FC: Kaukauna High School | Golf 2008-2011
1: KHS BOYS GOLF 2008-2011
2: KHS GOLF
4: Sophomore 1st team all conference all area 1st team team MVP | Team took 1st at H.OT.V. and 2nd at Seymour
5: Individual Highlights -1st at Heart of the Valley (shot -1) -2nd at High Cliff -4th at Waushara -2nd at Conference -2nd at Regionals -3rd at Sectionals
6: "Trio propels Kaukauna to terrific season on the links" -Post Crescent | "Ghost golfers on a roll" -Post Crescent | "Fiestadt and Wittmann carry Ghosts to win" -Times Villager | "Talented youth have been playing together for years" -Post Crescent | "Fiestadt moves on, Ghosts fall in Regional" -Times Villager | "Fiestadt gains vital experience at State Meet" -Times Villager
7: "Fiestadt earns trip to state meet with huge finish" -Times Villager | Fiestadt continues to carry the Ghosts No one in the FVA is currently playing better than Kaukauna's Derek Fiestadt. The sophomore has been carrying the load for a talented Ghosts squad this season. And one again, Fiestadt brought his best to the table on a night where Kauakauna needed him. Fiestadt guided the Ghosts, who had four players break 40, to their fourth FVA victory of the year. "Derek is on a roll right now" head coach Pete Benson said. Fiestadt was stellar throughout recording a par on every hole, matching that of his playing partner Evan Stindt. But as for the Ghosts they were nothing short of excellent. "It was just a solid, solid, solid round by the guys" Benson said. "It was a good team total with a 37.5 average." -Times Villager | "Fiestadt's play nothing short of exceptional" -Times Villager | 1st team all conference -Derek Fiestadt -Max VanderWyst -Blaine Lynch -Alex Ly -Zak Szekeres
8: State Golf 2009
12: Kaukauna Golf 2010 -1st at Metro -1st at Wautoma --3rd at Seymour -Undefeated in Conference -Conference champs -1st at Sectionals
13: Junior | 1st team all conference all area 1st team conference player of the year academic all state
14: Heart of the Valley Champions | Fox Valley Metro Champs
15: Conference Champs | Sectional Champs!
16: Fiestadt leads Ghosts to first place finish at Fox Valley Metro Invite | Fiestadt, VanderWyst, and Wittman pick up FVA first -team golf honors | Fiestadt continues his excellent play | Fiestadt and VanderWyst selected as academic All-State honorees | Ghosts clinch FVA title with 295 | -1st at Metro (shot -1) -2nd at Wautoma -2nd at H.O.T.V. -2nd at conference
17: 2 0 1 0 | S T A T E | G O L F | University Ridge Madison, WI
18: Signing the letter of intent!
19: Derek is going to be a PHOENIX!!
21: 2011 | 1st team all conference
23: CONFERENCE CHAMP!
24: "Kaukauna's Derek Fiestadt wins playoff to earn Fox Valley Association individual boys' golf title while Neenah shares conference championship with Fond Du Lac"
25: WRIGHTSTOWN — An interesting mix of coaches, players and curious onlookers followed a trio of golfers along the winding walkway at Royal St. Patrick's Golf Course on Friday afternoon. The opportunity of three of the best golfers in the Fox Valley Association battling in a playoff doesn't often present itself and the impromptu crowd was treated to a two-hole showdown that eventually saw Kaukauna's Derek Fiestadt capturing the conference title by outlasting Fond du Lac's Joe Blague and Appleton West's Justin Gestout. Fiestadt two-putted on No. 11 to win the crown, an accomplishment that has eluded the talented senior the past two seasons. "It's nice to be conference champ for once," he said. "I was runner-up my sophomore and junior years.""I've had a pretty tough season. It hasn't gone exactly as I wanted it to."Neenah and Fond du Lac tied for the FVA title, with the Cardinals' 309 four strokes better than the Rockets' 313. Neenah entered the FVA meet undefeated (9-0), with Fond du Lac at 8-1.Fiestadt said he recently visited local golf instructor Carolyn Barnett-Howe to tweak his game. The extra work paid off as Fiestadt finished with a 73, along with Gestout and Blague. The trio headed to No. 10 to battle for the individual title. Gestout's tee shot found the sand and the talented West senior battled the rough in an attempt to find the green, but he was eventually eliminated from the playoff. Blague and Fiestadt parred the hole to move on to No. 11, but a rough drive off the tee made things difficult for Blague, allowing Fiestadt to use his short game. "He teed off unfortunately and didn't play a good iron shot," Fond du Lac coach Jim Flasch said of Blague. "He had managed well all day long off the tee, but, on that one, he left it too far to the right. It ended up in the hazard and not in the water, so it was playable. But he lost to a great golfer. Derek is well established as a dominant player, so (Blague) has no regrets whatsoever."Fiestadt, who will golf at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay next season, has had an up-and-down season, according to coach Pete Benson. "I think it was a combination of everything — the weather, maybe putting too much pressure on himself," Benson said. "I don't think he ever really got into a rhythm. With seniors, there are so many things happening this time of year. Sometimes it's 'senior-itis' and we talked about it a little bit."We also had one of our guys — Willie Wittmann — go down with an injury for a while. So Derek may have been putting more pressure on himself in trying to carry the team." -Appleton Post Crescent
27: TOWN OF CLAYTON — Few area teams can boast the quality of depth that permeates throughout the Neenah boys' golf roster. The Rockets didn't have the top overall finisher at Monday's WIAA Division 1 regional at Ridgeway Country Club, but they had the most balanced team in finishing first with a score of 316 — one stroke better than second-place Kaukauna. It was the second consecutive regional title for Neenah, with Henry Mulvey leading the way for the Rockets with a 76. Alex Thomsen and Kraig Joy fired 78s for Neenah, with Jordan Entwisle adding an 84 to round out a solid day for the Rockets on their home course. Kaukauna's Derek Fiestadt captured top individual honors after carding a one-over par 73, but this day belonged to the Rockets. "It's been phenomenal," first-year Neenah coach Tony White said. "All the kids really care about each other. They just want to play. There's been a lot of competition (within the roster) this year, but everyone has been positive about it and really upbeat, which helps. We just have very good team chemistry right now."Neenah tied Fond du Lac for the Fox Valley Association title last Friday, finishing second to the Cardinals in the conference meet after finishing undefeated in dual meets.It's the competition that drives the golfers to perform well at every match, according to Thomsen."All year, we've had nine guys competing to be on the varsity team," he said. "(Finishing first Monday) gives us confidence (heading to sectionals) because we knew we can do it. Now we just have to go out and do it."Neenah, Kaukauna, Fond du Lac and Oshkosh West qualified for sectional play as teams, with Kimberly's Evan Rietveld and Travis Meier advancing as individuals. Fiestadt led all golfers with a 35 on the back nine. He was also the individual champion at the FVA meet."I wasn't really expecting to take first today," he said. "I just wanted to go out there and post something in the 70s. I knew the way the course was playing today that something in the 70s would get you to sectionals."Willie Wittmann finished second with a 75 for the Ghosts. "The course played long. The rough was tough," Kaukauna coach Pete Benson said. "That elevated the scores a little bit, but we hung in there. Derek was three-over after three holes and played two-under the rest of the way. Willie played tough in the back nine and everybody just picked each other up. And that's what you have to have." NEENAH 316, KAUKAUNA 317, FOND DU LAC 323, OSHKOSH WEST 329, KIMBERLY 340, OSHKOSH NORTH 360, MENASHA 371
28: Varsity Roundtable with Derek Fiestadt, Alex Thomson and Henry Mulvey
30: Player Profile Age: 18. Year: Senior. Nickname: "Bearett." Family: Parents, Gene and Julie; sisters, Leah and Andrea. Favorite food: Lasagna. Favorite school subject: Math. Favorite PGA golfer: Rickie Fowler. Career aspiration: Certified Public Accountant. Post-Crescent sports reporter Ricardo Arguello hits a few off the tee with Kaukauna senior golfer Derek Fiestadt: Q: You and your team have sectionals coming up. What are your thoughts heading into playing the Irish Course at Whistling Straits? really like the course and I definitely think it is a tough test of golf. Q: You finished as the Fox Valley Association individual champion this season after being the runner-up the past two years. What was that experience like for you? We have a strong conference for a long time now, so it was very special to finally take first. Q: What's the toughest course that you've played on? I would have to say The Bull (at Pinehurst Farms in Sheboygan Falls). It is very visually intimidating. Q: What has your experience been like with University Ridge in Madison? really like the course, but I haven't played as well as I would have liked the past two years. Q: It's favorites time! What's your favorite club in the golf bag?Driver, but I hit it surprising straight for how long I hit it. Favorite movie?: "Tin Cup." Favorite childhood cartoon? Sadly, "Spongebob Squarepants Favorite breakfast cereal?: I usually don't eat breakfast. Favorite dish prepared by mom: I love her lasagna. Favorite actor and actress? Nicolas Cage and Megan Favorite place to vacation? amaica. Q: Favorite golf course outside of Wisconsin? : The Kampen Course in Indiana. Q: Favorite video game and system?: "Super Mario Brothers" for Wii. Q: Favorite aspect of Kaukauna High School?: Spending time with my friends. Congratulations! You just won $100 million in PowerBall! What are the first three things you're buying with the money? A new car, new clubs and a vacation for my friends and family. You're heading to UW-Green Bay to play golf in college. Why did you choose the Phoenix and what are your expectations for your freshman year? Tey really have a good golf program and I think I will learn a lot from the coach. My freshman year, I hope to travel with the team and continue to learn more about the game -Appleton Post Crescent
31: Derek, We are all so proud of you and all of your accomplishments both on and off the golf course. We also admire your integrity and maturity in handling both successes and disappointments that life throws at you. Love, Mom, Dad, Andrea, Leah and Mark