Edgerton rolls to big lead

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Gazette Staff
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
— Last year at this time, Ken Haugom was happily retired, enjoying his time on area golf courses.

Now the former Edgerton High principal is watching his Edgerton High boys golf team do special things on a high level.

The first-year coach saw his team shoot an amazing 304 total and take an 11-stroke lead over the rest of the Division 2 field midway through the WIAA state golf championship at University Ridge on Monday.

Led by a pair of even-par rounds by juniors Erik Danielson and Andrew Morrison, the Crimson Tide is one good round away from bringing home a state title.

“What a special round for those boys,” Haugom said. “You can’t ask for a better start.”

Danielson and Morrison each shot 72, and both will be in contention for individual medalist honors as well.

Charlie Danielson of Osceola High School leads the individual competition after an opening-round 71.

Erik Danielson and Morrison are tied for second, with Johnny Decker of Madison Edgewood fourth at 2 over, three strokes behind Danielson.

Despite being just one shot out of the individual lead, Haugom says neither golfer will be sweating out where their name is on the individual leaderboard.

“They are so focused on team goals,” Haugom said. “My favorite memory of this whole season was at the Rock Valley Conference meet at (Janesville) Riverside.

“Every one on the team was standing there, watching as their teammates came in. All of them shot in the 70s, and they were all cheering for each other. They are always asking how the others are playing during a round.

“So I don’t think they will be playing for themselves (today),” Haugom said. “They’ll be playing for a ‘Gold Ball.’”

Danielson and Morrison weren’t the only reasons the Crimson Tide goes into today’s final round with a double-digit stroke lead.

Drew Pipik shot a 6-over 78 and is tied for 10th in the individual standings. Brooks Johnson is tied for 22nd at 10-over 82.

Haugom said Danielson “has a Payne Stewart-type swing,” which came together Monday.

“Finally, finally, I’ve been waiting all season for that thing to click,” Haugom said. “He couldn’t have picked a bigger show to shoot his career-low score.”

Morrison has been the team’s No. 1 golfer all season.

“He’s Mr. Consistent,” Haugom said. “Every time he goes out and tees it up, he’s hitting the fairways and greens.”

Pipik overcame a three-over start during the first four holes to record his 6-over 78.

“That was pure grit and determination,” Haugom said. “He could not get his driver into the fairway, but somehow he scratched out a 78.”

Johnson shot just where he usually shoots.

The 304 total is 11 strokes better than second-place Notre Dame Academy, and 14 strokes better than third-place Madison Edgewood. Fourth-place Catholic Memorial is 24 strokes behind Edgerton.

Edgerton is coming off a sixth-place finish at the state tournament last season, and Haugom lined up a tough invitational schedule to prepare his team for the two-day state championship test.

That strategy worked just fine Monday. Now Haugom, who was talked into taking the head coaching job when last year’s coach, Curtis Koch, was a victim of staff reduction, is confident going into the final day.

“If they shoot 310 to 315 (today), I don’t see how anybody is going to catch them.”

Last updated: 8:51 pm Thursday, December 13, 2012

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