Nick Amtmann, Hartland Arrowhead

Nick Amtmann of Nashotah has a three-shot lead heading into Monday's final round of the Lake Arrowhead Invitational.

Since the day he played his way into the varsity lineup at Hartland Arrowhead as a freshman three years ago, Nick Amtmann has developed a pretty good appreciation for what it means to play for a powerhouse golf program.

Once he determined that he wanted to pursue a college golf career, the Warhawks senior set his sights high — and squarely on UW-Eau Claire, a program that reached No. 10 in the GolfStat/NCAA Division III national rankings last fall only to have COVID-19 shutter college golf in March. The Blugolds were in line for an at-large NCAA Division III Championship berth.

"COVID-19 did not have a huge impact in my recruiting process because I was favoring Eau Claire before the pandemic," Amtmann wrote in an email interview with Wisconsin.Golf. "Eau Claire was the right choice for me because it is a great school, has a nice campus, and the team was very easy to get along with. And (it) is very competitive in (Division III) golf."

Too competitive? Not for Amtmann, who is ranked No. 9 in the Wisconsin.Golf boys Class of 2021 rankings updated last month.

He cut his teeth as a freshman at Arrowhead playing the No. 5 position behind two-time WIAA Division 1 state champion Piercen Hunt (now at Illinois), senior stalwarts Alex Yost and Zachary Reiser and junior Matthew Raab (now at St. Thomas, Minn.). He moved up to No. 3 in the lineup as a sophomore before COVID-19 wiped out his junior season, but not his zest for aiming high.

"The Arrowhead golf program is a highly competitive culture so this will help me with the transition to college golf," Amtmann wrote. "I see myself fitting in well with the team and working hard to elevate the program."

Indeed, Amtmann will join New Richmond's Owen Covey as the start of a 2021 recruiting class that will need to be patient and flexible as Blugolds coach Darrin Skinner juggles his roster amid college golf's COVID-19 eligibility era.

Eau Claire brought back two seniors this season (Alex Rogan and Brady Thomas) for a fifth year on extended COVID-19 eligibility. The Blugolds have three other golfers in the position to take up to two years of COVID-19 eligibility or departing in May.

So where does that leave Amtmann? It depends on how he is able to build off of a summer that was far more impressive at the end than it was at the beginning.

After struggling to a T39 finish at a WPGA Players Tour event at Blackwolf Run in Kohler and a T73 at the Wisconsin PGA Junior Championship, Amtmann went the extra mile and won a WPGA Junior Tour event at Timber Ridge Golf Club in Minocqua. He finished a respectable T26 at the Wisconsin State Golf Association Junior Boys Championship and then won the prestigious Lake Arrowhead Invitational, shooting 68 on the Pines Course and 74 on the Lakes.

Not knowing what his senior season at Arrowhead will hold, it was hard for Amtmann to walk away from competitive golf after that.

"I wanted to be able to have a good balance between golf and school and I believe that Eau Claire gives me that balance," wrote Amtmann, who plans to major in business. "One of the reasons I wanted to play golf in college was to help further develop my leadership skills in a highly competitive level. I visited the campus once and thought that it was a great fit for me.

"Also, I played a round at the team's home course with the team and got along with the guys very well. Coach Skinner would always check in with me and let me ask any questions that I had about the golf program. That made it very comfortable talking with him."

In the end, the only person left to convince that college golf was right for him? Amtmann himself.

"Through the recruiting process, I was contemplating whether or not I was going to play college golf," Amtmann wrote. "In the end, I decided that it would be a great experience that I'd only have once in my lifetime."

Boys Class of 2021

College selections on this list are updated regularly. To share updates on the decisions of high school seniors, email Rob Hernandez at rob@killarneygolfmedia.com

No. First name Last name High school College Nov.
2019
July
2019
Nov.
2018
Nov.
2017
1, Jacob Beckman Middleton Wisconsin 1 1 1 NR
tie, Ty Kretz Marinette 2 2 3 5
3, Bennett Swavely Hudson Minnesota 3 8 9 NR
4, Benjamin Pausha Kettle Moraine Minnesota (acadmeics) 7 2 2 11
5, Owen Covey New Richmond UW-Eau Claire 13 10 NR NR
6, Austin Georger Appleton West Wittenberg (Ohio) 11 14 25 NR
7, Christian Staudt Mequon Homestead 5 4 5 3
8, Connor Nelson Waukesha West UW-Stout 14 NR NR NR
9, Nick Amtmann Hartland Arrowhead UW-Eau Claire 6 9 7 NR
10, Silas Pickhardt Madison Memorial Northern Michigan 26 NR NR NR
11, Ty Mueller Mequon Homestead TBA (academics) 4 17 6 NR
12, Matthew Mueller St. Croix Central UW-Stout NR NR NR NR
13, Braeden Resnick Rice Lake Stetson (Fla.) 12 NR NR NR
14, Logan Pechinski Stevens Point Davenport (Mich.) 27 20 13 4
15, Collin Thomey Germantown Bryant & Stratton NR NR 15 NR
16, Addison Raimer Slinger 9 7 12 2
17, Nathan Theama Cedarburg NR NR NR NR
18, Luke Abram Lake Geneva Badger TBA (academics) 16 23 20 13
19, Matt Paulson Mukwonago Madison College 15 NR NR NR
20, Sam Evenson Holmen Iowa Central CC 124 12 21 NR
21, Hunter Neumann Tomah UW-Stout NR NR NR NR
22, Liam Sather Eau Claire Memorial NR NR NR NR
23, Jackson Cain Kettle Moraine Minnesota (academics) 8 6 NR NR
24, Nicholas Higley Eleva-Strum TBA (academics) 31 19 10 NR
25, Adam Bauman Peshtigo 34 NR NR NR
26, Jacob Hall Osceola Bethel (Minn.) NR NR NR NR
27, John Mirsberger Franklin 18 13 11 6
28, Will Buettner Milwaukee Marquette 22 NR NR NR
29, Ben Busick De Pere Madison College 20 24 23 NR
30, Teddy Schumacher Fond du Lac Springs 37, NR NR NR
31, Kaleb Lycke La Crosse Logan Madison College NR NR NR NR
32, Jack Tonnessen Germantown Lewis University (Ill.) 19 NR NR NR
33, Maxamillian Xiong River Falls 10 5 4 1
34, Adam Soczka Wauwatosa East/West NR NR NR NR
35, Elijah Bartel Waupaca UW-Stevens Point (academics) 17 11 NR NR
36, Ian Resch Wittenberg-Birnamwood Madison College NR NR NR NR
37, Dawson Kurth Durand 30 18 19 NR
38, Charlie Schubbe Appleton Xavier 21 25 17 7
39, Jack Catherall Milwaukee Marquette 40 NR NR NR
40, Jake Rebholz Verona NR NR NR NR
41, Andrew Aune Verona NR NR NR NR
42, Ethan Draeger Kettle Moraine Lutheran NR NR NR NR
43, Declan Cooley Milwaukee Marquette 40, NR NR NR
44, Tyler Dahl Kenosha Tremper 36, NR NR NR
45, Tyler Fisel Kenosha Indian Trail NR NR NR NR
46, Brayden LoPiccolo Racine Case 29, 22 16 NR
47, Tyson Miller Slinger NR NR NR NR
48, Peter Iwanowski St. Francis/Cudahy 25, NR NR NR
49, Jake Anderson Whitefish Bay NR NR NR NR
50, Andrew Fickel Hartland Arrowhead 39, NR NR NR

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