Joe Forsting will begin his college golf career at Iowa Central Community College in Fort Dodge, Iowa, next fall, but where the Edgerton senior ends his college career remains to be seen.

The three-time WIAA Division 2 sectional and 2018 state qualifier believes he has the talent to play golf at a four-year school and his performance this past summer on the WPGA Junior Tour would suggest he's not far-fetched in that thinking. He won three one-day events on that circuit — at Janesville Riverside, The Oaks Golf Course in Cottage Grove and Pleasant View Golf Course in Middleton — and backed it up with top-30 showings at the WPGA Junior Championship in Milwaukee and the WPGA Morgan Stanley Junior Tour Championship at Washington County Golf Course in Hartford.

"I've always had a goal to eventually go to a Division 1 college to play golf," Forsting wrote in an email interview with Wisconsin.Golf, saying he chose Iowa Central over Viterbo University, an NAIA school in La Crosse. "However, I started my college recruitment process a little too late. For example, when I contacted (coach) Lee Reinke from (UW-)Green Bay, he said that even though I potentially had the ability to play there, they had already signed their last golfer for the upcoming season. A community college such as Iowa Central gives me the opportunity to play college golf and have another chance at the recruitment process."

Coached by Prairie du Chien native Kris Graewin, the Tritons are in the early stages of returning to the prominence it enjoyed just a few years ago. According to Graewin, Iowa Central qualified for the National Junior College Athletic Association Championship as the Region XI champion in 2014 and the runner-up in 2017.

Forsting figures to play a key role at Iowa Central next season. The Rock Valley Conference champion helped Edgerton reach the WIAA Division 2 state tournament last spring for the first time since 2013 and shot 83-77 to finish tied for 13th place once he got there.

He began his summer by shooting 72 at a WPGA Junior Tour event at Janesville Riverside and winning by three strokes. He shot 71 three times during the summer, twice to win WPGA Junior Tour events and once in the first round of the WPGA Junior Championship where he was two shots off the lead after his opening 71 at Dretzka Park Golf Course and closed with a 78 at Brown Deer Park in a rollercoaster round that featured three birdies, an eagle, four bogeys, one double-bogey and one triple bogey.

"Iowa Central has a tradition of being a school with high athletic success," wrote Forsting, whose class is the first Graewin has recruited with the eight scholarships allotted to the 50-year-old program. "I believe I as well as the rest of the team have a chance to live up to the standard of the college’s history and perform on a very high level. The more everyone pushes each other to be better on this team, the better chance we will have to live up to the Iowa Central’s expectations. 

"My goal after Iowa Central relates to what I said with potentially going to a Division 1 college, as well as having a couple of successful seasons with the team on the way. Central is a college where over 70 percent of its students are athletes who are looking to prove that they could perform athletically at a high level after their two years."

Graewin said he hopes to continue to tap his Wisconsin roots to help build the Tritons program.

"A lot of work has gone into setting us up for a solid recruiting class and we could not be more excited for the future of the Triton golf program," Graewin wrote in an email interview with Wisconsin.Golf. "Joe has tremendous leadership qualities and will be a vital part in our future success. Wisconsin will always be home for me and I am looking forward to continuing to recruit the state hard."

Boys Class of 2019

The Wisconsin.Golf class-by-class rankings are compiled by digital editor Rob Hernandez based on an analysis of tournament results and overall impact of golfers within their class. Opinions and insight on golfers in this class are welcome and will be used for future rankings; updates on college decisions are also welcome. They can be shared via email at robhernandezdotgolf@gmail.com.  

No. First name Last name High School College choice Nov. 2017 Nov. 2016
1 Brock Hlinak Kaukauna Queens College (N.C.) 1 1
2 Jack Blair Milwaukee Marquette Brown University T1 3
3 Matthew Raab Hartland Arrowhead 6 10
4 Drew Sagrillo Milwaukee Marquette Dominican (Calif.) 8 NR
5 Blake Wisdom Lake Geneva Badger Bucknell University 15 23
6 Austin Thyes Sheboygan North 19 25
7 Zak Kulka Beaver Dam UW-Green Bay 9 9
8 Danny Sanicki Menomonee Falls UW-Parkside 16 18
9 Lukas Heckmann Lakeside Lutheran University of New Orleans 3 14
10 James Gilmore Madison Edgewood 20 17
11 Tyler Cleaves Kaukauna 4 4
12 Sean Murphy Waunakee UW-Eau Claire 7 8
13 Max Schmidtke Sheboygan North Illinois-Springfield 23 7
14 Connor Brown Union Grove 25 NR
15 Jack Anderson Brookfield Central 5 5
16 Doyle Kelly Fond du Lac Springs 10 12
17 Andrew Clement Pewaukee 11 2
18 Steven Sanicki Menomonee Falls UW-Parkside 12 22
19 Ethan Carrick Sun Prairie UW-Eau Claire 13 15
20 Mason Schulz Mukwonago 26 19
21 James Johnson Greendale NR NR
22 Evan Thomas Stevens Point 31 11
23 Billy Peterson Eau Claire Memorial 17 20
24 Zach Bernhardt Eau Claire Memorial 18 NR
25 Kyle Wille Edgerton Iowa Central CC 36 NR
26 Cody Dirks Holmen NR NR
27 Nolan Ruffing Franklin 21 13
28 Ian Behringer Manitowoc NR NR
29 Kasey Casper Coleman 14 NR
30 Joe Forsting Edgerton Iowa Central CC 37 NR
31 Zach Walsh Brookfield East NR NR
32 Kody Koehn Mukwonago NR NR
33 Grant Wininger Racine St. Catherine's NR NR
34 Carter Schmidt Germantown NR NR
35 Matthew Hach New Glarus NR NR
36 AJ Gray Milton 27 NR
37 Austin Gaby Verona NR NR
38 Ben Baur Marshfield NR NR
39 Taylor Burger Superior NR NR
40 Hunter Robinson St. Croix Falls NR NR
41 Max Schneider Neenah 32 NR
42 Jacob Schlosser Kewaskum 22 NR
43 Ben Peloquin Schofield D.C. Everest NR NR
44 Adam Lazaroff Lakeland (Minocqua) NR NR
45 Ethan Wilkins Lake Country Lutheran NR NR
46 Joe Mazurek Germantown NR NR
47 Boomer Zierath Madison Abunant Life/Country Day 33 NR
48 Jack Rollins Madison Abunant Life/Country Day 33 NR
49 Bryce Peters Winneconne 29 NR
50 Blake Zadra Rice Lake 30 21

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Rob started covering the Wisconsin golf scene in 1987 at the Wisconsin State Journal in Madison & has been the only reporter covering all levels of state golf. He joined Killarney Golf Media in Sept. 2015 & helped launch Wisconsin.Golf in Jan. 2016.