After taking a year off, Brookfield Central returned to the State Boys Golf Tournament on June 6-7 at University Ridge in Madison.
At their own sectional on May 31 at the Wanaki Golf Course, Central senior Kevin Hersberger tied for medalist honors (75) with Austin Barr of Waukesha South. Central freshman Jack Anderson and sophomore Zach Mindel tied for third with a 76, along with David Phillips of Kettle Moraine.
Senior Sean Yun tied for 11th with a 79 and senior Josh Trasser, the Lancers top golfer, finished tied for 32nd with an 86.
The Lancers won the sectional with a 306, 14 strokes better than the second-place Kettle Moraine Lasers.
The Lancers' veteran golf coach, Brian Scrobel, talked about the long journey back to Madison.
'It was a hard off-season,' he said. 'There was head-scratching, wondering what could be done to get back to state. We needed to get those 82-83s down to 77-78s.'
After a slow start, the last four weeks the Lancers began to get their act together in the Greater Metro Conference mini-meets, finally finishing second to otherworldly Marquette squad.
'We finally got a successful mindset,' Scrobel said. 'We were having good practices. We really had no strategy, just came ready to play. Hit the fairways, hit the greens, hit the putts. The kids bought into it.'
Central did this without Tanner O'Gorman, who was shooting 38-39 but then hurt his back.
'But then Jack Anderson stepped up and gained some valuable experience,' Scrobel said. 'We in a good place now, playing target golf.'
Outside of MUHS, which is playing lights-out, Scrobel feels Middleton and Green Bay Notre Dame are the teams to compete with.
'We are going to worry about what we can control,' Scrobel said. 'We have played some of our best rounds that way.'
State Meet Results
Central finished 11th with a 635, but they closed out on Tuesday with a 309, the fourth-highest total. Senior Sean Yun tied for 24th with a 154 (79-75), senior Josh Trasser tied for 36th with a 157 (82-75), sophomore Zach Mindel had a 161 (82-79), freshman Jack Anderson had a 164 (83-81) and senior Kevin Hirsberger finished with a 166 (86-80).
'Tanner O'Gorman, who played a key role before he was injured, also made the trip and benefited from being here,' Scrobel said. 'We played better today than yesterday; the kids were in a good place. They were more comfortable. It was a happy total from day one to day two.'
BC SECTIONAL RESULTS
1. Brookfield Central (306), 2. Kettle Moraine (320), 3. Nicolet (325), 4. Waukesha South (328), 5. Waukesha West (330), 6. New Berlin Eisenhower (331), 7. Wauwatosa East/West (337), 8. Brookfield East (350).