This Eddie never missed a match in four years
Posted: 06/21/2012 at 1:15 am
By: Steve Krah
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Razzano never missed a varsity match in his four years of high school — the first to achieve such a feat in Jeff Kozinski’s 14 years as Eddies coach.
“It’s special to me,” said Razzano of the feat. “It means Coach had confidence in me. I’ve worked very hard at it.”
Razzano began his prep career as the fifth player and was an honorable mention on the all-Lakeland Athletic Conference team. As a sophomore, he moved up to No. 3 player and was second team all-LAC. He was No. 3 player as a junior and No. 1 as a senior, earning first team all-conference laurels both seasons.
Edwardsburg claimed the LAC title all four years, surpassing a streak of three in the early 2000s. Current Four Lakes Country Club pro Scott Kretchman was on those Kozinski-coached squads.
“We’ve been blessed with some very good golfers here,” said Kozinski. “There are a lot of players who could be playing at other schools.”
Razzano, who carded a season-best 34 at Indian Lake Hills in Berrien Springs and averaged 41.0 strokes per 9-hole match this spring, shot a 78 in the Division 2 regional at Gull Lake View West in Augusta. At the State Finals staged at Ferris State University’s Katke course in Big Rapids, Razzano shot 89-82—171.
Razzano was a three-sport athlete at Edwardsburg, helping the Eddies to success in football and basketball as well as golf.
As a senior, Razzano was all-conference on the both sides of the ball as coach Kevin Bartz’s club won the LAC, went 8-1 and triumphed in a playoff game against Petoskey.
“I like the physical contact and the team aspect of football,” said Razzano. “In basketball, I did not score that much. I liked to rebound and play defense.”
Razzano was part of the first Edwardsburg team to win a district basketball game in several seasons. The Dan Gunn-coached Eddies knocked off Buchanan on a 38-foot buzzer beater by Josh Kozinski.
“In golf, it’s a big mental game,” said Razzano. “I keep my head when things don’t go my way.”
There are other qualities that Razzano relates to golf and he shared those while serving as a guest speaker at Kozinski’s camp for players in grades 3-8.
“You want to always be honest and play the game with integrity,” said Razzano. “There are no officials out there. But you don’t want to cheat or shave strokes.”
Razzano earned a 3.4 grade-point average on a 4.0 scale and will pursue a business degree at Michigan State University.