Source: Lake Geneva Regional News

Badger finishes strong

by Mike Ramczyk

June 09, 2011

Madison — What a difference a day makes. Just 24 little hours.

That’s all it took for the Badger boys golf team to turn its fourth straight state trip into a memorable one Tuesday at University Ridge.

After shooting a 334 and placing 10th on day one Monday, the local boys bounced back in style, bumping up to eighth overall with a 323 Tuesday to finish with a 657.

Middleton won the 16-team meet with a total of 608, 10 ahead of second-place Arrowhead.

Coach Dave DeShambo was proud of his team’s 11-stroke improvement Tuesday despite extreme heat and windy conditions.

“The guys were excited to play their last high school round,” he said. “We had a couple hiccups down the stretch Tuesday, but we got to sixth as a team at one point. We shot for the top half, and we met that goal. It was pretty exciting.”

The catalyst of the Badger comeback was senior standout Ryan Garske. Playing in his final high school round Tuesday, Garske lit up the course with a 77 including three birdies and nine pars.

Individually, Garske tied for 15th overall with a 156 (79-77) in the two-day, 36-hole meet. Senior Chad Henry was right behind Garske in 17th place with a 157 (80-77). Henry was consistent on Tuesday, firing 11 pars and one birdie.

Senior Brendan Gruenwald-Schmitz shot a 167 (85-82) for the tournament, improving three strokes on Tuesday.

Michael Schlehlein fired a 181, and Chris Georgalas finished with a 182 (95-87) but improved by eight strokes on Tuesday.

Badger will have to replace all five golfers next season.

“It will be tough,” DeShambo said. “These guys have been so much fun. They are great kids.”

Badger takes sectional

For the fourth straight year, the Badgers won their sectional May 31 at Hawk’s View.

The boys shot a team total of 321, led by Henry’s 74. He finished fourth overall. Garske fired a 75, good enough for fifth overall. Gruenwald-Schmitz added an 83, and Georgalas shot an 89.

DeShambo said it was good home cooking for his guys.

“We went in with confidence,” he said. “We felt comfortable out there.”