4 state am Drake Wilcox

Drake Wilcox of Sheboygan does a fist pump after sinking a birdie putt on the 18th hole during the final round of the 2019 Wisconsin State Amateur Championship on the Links Course at the GCs of Lawsonia.

There is nothing wrong with looking up to Piercen Hunt. But after seemingly spending most of his life in pursuit of the Hartland golfer, Sheboygan's Drake Wilcox now has a view from atop all Wisconsin junior boys golfers after determinedly fighting past Hunt to reach the peak.

WPGA junior boys players of the year

Year Name, city
2019 Drake Wilcox, Sheboygan
2018 Piercen Hunt, Hartland
2017 Hunter Eichhorn, Carney, Mich.
2016 Hunter Eichhorn, Carney, Mich.
2015 Adam Miller, Lodi
2014 Kaylor Steger, Sturtevant
2013 Charlie Maleki, Mequon
2012 Trevor Thomas, Junction City
2011 Jack McKinney, Big Bend
2010 Ben Skogen, Onalaska
2009 David Christian, Oconomowoc
2008 Sam Frank, Oconomowoc
2007 Matt Haase, Medford
2006 Anthony Aicher, Wausau
2005 Dustin Schwab, Waunakee
2004 Craig Cerbins, Portage
2003 Dan Woltman, Beaver Dam
2002 Michael Bielawski, West Allis
2001 Nate Colson, Plymouth
2000 Nate Colson, Plymouth
1999 Brian Brodell, Appleton
1998 P.J. Noelke, Racine
1997 Mike Everson, Muskego
1996 Nick Gilliam, Green Bay
1995 Nick Gilliam, Green Bay
1994 John Gaschke, Milwaukee
1993 Aaron Dobberstein, Lake Geneva
1992 Mark Wilson, Menomonee Falls
1991 Mark Wilson, Menomonee Falls
1990 Blake Butzin, Waukesha
1989 Jason Fitchett, Green Bay
1988 Jason Fitchett, Green Bay
Casey Brozek, De Pere
1987 Bill Heim, New Franken
1986 Bill Heim, New Franken
1985 Steve Stricker, Edgerton
1984 Steve Stricker, Edgerton
1983 Jeff Bisbee, Stevens Point

It was a summer to remember after the Sheboygan Lutheran senior won the WIAA Division 3 state boys golf tournament in early June. Wilcox finished in the top 10 in five of the six WPGA Junior points events he entered and turned heads in July with his top-15 showing at the Wisconsin State Amateur at the Golf Courses of Lawsonia in Green Lake, amassing 1,390 points and holding off Hunt (1,359) to earn WPGA junior boys player-of-the-year honors.

Wilcox did more than follow Hunt, the 2018 player of the year, to the top of the 2019 standings. He followed the University of Illinois recruit's example in getting there by not only scheduling tough tests, but passing each and every one of them.

"He's one (heck) of a player; he's been a friend of mine for the longest time," Wilcox said. "He's going to go very far in his golf career ... and for me to beat him, it makes me feel better about myself as a golfer. It shows anyone can beat anyone on any given day. That happening, it was really awesome."

The player-of-the-year honor wasn't the only grand prize for his showing over the summer. Wilcox recently ended a very quiet recruiting process when he gave his oral commitment to attend Queens University of Charlotte (N.C.), an NCAA Division II school that landed another under-recruited Wisconsin golfer a year ago when Kaukauna's Brock Hlinak signed with the Royals.

College interest in Wilcox was surprisingly sparse despite a resume that has been chock full of promise since 2016 when he burst on the scene by shooting a pair of 75s and finishing 11th at the WPGA Junior Championship. That was the best showing among Class of 2020 golfers by eight shots (over Hunt) and set the stage for a high school career in which he has finished first (2019), second (2017) and third (2018) in Division 3 in three WIAA state berths.

"I didn't have that many colleges recruit me as much much as Queens did," said Wilcox, who went with the offer from Royals coach Andrew Serketich – a Plymouth native in his third season as head coach – over interest from several Division III schools and Iowa Central Community College. "It was a great offer and Andy, he's a great guy (and) a great coach. It's awesome to get an offer like that from down south, where I can play ... year-round."

The connection to Hlinak was a factor in Wilcox's decision, too.

They partnered in June at the Wisconsin/Minnesota Junior Cup Matches and won their four-ball match 1-up. Prior to that, they had seen plenty of each other over a five-year stretch of WPGA Junior Tour events.

"He talks to me about Queens and how the guys down there are super nice," said Wilcox, who has yet to visit the school in person but got a virtual tour of the campus courtesy of Hlinak and his parents. "We visited them (in Kaukauna) and they showed us so many pictures. But we really looked into the school. ... We're going to visit sometime in the next month or two ... and meet the team before I sign. But we looked into the (academic) program and they have a great program there. Just a lot of great stuff there."

Wilcox believes his best stuff will fit in nicely with the Royals, who are ranked No. 30 in the most recent GolfStat/NCAA Division II national rankings.

His first taste of competition against more experienced golfers in July at the Wisconsin State Amateur showed he has the game to play at a high level. After shooting a pair of 75s, Wilcox closed 68-71 to vault past a host of accomplished golfers and post a top-15 finish in his State Am debut.

"The State Am last summer was actually the first time I tried qualifying for that tournament; that was a huge deal for me," said Wilcox, who followed up that finish with a runner-up showing at the Morgan Stanley WPGA Junior Tour Championship, a third-place finish at the WSGA State Junior Boys and a win at the one-day WPGA Players Tour event at Dretzka Park GC where he shot 69-71 to give himself enough player-of-the-year cushion to withstand Hunt.

"I'm very proud of myself and how hard I worked for that. At the same time, if you're at a tournament with those (top junior) guys, anyone can beat anyone on any given day. You can get someone who is ranked 60th in the state and they can shoot an under-par round. ... The biggest thing is I didn't even play in that many more tournaments than Piercen. ... I'm proud of myself for how many points I got considering how many tournaments I did." 

Hunt said Wilcox has every reason to feel proud for himself.

"Drake is a deserving recipient for the honor," Hunt, the 2019 Western Junior champion, wrote in a text message to Wisconsin.golf. "He competed in many of the state’s biggest junior events and played well in a great deal of them. He is a great player and friend of mine who I am happy to see receive this award.

"I had a great season with many successes that I can be very proud of – 2019 has been filled with countless new experiences that will be extremely helpful as I prepare for what lies ahead."


2019 WPGA Junior Boys Player of the Year standings

RANKPLAYERPOINTS
1
  
2020, Sheboygan, WI
1,390.00
2
  
2020, Hartland, WI
1,359.00
3
  
2020, Kenosha, WI
1,087.50
4
  
2020, Woodruff, WI
1,039.25
5
  
2021, Middleton, WI
976.50
6
  
2019, Beaver Dam, WI
953.33
7
  
2020, De Pere, WI
944.50
8
  
2019, Kaukauna, WI
768.67
9
  
2019, Verona, WI
767.50
10
  
2020, Fond Du Lac, WI
714.67
11
  
2021, Marinette
708.42
12
  
2020, Menomonee Falls, WI
701.87
13
  
2021, Mequon, WI
659.57
14
  
2020, Mequon, WI
618.20
15
  
2021, West Bend, WI
603.42
16
  
2019, Menomonee Falls, WI
600.00
17
  
2019, Wauwatosa, WI
590.00
18
  
2020, Brookfield, WI
562.90
19
  
2020, Madison, WI
552.50
20
  
2020, Sparta, WI
519.23
21
  
2019, Menomonee Falls, WI
514.00
22
  
2019, Edgerton, WI
502.30
23
  
2021, Mequon, WI
493.75
24
  
2020, Merrill, WI
470.00
25
  
2021, Delafield, WI
455.83
26
  
2022, Wauwatosa, WI
436.00
27
  
2021, Hudson, WI
425.00
28
  
2021, Nashotah
396.00
29
  
2022, De Pere, WI
394.58
30
  
2019, Pewaukee, WI
388.50
31
 
2021, River Falls, WI
381.08
32
  
2023, Waukesha, WI
379.04
33
  
2019, Middleton, WI
367.60
34
  
2020, Minocqua, WI
366.10
35
  
2019, Mount Horeb, WI
356.00
36
  
2020, Cameron, WI
346.18
37
  
2019, Hartland, WI
345.00
38
  
2022, Lancaster, WI
327.75
39
  
2022, Wauwatosa, WI
325.40
40
    
2021, Delafield, WI
323.50
41
  
2023, Madison, WI
322.87
42
  
2019, Edgerton, WI
310.00
43
  
2020, Rice Lake, WI
300.00
44
  
2022, Lake Delton, WI
288.50
45
  
2019, Racine
286.50
46
  
2019, Sheboygan, WI
273.75
47
  
2022, Richfield, WI
272.33
48
  
2024, Appleton, WI
247.50
49
 . 
2019, Kaukauna, WI
246.25
50
  
2021, Holmen, WI
245.50
51
  
2022, Green Bay, WI
243.75
52
 
2020, Cottage Grove, WI
235.00
53
  
2019, Waunakee
225.00
T54
 
2020, Verona, WI
222.50
T54
  
2022, Powers, MI
222.50
56
  
2022, Minocqua, WI
222.00
57
 
2021, North Prairie, WI
218.13
58
 
2021, Cudahy, WI
217.50
59
 
2020, Onalaska, WI
215.00
60
 
2021, Plover, WI
208.33
61
 
2019, Green Bay, WI
206.67
62
 
2021, Madison, WI
205.00
63
 
2021, Appleton, WI
202.70
64
 
2019, Strum, WI
187.50
65
  
2023, Verona, WI
183.45
66
  
2021, De Pere, WI
173.33
67
 
2020, Mosinee, WI
172.50
68
  
2022, Beloit, WI
171.83
69
  
2021, Waukesha, WI
171.67
70
 
2019, Minocqua, WI
171.00
71
 
2019, Kewaskum, WI
167.50
72
  
2019, Weston, WI
161.00
73
  
2020, Appleton
153.55
74
 
2021, Whitefish Bay, WI
153.50
75
  
2021, Baldwin, WI
147.50
76
 
2023, Hartland, WI
145.58
77
 
2021, Brookfield, WI
144.50
78
  
2019, Elm Grove, WI
142.50
79
  
2021, Durand, WI
139.67
T80
 
2022, Waunakee, WI
138.50
T80
  
2021, Appleton, WI
138.50
T82
 
2020, Houghton, MI
135.00
T82
  
2021, Franklin, WI
135.00
T82
 
2020, Middleton, WI
135.00
85
  
2020, Mineral Point, WI
134.50
86
  
2022, Elm Grove, WI
133.00
87
 
2023, Eau Claire, WI
130.66
88
  
2022, Beloit, WI
129.17
89
 
2022, Mequon, WI
128.33
T90
  
2023, Menasha, WI
127.50
T90
 
2021, Marinette, WI
127.50
T90
 
2022, Mequon, WI
127.50
93
 
2019, Sussex, WI
125.77
94
  
2022, Madison
124.50
95
  
2021, Waupaca, WI
123.17
96
  
2022, Cottage Grove
121.88
97
  
2020, West bend, WI
120.33
98
  
2023, Wales, WI
120.05
99
 
2020, Wauwatosa, WI
120.00
100
  
2022, Lake Geneva, WI
118.80
101
2021, Kenosha, WI
117.50
102
2023, Middleton, WI
113.67
103
2019, Middleton
113.50
104
2023, Neenah, WI
113.38
T105
2023, Baldwin, WI
112.50
T105
2020, Sun Prairie, WI
112.50
107
 
2021, Strum, WI
109.83
T108
 
2021, Brookfield, WI
105.00
T108
 
2021, Wales, WI
105.00
110
2021, Pleasant Prairie, WI
103.50
T111
2019, Brookfield, WI
100.00
T111
2020, Trevor, WI
100.00
113
 
2022, Marshfield, WI
91.58
114
 
2021, Eau Claire, WI
90.67
T115
2019, Eau Claire
90.00
T115
2022, Suamico, WI
90.00
T115
 
2020, Sussex, WI
90.00
118
 
2021, Dresser, WI
87.50
119
 
2019, Menomonee Falls, WI
87.20
120
2019, Muskego
85.00
121
2021, Darien, WI
83.33
122
2019, Sheboygan Falls, WI
83.00
T123
2019, Manitowoc, WI
82.50
T123
 
2019, Fond du Lac, WI
82.50
125
2020, Verona, WI
81.50
126
 
2020, Neenah, WI
81.25
127
 
2021, Madison, WI
79.17
128
 
2022, Green Bay, WI
73.92
129
 
2023, Middleton, WI
71.05
130
 
2023, Chippewa Falls, WI
69.17
131
2020, Richfield, WI
66.00
132
 
2023, Sheboygan, WI
65.83
133
2021, Williams Bay, WI
65.00
134
2021, Fond Du Lac, WI
64.83
135
DA
2022, Norway, MI
64.25
136
2022, Pewaukee, WI
61.00
137
KL
2021, La Crosse, WI
60.58
T138
2021, Germantown, WI
60.00
T138
2021, Hartland, WI
60.00
T138
2023, White Bear Lake, MN
60.00
T138
MM
2021, Menomonie, WI
60.00
T138
2023, Beloit, WI
60.00
143
2022, Grand Chute, WI
59.00
144
2022, Neenah, WI
58.17
145
 
2021, Thiensville, WI
56.67
146
2022, Menomonee Falls, WI
56.58
147
 
2019, Green Bay, WI
56.34
148
 
2022, Wauwatosa, WI
56.25
149
 
2021, Kenosha, WI
55.37
T150
 
2019, Cottage Grove, WI
55.00
T150
 
2020, North Prairie, WI
55.00
152
 
2023, De Pere, WI
54.50
153
2020, Darien, WI
54.00
154
 
2020, Appleton, WI
53.50
155
 
2023, Madison, WI
52.67
T156
 
2022, Green Bay, WI
51.00
T156
 
2020, Minocqua, WI
51.00
T156
2022, Brookfield, WI
51.00
159
2022, Onalaska, WI
50.75
160
2019, Racine, WI
50.00
161
 
2022, Chippewa Falls, WI
47.50
162
 
2020, Appleton, WI
46.70
T163
 
2020, Waukesha, WI
46.00
T163
2024, Wales, WI
46.00
165
 
2019, Oregon, WI
45.34
T166
2021, Rice Lake, WI
45.00
T166
2020, Cambridge, WI
45.00
168
 
2020, Chili, WI
44.67
169
 
2022, Edgerton, WI
44.33
170
 
2022, Verona, WI
44.00
171
2021, New Richmond, WI
43.75
172
2020, Lake Geneva, WI
43.50
173
2022, Hudson, WI
43.00
174
2020, Wauwatosa, WI
42.50
175
2020, Lake Mills, WI
42.33
176
 
2019, Green Bay, WI
42.00
177
2020, Waunakee, WI
40.83
T178
 
2019, Verona, WI
40.00
T178
2019, Janesville, WI
40.00
T178
2022, Waukesha, WI
40.00
T178
 
2022, Suamico, WI
40.00
182
 
2020, Wauwatosa, WI
39.00
183
 
2019, Spooner, WI
37.50
184
2022, Pewaukee, WI
37.33
185
 
2019, Green Bay, WI
37.00
186
2021, Grafton, WI
36.00
187
2022, Brookfield, WI
35.83
T188
 
2022, Hayward, WI
35.00
T188
 
2021, Verona, WI
35.00
190
2021, Madison, WI
34.00
191
 
2021, Durand, WI
33.33
192
2024, Delafield, WI
33.00
193
 
2023, Chippewa Falls, WI
32.25
T194
 
2022, Brookfield, WI
32.00
T194
2021, Mount Pleasant, WI
32.00
T194
2020, Appleton, WI
32.00
197
 
2020, Onalaska, WI
31.00
198
 
2019, Wauwatosa, WI
30.30
T199
 
2019, Markesan, WI
30.00
T199
2024, Eau Claire, WI
30.00

T199
 
2023, Manitowoc, WI
30.00
T199
 
2020, Frederic, WI
30.00
203
2023, Middleton
29.67
204
 
2022, Helenville, WI
29.25
205
 
2020, Sussex, WI
28.75
206
 
2020, Wauwatosa, WI
28.50
207
2021, Neenah, WI
28.17
208
 
2022, De Pere, WI
27.67
T209
2019, Mukwonago, WI
27.50
T209
2024, Middleton, WI
27.50
211
2020, Chilton, WI
27.00
212
 
2020, Racine, WI
26.25
213
 
2023, Eau Claire, WI
25.92
214
2021, Whitefish Bay, WI
25.83
215
 
2022, Lake Nebagamon, WI
25.50
T216
 
2021, Sheboygan Falls, WI
25.00
T216
 
2021, Grafton, WI
25.00
T216
2021, North Prairie, WI
25.00
T216
 
2020, Menomonee Falls, WI
25.00
T216
 
2020, Hartland, WI
25.00
T216
 
2022, Germantown, WI
25.00
T216
2020, Green Bay, WI
25.00
T216
2021, Wauwatosa
25.00
T216
 
2020, New Berlin, WI
25.00
225
2021, Sheboygan, WI
24.67
T226
2022, Junction City, WI
22.50
T226
 
2020, Spring Valley, WI
22.50
T226
 
2022, Green Lake, WI
22.50
229
2020, Columbus, WI
22.20
T230
 
2020, River Hills, WI
22.00
T230
2021, Sheboygan, WI
22.00
232
2022, Hobart Wisconsin
21.87
233
 
2020, Chili, WI
21.67
234
 
2022, Waunakee, WI
21.50
235
2020, Loyal
21.17
236
 
2020, Depere, WI
20.67
T237
 
2021, Spooner, WI
20.00
T237
2020, Waunakee, WI
20.00
239
 
2021, Brooklyn, WI
19.66
T240
 
2020, De Pere, WI
19.50
T240
 
2022, Muskego, WI
19.50
242
 
2021, Ripon, WI
19.34
243
2020, Elm Grove, WI
18.50
244
2023, Menomonee Falls, WI
18.17
245
 
2022, Shawano, WI
17.33
246
2022, Oak Creek, WI
17.00
T247
2021, Madison, WI
16.00
T247
2020, Green Bay
16.00
T249
2020, Lone Rock, WI
15.00
T249
 
2021, Hobart, WI
15.00
T251
 
2021, Franksville, WI
14.80
T251
2022, Mequon, WI
14.80
253
 
2021, Birnamwood, WI
14.67
T254
2022, Pewaukee, WI
13.50
T254
2022, Twin Lakes, WI
13.50
T254
 
2023, Middleton, WI
13.50
T254
 
2023, Rice Lake, WI
13.50
T258
2021, Monticello Wisconsin
12.33
T258
 
2022, Germantown, WI
12.33
T258
 
2022, Madison, WI
12.33
T258
 
2023, Fond du Lac, WI
12.33
T258
2023, Fond du Lac, WI
12.33
T263
2020, Mequon, WI
12.20
T263
2024, Waunakee
12.20
265
2022, Manitowoc
11.67
T266
 
2019, Cedarburg, WI
11.00
T266
 
2023, Madison, WI
11.00
T266
 
2020, Germantown, WI
11.00
269
 
2020, Neenah, WI
10.67
T270
2022, Racine, WI
10.00
T270
 
2020, Oshkosh, WI
10.00
T270
 
2022, Hudson, WI
10.00
T270
2022, Wausau, WI
10.00
T270
2021, Marinette, WI
10.00
T270
 
2021, Germantown, WI
10.00
276
 
2024, Iron ridge, WI
9.67
T277
 
2020, Pewaukee, WI
8.50
T277
 
2023, Oak Creek, WI
8.50
T277
2021, Oconomowoc, WI
8.50
280
 
2019, Custer, WI
8.00
281
 
2020, Milwaukee, WI
7.80
282
2023, Madison, WI
7.50
T283
 
2021, Sobieski, WI
7.33
T283
 
2022, Hartland, WI
7.33
T283
2023, Janesville, WI
7.33
T286
 
2023, Rice Lake, WI
7.00
T286
 
2021, Kenosha
7.00
288
 
2023, Menomonee Falls, WI
6.92
289
2020, Appleton
6.55
T290
 
2024, De Pere, WI
6.00
T290
 
2021, Cedarburg, WI
6.00
T290
 
2022, Janesville, WI
6.00
T293
 
2021, Oconto, WI
5.67
T293
2022, Wauwatosa, WI
5.67
T295
2020, Milton, WI
5.00
T295
 
2022, Menominee, MI
5.00
T295
2021, Pewaukee, WI
5.00
T295
 
2022, Appleton, WI
5.00
T295
2020, Janesville, WI
5.00
T295
2019, De Pere, WI
5.00
T295
 
2020, Antigo, WI
5.00
T295
2024, Colgate, WI
5.00
T295
2024, Wauwatosa, WI
5.00
T295
 
2020, Milwaukee, WI
5.00
T295
 
2019, Mequon, WI
5.00
T295
 
2020, Waterford, WI
5.00
T295
 
2021, Verona, WI
5.00
T295
 
2021, Marshfield, WI
5.00
T295
 
2022, Racine, WI
5.00
T295
2021, Madison, WI
5.00
T295
2022, Pewaukee, WI
5.00
T295
 
2021, Two Rivers, WI
5.00
T295
 
2023, Pleasant Prairie, WI
5.00
T295
 
2022, Appleton, WI
5.00
T295
 
2020, Waunakee, WI
5.00
T295
 
2021, Warrens, WI
5.00
T295
2022, Racine
5.00
T295
 
2020, Sturgeon Bay, WI
5.00
T295
2024, Muskego, WI
5.00
T295
 
2021, Norway, MI
5.00
T295
2023, Fox Point
5.00
T295
 
2019, Luxemburg, WI
5.00
T295
 
2021, Cable, WI
5.00
T295
2021, Grafton, WI
5.00
T295
 
2020, Wisconsin Dells, WI
5.00
T295
2022, Caledonia, IL
5.00
327
 
2021, Waukesha, WI
4.00
T328
2021, Warrens, WI
3.75
T328
 
2022, La Crosse, WI
3.75
330
 
2022, Dodgeville, WI
3.34
T331
 
2023, Sheboygan, WI
3.33
T331
 
2022, Fort Atkinson, WI
3.33
T331
 
2022, Gurnee, IL
3.33
T331
 
2021, Whitefish Bay, WI
3.33
T335
2022, Milwaukee, WI
2.00
T335
 
2023, Green Bay, WI
2.00
T335
2023, Milton, WI
2.00
T335
2023, Mequon, WI
2.00
T335
2022, Kaukauna
2.00
T335
 
2021, Waukesha, WI
2.00
341
 
2021, Middleton, WI
1.67
T342
 
2024, Wisconsin Rapids, WI
1.25
T342
 
2022, Franklin, WI
1.25
344
2021, Plymouth, WI
1.00

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