Edgerton’s Ozga returns to state with a 72
The bad news for the Crimson Tide is that Ozga’s teammates will not join him.
Ozga, a senior, carded a par 72 at Trappers Turn to share medalist honors with Madison Edgewood’s Scott Hird and McFarland’s Reid Hansen at the Wisconsin Dells Sectional on Wednesday. A rainstorm prevented a playoff for the medalist title.
Defending state champion Edgewood posted a 303 for the Division 2 sectional title and a state berth. McFarland followed with a 313 and will join the Crusaders next Monday and Tuesday at University Ridge in Verona.
The Crimson Tide carded a 327 and finished fourth in the 12-team field.
Edgerton coach Dan Wellman said Ozga played steady golf under pressure to return to state as an individual qualifier. Brodhead’s Jake Cole, playing unattached, and Platteville’s Josh Udelhofen each fired a 73 to join Ozga as individual qualifiers.
“Sectionals have the most stress because it’s 18 holes, and you have to put it all together,’’ Wellman said. “Dan did a great job. It was neat to see.’’
Ozga was the Division 2 state runner-up last season.
“Last year, Dan’s goal was to win state and that has not changed,” Wellman said. “I don’t think he can be more confident. He’s had such a good year.’’
Despite Ozga’s performance, the Tide could not post the right number to make state.
“We knew Edgewood was going to post a really good number,” Wellman said. “It was a fight for second place, and we needed to play really, really well. McFarland shot a 313, which was a great score.’’