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April 16, 2013 | 05:19 PMDELAVAN — For most of the past decade, the Big Foot boys golf squad could only sit and watch as Badger and Elkhorn dominated the annual Walworth County Open golf tournament.
But last year, the Chiefs broke through with a commanding victory.
And on Monday at Lake Lawn Resort, Big Foot showed up for an encore in the first big meet of the season.
"It's always great to get a win, but most importantly this spring, it was a relief to get on a course and play," Big Foot coach Bob Sullivan said.
"We had gone 10 years without a win until last year, so two in a row certainly is nice for the boys."
Junior Craig Halma paced the Chiefs with an 82, totaling a 41 on both the front and back nine. Junior Kyle Shoger added an 86 (45-41), and freshman Luke Bourneuf tallied an 88. Junior Jason Maki rounded out the Big Foot scoring with a 91.
Big Foot remained undefeated on the season as it won its first Rock Valley Conference mini-meet April 8.
Despite the win Monday, Sullivan said his guys are still working off some early-season rust.
"Given the lack of playing time on a course, they played about as well as I expected," he said. "We still had too many multiple bogey holes, and the lack of work on our short game showed."
After a week of heavy rain, there was little rain Monday afternoon. But the course was still soggy, and the ball didn't roll quickly.
"You just go out and try and knock the ball in the hole," Sullivan said. "That takes some imagination on tough weather days. Everybody stepped up and played reasonably well given the conditions and the lack of outdoor practice so far this season."
Sullivan said Halma's short game compensated for some inconsistency off the tee. He said Halma's 82 was a pretty good score. Big Foot was without No. 2 golfer Dylan Freytag, who missed the meet with an illness.
Big Foot will look to stay undefeated in the Rock Valley South with a conference mini-meet Thursday at Parkview.
Badger takes third
The local boys won the Walworth County Open back in 2011, but last year was a struggle.
However, at Monday's tournament, Badger showed improvement is in store for the future.
The Badgers took third out of seven county teams with a 367, only one stroke behind Elkhorn for second place. Keith Schwefel, the team's top golfer, led the way with an 86.
"Keith's 86 was a nice start to the season," Badger coach Dave DeShambo said. "He had a really good front nine, shooting 41. He just needs to focus a bit more to keep that positive mindset to carry over to the back nine."
Hayden Hochevar shot a 92, Tom Schneider added a 93 and Paul Leedle tallied a 96 for Badger. DeShambo said it was nice to finally have a meet.
"For the first match of the year, it was nice to get out and play," he said. "The conditions were difficult, so scoring was a little higher than I expected. But it gave us a great opportunity to see the areas we need to improve."
DeShambo enjoyed Hochevar's performance. He totaled a 46 on the front and back nines and had two pars.
"Hayden had a decent start," DeShambo said. "He is fairly consistent. If we can make that consistency a couple shots better on each nine, he will have a nice year."
Bay has rough start
Since they only had three golfers, Williams Bay's team score didn't count.
But individually, it was a rough start for a trio with zero combined varsity experience.
Senior Austin Holmes shot a 131 on his first varsity round of 18 holes. His 59 on the back nine was the best nine-hole score among the Bulldogs. Freshman Nicky Gagliardo shot a 134, and freshman Wyatt Harris added a 142.