our team who have not made a league tournament,” Wiik said. “We all thought we were a little nervous entering that day.”
For Wiik, Northwestern’s top scorer throughout the regular season, a stumble out of the gate ultimately hurt his chances at potentially medaling or placing in the top five to earn an exempt from the district qualifier.
“My performance at the tournament was below average for what I expected me to shoot that Monday morning,” Wiik said. “My goal was to shoot my average [of 82] or below it.
“I started off playing horrible on the front nine holes, shooting a 49. On the back nine I turned it around coming in with a 39.”
Wiik, however, responded with a solid showing a week later at the district-qualifying round at Olde Homestead Golf Club on Monday. In the Class 3A field, Wiik shot an 86 to finish in a tie for 16th place. That qualified him for the upcoming district tournament.