By Tim Wester

With the entire team returning from last season’s state tournament appearance, Lake Geneva Badger was the easy pick to win the Southern Lakes Conference championship this fall.

Just a few weeks into the season, the Badgers aren’t so certain anymore.

Junior Veronica Parco, who was also a state qualifier last season, shot a team-best 39 to help the Broncos defeat the Badgers 176-179 at St. Ives Golf Course Wednesday, Sept 4.

“This was a big win for us,” Union Grove girls’ golf coach Eric Swanson said. “They key for us was getting off to a good start. We faltered a little bit down the stretch, but our good start allowed us to pull out the win.”

Parco’s improved play is one of the key factors in the Broncos early-season success.

“Veronica’s short game has really improved,” Swanson said. “It has made a big difference this year.”

Freshman Norah Roberts finished four strokes behind Parco with a 43, while sophomore Ali Torhorst and senior Riley Chizek each shot a 47.

“I can’t say enough about Riley,” Swanson said. “This was her career best round. She has worked really hard and has been close to having a round like this, but today she put it all together it was big for us.”

Holly Murphy paced the Badgers with a dual meet best 37.

The Broncos look to continue their hot start Monday at the Racine County Invite at Meadowbrook Country Club.