Zach Deering

Zach Deering watches a putt midway through his round at the Monona Grove Invitational. Deering’s score of 80 was good for eighth place at the tournament.

There’s always strength in numbers.

The Waunakee boys’ golf team proved this over the past week, as they fielded teams for a pair of varsity events in the same day on Wednesday. First up, however, was a conference mini-meet at Lake Wisconsin on Tuesday.

Lake Wisconsin Mini-meet

Led by a low round of 74 from Joe Guerrera – who placed second overall at the eight-team meet – the Warriors easily outpaced the rest of the field in their second mini-meet of the season. Sean Murphy added a 77, and Luke Humphrey followed close behind with an 80. Jacob Werlein and Ryan Johnson rounded out the scoring on the day for the Warriors with an 84 and 87, respectively.

As a team, Waunakee’s final score of 315 beat second-place Mount Horeb by 10 strokes.

On Wednesday, the Warriors fielded two teams for two varsity meets; the first went to compete in the Sheboygan North Invite, and the second made the shorter trip to The Oaks in the Monona Grove Invite, postponed from April 11.

Monona Grove Invite

Out of 18 teams, the Warriors took fourth place with a score of 334 at the Oaks.

Two Warriors placed in the top 10: Zach Deering in eighth with an 80, and Will Meganck in 10th with an 81. Waunakee also got solid contributions from Jack Wubbolding (84), Conner Bellile (89) and Cole Ross (90).

With part of their team at the Oaks, another part was on the shores of Lake Michigan for the Sheboygan North Invite.

Sheboygan North Invite

Rain forced a delay of the opening of the 42-team tournament in Sheboygan, but the Warriors got off to a hot start once they were finally underway.

“We had some good scores for those holes, including Sean who was +1 through 16 holes,” said Waunakee’s Head Coach Betsy Zadra.

The rain delay proved to take too much time out of the round, however, and Waunakee still had a handful of holes to complete when darkness hit.

“The tournament committee decided to not count any scores from Wednesday’s round,” said Zadra. “The invite would be reduced to an 18-hole tournament at Whistling Straits on Thursday.”

Murphy’s stellar play continued at Whistling Straits; he turned in an 18-hole score of 73. His one-over par score was just one stroke away from first place out of over 200 golfers.

“He beat several good players in a strong field,” Zadra added. “As a team, we shot a 324, which was good for sixth place among 42 teams.”

Johnson was second on the team with an 82, followed by Werlein with an 84, Guerrera with an 85, and Humphrey with a 92.

Waunakee’s varsity squad had one more meet on Monday at Geneva National Golf Course.

Geneva National Invite

For as good as the team was all week, they were at their best at Geneva National. Waunakee took the top spot out of 22 teams, posting a low score of 310. They beat out second-place Mount Horeb by three strokes.

“It gives us some confidence going forward,” said Guerrera of edging out the Vikings. “It’s always nice to beat a conference rival.”

Guerrera led the way with a one-under par score of 71 that included four birdies.

“I was confident in all my swings,” said Guerrera. “Confident in where the ball is going… Everything was just working.”

Werlein backed up Guerrera with an eighth-place finish, posting a score of 78. Murphy added an 80 and Mason Miller turned in an 81 to round out the scoring for the Warriors.

Waunakee competed in their third Badger North mini-meet of the season on Wednesday at Old Hickory Golf Club, the results of which were not available for this week’s edition. The Warriors’ next competition is on Saturday morning, when they host an Invitational at the Meadows of Sixmile Creek at 9 a.m.

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