Though the weather on the first day was more conducive to dog-sled racing, no way in heck was the Menomonee Falls boys golf team giving up on its opportunity to take part in the 36-hole Sheboygan North Invitational held on the high-end professional courses in the Kohler region April 19-20.
And behind sophomore Steven Sanicki's third-place individual finish, the Indians made it worth their while, taking 10th of 29 teams in the powerhouse event.
"We packed just about every article of clothing that we could," said Falls coach Tony Pritchard. "With the location of these courses (right on Lake Michigan), we knew the weather was coming, but there was simply no temperature, no wind and no rain that was going to keep us from enjoying our experience.
"The kids had this one circled right from the beginning of the season."
For good reason, as behind the Sanicki brothers, senior Ryan and twin sophomores Danny and Steven, the Indians have a good chance to make a lot of noise this season and the North finish was the first real sign that they are going to do so,
They showed some real mental toughness in doing so.
Under the notation of "conditions" on the first day results, the weather on April 19 was listed as "high 30s ,wind 20-25 out of the NE (meaning off the lake)."
Not ideal to say the least.
Still, the Indians persevered with an 18-hole score of 344, which put them seventh in the loaded field.
"We had come up Tuesday night and used the evening as a team-building exercise," said Pritchard. "We knew what the weather was going to be like, and we felt OK about what we did. The wind picked up during the day and, as time passed, we had to throw out our local knowledge and just gear up.
"After that, we felt optimistic on Thursday."
The Indians were right in there with powers like Brookfield Central and Green Bay Notre Dame and that was a strong reason why Pritchard felt optimistic.
With the weather more palatable on Thursday, April 20, especially with a lighter wind, the Indians took hold of that optimism on what Pritchard called "a hybrid of the Meadow and River courses" and turned in a 335 score. The course was what they used for the US Women's Open a few years ago, said Pritchard
The 679 overall total was a competitive mark as Bay Port won with 651 and Sheboygan North was second with 654.
Steven Sanicki was equally competitive as he turned in marks of 79 and 76, good for a 36-hole mark of 155, as Homestead's Robbie Morway was individual medalist with a 150.
"At the end of last season, Steven felt he was not playing as well as his ball-striking would have indicated," said Pritchard, "but he put in a lot of time on the range and on the putting green. He got into things early here and as it usually goes when you're having a good round, he didn't have to do a lot of thinking. He hit a lot of greens and he made a lot of putts.
"For him to finish in the top 10 in that field it was very exciting."
Logan Roble was next for Falls with a 174 total (87-87) as was Danny Sanickik (89-85) while Ryan Sanicki carded a 176 (89-87). Matt Swab carded a 93 on the first day and Thomas Kirchberger 101 on the second day.
Pritchard said the team will take the encouraging finish and run with it. The Indians had a Greater Metro Conference mini-meet on Monday, April 24, took part in the Brookfield Central Skins Invitrational at Wanaki on Wednesday, April 26, and will travel west for the Onalaska Invitational on Friday, April 28.
"The kids have a ton of expectations; they're really ready to compete," said Pritchard.