BY: Rob Hernandez, Wisconsin Golf Reporter
Joe Forsting will begin his college golf career at Iowa Central Community College in Fort Dodge, Iowa, next fall, but where the Edgerton senior ends his college career remains to be seen.
The three-time WIAA Division 2 sectional and 2018 state qualifier believes he has the talent to play golf at a four-year school and his performance this past summer on the WPGA Junior Tour would suggest he's not far-fetched in that thinking. He won three one-day events on that circuit — at Janesville Riverside, The Oaks Golf Course in Cottage Grove and Pleasant View Golf Course in Middleton — and backed it up with top-30 showings at the WPGA Junior Championship in Milwaukee and the WPGA Morgan Stanley Junior Tour Championship at Washington County Golf Course in Hartford.
Coached by Prairie du Chien native Kris Graewin, the Tritons are in the early stages of returning to the prominence it enjoyed just a few years ago. According to Graewin, Iowa Central qualified for the National Junior College Athletic Association Championship as the Region XI champion in 2014 and the runner-up in 2017.
Forsting figures to play a key role at Iowa Central next season. The Rock Valley Conference champion helped Edgerton reach the WIAA Division 2 state tournament last spring for the first time since 2013 and shot 83-77 to finish tied for 13th place once he got there.
He began his summer by shooting 72 at a WPGA Junior Tour event at Janesville Riverside and winning by three strokes. He shot 71 three times during the summer, twice to win WPGA Junior Tour events and once in the first round of the WPGA Junior Championship where he was two shots off the lead after his opening 71 at Dretzka Park Golf Course and closed with a 78 at Brown Deer Park in a rollercoaster round that featured three birdies, an eagle, four bogeys, one double-bogey and one triple bogey.
"Iowa Central has a tradition of being a school with high athletic success," wrote Forsting, whose class is the first Graewin has recruited with the eight scholarships allotted to the 50-year-old program. "I believe I as well as the rest of the team have a chance to live up to the standard of the college's history and perform on a very high level. The more everyone pushes each other to be better on this team, the better chance we will have to live up to the Iowa Central's expectations.
"My goal after Iowa Central relates to what I said with potentially going to a Division 1 college, as well as having a couple of successful seasons with the team on the way. Central is a college where over 70 percent of its students are athletes who are looking to prove that they could perform athletically at a high level after their two years."
Graewin said he hopes to continue to tap his Wisconsin roots to help build the Tritons program.
"A lot of work has gone into setting us up for a solid recruiting class and we could not be more excited for the future of the Triton golf program," Graewin wrote in an email interview with Wisconsin.Golf. "Joe has tremendous leadership qualities and will be a vital part in our future success. Wisconsin will always be home for me and I am looking forward to continuing to recruit the state hard."