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Ozga ends Tide career on high note

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Gazette Staff
June 9, 2010
— Dan Ozga shook off his first-round frustration and Tuesday’s steady rain to finish fifth in the WIAA Division 2 boys state golf tournament at University Ridge.

Ozga carded a final-round 2-over-par 74 for a 36-hole total of 8-over-par 152 to close the book on his stellar Edgerton High School career.


The Crimson Tide senior qualified for the state tournament three times, finishing 13th, second and fifth.


“You can put Dan’s resume against (Edgerton graduate) Steve Stricker’s,” Tide coach Drew Wellman said.


Osceola’s Charlie Danielson carded 70-69—139 to win the Division 2 championship. Madison Edgewood carded a 636 to nip Appleton Xavier by two strokes for a second straight Division 2 state team title.


Despite his struggles on Monday, which included three bogeys and a double bogey for a


6-over 78, Ozga was satisfied with his effort at state.


“I thought I played really good,” said Ozga, who started the second day in 11th place. “I played well, but (Monday) if I would have shot par or 1 over, I would have really been in good shape.”


Like Monday’s round, Ozga posted a double bogey on the par-4, 376-yard first hole. Ozga started Tuesday’s play on the front nine and started on the back nine Monday.


After his double, Ozga righted himself quickly, posting three straight pars and the first of his two birdies at the par-5, 570-yard fifth hole. He finished the front side with a 1-over 37 and went 1-over on the back nine for his 74.


Ozga said he had chances to post a better number, but the birdie putts wouldn’t drop.


“I missed two 5-foot putts for birdie and three eight to 12-footers for birdies,” Ozga said. “I could have done better, but I’m still happy with it.’’


Wellmen said Ozga can hold his head high.


“He can be pretty proud he finished fifth at state,” Wellman said. “He wanted to win it, and he is capable, but golf is a funny game.’’


Jake Cole of Brodhead finished with a 167 (38-84) for 27th place in Division 2.


In Division 1, Lake Geneva Badger carded a 648 to finish fifth. Alex Gaugert shot a final-round 79 for a 160 to tie with teammate Ryan Garske (82-78).


Teammates Brendan Gruenwald-Schmitz (83-81) and Chad Henry (81-83) each had a 164 total for the 36 holes. Tyler Cuculi posted a 168 (84-84).


Elkhorn’s Drew Liner (82-85) finished tied for 52nd in


Division 1 at 167.


Hartland Arrowhead carded a 618 to win a fourth straight team title. Middleton’s Mike Schilling finished with a 73-75—148 as the Division 1 medalist.


In Division 3, Nate Strigenz of Fond du Lac Springs shot a 74-79—153 to win the individual championship. Acadia fired a 673 to win the team championship.



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