The top-ranked in state Homestead boys golf team got a look at a variety of different formats last week and most of them were profitable for the Highlanders.
They won the Kohler Blue Bomber Invite at Whistling Straights on May 10, were part of a successful North Shore Conference triumph over the Classic 8 and Greater Metro Conferences in the Cedarburg Invite at Hidden Glen on May 8 and tied for fifth at the Briggs and Stratton Invitational at Bristlecone Pines on May 6.
"I'm very happy with these guys right now," said Highlanders coach Steve O'Brien. "There were no excuses for us at Bristlecone Pines. It was a windy day and it was a field that was better than the state meet. It was just one of those days for us."
Working despite weather
O'Brien is just stunned, however, at the amount of work and play the team has gotten in despite the soggy spring, which just featured several more inches of rain May 12.
"Obviously, when I think of where we are, given the amounts of rain that we've had, it's been phenomenal," he said.
The Highlanders are in the midst of a much quieter week, much to the relief of O'Brien.
The Blue Bomber meet was a fun, 18-hole event that featured two players playing standard stroke play, two others playing what was called a "shamble," a combination of best drive and then better ball play and then two others playing a standard scramble.
Marty Kimmel and Daniel Scozzafave won the scramble event with a four under par 68 while Ryan Wirthlin and Robbie Morway came in with a 73 on the "shamble" and then Charlie Maleki (73) and Zach Shahrokhi (76) contributed the stroke play scores.
The effort was good enough for a winning score of 293. O'Brien was very impressed with the work of Kimmel and Scozzafave as they are the two players battling for the fifth and final varsity spot in most meets.
North Shore dominant
O'Brien said it was a fun day at Hidden Glen, as the Highlanders worked with defending state champion Cedarburg, Germantown and Whitefish Bay to turn in a combined 18-hole score of 1,272 to beat the Classic 8 (1,300) and the Greater Metro (1,371).
Homestead had the second-best individual team score with a 305 (Marquette had the best at 304) as Sharokhi turned in a personal best of 73 to lead Homestead. Maleki and Kimmel contributed 77s, Wirthlin a 78 and Morway 81.
"Those are three premiere golf conferences," said O'Brien.
Bay coach Frank Donadio was also pleased as the Blue Dukes turned in a season best 18-hole score of 324 to help out as Patrick Sicula and Adam Dallimore each shot 78s, Hank Grunau came in with an 80 and Matt Gaeta 88.
"Our team score was our best result to date, and we still were fourth from our conference," Donadio said. "That shows the overall quality of golf being played in the North Shore Conference at this time. (This) was a well organized and administered event, and we had a lot of fun being a part of it."
In the powerhouse Briggs and Stratton field, Homestead tied for fifth with a 323 score as Marquette won with 311. Maleki had a 74, as Sharokhi carded a 76.
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