NEKOOSA -- It was hard to describe the circumstances that determined the champions Monday at the Lake Arrowhead Invitational, but Matthew Raab found four words that summed it all up.

“It was pretty crazy,” the Hartland golfer said in a phone interview with Wisconsin.Golf.

Crazy, indeed. Raab shot 1-over-par 73 and escaped with a one-stroke victory over first-round leader and Marquette recruit Tyler Leach of Spring Valley, but only after a wild closing stretch.

Leach, who was three ahead of Raab when the day began, watched his playing partner make three birdies on the Lakes Course at Lake Arrowhead GC (Nos. 2, 3 and 7) while Leach made three bogeys (Nos. 1, 8 and 9). After Leach made back-to-back bogeys to start the back nine and fall behind by five shots, Raab made three straight bogeys to leave the door open a crack for Leach, who erased the rest of his deficit with back-to-back birdies at Nos. 15 and 16.

It got so confusing that -- after Leach double-bogeyed No. 17 and Raab made a scrambling bogey the hole -- Raab still wasn’t certain where the two stood in relation to each other.

“I had no idea,” Raab said. “I thought for sure we were still tied. I was ready for a playoff.” Instead, his conservative route to a par on No. 18 -- he hit 3-iron/9-iron and two-putted for par -- was good enough for Raab’s first major victory on the Wisconsin junior golf circuit and a berth in the national PGA Junior Boys Championship at Valhalla GC in Louisville, Kentucky from July 30 through Aug. 3.

“I feel good about it pretty good about it; everything is coming into place,” said Raab, who just a week ago was dealing with the disappointment of Hartland Arrowhead’s second-place finish to Milwaukee Marquette at the WIAA Division 1 state tournament. “It was tough. It definitely stung a bit. We were expected to win and we didn’t get it done. But you’ve got to (move forward).”

In the girls competition, Bay Port’s Jo Baranczyk was moving toward victory in what became a final-round duel with playing partner Emily Lauterbach of Hartland, but not until the two were split up for the final nine holes in an unusual move designed to improve the pace of play.

So while Baranczyk was struggling to a 6-over 42 on the front nine to end the day, she had no idea Lauterbach was going on a birdie binge. The University of Wisconsin recruit birdied four of her final seven holes (Nos. 3, 4, 6 and 9) to shoot 3-under 33 and get within one shot of Barancyk, who bogeyed her final hole to finish at 9-over 153, one shot ahead of Lauterbach.

“I did not know about her birdie run nor did I know what I had to score to hold onto the win,” Baranczyk said. “During my first round Sunday, my putter was working well for me. The second round of the tournament (Monday), my putter was not working so well, especially on the second nine. I was a bit nervous when I started playing bogey golf on my last nine, though.”

Baranczyk didn’t have much time to ponder the outcome. She left from Janesville and the Wisconsin State Women’s Open, which begins its two-day run today at Janesville CC.

“It is a confidence boost to have the win,” said Baranczyk, who earned a berth in the PGA Junior Girls Championship at Kearney Hill Golf Links from July 9 through 12 in Lexington, Kentucky. 

Boys overall results

1Matthew Raab  2019, Hartland, WI+1F+37473147425 
2Tyler Leach  2018, Spring Valley, WI+5F+47177148350 
T3Sean Murphy  2019, Middleton-1F+57871149275 
T3Jack Lutze  2020, Brookfield, WI+4F+57376149275 
5Zak Kulka  2019, Beaver Dam, WI+5F+87577152200 
T6Lukas Heckmann  2019, Middleton, WI+4F+97776153155 
T6Brock Hlinak  2019, Kaukauna, WI+5F+97677153155 
T6Piercen Hunt  2020, Hartland, WI+3F+97875153155 
9Paul Lynch  2020, Trevor, WI+8F+107480154130 
10Ty Kretz  2021, Marinette+5F+117877155120 
T11Tyler Cleaves  2019, Kaukauna, WI+8F+137780157105 
T11Jed Baranczyk  2018, Green Bay, WI+4F+138176157105 
13Evan Thomas  2019, Junction City, WI+4F+14827615890 
T14Connor Brown  2019, Racine+8F+15798015975 
T14Danny Sanicki  2019, Menomonee Falls, WI+6F+15817815975 
T14Ryan Schuelke  2018, Manawa, WI+9F+15788115975 
T17Cameron Huss  2020, Kenosha, WI+7F+16817916062.50 
T17Jakob Schroeckenthaler  2018, Cottage Grove, WI+6F+16827816062.50 
19Steven Sanicki  2019, Menomonee Falls, WI+7F+17827916155 
T20Jack Anderson  2019, Brookfield, WI+7F+18837916237.50 
T20Maxwell Schmidtke  2019, Sheboygan, WI+6F+18847816237.50 
T20Drake Wilcox  2020, Sheboygan, WI+11F+18798316237.50 
T20Austin Gray  2019, Janesville, WI+7F+18837916237.50 
T20Thomas Kriewaldt  2020, Madison, WI+6F+18847816237.50 
T20Isaac Heckmann  2018, Middleton, WI+13F+18778516237.50 
T26Erik Hopp  2018, Appleton, WI+7F+19847916317.50 
T26Elliott Nielsen  2018, Fond du lac, WI+9F+19828116317.50 
T28Mason Gardner  2018, Waupaca, WI+13F+2079851647.50 
T28Austin Schnell  2018, Two Rivers, WI+5F+2087771647.50 
30Maxamillian Xiong  2021, River Falls, WI+9F+2386811675 
31Kyle Wille  2019, Edgerton, WI+16F+2480881685 
32Benjamin Resnick  2018, Rice Lake, WI+18F+2579901695 
33Marty Swab  2020, Menomonee Falls, WI+21F+277893171  
34Joseph Forsting  2019, Edgerton, WI+8F+289280172  
35Addison Raimer  2021, West Bend, WI+21F+439493187  
36Logan Pechinski  2021, Plover, WI+19F+449791188

Girls overall results

1Jo Baranczyk  2021, Green Bay, WI+8F+97380153425 
2Emily Lauterbach  2019, Hartland, WI+1F+108173154350 
3Courtney Matschke  2018, Franklin, WI+7F+127779156300 
4Lexi Meade  2019, Eau Claire, WI+10F+167882160250 
5Rachel Kauflin  2020, Wauwatosa, WI+11F+208183164200 
6Jessica Guiser  2024, Hartland, WI+6F+228878166175 
7Mallory Swartz  2020, Franklin, WI+14F+268486170150 
8Annie Balduzzi  2019, Onalaska, WI+12F+278784171140 
9Anouska Siva  2019, Brookfield, WI+18F+308490174130 
10Holly Murphy  2020, Lake Geneva WI+14F+318986175120 
11Katherine Meier  2020, Middleton, WI+20F+368892180110 
12Madeline Koenig  2019, Wales, WI+15F+389587182100 
13Bree Downie  2018, Hortonville+21F+43949318790 
14Aly Kinzel  2021, Waunakee, WI+23F+521019519680 
15Grace Warrner  2019, Lakewood, WI+33F+6310210520775 
16Jaycie Korth  2018, Plover, WI+52F+8010012422470