Badger moves up to finish eighth
“I told them I really felt we could get into the top half,” said DeShambo, whose team entered the day in 10th place out of 16 teams. “That was a great goal for these guys.”
Six hours later, DeShambo and the Badgers had their wish.
On a sweltering day in which the heat index hit triple digits, the Badgers kept their cool. Badger shot a 323 team score—11 shots better than Day 1—and vaulted into eighth place in the 16-team tournament.
Big Eight Conference power Middleton won the title with a 608 team score to top four-time defending champion Hartland Arrowhead by 10 shots. Milwaukee Marquette (629), Hudson (640) and Fond du Lac (642) rounded out the top five.
Badger ended at 657, two shots ahead of ninth place Neenah.
“This was great for our kids and a fun way to end the season,” said DeShambo, whose lineup featured five seniors. “I was really lucky these last four years to have this group of guys. It was a lot of fun.”
The Badgers had plenty of fun on their final day at University Ridge.
Ryan Garske and Chad Henry, Badger’s top two players, each shot 5-over-par 77 in the second round. Garske finished in a tie for 15th place overall at 156, while Henry ended in a tie for 17th (157).
Garske’s day was highlighted by consecutive birdies at No. 10 and 11. Henry was even par through 12 holes, but struggled down the stretch.
The Badgers also counted an 82 from Brendan Gruenwald-Schmitz and an 87 from Chris Georgalas.
“We knew this was it, that this was their last round of high school golf,” said DeShambo, former Janesville Parker tennis coach. “So we said ‘go have some fun.’ and they did.”
Janesville Craig was hoping for a little more fun that it had. Instead, the Cougars slipped from 11th place to a tie for 13th after shooting a second-day 347 to finish at 682.
Craig was plagued by blow-up holes all day.
No. 1 golfer Ryne Clatworthy had three triple bogeys on his way to an 83. Jordan Gagg carded a team-best 82, but had a triple bogey and two doubles.
Jordan Moss (86) and Tanner Woodman (96) of the Cougars also struggled.
“We just couldn’t avoid the big hole,” Craig coach Dominic Wiegel said. “If everybody could have just taken a few of those out, things would have been a lot different.”
With three golfers back next season, including the top two of Clatworthy and Gagg, Craig figures to be back for more.
“It was great to get here, because no one expected us to do that,” Wiegel said. “But hopefully this is just the start.”
In Division 2, Edgerton shot a second-day 328, which was seven shots better than its opening round score. But the Crimson Tide settled for sixth place, a finish no one was overly pleased about.
“We were hoping to play a little better,” said Edgerton sophomore Andrew Morrison. “But we’re such a young team, and this will be a great experience for us.”
Morrison certainly made the most of his first state experience. He didn’t make a birdie and needed 38 putts to complete his round. But he hit 14 greens in regulation, shot a 79 on and finished tied for 16th overall at 162.
Edgerton sophomore Erik Danielson shot a second-day 81 and finished 13th overall with a 161. Tide freshmen Drew Pipik (164) and Brooks Johnson (176) also had a respectable tournament.
Green Bay Notre Dame shot a 601, the lowest score in Division 2 history, and ran away with the title. Edgerton was 62 shots off that pace, but with one of the youngest teams in the field, the Crimson Tide should improve in the years to come.
“For the first time down here, we didn’t do too bad,” Morrison said. “We’re all really young … and hopefully if we get back here, we’ll do even better.”