Lake Geneva Badger’s boys golf program is on a roll.
The Badgers have qualified for the WIAA Division 1 state meet three years in a row and have the talent returning to make it four straight.
Led by junior Blake Wisdom and senior Connor Duggan, the Badgers have set the bar high.
“We have high expectations,” Badger coach David DeShambo said. “Our goal is to get back to state.
“We might be a player short of finishing in the top two or three at state, but we should be good enough to be at the top of that second tier of teams.”
Badger won the sectional title last year and finished eighth at state. Hartland Arrowhead won the D1 title.
Wisdom will fill Badger’s No. 1 spot this season, while Duggan is slotted at No. 2. DeShambo said sophomore Carter Parent and junior Van Rademaker are also expected to tee it up with the varsity. Freshman Luke Abram is also being counted on to fill a varsity spot.
“The first week of practice, we were able to get outdoors and get some things done,” DeShambo said. “We’re really not that far behind yet as far as scheduling.
“The biggest concern is that if an invite is canceled, you don’t oftentimes make them up because it’s too hard to get that many teams to commit again on the right date.”
DeShambo expects Westosha Central and Union Grove to challenge the Badgers for the Southern Lakes Conference championship.
Edgerton won the Rock Valley North title last season, and with the North and South combining into one conference this season, the Crimson Tide appear to be the preseason favorites.
The Crimson Tide welcome back four of their top five golfers from a year ago. Senior Alec Johnson, along with juniors Kyle Wille and Joe Forsting, were first-team all-conference selections last season. Senior Jacob Fox also returns after earning second-team honors.
Other returning first-team all-conference selections are junior Nolan Adas of Beloit Turner and junior Tim Weiss of Walworth Big Foot.
Madison Edgewood enters the 2018 season as the heavy favorite in the Badger South. The Crusaders won the Division 2 state title a year ago and return four of their top five golfers. Matthew Phelan was sixth at state a year ago for Edgewood.
Milton has three of its top five returning. Seniors Tucker Dunk and Ryan Nelson are back, along with junior AJ Gray. The Red Hawks finished third at last year’s Division 1 Badger Sectional and were only four shots out of second place and a state bid.