Family does matter to Falls' All-GMC golfer Scrobel
Her dad is coach at Brookfield Central
Menomonee Falls' senior golfer Morgan Scrobel knows her situation is awkward, but in a somewhat good way.
The daughter of coach Brian Scrobel of Falls' Greater Metro Conference rival Brookfield Central, she became the first Indians golfer to earn first-team All-GMC honors with her fine effort at the league 18-hole finale held Sept. 25 at Broadlands.
In doing so, she led the Falls team to a second-place finish in the event, the best an Indians team has ever done. It was achieved with a school record 363 total.
She was giddy with delight for herself and her team, and then got her real payback a little later when she saw her dad.
"I noticed he got a little teary-eyed at it all," she laughed.
She said that the family has always lived in Menomonee Falls. They filled out some of the paperwork for Open Enrollment a couple of times to see if she could get into Central.
"But then we never followed through on it," she said.
Morgan said that dad is still happy for her and her team, as under first-year coach Jeff Thompson, the Indians have had arguably the best season in the program's short history as Morgan's teammate Jessica Gruber missed out on first-team All-GMC herself by just one shot, claiming second-team honors.
"We had to adjust to his coaching style just as he had to adjust to certain ways we do things," Morgan said of Thompson. "In the end, it led to a lot of team success.
"I can't believe we're actually at this point (senior year). I remember when Jessica and I were at the first day of tryouts freshmen year and we both said 'Look how old these people are.' Now we look around and we realize that we're the old people."
With a final season rapidly approaching its conclusion.
Thompson has been more than pleased with the response from his veteran unit.
Team not done yet
"This year's team has posted two of the three lowest team scores in school history with 363 being a new school record," he said, "but if you ask any one of them, they will tell you they are not done."
The next goal was the WIAA regional tournament on Wednesday at the very familiar Silver Spring Country Club. The top four teams and first four individuals on those teams advance to the sectional the Indians host on Oct. 7 at Wanaki.
The top two teams and first three individuals not on those teams advance from sectional to the WIAA State Meet at University Ridge in Verona on Oct. 14 and 15.
Morgan knows that the odds are long against the Indians for a team slot, but she would love it if either she or Gruber or both of them make it to University Ridge as individuals.
"We're very lucky to be playing on two courses we're very familiar with," she said. "It would be great if at least one of us could qualify for state."
Morgan put herself in position with a lot of hard work. She's been playing tournaments since sixth grade and spent a lot of time this past summer with PGA pro Chuck Wood out at Oconomowoc Golf Club.
"We worked very hard on my short game, which is what makes or breaks your game," she said. "I think I've also grown so much mentally, too. I'm able to manage myself on the course a lot better."
Having fun senior year
With that underneath her belt, she spoke to Gruber and the two formed a game plan.
"We wanted to have a blast this season," she said. "It's our last year so we said 'Let's have fun. Let's see what we can do.'"
Which has been considerable, as both Morgan and Gruber carded 18-hole totals of 84 in the finale. Scrobel finished third in the final individual standings as Central's Grace Dunn was individual league medalist.
More importantly, the school record 363 team total the Indians turned in was good enough for the runner-up slot behind Central's 335 mark.
Morgan and Gruber got help from Hailey Barbee with a 95, Morgan Richards with 100 and Kaitlyn Kirchbergher with a 105.
Thompson was encouraged.
"I'm very impressed at how the girls have supported each other throughout the conference season," he said. "It is a real pleasure to be with these ladies each day at practice and including travel time in the van, for six-plus hours for our 18-hole events like the conference tournament."
"We were so excited (when the final scores were announced)," Morgan said. "It was so exciting to see us play up to our capability."
She's also glad that pretty soon, she won't have to be playing against her dad's team anymore either.
"It has been difficult," she said. "He brought me up swinging and playing alongside him, but here I've been playing against his team (for all these years)."
He obviously taught her well.
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