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May 12, 2010 | 08:37 AM
Kansasville — The Badger golf squad remained in the hunt for a Southern Lakes title Monday night at Brighton Dale.

Powered by Ryan Garske's 39, the Badgers soundly defeated Westosha Central, 164-186.

Badger, ranked seventh in the latest Wisconsin Golf Coaches Association poll, improved to 6-1 in SLC meets. Coach Dave DeShambo was impressed by his team's performance.

"It was a good win," he said. "It gives us a little confidence heading into a good, long week of practice before the conference tournament Tuesday. Ryan Garske has been as solid as any player in the conference all year. We also had solid play from the No. 3 and 4 spots."

Chad Henry followed Garske with a 40. Alex Gaugert shot a 42, while Tyler Cuculi fired a 43. Brendan Gruenwald-Schmitz added a 49.

Badger will compete in the SLC meet Tuesday at Abbey Springs. DeShambo said his team will be prepared to challenge for the SLC crown, as Wilmot and Waterford are tied with Badger with one loss.

"It will be a battle," he said. "It's a great golf course, and it doesn't get any more important than this. We will have five solid days to work on our game."

Badger nabs fourth in big tournament

On Friday, despite temperatures in the 40s and rain, Badger captured fourth place at the 21-team Geneva National Invite Friday with a team score of 337.

Gaugert led the way with a 78, followed by Garske's 79. Henry shot an 89, and Cuculi added a 91.

"We need all of our guys to play well to have a really good day," DeShambo said. "And only two guys played well. We needed to go in with the mentality of 'I love this' when playing in tough weather conditions. We need a positive attitude in those conditions."

Wilmot 163, Badger 168

The Badgers suffered their first SLC loss of the season May 6 at Twin Lakes Country Club.

DeShambo gave credit to the Panthers.

"They're a good team," he said. "We knew they'd be our biggest competition. They played really well. It wasn't a fluke, they'll be really good. Now we're neck and neck with them and Waterford."

Gaugert and Gruenwald-Schmitz both fired 41s to lead the Badgers. Cuculi and Garske each shot 43s.

"Our scores were a little bit high," DeShambo said. "We haven't shot that high in the SLC in three years. I think the competition got to the guys a bit."

Badger 157, Burlington 171

Badger took care of business at Hawk's View May 4 with a solid SLC victory. Cuculi and Henry both racked up a 38. Garske shot a 40, and Gruenwald-Schmitz added a 41. Gaugert rounded out the scores with a 42.

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