From surgery to sectionals
Gaugert just misses state meet
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October 05, 2011 | 08:10 AMWAUKESHA — Badger senior golfer Annie Gaugert is one tough cookie.
Just two weeks removed from an emergency appendectomy, she competed at Tuesday's Waukesha South Sectional with hopes of advancing to state.
Her teammates joined her, thanks to a third-place regional finish last Thursday.
At sectionals, individuals who aren't on the state-qualifying teams are chosen for individual state, but only three make it.
Despite an impressive round of 82, Gaugert missed the third-best extra score by two strokes, effectively ending her season.
Team-wise, Badger shot a 421. Lana Wieseman was the only other Badger to break 100 with a 98.
For Gaugert, it's been a journey back to health. Surgery incisions affected her every swing at regionals, but she felt better Tuesday.
"I'm not disappointed to miss state," she said Tuesday afternoon. "I tried my best, and there wasn't one shot I regret. I had more confidence in my body and had more power Tuesday. You just deal with the cards you're dealt out there."
Gaugert's round was good enough for fifth overall. She was in the running to be conference player of the year for a second straight season, but the Sept. 19 surgery was a significant setback.
"It hit me more emotionally than physically," Gaugert said. "I was happy to be back for my teammates."
Coach Phil Huff said he can't be disappointed with his squad's effort.
Krystal Cooke added a 119 Tuesday, and Kate Russell shot a 122.
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Gaugert fired an 88 at Evergreen Golf Course in a WIAA Division 1 regional Sept. 29, good for third overall behind Milton's Stephanie and Laura Stair.
Also, the Badgers finished third as a team with a 419. Milton won the regional with 368 followed by Janesville Parker's 384. Huff was ecstatic about his team's performance.
"We are excited to qualify for sectionals," he said. "We knew it would be close. We did better than I expected."
According to Huff, Gaugert had barely even swung a club since the operation and had two days of practice.
"Annie had soreness, but she is just a trooper," Huff said. "But she did whatever it took to play and help the team. I've never seen anything like that. I'm so proud of her."
And the conditions didn't help Badger. With gusting winds blowing players around and rain muddying up the course, Badger pulled through.
Russell added a solid 107, and Wieseman fired a 108. Cooke tallied a 116.
Russell made some swing changes, and it paid off.
"Kate was really nervous, but she was excited to compete in the playoffs," Huff said. "She has had problems with ball flight. But she made a huge improvement from conference to regionals."