Men's golf tied for third in NAC championship, three top 20 finishers
Athletics - posted on 10/12/2010
Led by three top-20 finishers, the Lakeland College men's golf team tied for third place with Benedictine University in the Northern Athletics Conference Championships on Oct. 10-11 at Whistling Straights-Irish Course.
Lakeland posted a combined team score of 650, shooting a 319 on day one and 331 on day two. The Muskies finished 20 strokes behind NAC Champion Edgewood College, which came from five strokes behind day-one leader Milwaukee School of Engineering to win.
Lakeland Junior Gary Petit (Monroe, Wis.) finished third with a two-day total of 154, shooting a 75 on day one and a 79 on day two. Petit finished six strokes behind NAC Champion Dane Zachman of MSOE and just two strokes behind Aurora University's Cameron Parker.
Head coach Tyler Bormann was pleased with Petit's play and progress this season.
"Gary had a tremendous junior year," said Bormann. "This year he expected more out of himself and prepared himself to finish in the top of the conference. It didn't come as a surprise to him when he finished third."
Petit finished seventh in the NAC Championships last year and posted a score of 158, improving by four strokes this season.
Overall, Bormann was proud of the team and plans to compete for the league title next season.
"I am proud of our guys," said Bormann. "This is one the best finishes for Lakeland since I've been coaching here. Before we could be competitive in the conference tournament, we had to break the trend of finishing outside the top three to four teams. We did that this season, and now we are in the top three to four."
Petit was joined in the top 20 by junior Brian Balistierri (New Berlin, Wis.) and junior Ben Laubusch (Germantown, Wis.) who both tied for 13th with a two-day combined score of 164. Balistierri helped Lakeland to a strong day one showing after posting a 76. Laubusch shot a 79 on day one and an 85 on day two to help secure the third-place slot.
Also placing for Lakeland was junior Bobby Komoroski (Germantown, Wis.), with a two-day total of 168, and junior Zach Mutsch (Howards Grove, Wis.), with a two-day combined score of 180.
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