AJ Gray

Senior AJ gray hits a shot at the WIAA Division 1 State Golf Tournament on June 3 at University Ridge in Verona. Gray ended his Milton career with a 161 at the tournament.

Senior AJ Gray, a three-time member of the Badger South’s first team, finished off his first-ever play at the WIAA Division 1 Boys Golf Championship last week.

Gray carded a 161 at the two-day championships, which took place June 3 and June 4 at University Ridge Golf Course in Verona.

After a 78 in round one, Gray was positioned for a tie at 32nd. His 83 in the second round moved him down to 53rd overall in the 104-player leaderboard.

“For him, his experience of getting here, it kind of just validated his high school career,” Milton head coach Kirk Wieland said. “He played really well all four years. You just really wanted him to get there, but he wasn’t just satisfied just getting there. He was playing to finish as high as he could.”

Gray started off his final round of his career strong, with a par and a birdie on the first two holes, but a double bogey on the third hole put him 1-over for the day.

“He actually started off really good,” Wieland said.

Gray played even of the fourth and fifth to keep him at 1-over par. On the final four holes of the front nine, the senior shot 5-over par, including a triple bogey on the eighth.

“That just took a lot out of him, he had really battled,” Wieland said regarding the triple bogey on the eighth.

University Ridge continued to give Gray troubles in the back nine.

Gray bogeyed the first four holes of the back nine before collecting a par on the 14th hole.

He continued to fight back with a birdie on the 15th and a par on the 16th.

Gray finished with bogeys on the final two holes.

“I don’t think he had his eyes on winning the championship in terms of where his score was or anything like that, I think he just wanted to have a really good round and improve where he was,” Wieland said. “He just kind of got on the bogey train and he just couldn’t get off it.”

Merrill’s Russell Dettmering won the Division 1 Championship with a score of 7-under par.

Gray ends his career in Milton as a three member of the Badger South’s first team and a one time member of the second team, as well as a one-time state qualifier.

“When he’s gone it’s going to be too bad,” Wieland said. “He was really just a great player for our program.”

Gray’s golf career is not over however, he will golf at Madison Area Technical College next season.

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