With strong performances from its top four golfers, Wauwatosa's co-op girls golf team took third place at the Greater Metro Conference mini-meet on Sept. 12 at North Hills Country Club.
Rachel Kauflin continued her strong freshman season by shooting a 41 to finish third among individuals.
Senior Katie Gastrau carded a 48, junior Alex Ramos finished with a 55 and freshman Chandler Yow rounded out the Wauwatosa scoring lineup with a 56.
Sophomore Allie Boeckmann (62) and junior Tess Russ (70) also played.
"The girls took on what, in my opinion, is the toughest course they will play this season," Wauwatosa coach John Ravenola said. "The entire field scored higher on this tight layout with lightning fast greens. We had our ups and downs, but when the dust settled, the girls grabbed third place for the second straight week."
Entering the final mini-meet on Sept. 19, Wauwatosa sat alone in third place in the GMC team standings behind Brookfield Central and Divine Savior Holy Angels.
Kauflin and Gastrau trail DSHA's Lorenza Martinez by three strokes in the race for Greater Metro Player of the Year.
Gastrau's 48 at North Hills Country Club was her highest of the conference season and was dropped from her overall score.
"Katie Gastrau had a day that anyone who plays golf can relate to," Ravenola said. "Nothing seemed to go her way, but she roughed out a 48."
Gastrau bounced back at the Terror Invite at Winagamie Golf Course in Neenah on Sept. 17, carding a career-best 78 at the 18-hole event to lead Wauwatosa to a ninth-place team finish.
The 78 placed Gastrau third individually behind Courtney Matschke of Franklin (76) and Emily Balding of Brookfield Central (78).
Kauflin finished with an 89, Ramos shot a 108, Boeckmann came in with a 111 and Yow shot a 133.
"They all hit the ball better than their scores would indicate," Ravenola said. "Just a few miscues on an unfamiliar course, and scores tend to go up quickly."