After a somewhat inconsistent start to the Woodland Conference season, the Greenfield boys golf team put everything together and won the final three mini-meets and the East Division championship.
The Hustlin' Hawks posted a 164 to take the sixth mini-meet on May 12 at Currie Park, topping second-place Whitnall by 25 strokes, and a 156 to capture the fifth mini-meet on May 11 at Brown Deer Park, 12 shots ahead of South Milwaukee.
Those victories, coupled with another mini-meet victory at Oakwood Golf Course on May 5, gave the Hawks the East Division crown, their first title since 2003.
Greenfield's late surge followed two crucial team discussions at midseason, after the Hawks had finished second, first and third in the first three mini-meets.
'After three mini-meets, we talked about how we were still in control of our destiny,' said coach Tony Sibley. 'If we win out, we knew we could take the conference title, and that is what we did.'
The Hawks also held a team meeting at that time.
'We discussed some issues that we were having as a team,' Sibley recalled. 'The discussion really needed to happen. It cleared the air, ultimately made us stronger and ended up giving us the spark we needed. The guys really looked inward and stepped up their games, which led to the three-best team scores of the season: 168, 156, 164.'
In the mini-meet on May 12, freshman Sam Mendoza claimed medalist honors with a 38, and in the meet on May 10, Mendoza tied teammate Aaron Rick for honors with 37 each.
Mendoza joined Rick and Tyler Whitt on the all-division first team. Mendoza finished with the top scoring average in the division, Rick took third place individually and Whitt took fifth.
Kyle Jablonski came in 10th in average, earning a spot on the all-division second team.
'Kyle is really playing his best golf right now,' Sibley said. 'He is one of those guys who loves to compete.'
The Hawks competed in a Woodland Conference mega-mini meet and the 18-hole tournament earlier this week.
They will take part in a WIAA Division 1 regional meet at 9 a.m. Tuesday, May 24, at Oakwood Golf Course.
'The plan is to get better every day and play for each other,' Sibley said. 'We have reached one goal by winning the Woodland East. I know the guys are excited for the regional.'