Edgerton finds Gold at state

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Rob Reischel
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
— Andrew Morrison was tempted. But when Edgerton boys golf coach Ken Haugom tried to tell Morrison what was unfolding at University Ridge Tuesday afternoon, the Crimson Tide junior took a pass.

“I didn’t want to know,” Morrison said. “I was just trying to stay as focused as I could.”

With people gossiping and numbers circulating, that wasn’t easy. But Morrison—like the rest of Edgerton’s golfers—never blinked.

Edgerton held off hard-charging Madison Edgewood and won the WIAA Division 2 state championship for the first time in school history and only the second state title in school history since a 1990 state baseball title.

The Crimson Tide shot 620 at the two-day event to nip Edgewood (625).

PGA Tour pro Steve Stricker, an Edgerton native, was on hand to witness the festivities.

“When the pressure was on, the guys just really stepped up,” Edgerton coach Ken Haugom said. “They put in the time and they were prepared. It was great to see.”

Morrison had a sensational two days, shooting a 5-over-par 149 to finish in third place, one shot off the lead. He had plenty of help, though.

Junior Erik Danielson, who fired an even-par 72 in the first round, shot 153 overall and finished in a tie for fifth. Sophomores Drew Pipik and Brooks Johnson both shot 159 and finished in a tie for 12th.

“Just a total team effort,” Danielson said. “It was so much fun. We had a lot of guys play really good golf.”

They needed to.

Edgewood, which had won two of the previous three state titles, was 14 shots behind Edgerton and in third place when the day began. But the Crusaders pulled within four down the stretch.

“We talked on the way up and said the opponent is the course,” Haugom said. “Everybody else has got to watch us. Unless it gets tight, just keep playing the course, and I think that’s what they did.

“We knew there was going to be some adversity. There was going to be some crisis and someone was going to make a run at you. But hang in there.”

The Crimson Tide did exactly that, thanks to a “Fab Four” that was unflappable.

Morrison was six-over-par through 12. But he played the final six holes at 1-under, highlighted by a birdie at the par-four 14th hole, and finished with a 77.

Danielson didn’t have quite the same magic as his opening round 72. But he avoided the big numbers and grinded out an 81.

“Erik is like a Payne Stewart,” Haugom said. “He’s got this smooth, silky swing.

“And Andrew is Mr. Consistency. He’s like a Zach Johnson. Right down the middle, fairways and greens.”

Johnson tied for low round on the team Tuesday with a 77. He made 12 pars, a birdie on the par-three 12th, and generally avoided trouble.

And Pipik followed up his opening round 78 with a solid 81.

“I knew we had to play good to win, but this is just awesome,” Morrison said. “We’re usually behind the private schools, and beating all three of them that are here is nice. It’s a great feeling.”

Edgerton’s great feelings could last another 12 months.

The Crimson Tide didn’t have a senior on the team, and will be heavy favorites to repeat next year with their No. 5 player freshman Caleb Johnson. Moments after the tournament ended, the word “repeat” was floating through the air.

“It’s been discussed,” Danielson said. “But we’ll worry about next year next year.”

Haugom, a retired former Edgerton principal, said he’d take “about a month” to decide if he’ll be back to coach the Crimson Tide again. But he also admitted it would be a hard group to walk away from.

“They’re a really special bunch,” Haugom said.

In Division 1, Janesville Parker finished in ninth place and Janesville Craig was 14th at the 16-team event.

Arrowhead won its fifth title in six years, shooting a 611. Parker shot a 660 and Craig carded a 671.

Craig’s Jordan Gagg, who shot an opening round 74, slipped to an 83 Tuesday. That left him in a tie for 30th place individually.

Taylor Braun had a second-day 78 for the Vikings, while Peyton Graham shot a 79.

Last updated: 8:50 pm Thursday, December 13, 2012

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