ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: Eleva-Strum senior Matt Higley

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STRUM, Wis. (WEAU) -- Back in June, Eleva-Strum senior Matt Higley won the Division 3 boys golf championship at University Ridge in Madison. But, his title didn't come without a little suspense at the end. Chance Dickman has the story in our Osseo Automotive Athlete of the Week.

"He knew where he stood. At that point, I got a little more nervous knowing he absolutely knew where he stood," Matt's father, Kent Higley said.

"One putt and I could be a state champion. It's something I've always dreamed of," Matt added. "When I finally saw that putt go it, I was just speechless. I was so excited and happy. It was like everything I've worked so hard for just finally happened."

Strum, WI, hometown of Matt Higley. Where wouldn't you know it, his love for golf began.

"I think it really started when I was younger," Matt said. "My dad always took me out, and I kind of found a love early on for the game. The Higleys have just loved golf and everyone has been so involved in it."

Matt's father Kent won two state titles for Eleva-Strum in 1989 and 1990. It only seemed that Matt was destined to follow in his footsteps.

"I never pushed him really with any sports that he chose to try," Kent explained. "I always encouraged him to try different things. Much like myself, he just go hooked on it at an early age."

That father-son bond became extra special on June 6th, the day Matt won his first state championship.

"He was standing right next to the green when I made that final putt, and I gave him a big hug afterward. He told me that he was proud of me," Matt said.

"Boy that was a tearful moment," Kent added. "You know to experience it with your own son there was incredible."

Matt seems to have a knack for the big moment, and I'm not just talking about golf.

(Chance) "How did you get started with the play-by-play or the broadcasting for Eleva-Strum?"

"I just always wanted to do it," Matt said. "People think I'm crazy when I do it. It's funny and they love it. You know, it's fun to sit there and watch other people be successful."

One final hole, one final putt, one final moment for Matt to 'drop the mic'. It was his time to shine.

"It just really means a lot to me and that's something I'll have forever in my life, and something I'll always be known for as a state champion," Matt said.

Matt will continue golf career this fall at Winona State University.

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