Sean Murphy

Sean Murphy surveys the green prior to sinking a birdie putt on hole No. 6 at Monday’s Spartan Invitational.

The Waunakee boys’ golf team is more than ready.

With the Badger Conference meet right around the corner, the Warriors put together a strong week leading up to Tuesday’s showdown at The House on the Rock Resort. First up was the Badger Challenge, played in what’s become almost typical – though unpleasant – conditions for this season.

Badger Challenge

“In pouring rain, cold, wind and at times unplayable course conditions, the Badger Cup [featured] match play competition with the Badger North teams vs. the Badger South teams,” said Waunakee’s Head Coach Betsy Zadra.

Having finished the regulars season in first place in the Badger North, Waunakee was matched up against the South’s first-place team of Edgewood.

Sean Murphy bested the Crusaders’ James Gilmore in match play, winning by a score of 5-4.

Pairing up for a best-ball match were Ryan Johnson and Will Meganck. The pair wound up falling to Edgewood 6-4, meaning the match came down to the scramble. Jack Wubbolding and Zach Deering played a close match as teammates in the scramble, but ultimately lost a close match 2-1.

Waunakee then played at Blackhawk Country Club on Monday in their final tune-up for the Conference Tournament.

Spartan Invitational

Led by a pair of top-10 finishes, Waunakee finished second at the Spartan Invitational, posting a team score of 316.

Joe Guerrera had the low score of the day for the Warriors, placing fourth with a 76. Right behind Guerrera was Murphy in ninth place; he turned in a 79 on the day.

Waunakee got solid performances from their No. 3 and No. 4 golfers, as well. Ryan Johnson turned in an 80, and Jacob Werlein added an 81 for the Warriors.

“I like the way our Varsity team is playing right now,” added Zadra. “[They’re] playing with confidence and making good decisions on the course. Grinding it out and staying focused on tough courses.”

Waunakee’s JV group raked in a bunch of hardware on Friday at the Reedsburg JV Invite.

The team of Trent Jarvi, Cole Ross, Meganck, Mason Miller, Wubbolding and Deering outpaced the second-place team by 14 strokes, winning with a score of 145.

The team swept the best-ball competition; Jarvi and Ross took first with a 72, Meganck and Miller took second with a 73 and Wubbolding and Deering finished in third with a 75.

Individually, Jarvi earned medalist honors with a score of 80.

“Trent played really well on this course that requires your course management skills to be at their best…” Zadra said. “It was quite a haul for the JV team against some good teams on a difficult course that you have to keep grinding to the last shot.”

The Warrior varsity team teed off at 9 a.m. Tuesday morning at The House on the Rock Resort, hoping to defend the Badger North title. Results of the Badger Conference Tournament were not available for this week’s edition; full coverage of Tuesday’s meet will be included next week.

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