Thursday, May 1, 2014

Golf keeps up pace of play

from today's Waukesha Freeman -

PREP BOYS GOLF: Lancer Invitational 

Good day for Wajda, Lancers 
Freeman Correspondent

MENOMONEE FALLS – Eddie Wajda has had a better round at Wanaki Golf Club.

And his Brookfield Central High School boys golf team has had a better finish in its own Lancer Invitational.

But Wajda and the Lancers were pretty special Wednesday in finishing second to state powerhouse Homestead in a windy and chilly Lancer Invitational at Wanaki.

Central, led by Wajda’s 70 and decisive three-stroke victory in the medalist standings, posted a 312 team score that was only seven strokes behind Homestead’s winning score.

Seven strokes may seem like a lot but the Lancers, who were a two-time defending champion in their own tournament, graduated four of their top five players from a WIAA state runner-up team last year.

The lone returning player is Wajda, who tied for second in the state tournament
 last year. “I shot a 67 (at Wanaki) my sophomore year, so this is my second-best round here,” Wajda said. “I managed my round very well. I didn’t make many mental or course-management mistakes, which is really good to see. I had birdies on Nos. 13 and 3 and one bogey on 17, so I was pretty solid.”

And so was his team.

“We talked at the beginning of the year, and I know if Eddie shoots what he’s capable of shooting and the other four players are between 78 and 80 we’ll be in every match,” Central coach Brian Scrobel said. “That’s a pretty good formula, and I’m thrilled we played this well. It’s a little bit of a rebuilding year, but I know that we have talent in the program. We just don’t have the experience, but our goal is to eliminate big holes and I’m very happy with our progress.”

Sean Yun backed up Wajda with a 78 followed by Josh Trasser at 81, Matt Hodges at 83 and Matt Maus at 84.

Perhaps as happy as Scrobel was Catholic Memorial coach Steve Plechaty, whose team was just two strokes behind Central despite missing its No. 1 player, Dylan Allen, due to an academic assignment.

“We had a 300 to start the season when we had all five of our guys, but since then we’ve had guys in and out of the lineup and we haven’t done as well,” Plechaty said. “We’ve only had a set lineup twice and we’re still trying to find our identity, but once we get our five guys down I think our scores will go down.”

Junior Tyler King posted a 76, senior Conor Farrell 78 and sophomore Mike Immekus a 79 to lead the Crusaders, who tied with Marquette for third place – four shots ahead of fifthplace
 Hamilton.  Austin Kendziorski led the Chargers to their 318 total with a third-place 74, while Kettle Moraine posted a 323 to tie for sixth in the 25-team field and Arrowhead placed eighth at 325.

Arrowhead won a Classic 8 Conference mini-meet Tuesday with Memorial and Kettle Moraine five and seven strokes behind, respectively, but both teams turned the tables on the Warhawks Wednesday.

“Memorial pretty much snuffed us and they did that without their best player,” Warhawks coach Greg Budzien said. “We were missing our No. 3 player, Nathanael Zakreski,
 who was visiting Iowa, and he would have helped because we had to count an 87. But Memorial beat us by 11 strokes.

“That tells us that (Memorial) had a bad day yesterday. They’re very good.”

Budzien was pleased that his team did finish seven strokes ahead of Cedarburg.

“Our (WIAA) sectional this year has Homestead, Marquette, Cedarburg and us and two teams won’t be going to state,” he said. “That’s going to be sad, because all four teams are pretty powerful but (beating Cedarburg) gives us some hope.”

Photo credit:  Catholic Memorial’s Conor Farrell chips onto the green on the 10th hole during Wednesday’s Lancer Invitational at Wanaki Golf Course. Charles Auer/Freeman Staff 

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