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The last time the Lakeland College men's golf team won a tournament was in 2008 at the UW-Sheboygan tournament at The Bull at Pinehurst Farms. It was the last time a Lakeland golfer took first place, until junior Gary Petit (Monroe, Wis.) shot a two-day score of 152 to win place first place and help Lakeland win the 2010 Marian University Golf Invite at Whispering Springs golf course in Fond du Lac, Wis., on Sept 11-12.
The Muskies posted a combined score of 319 on day one and 325 on day two for a total team score of 644. Lakeland finished just three strokes ahead of Northern Athletics Conference foe Dominican after being down two strokes to the Stars on day one.
The Muskies had two top 10 finishers, including Petit and junior Ben Laubusch (Germantown, Wis.), who placed seventh with a two-day score of 158.
Head coach Tyler Bormann was pleased with the team's play, which he hopes will stay consistent heading into the NAC Tournament on Oct. 10-11.
"We have to be more consistent," said Bormann. "We have the talent on our team to compete for the conference championship, but we haven't proven to ourselves that we all can be consistent on the same day.
"We are as close as we've ever been to having that consistency. The guys played well on two consecutive days at the Marian Invite, but I think we can play better. It's realistic for us to win the NAC Tournament."
How Lakeland fares in the NAC tournament depends on how hard the Muskies are willing to work in the next couple of weeks. Lakeland will look to Petit to lead the way and bring the mental toughness it takes to win a championship.
"Anything can happen," Bormann said. It's a two-day event. We can play really well on day one and the next day dig ourselves a big hole. We have to be ready so that no matter what, we can play consistent golf."
Before heading into NAC Tournament play, Lakeland will compete in the MSOE Invite on Oct. 3-4 at the Grand Geneva Golf Course in Lake Geneva, Wis.