Badger starts week strong, falters late on links
May 04, 2011 | 08:43 AMPewaukee — Saturday's Lake Country Charity Invite had its share of the state's big dogs in high school golf.
According to Badger coach Dave DeShambo, it is one of the best tournaments of the year and featured five of the best teams in the state, including Kettle Moraine and Milwaukee Marquette.
Unfortunately for the Badgers, it wasn't their best round of golf.
The boys shot a 343, landing them in 16th place out of 32 teams.
DeShambo was disappointed in the performance.
"343 is not a good score," he said. "It was windy, and we didn't have a good day. We could've finished in the top six or seven, but nobody broke 80. It wasn't the toughest course, but there were tough conditions."
Chad Henry paced Badger with an 80, while Ryan Garske was next with an 86. Brendan Gruenwald-Schmitz added an 88, and Chris Georgalas fired an 89.
It was the second straight day of lackluster play from the Badgers, who shot a 346 at Geneva National the day before.
"Saturday was an extension of playing bad on Friday," DeShambo said. "With a back-to-back, we have to be more mentally strong. We have to fight through our problems."
Badger travels to Wilmot Wednesday for a Southern Lakes Conference mini meet. DeShambo is confident his team can improve.
"I want to see better golf," he said. "We need better scoring, and we're making too many mental mistakes. We'll get there. The guys will get comfortable."
Garske fires 75
On Friday, the Badgers shot a 346 at the Geneva National Invite, good for sixth out of 19 teams. DeShambo said his team suffered from too many high scores.
"The guys have to learn when things are going bad, they must fix it out there on the course," he said. "We shot too many 7s and 8s and had too many big numbers. Non-par holes should be bogeys. The scores add up so fast. We are having a hard time controlling our bad scores. We need to figure out a way to minimize mistakes. We can't compound mistakes on the same hole."
Garske was the meet's medalist, firing a low score of 75.
"Ryan's been playing really well," DeShambo said. "He had a ton of pars and a few birdies. He took the pressure off of himself. He really kept the momentum from Wednesday."
Badgers, Chiefs solid at
Walworth County Open
On April 27 at Hawk's View, the Badgers won the Walworth County Open for the second year in a row and the third time in four years. Badger finished with a 308, 25 strokes in front of second-place Delavan-Darien. Big Foot grabbed third place with a 334.
Badger was powered by Garske, who won the meet with a stellar score of 71, three strokes ahead of the Elkhorn's Brock Poggensee. It was a season low score for Garske.
"Ryan had a really good day and a solid round, but nothing was flashy," DeShambo said. "He had three birdies, two bogeys and 13 pars. He had no big numbers and no big mistakes. At one point, he had five pars in a row. You build momentum that way."
Badger's other four participants all finished in the top 10. Henry took fifth with a 78. Gruenwald-Schmitz finished sixth with a 79. Chris Georgalas was eighth thanks to an 80, and Michael Schlehlein placed 10th with an 82.
"Our entire lineup played well," DeShambo said. "Nobody shot a 7 all day. We had no double bogeys. That's what we need to score well."
DeShambo added it was nice to get some experience at Hawk's View, the site of Badger's sectional later this month.
"Our county isn't a golf powerhouse," he said. "We just want to worry about how we're playing."
Hubertz, Littig shine for Big Foot
Collin Hubertz took fourth at the Walworth County Open, firing a solid 77. Also, Paul Littig shot an 82, good for a tie for 10th place. Big Foot coach Bob Sullivan was impressed by his top guys.
"Collin played solid golf with no weak areas," he said. "This was his first 18-hole round of the year, and his course management was excellent. It's always exciting to get a player in the top five when going up against some outstanding players. Littig shot better than his average and left some shots out on the course."
Jake Dragonetti fired an 86 for the Chiefs. Also, Dylan Freytag shot an 89, and Alex Halma added a 90.
"Halma impressed me with his mental toughness after starting out with a 10 on the first hole," Sullivan said. "He kept it together and played solidly after that."
Sullivan enjoyed facing his county foes.
"It's always nice to play the county teams," he said. "Badger is extremely strong again this year, and our guys can only improve when they go head to head against those guys. We have a long way to go before we get to their caliber."