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Cameron Huss of Kenosha hits his opening drive on Wednesday en route to winning the 2020 Junior Boys Championship at The Legend at Brandybrook. Standing at right are playing partners Benjamin Pausha and Jamozzy Skenandore.

WALES – Start the last round with a four-shot lead, handle the pressure and nerves down the stretch, roll in a 15-foot birdie putt on the final hole and win by five.

Now, that’s the way to close out your junior golf career.

One week after Thomas Longbella won the Wisconsin State Amateur by 10 shots at Milwaukee Country Club, Cameron Huss was equally impressive Wednesday as he cruised to victory in the WSGA Junior Boys Championship at The Legend at Brandybrook.

For Huss, a Kenosha Tremper High School graduate and University of Wisconsin recruit, the victory was especially sweet considering he was tied for the lead in this tournament going into the final round in 2019 and finished second at Edelweiss Chalet Country Club.

“It means a lot,” he said. “Last year, being tied for the lead going into the final round and then shooting 76, it was a little bittersweet to take second. It’s nice to come out on top this year, especially on a little tougher of a golf course than last year.”

Huss shot a 2-over 74 and finished the 54-hole tournament at 4-over 220. Owen Covey, a rising senior at New Richmond High School, closed with a 73 and finished runner-up at 225.

“I left a couple strokes out there,” Covey said. “Burned a lot of edges with the putter. They’re the fastest greens I’ve ever played, for sure. But it was pretty solid today. I didn’t make any big numbers.”

Kaeden Nomm, a rising junior at Lakeland Union High in Minocqua, shot a 75 and finished third at 226. Nomm won the 15-16 age division and William Harned of Nashotah won the 14-and-under division with a 232 total.

“Cameron was (five) strokes ahead of me at the start of the day, so I knew it was going to be hard to catch him, especially considering he’s a good player,” Nomm said. “You can score well here but you also have a lot of bogey and double holes you’ve got to deal with.”

With the greens at the immaculately conditioned Brandybrook rolling at 13 feet on the Stimpmeter, Huss’ opening 71 was the only sub-par round of the championship. Since it was not likely his pursuers were going to go low, their best chance was for Huss to come back to them.

He would have none of it. After a three-putt par from the fringe on the par-5 second hole and a lip-out bogey on the third, Huss settled down and got his putter going. He rolled in a 12-footer for par on No. 5 and then jarred a 20-foot birdie putt from the back fringe on the par-3 sixth.

“That was huge,” he said. “I hit that one a little too hard but it went in, so that was definitely a big confidence boost for the rest of the round.”

Tree trouble on the eighth led to a bogey but he made the turn in 37 and then made three consecutive par-saving putts on Nos. 10-12, the last one a 12-footer.

Benjamin Pausha of Delafield and Jamozzy Skenandore of De Pere, the other members of Huss’ threesome, both started four shots back but couldn’t apply any pressure. Both shot 78s and tied for fourth at 228.

Pausha followed two front-nine birdies with bogeys and matched Huss’ 37 going out. He was still in it, four strokes back, until disaster struck on the 11th hole. In the second round, his tee shot wound up in an old silo. This time, he snap-hooked two drives out of bounds and wound up with a quintuple-bogey 9, which effectively ended his bid.

Skenandore shot a 40 on the front side and his three-putt bogey on No. 12 left him eight shots back with six holes to go. He did roll in two birdies down the stretch, but also made three more bogeys.

Huss was in control, even after bogeys on Nos. 13 and 16. He didn’t know where he stood until he looked at the leaderboard on his phone on the 17th tee and saw he had a four-shot lead.

“I checked to make sure I didn’t have to make birdie-birdie if someone shot a low round,” he said. “That was the only time I checked. At that point, I just wanted to make two pars. Make two solid swings off the tee with 3-wood, and I did that. Eighteen, I fanned it a little but it wasn’t going to hurt me in that fairway bunker. So that was nice.”

He hit a 7-iron from the right fairway bunker to 15 feet and rolled in the putt to put an exclamation point on his victory.

“The course is definitely tough because of the speed of the greens, but I just knew if I played solid all day that the outcome would be in my favor,” Huss said. “Trying to win a golf tournament is always going to be nerve-wracking. I felt the nerves on the back nine. I made a couple of shaky swings, but to finish with a birdie and shoot 74 was really nice.”

Huss, in the field Aug. 17-19 for the 100th Wisconsin State Open, also played baseball growing up and was the sixth man on Tremper’s basketball team as a senior. He works at The Club at Strawberry Creek in Kenosha and is largely self-taught, having not had a golf lesson in “five or six years.”

“I feel I have a pretty good understanding of my own swing,” he said. “Coming down the stretch, the swing on 16 on the par-3, it was a bad swing with a 5-iron; it was just a little bit from the inside and I drop-kicked it a little bit. I fixed that on 17 with the 3-wood and hit a really good one there.”

His father, Greg Huss, walked all 18 holes and got to see his son win the biggest title of his young career.

“So proud of him,” Greg said. “Just really excited for him. What a way to finish off junior golf in the state of Wisconsin.”

Boys overall

POS
 
PLAYER
TOTAL
THRU
TODAY
R1
R2
R3
STROKES
 
1-Cameron Huss  Kenosha, WI+4F+2717574220 
2
Arrow Up
 4
Owen Covey  New Richmond, WI+9F+1737973225 
3
Arrow Up
 1
Kaeden Nomm  Minocqua, WI+10F+3797275226 
T4
Arrow Down
 2
Benjamin Pausha  Delafield, WI+12F+6777378228 
T4
Arrow Down
 2
Jamozzy Skenandore  De Pere, WI+12F+6767478228 
T6
Arrow Up
 17
Connor Nelson  Waukesha, WI+15FE788172231 
T6
Arrow Up
 6
Marty Swab  Menomonee Falls, WI+15F+3807675231 
T6
Arrow Up
 2
Bode King  Hartland, WI+15F+4728376231 
T9
Arrow Down
 1
William Harned  Nashotah, WI+16F+5777877232 
T9
Arrow Down
 5
Max Reis  De Pere, WI+16F+9777481232 
T11
Arrow Up
 12
Ty Kretz  Marinette, WI+17F+2798074233 
T11
Arrow Up
 5
Karl Gilmore  Middleton, WI+17F+4817676233 
T13
Arrow Up
 6
Josh Teplin  Mequon, WI+18F+4768276234 
T13
Arrow Down
 1
Spencer Lynch  Neenah, WI+18F+6797778234 
T15
Arrow Up
 8
Jacob Beckman  Middleton, WI+19F+4827776235 
T15
Arrow Up
 1
Mason Schmidtke  Sheboygan, WI+19F+6787978235 
T15
Arrow Down
 7
Collin Thomey  Germantown, WI+19F+8767980235 
T18
Arrow Up
 14
Austin Georger  Appleton, WI+20F+4768476236 
T18
Arrow Down
 6
William Hemauer  Wauwatosa, WI+20F+8787880236 
T18
Arrow Down
 11
Alex Koenig  Wales, WI+20F+10738182236 
T21
Arrow Up
 14
Quinn Berglin  Pewaukee, WI+21F+4808176237 
T21
Arrow Up
 2
Tommy Kriewaldt  Madison, WI+21F+6788178237 
T21
Arrow Up
 2
Alex Weiss  Middleton, WI+21F+6807978237 
T21
Arrow Down
 5
Bennett Swavely  Hudson, WI+21F+8787980237 
T21
Arrow Down
 13
Tyson Sparks  Muskego, WI+21F+10777882237 
T26
Arrow Up
 14
Nicholas Amtmann  Nashotah, WI+22F+4818176238 
T26
Arrow Up
 9
Nicholas Higley  Strum, WI+22F+5818077238 
T28
Arrow Up
 12
Christian Staudt  Mequon, WI+23F+5837977239 
T28
Arrow Up
 4
Alwang Deang  Madison, WI+23F+7827879239 
T28
Arrow Down
 5
Liam More O'Ferrall  River Hills, WI+23F+8798080239 
T28
Arrow Down
 5
Preston Cedergren  Green Bay, WI+23F+8768380239 
T32
Arrow Up
 3
Hunter Neumann  Warrens, WI+24F+7798279240 
T32
Arrow Down
 13
Finn Somers  Wauwatosa, WI+24F+10807882240 
T32
Arrow Down
 13
Sebastian Kasun  Elm Grove, WI+24F+10807882240 
35
Arrow Down
 12
Will Buettner  Whitefish Bay, WI+25F+10768382241 
T36
Arrow Up
 4
Griffin Oberneder  Beloit, WI+26F+8748880242 
T36
Arrow Down
 24
Trent Meyer  Lake Nebagamon, WI+26F+14807686242 
T38
Arrow Up
 16
Ansen Nomm  Minocqua, WI+27F+6858078243 
T38
Arrow Up
 12
Ty Mueller  Mequon, WI+27F+7808479243 
T38
Arrow Down
 6
Jacob Frederickson  Cottage Grove, WI+27F+11788283243 
T41
Arrow Up
 9
Braeden Resnick  Rice Lake, WI+28F+8808480244 
T41
Arrow Up
 13
Grant Wieczorek  Pewaukee, WI+28F+7818479244 
T41
Arrow Down
 22
Matthew Mueller  Baldwin, WI+28F+14797986244 
T44
Arrow Up
 17
Silas Pickhardt  Madison, WI+29F+5878177245 
T44
Arrow Up
 3
Travis Bentley  Pewaukee, WI+29F+10818282245 
T44
Arrow Down
 9
Noah Kirsch  Lancaster, WI+29F+12798284245 
T47
Arrow Down
 7
Drew Jeffery  Cambridge, WI+30F+12837984246 
T47
Arrow Down
 7
Charlie Erlandson  Verona, WI+30F+12808284246 
T49
Arrow Up
 21
Logan Pechinski  Plover, WI+31F+6848578247 
T49
Arrow Up
 10
Michael Addie  Sussex, WI+31F+8848380247 
T49
Arrow Down
 2
Logan Lillehaug  Frederic, WI+31F+12867784247 
T49
Arrow Up
 1
Simon Mitchell  Mineral Point, WI+31F+11818383247 
T49
Arrow Down
 9
Nick Mueller  Baldwin, WI+31F+13847885247 
T54
Arrow Up
 7
Nathan Theama  Cedarburg, WI+32F+8878180248 
T54
Arrow Up
 7
Aiden Cudney  Appleton, WI+32F+8838580248 
T54
Arrow Down
 14
Jakson Jazgar  Green Bay, WI+32F+14788486248 
T54
Arrow Down
 31
Maxamillian Xiong  River Falls, WI+32F+17827789248 
T58
Arrow Up
 1
Ryan Darling  Allouez, WI+33F+10818682249 
T58
Arrow Down
 23
Tyler Tsui  Grafton, WI+33F+16788388249 
T60
Arrow Down
 6
Cole Fisher  Eau Claire, WI+34F+13858085250 
T60
Arrow Down
 13
Luke Abram  Williams Bay, WI+34F+15828187250 
62
Arrow Down
 5
Joe Fricker  Mequon, WI+35F+13818585251 
63
Arrow Down
 13
Lucas Ladd  Mequon, WI+36F+16838188252 
64
Arrow Down
 3
Spencer Stuke  Delafield, WI+37F+13848485253 
65
Arrow Down
 4
Jack Glaspy  Pewaukee, WI+39F+15917787255 
T66
Arrow Down
 5
Ben Christenson  Eau Claire, WI+40F+16838588256 
T66
Arrow Down
 5
Jackson Cain  Delafield, WI+40F+16808888256 
T68
Arrow Up
 2
Sam Godager  Madison, WI+41F+16868388257 
T68
Arrow Down
 11
Parker Etzel  Eau Claire, WI+41F+19877991257 
70
Arrow Down
 9
Peter Haideman  Pewaukee, WI+43F+19848491259 
71
Arrow Down
 10
Adam Soczka  Wauwatosa, WI+45F+21828693261 
72
Arrow Up
 1
Jackson Piacsek  Pewaukee, WI+49F+19849091265 
73
Arrow Down
 1
William Schlitz  Eau Claire, WI+52F+25848797268 
74
Arrow Down
 1
Mason Haupt  De Pere, WI+54F+24888696270 

Boys 17-18

Top five finishers

POS
 
PLAYER
TOTAL
THRU
TODAY
R1
R2
R3
STROKES
 
1-Cameron Huss  Kenosha, WI+4F+2717574220 
2
Arrow Up
 2
Owen Covey  New Richmond, WI+9F+1737973225 
T3
Arrow Down
 1
Benjamin Pausha  Delafield, WI+12F+6777378228 
T3
Arrow Down
 1
Jamozzy Skenandore  De Pere, WI+12F+6767478228 
T5
Arrow Up
 6
Connor Nelson  Waukesha, WI+15FE788172231 
T5
Arrow Up
 1
Marty Swab  Menomonee Falls, WI+15F+3807675231 

Boys 15-16

Top five finishers

POS
 
PLAYER
TOTAL
THRU
TODAY
R1
R2
R3
STROKES
 
1-Kaeden Nomm  Minocqua, WI+10F+3797275226 
2
Arrow Up
 2
Bode King  Hartland, WI+15F+4728376231 
3
Arrow Down
 2
Max Reis  De Pere, WI+16F+9777481232 
4
Arrow Up
 1
Spencer Lynch  Neenah, WI+18F+6797778234 
T5
Arrow Up
 6
Jacob Beckman  Middleton, WI+19F+4827776235 
T5
Arrow Up
 3
Mason Schmidtke  Sheboygan, WI+19F+6787978235 

Boys 14-and-under

Top five finishers

POS
 
PLAYER
TOTAL
THRU
TODAY
R1
R2
R3
STROKES
 
1-William Harned  Nashotah, WI+16F+5777877232 
2
Arrow Down
 1
Tyson Sparks  Muskego, WI+21F+10777882237 
3-Aiden Cudney  Appleton, WI+32F+8838580248 
4
Arrow Down
 1
Spencer Stuke  Delafield, WI+37F+13848485253 
5
Arrow Up
 1
Jackson Piacsek  Pewaukee, WI+49F+19849091265 

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