Aurora boys must refill most of championship roster

Aurora senior Caleb Badura practices his putting stroke (KHGI)

Aurora boys golf has an uphill battle ahead of them this year, losing all but one of the five players from their 2017 state championship team.

Now with a larger turnout in numbers this year, the Huskies are attempting to keep their spot atop Class B.

"You never know what's going to happen out there, you can be put in a lot of different situations and try to get exposed to as many situations as you possibly can in practice," senior Grant Bonifas said.

By changing up some practice tactics, with a goal of mimicking what they may face on the road to the state meet, Aurora feels they could stay in the mix come May.

"We put a lot of time on our short game and we know that the number at the start of the year is not going to be indicative to what we shoot at the end of the year," said head coach Craig Badura. "We're always looking to improve every week and we keep our practices ultra–competitive."

Despite a small litter of new faces among the starting bunch, the Huskies do return defending individual Class B state champion Caleb Badura.

"We do a lot of short game drills, like chipping and putting which I believe will help us in the long run and districts when you have that five footer to make state, or just to qualify," echoed Badura, a senior and leader of the Huskies.

Badura was pushed to his limits during the off season because of his affliction with Crohn's disease. He's expected to be back out competing in tournaments by the end of April.

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