Edgerton tees up to defend state golf championship
MADISON Thoughts of a state championship title defense were inevitable.
Edgerton golfers Andrew Morrison, Drew Pipik, Brooks Johnson, Erik Danielson and Caleb Johnson brought home the Division 2 state championship in 2012 and knew they’d all be back this spring.
“You try not to think about it, but I’d lie if I said it didn’t cross my mind,” said Danielson, one of two seniors in the group. “We knew we’d have the same team, so (defending the title) was one of our goals. The first one was win our conference, then after that just win regionals and sectionals and get back to state. We’ve succeeded so far.”
The Crimson Tide has a chance to wrap up that ultimate goal today and Tuesday at University Ridge in Madison, site of the WIAA State Golf Championships.
The No. 3-ranked lower-division team in the state, according to the state coaches association, Edgerton earned the right to defend by shooting an impressive 310 team total to win the Evansville sectional last week.
“The beginning of the season, our first few matches were really cold, and it wasn’t really even golf,” said Morrison, the team’s other senior who finished one shot out of a playoff in the Division 2 individual race last year. “When the warmer weather came, we really started to play well.”
They have reason to be. As Morrison put it, any one of the five golfers can produce the lowest score on any given day.
It’s led to friendly rivalries within a close-knit team.
“We’re rooting for each other, but we’re all pretty good golfers, so we’re playing against each other. It’s fun,” Morrison said.
“That’s part of our success—we’re all pretty good friends,” Danielson added. “We like to do stuff outside of golf. It’s more of a friendly atmosphere. We like to push ourselves, and I think that’s helped us a lot.”
The experience of playing and succeeding at the state meet helps as well.
Edgerton fired a 304 on the event’s first day last year, building valuable breathing room on the way to a five-shot victory over Madison Edgewood.
“Both 9s up there are completely different—the back is in woods and the front is pretty open,” Morrison said. “We don’t really have a kind of course we play well at, but we play well there.”
For the Tide, the key will be to focus on playing against that course, and not worrying as much about their opponents.
“We know that we have the talent to get it done,” Danielson said.
All five of them already proved that once.