Homestead boys golf coach Steve O'Brien knows that all-state ace Robbie Morway has a lot of the intangibles necessary to be a great linksman.
Such as the ability to adapt to difficult conditions.
Such as when Morway turned in a stout first-round 18-hole score of 76 on April 19 at the Sheboygan North Invitational on April 19 under cool temperatures in the 30s with winds howling off Lake Michigan. It didn't help that everyone was playing the challenging Irish Course, part of the professional-level Kohler complex.
Morway built on that first-round score and wound up earning medalist honors in the 28-team event with a 36-hole score of 150.
O'Brien was impressed.
"The temperature dropped a ton, we were on a tough course and we were playing 6 1/2 rounds," said O'Brien. "It was challenging golf to say the least. But Rob was primed and ready to tackle the season head-on. He handled the conditions well and didn't put himself in too many tough situations. He really managed the golf course."
Morway's title led the Highlanders to a third-place team finish in the event.
The finish provided some momentum to the Highlanders as they wound up winning the first two North Shore Conference mini-meets on April 24 and 25.
It's all part of a challenging, hectic, weather-dependent schedule for Homestead this week, that will be capped off with a trip to the Onalaska Invitational on Friday, April 28, and to "The Kaz" Invitational on April 29 at New Berlin Hills.
An ugly, rainy forecast this week may put a severe damper on that slate.
But the Highlanders were all smiles after the North Invite.
Morway's total of 150 was two shots better than Bay Port's Jed Baranczyk as Homestead carded a 36-hole team total of 662 while Bay Port won with a 651 and North was second at 654.
Helping out Morway were Max Pasher with a 170 total (88-82), Joe Lappin with a 171 (88-83), Ben Elchert with a 171 (90-81) and Dawson Dahlberg with a 183 (92-91).
O'Brien was pleased with how the rest of the team rallied after a tough first day.
"The guys were a little disgusted with themselves," he said, "but we had a team meeting that night and everyone agreed that we'd be fine, and we were. Now the season is going to go fast. We'll be at 100 miles an hour from here on out."
That started early this week when the Highlanders edged Nicolet in the first NSC mini-meet at The Wisconsin Club on April 24 and at Tripoli Country Club on April 25.
Homestead was very impressive at Tripoli, turning in a nine-hole score of 149 as Nicolet was second with a 155 mark. Elchert and Pasher were co-medalists with 36 apiece while Morway came in with a 38 and Lappin 39.
At the Wisconsin Club, Homestead beat Nicolet, 164-165, as Morway came in with a 38 while Elchert had a 40.