Greendale Martin Luther | 2018 Metro Classic Conference Tournament Champions

Greendale Martin Luther | 2018 Metro Classic Conference Tournament Champions 

Looking back

2018 conference champion

Greendale Martin Luther placed two golfers in the top five and shot a 343 to win the Metro Classic Conference boys golf championship at Ives Grove Golf Links in Sturtevant. The Spartans finished seven strokes ahead of Racine Lutheran, which won the overall conference championship.

2018 conference medalist

Racine Prairie senior Brian Eitel and Greendale Martin Luther junior Austin Ramos shot matching 35s at Ives Grove GL to share medalist honors at the Metro Classic Championship. Eitel also earned Metro Classic player-of-the-year honors.

Top 2018 WIAA finishes

Team: Racine Lutheran shot 358 and finished tied for sixth at the WIAA Division 3 Waupun Central Wisconsin Christian sectional, 45 shots behind champion Fond du Lac St. Mary's Springs and 17 shots shy of the second state tournament berth. Individual: Racine St. Catherine's junior Grant Wininger shot 80 and finished tied for 10th at the WIAA Division 2 Kewaskum sectional, six shots behind medalist Solomon Zarling of Kettle Moraine Lutheran and three shots shy of a state berth.

Looking ahead

Preseason top three

Greendale Martin Luther; Racine Prairie; Racine Lutheran.

Preseason all-conference

First team: Joe Immekus, jr., Greendale Martin Luther; Austin Ramos, sr., Greendale Martin Luther; Luke Sassano, sr., Burlington Catholic Central; David Voss, jr., Racine Lutheran; Grant Wininger, sr., Racine St. Catherine's.

Second team: Forest Cookman, sr., Racine Prairie School; Luke Herdon, sr., Racine Prairie School; Scooter Molbeck, fr., Racine Lutheran; Carlos Santiago, jr., Greendale Martin Luther; Cooper Siudak, jr., Racine Prairie School.

What to watch

Greendale Martin Luther has one of the best 1-2 tandems around in junior Joe Immekus and senior Austin Ramos, but the Spartans are going to have to see development out of the Nos. 3 and 4 position to make an impact beyond the Metro Classic Conference in a tough WIAA Division 2 Racine St. Catherine's sectional that includes Kewaskum and Waukesha Catholic Memorial. Racine Prairie will miss 2018 Metro Classic player of the year Brian Eitel and his ability to go low at the top of the lineup, but the Prairie Hawks bring back the other four golfers from a team that finished third in the conference a year ago. Conversely, Racine Lutheran — the overall conference champion a year ago — brings back a pair of second-team all-Metro Classic golfers in David Voss and Scooter Molbeck and adds a solid No. 3 in sophomore Riley Gall, who was a medalist in four JV events last season. But the Crusaders will need to find a consistent fourth score to challenge the top teams in the league. Racine St. Catherine's has a conference medalist contender in senior Grant Wininger, a three-time WIAA sectional qualifier, but needs to find scoring help behind him. This could be the year Burlington Catholic Central, Whitefish Bay Dominican, Kenosha St. Joseph and Milwaukee St. Thomas More make a move up the standings as all four schools return at least three golfers that gained varsity experience in 2018. 

Circle these dates

April 13 — Waukesha Catholic Memorial Tournament (Broadlands GC-North Prairie).  April 15 — Metro Classic Conference Mini-Meet #1 (Bristol Oaks CC-Bristol). April 22 — Lake Geneva Badger Invitational (Geneva National GC-Lake Geneva). April 25 — Milwaukee University School Invitational (Mee-Kwon Park GC-Mequon). April 26 — Franklin Invitational (Oakwood Park GC-Franklin).  April 27 — Waukesha North "Kaz" Invitational (New Berlin Hills GC). April 29 — Metro Classic Conference Mini-Meet #2 (Oakwood Park GC-Franklin). April 30 — Wisconsin Flyway Conference Mini-Meet #5 (South Hills GC-Fond du Lac). May 2 — Racine County Invitational (Meadowbrook CC-Racine). May 4 — Ashenfelter Invitational (Janesville Riverside GC); Lake Country Invitational (Erin Hills GC-Erin). May 6 — Waukesha West Invitational (The Legend at Merrill Hills CC-Waukesha). May 7 — Somers Shoreland Lutheran (Brighton Dale Links GC-Kenosha). May 9 — Metro Classic Conference Mini-Meet #3 (Browns Lake GC-Burlington). May 10 — Kenosha County Invitational (Brighton Dale Links-Kansasville). May 18 — Metro Classic Conference Championship (Ives Grove GL-Sturtevant).

rob@killarneygolfmedia.com

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.