Garstecki's medalist honors lead GT golfers to second at Lake Country

Falls also plays well

April 29, 2013

The return of the prodigal son.

Or something along those lines for the Germantown boys golf team Saturday at the Lake Country Charity Invitational at Erin Hills, as returning state qualifier Jakob Garstecki came off his three-match suspension for violation of team rules to claim individual medalist honors and lead the Warhawks to a second-place team finish in the 36-school field.

"Oh boy, it's awful good to have him back," Warhawks coach Gary Anderson said. "He did a great job today, but the real rest of the story was how Phillip (Johnson) and the other two played today. There was a lot of improvement on their part."

The Warhawks turned in an 18-hole score of 312, which trailed only champion Marquette (306) in the overall standings. Meanwhile, Menomonee Falls more than held its own, taking fifth in the 18-school Division 1 field with a strong 325 mark.

It was the end of a long but successful week for the Indians and coach Tony Pritchard was pleased.

"We got home from Onalaska (a quadrangular meet) on Friday night pretty fired up and the guys went out to the driving range to iron a few things out, which was probably the last thing that they wanted to do, but it really helped.

"There wasn't a lot of overthinking on Saturday, because although that course can be challenging, we've had guys play it three or four times because of the way our schedule is set up."

Garstecki played like he was familiar with it, tearing up the 6,500-plus yard layout with a 69, good for a three-shot win.

Team effort

How big a difference did he make? In earlier tournaments this season without him, the Warhawks carded 18-hole scores of 342 and 343.

Fellow former state qualifier Johnson backed him up robustly with a 75 that was good for a tie for sixth with the Indians' Brendan Paule among others.

Logan Sterns and Kevin Brown backed up the two Germantown leaders with a pair of 84s.

"It was truly a team effort," Anderson said.

Anderson said that Garstecki is working hard to win back the good graces of the team.

"He's done what he's had to do to take care of his grades and other things," Anderson said. "He's really getting there. Phillip has handled it pretty well. He knew that Jakob would be back and he had every right to feel like he should be the number one (on the team), but like we all know, Jakob is a talent."

The Warhawks also did their part to contribute to a record-setting total of $75,000 that was raised for the MACC Fund by the event by raising more than $400. Pritchard noted that the Falls' program, which fundraises for the program and for charity, turned in a check for between $300 and $400.

Paule was helped out by other Indians teammates Davis Narey (personal best 79), Trevor Estock (84) and Brandon Cole (87).

Inspiring visitor

Pritcahrd said that the meet officials did a great job again, treating the golfers with introductions complete with bagpipes as well as a visit from a young cancer survivor who reminded them of why they were really out there.

He said the 325 team score may be among the top five all-time best marks in school history.

"These guys just want to keep playing," he said.

Anderson said the only other Germantown team score better than this one came about seven years ago, when the great Mike McDonald led a Warhawks team to a 305 mark.

The two teams will continue to build on their fast starts as both head up to the Brown Port Invitational at Hawthorne Hills on Friday. On Saturday, Falls will head to Kohler for the "Blue Bomber" Invitational on Whistling Straits' famed Irish Course.

Golfers succeeding

Schedule is hectic now

OTHER GERMANTOWN ACTION: Phillip Johnson was third individually to lead the Warhawks to a 15th-place team finish in the Brookfield Central Lancer Invitational at Wanaki on April 24. Johnson carded an 18-hole score of 74, including a back nine mark of 35. Johnson's efforts led the Warhawks to a 342 team total. Other scores for the Warhawks included an 89 from Logan Sterns, a 91 from Mike Mueller, and a 94 from Kevin Brown.

OTHER FALLS ACTION: In a quadrangular held in Onalaska on Friday, Falls was led by Brendan Paule with an 83 and Cole with an 84. Falls was also 11th of 25 at the Brookfield meet on April 24. Falls turned in an 18-hole score of 336 at Wanaki as Marquette won with a 303 mark. Paule led the way for Falls with an 81, while Trevor Estock (38 on the back nine) and Brad Kaiser carded 84s each and Davis Nary came in with an 85.

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