Edgerton's Morrison celebrates golf title, but Tide falters

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staff, Gazette
Wednesday, June 5, 2013

— Friends, family and fans met Andrew Morrison outside the scorer's tent at the WIAA State Golf Championships at University Ridge on Tuesday.

One supporter even asked him to sign a hat.

Morrison had just signed off on an even-par round of 72 that gave him a two-day total of 145 and Division 2 medalist honors by five strokes. But the Crimson Tide senior wasn't in a mood to celebrate.

Edgerton, the defending Division 2 team champions, carried a 12-shot lead into the second day of play but struggled to get untracked. Catholic Memorial, on the other hand, put together a most memorable round, carding an 11-over 297 and finishing with 616 team strokes to beat Edgerton by 11.

"Obviously it's your goal to win (medalist), but it's too bad our team couldn't pull through," Morrison said. "It's hard to be happy when your team's not here to enjoy it with you.

"It's kind of a disappointment, but Catholic Memorial (junior) Dylan (Allen) was just telling me that they shot the best round they've ever shot."

The Crusaders quietly made their charge on the front nine, shooting just 3-over as a team. It was enough to cut Edgerton's 12-stroke lead in half.

Edgerton coach Ken Haugom didn't realize just how low Catholic Memorial was about to go until all of the players had turned in their scores on the 16th tee. Edgerton had lost its grip on the lead.

"With three holes to go, we knew that Catholic had made a move on us and we couldn't answer the challenge," Haugom said. "We played well as a team, and I can't complain about our effort. That's just the game of golf."

Catholic Memorial didn't have a player on its five-man team shoot better than a 6-over 78 on Monday. That was the Crusaders' highest score on Tuesday.

For the second straight day, Morrison—who finished one shot out of a playoff for medalist honors a year ago—was as sharp as anyone on the course. After bogeying his first four holes of the tournament, he didn't play another one over par until No. 17 on Tuesday.

"I started out pretty bad," Morrison said. "On the 14th tee box (his fifth hole) there was a wait and I said to myself, ‘You're probably going to make four bogies within two days anyway, so try to hold it there and make some birdies.'"

Sure enough, he played the next 30 holes at 5-under.

It capped a memorable career for Morrison. And while a second-place team finish might not have been what the Tide was looking for, the group's run was impressive nonetheless.

"It's been a fun year, and for the past two years, to watch them grow as golfers, as young men, how they handle themselves … I couldn't ask for five more coachable boys than these guys," Haugom said of his team, which returned all five players from last year's title-winning group. "We gave it our best shot. We got that silver ball, and there's nothing wrong with that."

Division 1

Jordan Gagg closed out his high school career with a top-25 performance at state.

The Janesville Craig senior, who will attend Bradley University next year and try out for the men's golf team there, shot a second-round 78, giving him a two-day total of 155 and a tie for 24th place.

Janesville Parker sophomore John Milner followed up a 79 with an 81 on Tuesday to finish tied for 45th in his second trip to state.

Sauk Prairie's R.J. Budd took home medalist honors with a 1-under 143. Cedarburg won the Division 1 title with 598 team strokes.

Beloit Memorial tied for 10th at 652; Fort Atkinson was 15th with 666.

WIAA state golf meet

At University Ridge (Par 72)



Cedarburg, 297-301—598; Brookfield Central, 302-313—615; Appleton East, 315-313—628; Onalaska, 317-314—631; Stoughton, 316-324—640; Greendale, 327-315—642; Stevens Point, 320-324—644; Eau Claire North, 315—330—645; Homestead, 326—325—651; Beloit Memorial, 320-332—652; Bay Port, 327-325—652; Waterford, 329-324—653; Plymouth, 333-326—659; Neenah, 334-327—661; Fort Atkinson, 335-331—666; Kenosha Bradford, 333-334—657.


1. R.J. Budd (Sauk Prairie), 69-74—143; T2. P.J. Clemins (Cedarburg), 73-73—146; T2. Henry Klonland (Stoughton), 71-75—146; T2. Eddie Wajda (Brookfield Central), 69-77—146; T5. Ryan Hughes (Cedarburg), 74-74—148; T5. Garrett Loomis (River Falls), 75-73—148; T5. Ben Skogen (Onalaska), 76-72—148; T5. Kaylor Steger (Oak Creek), 79-69—148; T9. Tyler Church (Holmen), 75-74—149; T9. Daniel Hughes (Cedarburg), 72-77—149; T9. Sasha Oosting (Manitowoc Lincoln), 74-75—149.


Beloit Memorial (652)—Kolton Kelley, 72-78—150; Connor Day, 77-82—159; David Wandell, 87-86—173; John Polglaze, 84-91—175; T.J. Polglaze, 92-86—178.

Fort Atkinson (666)—Nate Gilbert, 76-81—157; Mitch Strom, 88-80—168; Bentley Glass, 88-81—169; Kyle Schneider, 86-89—175; Nate Ciske, 85-91—176.


T24. Jordan Gagg (Janesville Crag), 77-78—155; T45. John Milner (Janesville Parker), 79-81—160.


Catholic Memorial, 319-297—616; Edgerton, 307-320—627; Notre Dame Academy, 321-307—628; Sheboygan Falls, 321-311—632; Hayward, 328—312—640; Osceola, 334-319—653; Berlin, 333-329—662; McFarland, 335-334—669.


1. Andrew Morrison (Edgerton), 73-72—145; 2. Graham Westley (River Valley), 75-75—150; T3. Chris Colla (Winnebago Lutheran), 79-72—151; T3. Mike Henck (Osceola), 77-74—151; T3. Conner O'Neil (Notre Dame), 77-74—151; T6. Dylan Allen (Catholic Memorial), 80-72—152; T6. Adam Gabbey (Racine St. Cat's), 76-76—152; T6. Adam Miller (Lodi), 76-76—152; T6. Noah Price (Bloomer), 76-76—152; T10. Matt Bachmann (Sheboygan Falls), 78-75—153; T10. Luke Bourneuf (Big Foot), 79-74—153; T10. Brooks Johnson (Edgerton), 71-82—153; T10. Gabby Curtis (Altoona), 76-77—153; T10. Joel Stanislawski (Catholic Memorial), 78-75—153.


Edgerton (627)—Andrew Morrison, 73-72—145; Brooks Johnson, 71-82—153; Drew Pipik, 79-75—154; Caleb Johnson, 84-91—175; Erik Danielson, 93-94—187.


T10. Luke Bourneuf, Big Foot, 79-74—153; T42. Justin Fleury, East Troy, 85-86—171.



Osseo-Fairchild, 316-323—639; Lancaster, 326-323—649; Pardeeville, 322-328—650; St. Mary Springs, 335-319—654; Kohler, 336-325—661; Glenwood City, 357-345—702; Weyauwega-Fremont, 353-350—703; Iola-Scandinavia, 377-347—724.


1. Jake Rogness (Eleva Strum), 73-73—146; T2. Joe Markgren (Osseo-Fairchild), 72-75—147; T2. Brady Ohlin (Pardeeville), 72-75—147; 4. Matt Sieg (Osseo-Fairchild), 148; 5. Josh Smith (Southwestern), 73-76—149; 6. Nate Strigenz (St. Mary Springs), 78-72—150; T7. Zach Hentrich (Lancaster), 76-76—152; T7. Thomas Longbella (McDonnell Central), 72-80—152; T9. Nick Satina (Pardeeville), 78-77—155; T9. Logan Willis (Kohler), 80-75—155.

Last updated: 7:56 am Monday, July 29, 2013

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