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
|1||Matthew Raab 2019, Hartland, WI||+1||F||+3||74||73||147||425|
|2||Tyler Leach 2018, Spring Valley, WI||+5||F||+4||71||77||148||350|
|T3||Sean Murphy 2019, Middleton||-1||F||+5||78||71||149||275|
|T3||Jack Lutze 2020, Brookfield, WI||+4||F||+5||73||76||149||275|
|5||Zak Kulka 2019, Beaver Dam, WI||+5||F||+8||75||77||152||200|
|T6||Lukas Heckmann 2019, Middleton, WI||+4||F||+9||77||76||153||155|
|T6||Brock Hlinak 2019, Kaukauna, WI||+5||F||+9||76||77||153||155|
|T6||Piercen Hunt 2020, Hartland, WI||+3||F||+9||78||75||153||155|
|9||Paul Lynch 2020, Trevor, WI||+8||F||+10||74||80||154||130|
|10||Ty Kretz 2021, Marinette||+5||F||+11||78||77||155||120|
|T11||Tyler Cleaves 2019, Kaukauna, WI||+8||F||+13||77||80||157||105|
|T11||Jed Baranczyk 2018, Green Bay, WI||+4||F||+13||81||76||157||105|
|13||Evan Thomas 2019, Junction City, WI||+4||F||+14||82||76||158||90|
|T14||Connor Brown 2019, Racine||+8||F||+15||79||80||159||75|
|T14||Danny Sanicki 2019, Menomonee Falls, WI||+6||F||+15||81||78||159||75|
|T14||Ryan Schuelke 2018, Manawa, WI||+9||F||+15||78||81||159||75|
|T17||Cameron Huss 2020, Kenosha, WI||+7||F||+16||81||79||160||62.50|
|T17||Jakob Schroeckenthaler 2018, Cottage Grove, WI||+6||F||+16||82||78||160||62.50|
|19||Steven Sanicki 2019, Menomonee Falls, WI||+7||F||+17||82||79||161||55|
|T20||Jack Anderson 2019, Brookfield, WI||+7||F||+18||83||79||162||37.50|
|T20||Maxwell Schmidtke 2019, Sheboygan, WI||+6||F||+18||84||78||162||37.50|
|T20||Drake Wilcox 2020, Sheboygan, WI||+11||F||+18||79||83||162||37.50|
|T20||Austin Gray 2019, Janesville, WI||+7||F||+18||83||79||162||37.50|
|T20||Thomas Kriewaldt 2020, Madison, WI||+6||F||+18||84||78||162||37.50|
|T20||Isaac Heckmann 2018, Middleton, WI||+13||F||+18||77||85||162||37.50|
|T26||Erik Hopp 2018, Appleton, WI||+7||F||+19||84||79||163||17.50|
|T26||Elliott Nielsen 2018, Fond du lac, WI||+9||F||+19||82||81||163||17.50|
|T28||Mason Gardner 2018, Waupaca, WI||+13||F||+20||79||85||164||7.50|
|T28||Austin Schnell 2018, Two Rivers, WI||+5||F||+20||87||77||164||7.50|
|30||Maxamillian Xiong 2021, River Falls, WI||+9||F||+23||86||81||167||5|
|31||Kyle Wille 2019, Edgerton, WI||+16||F||+24||80||88||168||5|
|32||Benjamin Resnick 2018, Rice Lake, WI||+18||F||+25||79||90||169||5|
|33||Marty Swab 2020, Menomonee Falls, WI||+21||F||+27||78||93||171|
|34||Joseph Forsting 2019, Edgerton, WI||+8||F||+28||92||80||172|
|35||Addison Raimer 2021, West Bend, WI||+21||F||+43||94||93||187|
|36||Logan Pechinski 2021, Plover, WI||+19||F||+44||97||91||188|
Girls overall results
|1||Jo Baranczyk 2021, Green Bay, WI||+8||F||+9||73||80||153||425|
|2||Emily Lauterbach 2019, Hartland, WI||+1||F||+10||81||73||154||350|
|3||Courtney Matschke 2018, Franklin, WI||+7||F||+12||77||79||156||300|
|4||Lexi Meade 2019, Eau Claire, WI||+10||F||+16||78||82||160||250|
|5||Rachel Kauflin 2020, Wauwatosa, WI||+11||F||+20||81||83||164||200|
|6||Jessica Guiser 2024, Hartland, WI||+6||F||+22||88||78||166||175|
|7||Mallory Swartz 2020, Franklin, WI||+14||F||+26||84||86||170||150|
|8||Annie Balduzzi 2019, Onalaska, WI||+12||F||+27||87||84||171||140|
|9||Anouska Siva 2019, Brookfield, WI||+18||F||+30||84||90||174||130|
|10||Holly Murphy 2020, Lake Geneva WI||+14||F||+31||89||86||175||120|
|11||Katherine Meier 2020, Middleton, WI||+20||F||+36||88||92||180||110|
|12||Madeline Koenig 2019, Wales, WI||+15||F||+38||95||87||182||100|
|13||Bree Downie 2018, Hortonville||+21||F||+43||94||93||187||90|
|14||Aly Kinzel 2021, Waunakee, WI||+23||F||+52||101||95||196||80|
|15||Grace Warrner 2019, Lakewood, WI||+33||F||+63||102||105||207||75|
|16||Jaycie Korth 2018, Plover, WI||+52||F||+80||100||124||224||70|