Raab & Baranczyk Capture First Major
(Sean Murphy, Matthew Raab, Tyler Leach) (Jo Baranczyk, Courtney Matschke, Emily Lauterbach)
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Mattew Raab considers himself to be a straight driver of the golf ball. Meantime, the Lakes Course at Lake Arrowhead is known for its narrow, heavily wooded fairways. This is called a recipe for success.
Raab, a 17-year-old from Hartland, hit all the fairways he needed to on Monday for a one-stroke win at the Lake Arrowhead Invitational in Nekoosa. Raab shot a final-round 73 Monday to go with his 74 Sunday on the Pines Course, good for a 147 total. Tyler Leach of Spring Valley, the first round leader, finished second (71-77–148).
The Boys Division was essentially decided on the par-5 17th hole Monday afternoon, where both Raab and Leach hit their tee shots wide right. Both shots ended up a few feet into the woods, but Raab clearly had a better chance to escape. Raab chipped out, leaving about 230 yards to the green. He hit a 4-iron over the green from there and failed to get up, recording a bogey-6.
Leach wasn’t so fortunate, as his attempted escape from the woods clipped a couple branches, leading to more trouble. “I got pretty unlucky on that hole,” Leach said. “Where (the tee shot) ended up, I had a tree in front of my ball so I couldn’t chip out straight sideways. I had to try to thread the needle and go forward. I thought if I hit a hard shot it would fly right through there. I don’t know what I hit, but it kicked back into the long stuff by maybe a foot, so I had to take an unplayable (lie).
“That was what probably lost it for me – making a (double- bogey) there.”
Raab admitted he was trying to keep track of the scoring on the final holes. Problem was, walking off the 17th green, he got his numbers wrong. “At that point I thought Tyler and I were tied,” Raab said. “I didn’t know I was beating him by one. “We both made par on 18, and I thought we were going to a playoff.”
Then Raab found out he had won the tournament. He got off to a fast start on front nine Monday, reeling off three birdies in his first seven holes. He made four bogeys on the back nine for his 1-over finish. Matthew admitted the Lake Arrowhead courses set up well for him.
“I’m a pretty straight driver of the golf ball, so it’s good to come to a tight course,” he said.
There was a tie for third place in the Boys Division at 149. Sean Murphy of Middleton shot 78-71) and Jack Lutze of Brookfield shot 73-76.
In the Girls Division, 14-year-old Jo Baranczyk held on to win by a single stroke. Baranczyk, who lives in Green Bay, took the lead with a first-round 73 on the Pines Sunday before finishing with an 80 Monday for a 153 finish.
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