Source: Lake Geneva Regional News

Badger takes two on links
Team flying high at 3-0 in Southern Lakes

by Mike Ramczyk

April 28, 2011

Lyons Township — Coming into Monday night’s double dual at Hawk’s View, the Badger golf squad hadn’t competed in about two weeks due to weather cancellations.

After all was said and done, however, the Badgers didn’t show any signs of rust.

Badger picked up two Southern Lakes victories, 155-174 over Elkhorn and 155-191 over Wilmot, in a par 36 meet dampened by chilly conditions and a late rainfall.

Badger, which has won the SLC four straight years, improved to 3-0 in the conference. Badger coach Dave DeShambo was pleased with his team’s performance.

“We haven’t competed in two weeks,” he said. “And 155 is a really good score, especially after missing so much time. We’re very happy with that score.”

Senior Chad Henry led Badger by firing a 35, good for 1-under par. DeShambo was impressed by Henry’s outing.

“Chad played really well,” DeShambo said. “He hit all nine greens. He hit eight pars and one birdie. It was a solid round all the way around for him.”

Senior Ryan Garske added a solid 37 for the Badgers.

“Ryan played well, but he has done it for years,” DeShambo said. “Ryan is just so consistent and doesn’t make any mistakes. He sets the tone for everyone else.”

Brendan Gruenwald-Schmitz fired a 41, and Chris Georgalas added a 42 to round out Badger’s scoring.

DeShambo said although it’s still early in the season, his team is working together nicely.

“We are coming together as a team a bit more,” he said. “The guys are getting along. Golf isn’t necessarily a team game, but the guys need chemistry. The new guys are getting comfortable.”

Although Mother Nature has prevented a lot of Badger’s early season action, this week the squad will have four meets in six days. On Wednesday, Badger will compete in the Walworth County Open. Then, on Friday Badger will host the 20-team Geneva National Invite. This weekend, Badger travels to the 34-team Lake Country Charity Invite Saturday.

“We are looking for consistency,” he said. “We should be successful at the Walworth County Open and in the top three at Geneva National. On Saturday, we are facing some of the best teams in the state. It will be good to see where we stack up and what we need to work on.”