GREEN BAY - The Notre Dame golf team dominated their regional tournament winning by 32 shots. Senior Ben Bobinski led the way.
Having a pair of brothers on a high school team isn't an unusual occurrence. Having one who's a player and the other the head coach like Notre Dame has with the Bobinski brothers is a little out of the norm.
Brian Bobinski is in his 12 th year as a teacher and coach at Notre Dame. Ben Bobinski is a three sports all-conference performer, playing football, basketball and golf for the Tritons. Ben says having the same last name and a sixteen year difference in age causes some confusion around school.
"A lot of people he thinks he's my dad or something like that," Ben said.
The gap in age means that Brian and Ben while brothers, didn't have all the same shared experiences like one might associate with brothers. Brian said, in that way, having Ben as a student and coaching him in both basketball and golf has been a rewarding experience.
"Honestly having him at school teaching and coaching of the 12 years I've been here these 4 years have been the most special for me," Brian said.
Ben, who's been a member of the Tritons varsity golf team since his sophomore year, when the team won the state title, said that the success of the team has been a lot of fun. He added it's been even better sharing it with his brother.
"I think it means a little bit more than if it was just by myself because we can do it together it makes it more interesting because he's by my side the whole time," Ben said. "It just kind of builds our relationship."
Brian says he's seen Ben blossom as a player in high school, going from playing golf on a whim as a freshman to an all-conference performer as senior.
"He played in a lot of tournaments with the best players in the state and he's really taken that as a challenge," coach Bobinski said. "You've got guys that are going to Marquette and Wisconsin on scholarship. It's really brought out the best in him."
Ben says the competition in practice with his teammates helps push him as well.
"It's helped that I've had a lot of good players around me, guys like Ben Wagner, who are fundamentally sound. He always helps me if I need it," the Notre Dame senior said. The depth of the team also pushes the individuals on it. "The top 10 guys are all really close together so it makes it really interesting."
After 4 years together on the course the journey for the brothers Bobinski is almost over. "It's going to be weird thinking about next year. He won't be there as one of the coaches with me all the time," Ben said.
After all the time they've spent together, the state tournament could prove an emotional send off.
"I'm sure if we make it to the state tournament walking up 18 on the 2nd day there might be some emotion," Brian said. "It'll be a little bit sad but I just want him and the guys to have the most success they can have and go out the way that they want to."
Going out the way they want to means hoisting a state championship trophy and oh brother what a finish that would be.
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