Needing everything to go just right, the Waunakee High School boys’ golf team almost stole the Badger North Conference title away from DeForest.
Reedsburg ruined the Warriors’ plans at the Badger Conference Tournament Tuesday at House on the Rock Golf Course in Spring Green.
“We came into the tournament in third place in conference dual match play and needed to defeat DeForest and Mount Horeb to earn a share of the overall Badger North Conference,” said Warrior Head Coach Betsy Zadra.
Waunakee held up its end of the bargain, shooting a 334 to DeForest’s 335 and Mount Horeb’s 355.
“The only problem was Reedsburg shot a 331 and took first place,” said Zadra.
That meant that DeForest was able to hold on to first place in the conference standings and win the title, while the Warriors took second.
The day before the conference tournament, Waunakee finished second at the Spartan Invitational at Blackhawk Country Club.
Waunakee competed in the Madison Memorial regional on Tuesday, held at Blackhawk. Results were unavailable for this edition. Sectionals are next and will be held Tuesday, May 30, at the Reedsburg Country Club.
Playing at the 12-team meet, the Warriors shot a 316 to take second place, two shots behind first-place Lodi.
Ryan Johnson led the way for Waunakee with a 76, placing him fourth among individual golfers.
Sean Murphy tied for seventh with a 79, as Joe Guerrera finished ninth with an 80 and Andrew Hasik tied for 12th with an 81.
The meet took place at Blackhawk Country Club, site of the WIAA regional meet for Waunakee.
Badger Conference Tournament
The foursome of Murphy, Guerrera, Hasik, Johnson and Jacob Werlein represented Waunakee at the meet, with Murphy taking third individually despite the unwanted presence of bugs.
“The weather was great; the course was in nice shape but the mosquitoes were unbelievable,” said Zadra. “Our players did a good job of trying not to let the mosquitoes ‘bug’ them, but it was hard. I don’t know if I’ve ever seen this many mosquitoes. It didn’t matter if you were in the sun or in the shade. They were everywhere.”
Murphy carded an 80 to pace Waunakee, earning all-conference honors in the process for his play in duals and the conference tournament.
Guerrera shot an 83, followed by Hasik’s 84 and Johnson’s 87.
On Wednesday, Murphy, Johnson, Werlein, Zach Burkle and David Westrich competed in the Badger Cup at House on the Rock Golf Course.
“Teams from the Badger North compete against teams in the Badger South in a Ryder Cup format match based on their finish in the Badger Conference,” explained Zadra. “As the second place team in the North, we were paired against the second place team in the Badger South, Milton.”
Murphy defeated Milton’s No. 1 player, AJ Gray, in a singles match winning 2 up.
Ryan Johnson and Jacob Werlein played a bestball twosome match that went to the last hole and halved their match.
Seniors Burkle and Westrich played in a twosome scramble, and their match also went to the last hole and was halved. Waunakee defeated Milton 2-1, but the Badger South beat the Badger North 14-7 and gained control of The Cup.
Waunakee’s JV played in the Badger Conference JV Shootout at Lake Windsor Golf Course.
“It’s an interesting format for a tournament,” said Zadra. “Instead of each team member playing with players from three other teams, the JV Conference Tournament has the entire team playing in a fivesome.”
The Waunakee team of Ryan Beck, Westrich, Luke Humphrey, Zach Deering and Jack Wubbolding took first place in the Badger North Conference and second place in the overall Badger Conference Tournament behind Badger South Conference winner Edgewood.
Waunakee was led by Beck with a score of 86, while Zach Deering (87), Jack Wubbolding (90) and David Westrich (91) rounded out the scoring.