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Drake Wilcox of Sheboygan does a fist pump after sinking a birdie putt on the 18th hole on Thursday during the final round of the Wisconsin State Amateur Championship on the Links Course at the GCs of Lawsonia.

NEW GLARUS — There is no telling what two more rounds as impressive as the one Drake Wilcox carded Monday will do for interest in the rising senior from Sheboygan Lutheran among college golf coaches. But it can't hurt.

For now, his 4-under-par 68 at Edelweiss Chalet Country Club in the opening round of the Wisconsin State Golf Association Junior Boys Championship gave Wilcox a two-stroke lead over Hudson's Bennett Swavely with omnipresent Piercen Hunt — the Western Junior champion from Hartland — lurking three shots off the pace. The 54-hole event continues through Wednesday.

"I thought the course was in great condition!" Wilcox wrote in a text message to Wisconsin.golf, describing the 51-year-old layout designed by Art Johnson nestled in the hills east of the famous New Glarus Brewing Co. "It's a pretty short course but can still be tricky at the same time with all the doglegs and how many different types of shots you have to hit. It suits me because I love to hit driver off of every tee at every course; it's my favorite club in the bag.

"Out here, if you keep your drives in a good position it's really hard to make worse than par because you normally have a wedge into every par-4."

After missing three birdie putts inside 12 feet starting on the 10th hole, Wilcox birdied two of those par-4s in a run of three consecutive birdies starting at No. 14 just across the Sugar River Bike Trail, where he finally made one inside of 12 feet. He made a two-putt birdie at the par-5 15th and then knocked one tight on No. 16 from 133 yards with a 50-degree wedge to get to 3-under.

After eight pars over a nine-hole stretch around a his lone bogey at No. 5, Wilcox closed birdie-birdie to gain sole possession of the lead. It was almost a three-shot cushion after his approach to the elevated ninth green went halfway down the cup before popping back out, leaving him a tap-in birdie.

"I'm trying to forget about my round (Monday) and where everyone else is at," Wilcox wrote, mindful that Josh Teplin of Mequon, UW-Parkside recruit Danny Sanicki of Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin PGA Junior champion Jacob Beckman of Middleton and University of Wisconsin recruit Cameron Huss of Kenosha were just four shots back at even-par 72 with six more golfers — including Wisconsin Junior Masters champion James Gilmore of Verona and Morgan Stanley WPGA Junior Tour Championship winner Zak Kulka of Green Bay — another shot back after matching 73s. "I know that I can play well on this course. It's pretty gettable, so I'm going to try and start over and do the same thing (Tuesday) that I did (Monday)."

Not that Wilcox has anything to prove.

Since winning the WIAA Division 3 state championship at University Ridge in June, he has posted top-20 finishes at the Lake Arrowhead Invitational (seventh), WPGA Junior Championship (17th), Wisconsin State Amateur (14th) and the Morgan Stanley WPGA Junior Tour Championship (second). Incredibly, Wilcox reports that interest from college coaches remains cool.

"This summer has been amazing," Wilcox wrote. "I'm really happy with the way I'm playing and my expectations are way higher than they use to be! I am looking at one college and that is Queens University of Charlotte (N.C.).

"My buddy Brock Hlinak (of Kaukauna) is going there at the end of the month. I really like the coach (Andrew Serketich) and Brock is a great friend. But otherwise I haven't been contacted by a lot of other colleges."

1Drake Wilcox  Sheboygan, WI-4F *-468  68 
2Bennett Swavely  Hudson, WI-2F *-270  70 
3Piercen Hunt  Hartland, WI-1F *-171  71 
T4Josh Teplin  Mequon, WIEF *E72  72 
T4Cameron Huss  Kenosha, WIEF *E72  72 
T4Jacob Beckman  Middleton, WIEF *E72  72 
T4Danny Sanicki  Menomonee Falls, WIEFE72  72 
T8Karl Gilmore  Middleton, WI+1F *+173  73 
T8James Gilmore  Verona, WI+1F *+173  73 
T8Blake Wisdom  Lake Geneva, WI+1F *+173  73 
T8Christian Staudt  Mequon, WI+1F+173  73 
T8Zak Kulka  Beaver Dam, WI+1F *+173  73 
T8Simon Cuskey  Rice Lake, WI+1F+173  73 
T14Lukas Heckmann  Middleton, WI+2F *+274  74 
T14Matthew Raab  Hartland, WI+2F *+274  74 
T16Joe Forsting  Edgerton, WI+4F *+476  76 
T16Hayden LeMonds  Wauwatosa, WI+4F *+476  76 
T16Zachary Walsh  Elm Grove, WI+4F+476  76 
T16Jack (John) Blair  Wauwatosa, WI+4F *+476  76 
T16Kyle Bengtson  Woodruff, WI+4F+476  76 
T21Austin Gaby  Verona, WI+5F *+577  77 
T21Steven Sanicki  Menomonee Falls, WI+5F+577  77 
T21Charlie Schubbe  Appleton, WI+5F+577  77 
T21Stanford Swid  Weston, WI+5F *+577  77 
T21Sather Liam  Eau Claire, WI+5F *+577  77 
T26Alwang Deang  Madison, WI+6F+678  78 
T26Thomas Winkler  Mount Horeb, WI+6F+678  78 
T26Tommy Kriewaldt  Madison, WI+6F *+678  78 
T26Noah Kirsch  Lancaster, WI+6F *+678  78 
T26William Hemauer  Wauwatosa, WI+6F+678  78 
T26Ben Peloquin  Weston, WI+6F+678  78 
T26Ethan Wilkins  Sussex, WI+6F+678  78 
T26Doyle Kelly  Fond Du Lac, WI+6F *+678  78 
T26Adam Lazaroff  Minocqua, WI+6F *+678  78 
T26Ansen Nomm  Minocqua, WI+6F *+678  78 
T26Sebastian Kasun  Elm Grove, WI+6F+678  78 
T26Max Reis  De Pere, WI+6F+678  78 
T38Ethan Carrick  Sun Prairie, WI+7F *+779  79 
T38Trey Oswald  Union, KY+7F *+779  79 
T38Ryan Batterman  Cottage Grove, WI+7F+779  79 
T38Austin Gray  Janesville, WI+7F+779  79 
T38Vincent Omernik  Custer, WI+7F+779  79 
T38Marty Swab  Menomonee Falls, WI+7F *+779  79 
T38Austin Georger  Appleton, WI+7F *+779  79 
T38Austin Thyes  Sheboygan Falls, WI+7F+779  79 
T38Tyler Cleaves  Kaukauna, WI+7F *+779  79 
T38Austin Erickson  Sparta, WI+7F *+779  79 
T38Jack Lutze  Brookfield, WI+7F+779  79 
T49Silas Pickhardt  Madison, WI+8F+880  80 
T49Jackson Cain  Delafield, WI+8F+880  80 
T49Addison Raimer  West bend, WI+8F+880  80 
T49Ty Kretz  Marinette, WI+8F *+880  80 
T49Nathan Coad  Menomonee Falls, WI+8F+880  80 
T49Braeden Resnick  Rice Lake, WI+8F *+880  80 
T55Will Summers  Richfield, WI+9F+981  81 
T55Kyle Wille  Edgerton, WI+9F *+981  81 
T55Connor Nelson  Waukesha, WI+9F+981  81 
T55Samuel Nielsen  Fond Du Lac, WI+9F+981  81 
T55Josh Koszarek  Waterford, WI+9F *+981  81 
T55Spencer Stuke  Delafield, WI+9F *+981  81 
T55Alex Koenig  Wales, WI+9F+981  81 
T55Ben Pendleton  Hudson, WI+9F+981  81 
T63Preston Cedergren  Green Bay, WI+10F *+1082  82 
T63Kaeden Nomm  Minocqua, WI+10F *+1082  82 
T63Nicholas Higley  Strum, WI+10F+1082  82 
T63Caden Jacobson  Lake Delton, WI+10F+1082  82 
T67Austin Lietha  Columbus, WI+11F *+1183  83 
T67Ben Hilbelink  Menomonee Falls, WI+11F+1183  83 
T67Nicholas Amtmann  Nashotah, WI+11F+1183  83 
T67Davis Greene  Neenah, WI+11F+1183  83 
T67Logan Lillehaug  Frederic, WI+11F *+1183  83 
T67Andrew Spengler  Luxemburg, WI+11F+1183  83 
T73Jake Rebholz  Verona, WI+12F *+1284  84 
T73Robert Warda  Middleton, WI+12F+1284  84 
T73Alex Weiss  Middleton, WI+12F *+1284  84 
T73Jacob Werlein  Waunakee, WI+12F *+1284  84 
T73Ryan Darling  Allouez, WI+12F *+1284  84 
T78Luke Abram  Williams Bay, WI+13F+1385  85 
T78Will Buettner  Whitefish Bay, WI+13F+1385  85 
T78Maxamillian Xiong  River Falls, WI+13F *+1385  85 
T78Charlie Pietz  Menomonee Falls, WI+13F+1385  85 
T78Max Breiling  Onalaska, WI+13F *+1385  85 
T83Mickey Keating  Sun Prairie, WI+14F+1486  86 
T83Isaiah Grove  Waukesha, WI+14F+1486  86 
T83Bode King  Hartland, WI+14F+1486  86 
T83Michael Chen  Wauwatosa, WI+14F+1486  86 
T83Luke Lafond  Suamico, WI+14F *+1486  86 
T83Jack Miller  Wauwatosa, WI+14F *+1486  86 
T83Mikey Vall  Eau Claire, WI+14F+1486  86 
T90Tyler Bradley  Dodgeville, WI+15F+1587  87 
T90Simon Mitchell  Mineral Point, WI+15F+1587  87 
T92Jakson Trainor  Belleville, WI+16F+1688  88 
T92Brian Semmann  McFarland, WI+16F *+1688  88 
T92Brandon Bloechel  Sheboygan, WI+16F+1688  88 
T92John Vall  Eau Claire, WI+16F+1688  88 
T92Alexander Buckoski  Kaukauna, WI+16F *+1688  88 
T97Jared Martinson  New Glarus, WI+17F *+1789  89 
T97Adam Soczka  Wauwatosa, WI+17F+1789  89 
T97Jack Glaspy  Pewaukee, WI+17F *+1789  89 
T100Ryan Zimmerman  Janesville, WI+18F+1890  90 
T100Jake Gilbert  Appleton, WI+18F *+1890  90 
T102Nathan Busch  Platteville, WI+19F *+1991  91 
T102Kade Muehlenhaupt  Markesan, WI+19F+1991  91 
T102Matthew Haggart  Minocqua, WI+19F *+1991  91 
T105Grant Wieczorek  Pewaukee, WI+20F+2092  92 
T105Levi Williams  Green Bay, WI+20F+2092  92 
T107Ethan Thomas  Junction City, WI+21F+2193  93 
T107Jacob Frederickson  Cottage Grove, WI+21F *+2193  93 
109Andrew Aune  Verona, WI+23F+2395  95 
110Daniel Carlo  Mequon, WI+26F+2698  98 
111Alec Schuh  Appleton, WI+27F+2799  99 

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