The Baraboo boys golf team did exactly what it was looking to do on Tuesday.
The Thunderbirds shot well enough at the Badger Conference tournament to maintain their fourth-place standing in the Badger North Conference. Baraboo used a team score of 344 strokes to place fifth out of the eight Badger North teams at the House on the Rock Resort Golf Course in Spring Green on Tuesday.
That fifth-place finish allowed Baraboo to finish the season in fourth place in the conference, as the T-Birds compiled 25.5 total points between Tuesday’s conference tournament and the four conference mini-meets.
“Going into the tournament today, we moved into the top four teams in the conference and our goal was to remain in that fourth place spot as it was close between Baraboo, Beaver Dam and Portage,” Baraboo head coach Landon Brownell said. “We ended up reaching that goal.”
Waunakee (314) beat out Reedsburg (315) by one stroke on Tuesday to secure the conference title with 47 points. Reedsburg (40) and Mount Horeb (37.5) finished the season in second and third.
Baraboo’s Hunter Dersham made a run at individual medalist honors on Tuesday. The senior shot a 75 on the par-72 course to tie Waunakee’s Joe Guerrera and Beaver Dam’s Zak Kulka for first place through 18 holes. The trio went right back to the 18th hole for a playoff hole. Dersham just missed a birdie putt, while Guerrera sunk a long birdie putt to win the playoff and take home medalist honors.
“Hunter Dersham was the last group of the day to come in,” Brownell said. “Hunter played a great round of golf and tied for the top score in the Badger North. ... I’m very proud of Hunter and his last conference score, which sealed his first-team all-conference honor placing third in the Badger North individually.”
Sophomore Dane Hinz shot an 82 for the T-Birds, finishing the season 16th in the individual Badger North standings.
“Dane Hinz had a tough start with some trouble on his first few holes, but played very good golf the rest of his round,” Brownell said. “Dane has really developed his game and is hitting the ball well as we approach WIAA tournament next week in Onalaska.”
Jack Rath added a 92 for Baraboo, while Noah Anderson shot a 95 and George Fitzwilliams finished with a 97.
The Badger North and Badger South teams will return to the House on the Rock on Wednesday for the Badger Cup. Baraboo will take on Monona Grove in the match-play event that pits the conferences against each other.
Baraboo will open WIAA tournament play on May 23 with a Division 1 regional at the La Crosse Country Club.
“Our guys know they are capable of putting up a great team score, but it will take each of them to have a good round, all on the same day,” Brownell said. “That is what we are looking to do next week and see what happens in the tournament.”
BADGER NORTH CONFERENCE MEET
Team scores: Waunakee 314, Reedsburg 315, Mount Horeb 326, Beaver Dam 334, Baraboo 344, Portage 361, DeForest 361, Sauk Prairie 375.
Final conference standings: Waunakee 47 points, Reedsburg 40, Mount Horeb 37.5, Baraboo 25.5, Beaver Dam 25, Portage 21, DeForest 14, Sauk Prairie 6.
Top 5 individuals: *Joe Guerrera, Wau, 75; Zak Kulka, BD, 75; Hunter Dersham, Bar, 75; Dylan Brown, Reed, 76; Ben Leis, MH, 77; Ben Fuhrmann, Reed, 77.
<&SPAGEm>*won playoff for medalist honors.</&SPAGEm>
Waunakee: Joe Guerrera 75, Jacob Werlein 79, Sean Murphy 80, Ryan Johnson 80, Andrew Hasik 81. Reedsburg: Dylan Brown 76, Ben Fuhrmann 77, Will Fuhrmann 78, Zach Arneson 84, Carson Beyer 90. Mount Horeb: Ben Leis 77, Kasen Fager 81, Tyler Crubaugh 83, Tommy Winkler 85, Will Kealy 87. Baraboo: Hunter Dersham 75, Dane Hinz 82, Jack Rath 92, Noah Andersen 95, George Fitzwilliams 97. Beaver Dam: Zak Kulka 75, Emmett Lyons 86, MJ Hallman 86, Ben Nortman 87, Connor Smith 102. Portage: Mitchell Thorn 86, Tristan Wood 90, Jake Eichline 92, Mason Wood 93, Marcus Herwig 95. DeForest: Andrew Doucette 80, Joe Brethouwer 91, Jack Creger 92, Sam Galvin 97, Tristan Mack 105. Sauk Prairie: Jake Vieth 86, Tyler Ramaker 90, Aaron Frey 99, Jake Zimmerman 101, Drew Rachein 106. At House on the Rock, par 72.