Shawhan wins playoff to advance to WIAA Tournament

Zach Shawhan had a little waiting to do Tuesday at the WIAA Division 1 boys golf sectional at Franklin.

The Case High School junior golfer had to first wait out a team playoff between Franklin and Westosha Central, then had to have his own individual playoff for a chance to advance to the WIAA State Tournament.

Shawhan persevered, beating freshman Cameron Huss of Kenosha Tremper on the first playoff hole to earn his first trip to state.

Muskego won the sectional with a total of 316 at Oakwood Park Golf Course in Franklin, while Franklin and Westosha Central tied for second at 333.

In very windy conditions, Shawhan shot an 81, with eight pars and eight bogeys, and tied for fifth with four other players, including Huss.

But there could be no playoff until the second-place team was determined (the top two teams and top three individuals not on those teams advance to state).

Because Westosha Central won the playoff 15 to 17, two of Franklin’s players earned automatic berths and Shawhan and Huss had to play off (the other two 81s were by Muskego players, one of them by Ben Gabbey of Wind Lake).

Huss hit first and from a bad line hit his approach shot to within 15 feet of the pin, then Shawhan hit his approach to four feet.