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Golfers warm up on the practice green at Erin Hills for the MACC Fund Invitational.

TOWN OF ERIN – The scores were important – they always are in high school golf – but what was impressive about the participants in the MACC Fund Invitational on Saturday was that they understood they were playing for something bigger than the numbers they wrote down on their scorecards.

The 36-team tournament, hosted by Hartland Arrowhead High School and played at Erin Hills, which donated its course for the day, raised in excess of $65,000 for the MACC Fund, bringing the event’s 14-year total to more than $830,000.

“This means the world to us,” said Becky Pinter, president and CEO of the MACC Fund, which funds research for childhood cancer and related blood disorders. “These high school kids, they put their heart and soul into it. To go out and fundraise as they do and to bring in the amount of money they do … they’re amazing.”

Grateful, too, especially after the 2020 boys’ season was canceled by the coronavirus pandemic.

“Once I heard there wasn’t going to be a season last year, I was a little bummed but I knew there’s always people suffering more than a 15-year-old kid losing a high school golf season,” said Alex Koenig, a sophomore at Kettle Moraine High School. “I’m grateful to be out here playing Erin Hills for the first time. It’s amazing. It’s tough. But it’s great to be supporting kids who aren’t able to be here.”

How’s that for perspective?

In addition to the MACC Fund Invitational being a vehicle for prep golfers to raise money through pledges and donations, it’s a great barometer of where the best players and teams stand early in this condensed season. Nine of the top 10 teams in WIAA Division 1 and two of the top three in Division 2 were in the field, which was loaded with some of Wisconsin’s top individual talent.

Mequon Homestead, ranked No. 2 in Division 1 in the latest Golf Coaches Association of Wisconsin poll, held off the top-ranked Lasers of Kettle Moraine and No. 3 Arrowhead by two shots to win the team title.

The Highlanders, led by senior Ty Mueller’s even-par 72, shot 10-over 298. Kettle Moraine, led by Koenig’s 72, and host Arrowhead, which got 73s from senior Nick Amtmann and sophomore Bode King, finished at 300. Unlike most high school events in which teams play five and count four scores, the format for the MACC Fund Invite was four play, four count.

Madison Edgewood, the top-ranked team in Division 2, was fourth at 307 and was followed by Middleton and Waunakee, tied for fifth at 310. Milwaukee Marquette, the two-time defending Division 1 state champion (the 2020 WIAA tournament was canceled), was seventh at 312.

“They definitely pay attention to the rankings,” Lasers coach John Sams said of his players. “They know there’s talent out there and I think that keeps them pushing. We know Marquette has not played their best. Arrowhead is starting to play a little bit better and test us more. They bested us this week in one of our conference matches. We expect Middleton to be there all the time.”

Marquette junior Sebastian Kasun was the individual medalist with a 2-under 70 on a day that began with a 15-minute frost delay and turned sunny and pleasant before the wind shifted in the afternoon and the temperature dropped, making for difficult conditions.

The victory was Kasun’s first as a high school golfer and was the result of some superb shot-making.

He hit his tee shot on the par-3 sixth and his approaches on the par-4 11th and the par-5 14th to within 2 feet for easy birdies. He also made a 6-footer on the long par-4 10th and rolled in a 12-footer on the par-4 third.

He arrived at the 18th tee at 4-under but double-bogeyed the par-5 after blading a bunker shot.

“Probably nerves had a little something to do with it,” he said. “But I was in the zone most of the time. Overall, it was a really good round. It’s amazing to come out here and play. It’s an incredible course.”

Al Deang, a sophomore at Edgewood, finished second with a 71 and was the only other player in the field of 144 to break par. Deang birdied Nos. 1, 7, 13 and 16 and bogeyed Nos. 2, 14 and 17.

Mueller, Koenig, junior Alec Sosnowski of Middleton and sophomore Peter Hoeppner of Waukesha North tied for third with even-par 72s.

Koenig drove the green on the downwind 312-yard 11th hole and two-putted for one of his two birdies as he tied his best-ever high school score.

“This season I focused a lot on hitting knockdown shots and putting that aspect into my game, because I launch the ball super high,” said Koenig, who works with teacher John Bauer Jr. at The Practice Station in New Berlin. “I’ve been working on it and today I executed it pretty well.”

Michael Addie, a junior at Sussex Hamilton, shot a 73 to tie Amtmann and King for seventh place.

Addie has been on a roll, having won three of his previous four tournaments going into the MACC Fund Invite. His scores were 71, 69, 69 in those victories, and he finished runner-up in the fourth with a 71.

“I was supposed to play here last year but missed out because of COVID,” Addie said. ”Just being out here is awesome. We should all be grateful to be out here. It’s not often you get to come out and play Erin Hills.”

The same sentiment was repeated by many players in the field.

“I love doing things for other people,” King said. “This is a great opportunity not only for Arrowhead but for all the schools around Wisconsin.”

TEAM SCORES

Pos. Team Overall
1 Homestead (Mequon) 298
2 Arrowhead (Hartland) 300
2 Kettle Moraine 300
4 Edgewood (Madison) 307
5 Middleton 310
5 Waunakee 310
7 Marquette (Milwaukee) 312
8 Wauwatosa East/West 321
9 Germantown 322
9 Slinger 322
11 Xavier (Appleton) 325
12 Brookfield Central 328
13 Tomah 329
14 Menomonee Falls 331
15 Hamilton (Sussex) 332
16 Lodi 337
17 Notre Dame (Green Bay) 339
18 Badger (Lake Geneva) 340
18 Mukwonago 340
20 Cedarburg 345
21 Hartford 346
21 Sun Prairie 346
23 Muskego 347
24 Oconomowoc 354
25 St. Mary's Springs (Fond du Lac) 355
26 Waukesha North 357
27 Catholic Memorial (Waukesha) 358
27 Lake Country Lutheran (Hartland) 358
27 Neenah 358
30 Waukesha South 374
31 Kenosha Tremper 377
32 Beaver Dam 390
33 West Allis Hale 402
34 Saint Thomas More (Milwaukee) 410
35 Kenosha Christian Life 452

INDIVIDUAL SCORES

First Name Last Name Team Out In Total
Sebastian Kasun Marquette 35 35 70
Al Deang Edgewood 35 36 71
Ty Mueller Homestead 39 33 72
Alex Koenig Kettle Moraine 37 35 72
Alec Sosnowski Middleton 35 37 72
Peter Hoeppner Waukesha North 34 38 72
Bode King Arrowhead 35 38 73
Nick Amtmann Arrowhead 37 36 73
Michael Addie Hamilton 39 34 73
Sam Sonsalla Brookfield Central 37 37 74
Peter Haideman Arrowhead 40 35 75
Hunter Thibert Homestead 38 37 75
Luke Ladd Homestead 37 38 75
Jackson Cain Kettle Moraine 38 37 75
Ben Pausha Kettle Moraine 36 39 75
Addison Raimer Slinger 37 38 75
Maxwell Brud Waunakee 37 38 75
Joe Fricker Homestead 38 38 76
Cole Ropicky Marquette 42 34 76
Tyler Schick Sun Prairie 39 37 76
KC Nickel Waunakee 37 39 76
Ryan Draheim Xavier 38 38 76
Ethan Arndt Edgewood 38 39 77
Collin Thomey Germantown 37 40 77
Jacob Beckman Middleton 41 36 77
Sam Schneider Notre Dame 36 41 77
Logan Suter Oconomowoc 35 42 77
Will Summers Slinger 36 41 77
Will Meganck Waunakee 38 39 77
Alex Weiss Edgewood 39 39 78
Camden Schmidt Germantown 40 38 78
Jackson Vinopal Kettle Moraine 41 37 78
Ben Hilbelink Menomonee Falls 39 39 78
Dain Johnson Middleton 37 41 78
Matthew Paulson Mukwonago 40 38 78
Adam Soczka Wauwatosa Co-Op 40 38 78
Grant Wieczorek Arrowhead 40 39 79
Andrew Fickel Arrowhead 38 41 79
Sam Dethloff Menomonee Falls 39 40 79
Nolan Thompson Menomonee Falls 41 38 79
Teddy Schumacher Saint Mary's Springs 39 40 79
Logan Ertl Wauwatosa Co-Op 40 39 79
Luke Abram Badger 41 39 80
Sammy Yun Brookfield Central 36 44 80
Tyler Tusing Catholic Memorial 38 42 80
Andrew Case Germantown 41 39 80
Ethan Anderson Lake Country Lutheran 38 42 80
Kogen Baron Lodi 41 39 80
Kade Gnewikow Tomah 40 40 80
Josh Draheim Xavier 42 38 80
Colton Craig Badger 40 41 81
Michael Yesbeck Edgewood 42 39 81
Tyler Dahl Kenosha Tremper 39 42 81
Haley Thoeny Lodi 39 42 81
Ryan Darling Notre Dame 44 37 81
Finn Somers Wauwatosa Co-Op 41 40 81
Nathan Theama Cedarburg 43 39 82
Josef Kloiber Cedarburg 41 41 82
Matthew Zagar Hartford Union 38 44 82
Hunter Neumann Tomah 40 42 82
Connor Keenan Waunakee 40 42 82
Charlie Schubbe Xavier 38 44 82
Cole Hoffman Hamilton 41 42 83
Christian Wagner Hamilton 45 38 83
Riley Simonz Marquette 43 40 83
Will Buettner Marquette 43 40 83
Drew Sjowall Middleton 44 39 83
Devin Evraets Mukwonago 44 39 83
Colin Stubbs Muskego 43 40 83
John Callahan Neenah 38 45 83
Vinny Lestina Oconomowoc 39 44 83
John Christen Tomah 39 44 83
Ben Soboleski Wauwatosa Co-Op 44 39 83
Caleb Stinespring Kenosha Christian Life 38 46 84
Joseph Drana Muskego 45 39 84
Elijah Oitzinger Neenah 43 41 84
Tyson Miller Slinger 42 42 84
Kale Gnewikow Tomah 38 46 84
Tanner Brasfield Arrowhead 44 41 85
Kason Boivin Brookfield Central 42 43 85
Kenny Piacsek Catholic Memorial 42 43 85
Philip Murphy Cedarburg 44 42 86
Bailey Clark Lodi 47 39 86
Zachary Kunze Muskego 46 40 86
Zachary Greenhill Slinger 43 43 86
Owen Van Galen Waukesha South 40 46 86
Christopher Bakken Badger 44 43 87
Jack Tonnessen Germantown 42 45 87
Alec O’Bryon Hartford Union 45 42 87
Joseph Missurelli Saint Thomas More 44 43 87
Alex Oehrlein Sun Prairie 42 45 87
Matthew Draheim Xavier 44 43 87
Patrick Kerrigan Hartford Union 45 43 88
Tyler Schroeder Mukwonago 43 45 88
Charlie Schott Notre Dame 44 44 88
Jordan Draws Sun Prairie 45 43 88
Alexander Nustad Brookfield Central 46 43 89
Hunter Wenzel Hartford Union 44 45 89
Luke Cahalane Lake Country Lutheran 47 42 89
Brady Welsch Saint Mary's Springs 44 45 89
matt burlage Lake Country Lutheran 42 48 90
Brian Meitzner Lodi 47 43 90
marco conforti Kenosha Tremper 51 40 91
Cooper Barry Mukwonago 48 43 91
TJ Walton Badger 45 47 92
Jacob Neaves Catholic Memorial 48 44 92
Donovan Mcgalloway Saint Mary's Springs 49 43 92
Ben Nortman Beaver Dam 46 47 93
Ryan Avrit Hamilton 45 48 93
Nick Hein Neenah 45 48 93
Triston Behrend Notre Dame 43 50 93
Spencer Lupinek Oconomowoc 46 47 93
Reis Clark Waukesha North 47 46 93
Casey McCormick Waukesha South 49 44 93
Brian Radish Muskego 47 47 94
Connor Tweed Waukesha North 46 48 94
Hayden Ersbo Arrowhead 50 45 95
Eric Oberlander Cedarburg 47 48 95
Jake Wertz Menomonee Falls 51 44 95
Kyle Pelz Saint Mary's Springs 48 47 95
Jacob Hollfelder Sun Prairie 51 44 95
Tyler Prondzinski West Allis Hale 48 47 95
Brody Stofflet Beaver Dam 50 46 96
Declan Hoffman West Allis Hale 52 44 96
Wyatt Straseske Beaver Dam 44 53 97
Elijah Berrong Waukesha South 51 46 97
Carson Schultz Neenah 54 44 98
Justin Kaczynski Saint Thomas More 51 47 98
Tom Demo Waukesha North 49 49 98
Ethan Ladd Waukesha South 48 50 98
Max Johnson Lake Country Lutheran 51 48 99
Anthony Zakszewski University Lake School 50 49 99
Jack Basarich Catholic Memorial 53 48 101
Jaden Tremaine Oconomowoc 53 48 101
Tyler Buechs West Allis Hale 49 52 101
Kamden Logan Kenosha Tremper 55 47 102
Tyson Baldwin Kenosha Tremper 47 56 103
Logan Heim Beaver Dam 50 54 104
Daniel Brooks Saint Thomas More 55 51 106
Joseph Doornek West Allis Hale 53 57 110
Carl Travis Kenosha Christian Life 57 59 116
Christopher Anderson Saint Thomas More 62 57 119
Nathan Calabrese Kenosha Christian Life 62 59 121
William Sisson Kenosha Christian Life 66 65 131

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