2002 Boys Golf Team
The team consisted of coach Paul Meyer, Travis Meyer, Brad Obermueller, Tyler Obermueller, Tim Shultz and Andy Raucher
The Wildcat boys gold team, that played in just about every weather condition imaginable since the season began in early April, didn't let a three hour delay for rain and lightning get them down at the State Tournament. In fact, when play finally did start, the Cats went out and set a new single-day record with a score of 297 to take a firm hold on first place, led by freshmen Tyler Obermueller and junior Travis Meyer, who each shot scores of 70 to tie for the lead in individual standings. And when more thunderstorms wiped out the second day of the tournament, the Cats were declared Division 1 State Champions for the first time in school history. Obermueller and Meyer were also named individual co-champions, the first time in the 91-year history of the state boys golf tournament teammates shared an individual state title. The golfers were just the second team ever from River Falls to earn a state championship joining the Gymnastics team that won it the same year. "You couldn't ask for a better story," Meyer said in an interview after the championship. "It feels awesome. everybody stepped up." In addition to Meyer's and Obermueller's scores of 70, junior Brad Obermueller, posted a score of 78 while classmate Andy Rauscher added a 79 to account for the Cats record setting score of 297. Tim Schultz shot an 80 and was the high in the group but a score every team would've loved to have. The golf team won the state tournament despite finishing second to Eau Claire Memorial at the Big Rivers Conference, regional and sectional tournaments. Paul Meyer, calls that ability "bounce back." The team was resilient all season going back and forth with conference power house ECM. The team was best described like this. A coach that knew how to coach the mental game to perfection. Long ball hitters and low shooters like Tyler Obermueller and Andy Rauscher, a deadly accurate iron player like Travis Meyer, the strong focus and concentration of Tim Shultz and the good attitude and fun Brad Obermueller brought to the mix of 5 very good teenage golfers. From laughing in the van to and from the course and kicking butt on the course this team had something special, something that deserves recognition.