The improvement of the Greenfield boys golf team continued last week, with the Hustlin' Hawks grabbing fourth place in the 27-hole Woodland Conference Tournament.
Greenfield tallied 505 strokes to finish behind champion Pewaukee with 485 shots, runner-up Greendale at 495 and New Berlin Eisenhower with 501.
The Woodland teams played nine holes at The Broadlands Golf Course on May 16 and 18 holes at Washington County Golf Course on May 18 to wind up the Woodland season.
Greenfield coach Tony Sibley, while pleased with the strides his Woodland East Division champion squad made this season, said that fourth place was not necessarily what the Hawks were seeking.
'We set a goal to crack the top three for this year's Woodland Tournament,' Sibley said. 'We finished fourth and trailed Eisenhower by four strokes. This was a tough pill to swallow because we were so close. We have talked throughout the year about how the scoring plays out. After 500 or so swings, it can come down to four strokes as the difference between third and fourth places.'
Tyler Whitt led the Hawks with a combined 118 strokes, six behind co-medalists Andrew Clement of Pewaukee and Nate Thomson of Greendale.
Whitt had nines of 39 at the Broadlands and 38 and 41 at Washington County.
Aaron Rick tallied 124 strokes (40, 39, 45), Sam Mendoza 124 (43, 45, 36), Jacob Schwartz 139 (48, 46, 45) and Kyle Jablonski 144 (50, 52, 42).
Greenfield began WIAA Division 1 regional play on May 24, and any qualifiers will take part in a sectional at 9 a.m. Tuesday, May 31, at Brightondale.
'I think the kids are hungry as we begin (the tournament),' Sibley said.