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August 18, 2010 | 07:28 AM
Last season, the Badger girls golf squad reached sectionals for the first time in school history.

The girls were undefeated in the Southern Lakes Conference.

With everyone returning except Kathleen Schneider from last year's team, there is plenty of optimism for the program.

But don't tell that to first-year coach Phil Huff. While Huff realizes his team has a shot at the state tournament, he is keeping his girls grounded.

"I just want them to become better golfers every day as the season goes along," Huff said. "I want to help them get their fundamentals correct. We can win conference, but first we must simply keep improving."

Former coach Kelly Bullard took a different position teaching Zumba which required travel overseas, so Huff seized the opportunity.

"I am passionate about golf," he said. "I love it. I follow it, and I play it recreationally. I really enjoy working with kids."

While Huff started playing golf in high school, he said the expert on fundamentals including swing will be assistant coach Jim Gaugert, Jr.

"My dad taught me how to play, and I'm OK," Huff said. "But my focus will be more on the sportsmanship side."

Huff said it was the perfect opportunity to continue working with kids. He is the DECA and school store adviser at Badger High School.

With 18 girls out for this year's squad, Huff said the lineup is strong with seven or eight girls who should contribute on the varsity level.

Heading up the returners is junior Annie Gaugert, who currently is the team's No. 1 golfer. Following Gaugert will be seniors Claire Schneider, Bergen Quaerna and Laura Fortner and junior Lana Wieseman.

Huff also mentioned sophomore Kate Russell and senior Emma Jones as two likely contributors for the varsity.

"We'll be pretty good," he said. "I'm excited. We would like to catch up to the boys program. We will be very competitive."

Solid start at scrambles

On Friday and last Thursday, the Badgers took third place at scrambles at Delavan and Elkhorn.

Badger placed third out of 14 teams at Friday's two-person scramble at Delbrook Golf Course. Gaugert and Wieseman posted a 77, and Schneider and Quaerna scored a 78. Gaugert and Wieseman were the fifth duo overall.

The girls shot one-under par at Thursday's Elkhorn Invite, taking third place out of 10 teams with a 71.

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