FOND DU LAC — Piercen Hunt put on a clinic again Wednesday and at least one other golfer in his group during the final round of the Wisconsin State Golf Association Junior Boys Championship learned as much watching as doing.

"I learned a ton just watching him play one round of golf," Dylan Brown of Reedsburg wrote in a text message to Wisconsin.Golf of his playing partner from Hartland. "He is the best player I've ever played with. I ... learned what it takes to put away a victory when it is laying in front of you. He looked very relaxed the entire round and made it look simple on the back nine."

Indeed, Hunt — the first golfer to ever win WIAA state championships as a freshman and sophomore — closed out a wire-to-wire victory at Rolling Meadows GC like someone who had been there before. And will be again.

Hunt birdied the 18th hole to close out a 3-under-par 69 — including a 4-under 32 on his final nine holes — that left him with a 12-under 204 total for the 54-hole event and a seven-stroke victory over Austin Thyes of Sheboygan Falls. Brown shot 73 and finished tied for third at 3-under 213 along with Matthew Raab, Hunt's high school teammate at Hartland Arrowhead who shot the low round of the day — a bogey-free 68 — to climb in the top five.

For Hunt, his winning score was the second lowest since the event went to a stroke-play format in 1971. Former Arrowhead golfer Charlie Delsman shot 201 at Rock River Hills GC in Horicon to win the 2003 championship.

"I can’t really put into words how happy I am to have won this week the way I did!" Hunt wrote in a text to Wisconsin.Golf after joining past winners that include former PGA Tour golfers Don Iverson of La Crosse, Bob Mann of Milwaukee, Steve Stricker of Edgerton and Mark Wilson of Menomonee Falls. "To be able to add my name to the trophy is a great feeling and was one of my biggest goals going into this summer season."

It didn't start out as easy as Hunt eventually made it look.

After a bogey on his first hole, Hunt birdied the fourth hole only to bogey the eighth and turn in 1-over 37. Thyes, who will be a senior at Sheboygan North, also bogeyed the first hole, but birdied No. 6 and made the turn in even-par 36, trimming Hunt's lead to four shots with nine holes remaining.

"I knew I was capable at the start to play well, but I knew I really couldn’t catch Piercen," Thyes wrote in a text message to Wisconsin.Golf. "After the turn I was only four (shots) back and I had about a 10-footer for birdie (on No. 10) and Piercen was a little farther than mine. Piercen drained his (for birdie) and I missed mine so that sort of ended my hopes of trying to win."

Both golfers went par-birdie-par on Nos. 11 through 13 before Thyes bogeyed No. 14 and Hunt birdied No. 15 to lead by seven. Thyes got to within six shots with a birdie on No. 17, but Hunt answered with his birdie on No. 18.

"The birdie on 10 was big for me to get back to even on the day (and) my birdie on 14 was the one that finally gave me some breathing room," Hunt wrote, praising Thyes for keeping him sharp. "Austin played great all day and I really enjoyed the group. We played together a few times my freshman year and it was great to get to play together again. He is a fantastic putter and his length off the tee was very impressive."

But the distance Hunt put between himself and the field over 54 holes spoke volumes for how far the junior-to-be at Arrowhead High School could go in this game as he continues to rack up victories as significant as the one Wednesday.

"It’s a great stepping stone in my career towards many other tournaments that I hope to compete for!" Hunt wrote.


 
PosPlayerTodayThruTotalR1R2R3Total 
1Piercen Hunt  Hartland, WI-3F-12657069204 
2Austin Thyes  Sheboygan Falls, WI-1F-5707071211 
T3Matthew Raab  Hartland, WI-4F-3737268213 
T3Dylan Brown  Reedsburg, WI+1F-3707073213 
5Brock Hlinak  Kaukauna, WI-2F-2737170214 
T6Jack (John) Blair  Wauwatosa, WI-1F-1727271215 
T6James Johnson  Greendale, WI+1F-1736973215 
T6Rory Gierhart  Madison, WI+2F-1687374215 
T9James Gilmore  Verona, WI-2FE737370216 
T9Blake Wisdom  Lake Geneva, WI+3FE736875216 
T9Logan Lillehaug  Frederic, WI+2FE717174216 
12Jed Baranczyk  Green Bay, WI+1F+1756973217 
T13Mason Schulz  Mukwonago, WI-2F+2767270218 
T13Mason Gardner  Waupaca, WI+3F+2737075218 
T15Andrew Clement  Pewaukee, WI+4F+3727176219 
T15Brett Grulkowski  Franklin, WI+3F+3717375219 
T15Tyler Leach  Spring Valley, WI+5F+3736977219 
T18Matthew Zimmerman  Janesville, WIEF+4727672220 
T18Matthew Phelan  Fitchburg, WI+4F+4717376220 
T18Ryan Schuelke  Manawa, WI+5F+4717277220 
T21Danny Sanicki  Menomonee Falls, WI+2F+5707774221 
T21Paul Lynch  Trevor, WI+6F+5746978221 
T21Josh Koszarek  Waterford, WI+6F+5746978221 
T24Drake Wilcox  Sheboygan, WI+1F+6707973222 
T24Zak Kulka  Beaver Dam, WIEF *+6797172222 
T24Lukas Heckmann  Middleton, WI+4F+6767076222 
27John Birnbaum Jr  Mosinee, WI+5F+7727477223 
T28Tyler Cleaves  Kaukauna, WI+4F+8727676224 
T28Cameron Huss  Kenosha, WIEF *+8787472224 
T28Jakob Schroeckenthaler  Cottage Grove, WI-1F *+8777671224 
T31Trace Woepse  Kiel, WI+4F+9737676225 
T31Zachary Mindel  Brookfield, WI+6F+9707778225 
T31Garhett Kaegi  Verona, WI+6F+9727578225 
T34Kyle Figlmiller  Appleton, WI+6F+10747478226 
T34Ty Kretz  Marinette, WI+2F *+10767674226 
T34Jack Anderson  Brookfield, WI+7F+10737479226 
T34Solomon Zarling  West Bend, WI+7F+10747379226 
T38Zach Bernhardt  Eau Claire, WI+6F+11747578227 
T38Jacob Beckman  Middleton, WI+4F *+11767576227 
T38Yuefeng Ma  San Diego, CA+2F *+11797474227 
T38Colin Ahern  Fond du Lac, WI+1F *+11767873227 
T38Maxwell Schmidtke  Sheboygan, WIEF *+11748172227 
T43Sean Murphy  Middleton, WI+5F *+12777477228 
T43Mason Herkstroeter  Fond du Lac, WI+8F+12757380228 
T43Elliott Nielsen  Fond du lac, WI+4F *+12777576228 
T46Billy Peterson  Eau Claire, WI+7F+13777379229 
T46Austin Erickson  Sparta, WI+5F *+13767677229 
T46Brandon Staudt  Mequon, WI+4F *+13787576229 
T49Zachary Walsh  Elm Grove, WI+7F *+14767579230 
T49Braeden Resnick  Rice Lake, WI+7F *+14757679230 
T49Tommy Kriewaldt  Madison, WI+11F+14767183230 
T49Steven Sanicki  Menomonee Falls, WI+5F *+14738077230 
T53Henry Poston  Los Alamos, NM+5F *+15787677231 
T53Thomas Korsholm  Williams Bay, WI+4F *+15738276231 
T53Daniel Dunn  Oshkosh, WI+4F *+15817476231 
56Matt Fladten  Eau Claire, WI+10F+16737782232 
T57Garrett Schultz  Sheboygan, WI+12F *+18807084234 
T57Erik Hopp  Appleton, WI+12F *+18757584234 
T57Joseph Ploch  Oconomowoc, WI+10F *+18757782234 
T57Preston Cedergren  Green Bay, WI+7F *+18807579234 
T61Ben Resnick  Rice Lake, WI+10F *+19757882235 
T61Cade Rohrbach  Platteville, WI+10F *+19787582235 
T61Jack Lutze  Brookfield, WI+9F *+19757981235 
T61Samuel Nielsen  Fond Du Lac, WI+9F *+19757981235 
T61Kyle Wille  Edgerton, WI+8F *+19797680235 
T61Reis Schweiner  Sherwood, WI+8F *+19728380235 
T67Jamozzy Skenandore  De Pere, WI+16F+21747588237 
T67Marty Swab  Menomonee Falls, WI+11F *+21757983237 
T69Mickey Keating  Sun Prairie, WI+15F *+24728187240 
T69Noah Kirsch  Lancaster, WI+5F *+24838077240 
T69Max Reis  De Pere, WI+4F *+24828276240 
72Hayden LeMonds  Wauwatosa, WI+15F *+27738387243 
T73Sebastian Kasun  Elm Grove, WI+11F *+28808183244 
T73Alex Koenig  Wales, WI+9F *+28818281244 
75Jack Miller  Wauwatosa, WI+18F *+29767990245 
76Kade Muehlenhaupt  Markesan, WI+19F *+30767991246 
77Caden Jacobson  Lake Delton, WI+14F *+35798686251