Austin Gaby

Verona senior Austin Gaby chips on to the green on No. 7 in the final round of the WIAA Division 1 state tournament on Tuesday at University Ridge. Gaby tied for 39th overall.

Verona senior Austin Gaby tied for 39th in the WIAA DIvision 1 state golf tournament on Tuesday, June 4, at University Ridge in Verona.

Gaby shot 15-over-par-159 over two days to tie Arrowhead’s Nick Amtmann. The Division 2 and 3 state tournaments were cut to nine holes in the final round because of a 1 hour, 30 minute lightning delay. The Division 1 state tournament didn’t get delayed.

It’s the second straight year at state for Gaby, who will golf at the University of Wisconsin-Stout next year. Last year, he finished in a tie for 45th.

“I wouldn’t want it any other way than to finish my high school golf career here,” Gaby said. “This is what we work for all year. Having my career end here is what I’ve been working for all four years”

4-over final round

Gaby shot a 4-over-par 76 in his final round at the state tournament Tuesday.

He chipped in for a birdie on No. 14 at University Ridge and birdied No. 6. Gaby posted seven pars on the front nine.

“I’m happy I put together a final round and a good score I’m glad to end my high school career on,” he said. “It definitely felt a lot better to finish my high school career like that than last year or yesterday.”

11-over first round

It was a tough start for Gaby in the first round, shooting an 11-over-par 83.

He got off to a rocky start with a triple bogey on No. 1. He bounced back to par the No. 2 and birdied No. 3. However, he couldn’t keep the momentum going, taking a second triple bogey on No. 8.

Gaby started to find his rhythm on the back nine with three straight pars. Then he settled for a double bogey on No. 13.

Gaby said he felt comfortable at University Ridge.

“I was disappointed in the way I played,” he said. “I was not striking the ball the way I wanted to. I didn’t execute the way I wanted.”

The Marquette University School outdistanced Middleton for the state championship 594-614. Merrill’s Rusedll Dettmering was the individual state champion after shooting a 6-under-par 66 in the final round. He carded a two-day score of 7-under-par-137.