When building a strong boys golf team, having the returning WIAA Division 1 state runner-up is not a bad place to start.
Greendale welcomes back senior Nate Thomson, who finished just one stroke away from the individual state championship last season.
He actually made a birdie on the final hole to tie Sam Galloway of Neenah for a couple of minutes, but then Galloway, who was Thomson's playing partner, nailed a 3-foot birdie of his own to win by one shot.
Thomson wound up at 143 shots, one under par on the University Ridge course.
Now he is back with the Panthers, looking to repeat all of his accomplishments from last season and take things one step — or one stroke — further at state.
He is joined by fellow senior Aaron Pawlinski, who coach Chris Muench said is also playing well this spring, and freshmen James Johnson and Josh Warner.
'We'll have a battle for our fifth spot throughout the season,' Muench said, 'but I like our chances heading into the Woodland schedule this week.'
Greendale shot a 62 to take second to Muskego's 61 in a four-man scramble event at Edgewood on April 16. The team was made up of Thomson, Pawlinski, Johnson and Warner.
The Panthers also placed second to Muskego in a tournament at the Broadlands on April 14. Thomson claimed medalist honors with 38; Pawlinski and James Kuhman shot 39 in better-ball; and Johnson and Warner posted a 41 scramble score.
Coming in second to Muskego twice is no disgrace because the Warriors qualified as a team for the state tournament last season.
Greendale has a Woodland Conference mini meet at 3 p.m. Thursday, April 21, at New Berlin Hills, and then takes part in the Franklin Invitational at 8 a.m. Friday, April 22, at Oakwood Golf Course.