Cameron Huss

Cameron Huss shot a final-round 67 and finished second individually at 10-under 206 in the Rich Harvest Farms Intercollegiate in Sugar Grove, Ill.

Don’t look now, but the University of Wisconsin men’s golf team, which finished last in the Big Ten the last two years, is showing signs of a revival.

Led by the “Big Three” of sophomore Cameron Huss, senior Griffin Barela and junior Coalter Smith, the Badgers finished third Monday in the 12-team Rich Harvest Farms Intercollegiate in Sugar Grove, Ill.

Griffin Barela, Coalter Smith

Griffin Barela (left) and Coalter Smith 

Huss fired a final-round 67 and finished second individually at 10-under 206. Barela closed with a 69 and finished third at 208, and Smith shot a 70 to finish T-18 at 214.

Under first-year coach Mike Wilson, UW has shown improvement from one tournament to the next this fall. The Badgers opened the season by finishing 15th in the 17-team Marquette Intercollegiate but then finished fourth in their own 14-team Badger Invitational.

At Rich Harvest Farms, Wisconsin broke par in all three rounds (286-283-284) for a season-best 11-under 853 total. Purdue won at 21-under 843 and Missouri was second at 20-under 844.

“I would say right now, as a group we’re playing really free and having a lot of fun while we’re doing it,” Huss said. “We have a great group of guys, too, which makes it even better. We all bond really well. It’s been fun.”

Marquette University had a good tournament, too, tying for fifth at 857. Graduate student Hunter Eichhorn finished fifth at 6-under 210 on rounds of 69-69-72. Redshirt freshman Bhoom Sima-Aree closed with a 68 and finished T-26 at 216.

Huss, Barela and Smith have been solid all fall for the Badgers. Huss tied for fifth in the Badger Invitational and finished T-22 in the MU Intercollegiate. Barela finished third and T-22, respectively, in those tournaments and Smith finished T-19 and T-64.

Barela leads the team with a 70.22 scoring average, with Huss close behind at 70.33 and Smith at 72.55.

“Even in qualifiers or day-to-day competitions, we’re always trying to beat each other,” Huss said. “Me, Coalter and Griffin, the whole fall we’ve been trying to beat each other to get that (No.) 1 spot.”

Notably, at Rich Harvest Farms the Badgers beat Big Ten rivals Michigan (T-5), Nebraska (7th) and Minnesota (T-8), as well as in-state rival Marquette.

“It feels good,” Huss said. “We know we can play with anyone in the Big Ten and we’re starting to show that a little bit. We just have to piece it together a little more. Especially for Coalter, being from (Grosse Pointe Farms) Michigan, beating Michigan always feels good, so that was fun for him today.”

Huss, a Kenosha Tremper High School graduate, is coming off a summer in which he finished sixth in the Wisconsin State Amateur and T-13 in the State Open. He has carried his strong play into the fall season; since an opening 76 in the MU Intercollegiate, he has averaged 69.63, and his closing 67 on Monday was his collegiate low.

“I’m starting to hit the ball a little better, which is a big thing for me,” he said. “I’ve always had a pretty good short game and I can putt it a little bit, but ball-striking has always been very inconsistent. I’m starting to put that together a little bit. And I’m kind of eliminating the big numbers, just knowing that if I do get in a bad spot, make bogey at worst. That’s been big for me.”

Huss finished one shot behind medalist Herman Wibe Sekne of Purdue, who birdied the 18th hole to close with a tournament-low 66. He finished at 11-under 205.

“I had a putt on 18, about 12 feet, to get to 10-under and I knew it was to tie for the lead (at the time),” Huss said. “Just being able to make that felt good. That was big. Stepping on 16 tee I kind of thought I had to birdie the last three. I birdied 16, the par-3, made about a 12-footer there, and then just skimmed the edge on 17 on a putt I thought I made. And then birdied 18. That felt good.”

If the Badgers start getting a little more production from their Nos. 4 and 5 golfers, they could be dangerous.

“I fully believe that with the guys we have now, if we get hot at the right time, we can play with anyone in the Big Ten,” Huss said. “We just have to piece it together at the right time.”

'21 MU Hunter Eichhorn

Hunter Eichhorn, Marquette University

Eichhorn was tied for the lead entering the final day but offset four birdies with four bogeys in an even-par 72. It was the 14th top-five finish of his career and the 12th time he has recorded three rounds of par or better in a single tournament.

As a team, the Golden Eagles improved 15 strokes over their Sunday round. All five players in the MU lineup shot par or better. Sima-Aree’s 68 was a collegiate low and the first time he shot in the 60s at MU. His round featured an eagle on the par-5 second hole and five birdies.

For Minnesota, freshman Bennett Swavely of Hudson shot 74-71-73 to finish T-37 at 2-over 218.

The Golden Eagles compete in their final event of the fall season at the Purdue Fall Invitational, Oct. 10-11 at Kampen Golf Course in West Lafayette, Ind. The Badgers conclude their fall season at the Steelwood Invitational, Oct. 30-31 in Loxley, Ala.

Team/Player Leaderboards
Rich Harvest Farms - 2021 Rich Harvest Farms Intercollegiate Par: 72 Yardage: 7200
Sugar Grove, IL US
Oct 2-4, 2021
Pos. Team/Player (seed) Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Total
1 Purdue 282 288 273 843
1 Herman Wibe Sekne (1) 69 70 66 205
T6 Joe Weiler (2) 70 70 71 211
T44 Nick Dentino (4) 71 75 73 219
T44 Nels Surtani (5) 72 76 71 219
T55 Cole Bradley (3) 84 73 65 222
2 Missouri 284 282 278 844
4 Jack Parker (2) 71 67 71 209
T6 Yu Ta Tsai (3) 69 72 70 211
T18 Jack Lundin (1) 72 74 68 214
T24 Charlie Crockett (4) 72 74 69 215
T26 Dagbjartur Sigurbrandsson (5) 76 69 71 216
3 Wisconsin 286 283 284 853
2 Cameron Huss (2) 71 68 67 206
3 Griffin Barela (1) 70 69 69 208
T18 Coalter Smith (3) 73 71 70 214
66 Ryan Smith (5) 73 75 78 226
T67 Graham Moody (4) 72 77 78 227
4 Northern Illinois 279 293 283 855
T6 Ben Sluzas (3) 67 73 71 211
T18 Zach Place (5) 72 73 69 214
T26 Tommy Dunsire (2) 67 77 72 216
T31 Luc Warnock (4) 74 72 71 217
T58 Reece Nilsen (1) 73 75 75 223
T5 Michigan 290 283 284 857
T10 Will Anderson (1) 71 70 71 212
T14 Patrick Sullivan (5) 73 69 71 213
T18 Hunter Thomson (2) 73 71 70 214
T37 Brendan O'Reilly (4) 73 73 72 218
T63 Jude Kim (3) 75 73 76 224
T5 Marquette University 282 295 280 857
5 Hunter Eichhorn (1) 69 69 72 210
T26 Bhoom Sima-Aree (5) 71 77 68 216
T31 Max Lyons (2) 72 73 72 217
T31 Nicolas Evangelio (4) 70 76 71 217
54 Tyler Leach (3) 74 78 69 221
7 Nebraska 287 285 286 858
T10 Tom Westenberger (1) 71 70 71 212
T14 Branden Meyer (5) 71 71 71 213
T26 Will Marshall (2) 72 73 71 216
T49 Tristan Nelko (3) 76 71 73 220
T63 Reed Malleck (4) 73 76 75 224
T8 Miami University(OH) 291 287 284 862
T24 Jack Mortell (2) 71 74 70 215
T26 Jack Herceg (5) 72 72 72 216
T37 Jack Ebner (3) 74 71 73 218
T44 Danny Fisher (1) 74 70 75 219
T67 Scott Bitar (4) 78 80 69 227
T8 Minnesota 292 285 285 862
T18 Ben Warian (4) 81 67 66 214
T31 Lincoln Johnson (3) 74 72 71 217
T37 Antoine Sale (1) 68 75 75 218
T37 Bennett Swavely (5) 74 71 73 218
77 Harrison Arnold (2) 76 80 77 233
10 James Madison 286 290 287 863
T14 Neal Shipley (2) 73 73 67 213
T37 George Heath (1) 74 71 73 218
T44 Nacho Montero (5) 69 78 72 219
T49 Nick Schlickenrieder (4) 76 69 75 220
T63 Alexandre d'Aurelle (3) 70 77 77 224
11 Kansas State 290 288 288 866
T6 Tim Tillmanns (1) 68 71 72 211
T31 Will Hopkins (2) 75 70 72 217
T49 Cooper Schultz (4) 76 74 70 220
T55 Nicklaus Mason (5) 74 74 74 222
T58 Luke O'Neill (3) 73 73 77 223
12 Arkansas State 292 294 281 867
T10 Luka Naglic (1) 74 70 68 212
T14 Lucas Cena (5) 71 71 71 213
T31 Christofer Rahm (3) 73 75 69 217
T67 Felix Krammer (2) 74 79 74 227
T72 Jack Madden (4) 78 78 73 229
 
Individuals
Pos. Player (Team) Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Total
T10 Andrew Farraye (Purdue) 69 73 70 212
T18 Jeremy Sisson (Nebraska) 72 74 68 214
T37 Devyn Pappas (Arkansas State) 72 75 71 218
T37 Michael Cascino (Northern Illinois) 74 71 73 218
T44 Siggi Blumenstein (James Madison) 70 71 78 219
T49 Ethan Miller (Kansas State) 77 72 71 220
T49 Pattanan Bruminhent (Northern Illinois) 74 73 73 220
T55 Jack Vercautren (Aurora University) 75 75 72 222
T58 Scott Schlader (Marquette University ) 77 76 70 223
T58 Pier Francesco de Col (Michigan) 76 75 72 223
T58 Harry Plowman-Ollington (Minnesota) 77 71 75 223
T67 Luke DeHaven (Northern Illinois) 76 78 73 227
T67 Scott Boyajian (Aurora University) 71 80 76 227
T72 Josh LaBounty (Northern Illinois) 78 76 75 229
74 Egor Zotov (Miami University(OH)) 72 79 79 230
75 Craig Schlegel (Aurora University) 74 77 80 231
76 Andrew Schrader (Aurora University) 75 81 76 232
78 Michael Terblanche (Missouri) 75 83 79 237
79 Robbie Morway (Wisconsin) 77 88 75 240
80 Tyler McDowell (Northern Illinois) 88 84 0 172

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