Jacob Werlein

Jacob Werlein tees off during one of Waunakee’s meets earlier this season. Werlein — a four-year varsity golfer for the Warriors — tied for 17th at Waunakee’s WIAA Sectional meet with a score of 80.

At this time of the year, everybody needs to be at their best in order to advance.

At their WIAA Sectional meet on Tuesday, the Waunakee boys’ golf team came close, but ultimately fell just short of advancing to the WIAA State Tournament this past week.

WIAA Sectional (The Ridges GC)

Needing to place in the top two of their eight-team Sectional, the pressure was on not just the Warriors, but every team competing in Wisconsin Rapids.

Middleton quickly pulled away from the pack – placing four golfers in the top 10 – to make it a race for the second and final spot at State.

Waunakee was one of three teams in serious contention for that final spot, along with Holmen and Mount Horeb.

As a team, Waunakee’s depth looked like it could make the difference. The Warriors had a pair of golfers – Ryan Johnson and Joe Guerrera – tie for 10th with a score of 79.

Following close behind those two was Jacob Werlein, who turned in an 80 on the day to place in a tie for 17th.

Sean Murphy and Luke Humphrey weren’t far behind; Murphy scored an 82 on the day to place 24th, while Humphrey’s 84 was good for 28th place.

Ultimately, it wasn’t quite enough for the Warriors to pull through to earn a berth at State. Holmen placed three golfers in the top nine en route to posting a team score of 311, which was good for second place. Waunakee’s final team score of 320 placed them in third, just one stroke ahead of Mount Horeb.

It was a tough end to a phenomenal season for the senior-heavy team that captured their second straight Badger North title. Replacing four seniors that have been cornerstones of the program for years will prove to be a tall task, but the Warriors have plenty of players waiting in the wings to earn their spots on the varsity squad in 2020.

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