D1 - Blake Wisdom

Lake Geneva Badger's Blake Wisdom is atop the D1 leaderboard after day one of the WIAA state tournament.

MADISON — One might assume, glancing at Blake Wisdom’s scorecard, that the senior from Lake Geneva Badger High School played a low-stress round on Day 1 of the WIAA state tournament Monday.

Three birdies. One bogey. Ho hum.

But you know the old saying: There’s no room for stories on score cards, only numbers.

Wisdom put his short game to the test and turned a couple would-be bogeys into pars with spectacular saves at University Ridge Golf Course en route to a 2-under 70 and the first-round lead over a crowded leader board in Division 1.

“I’m super happy,” Wisdom said. “I’ll go work on some things now and tomorrow I’ll go after it and be aggressive and hopefully get it done.”

Wisdom is trying to de-throne two-time defending champion Piercen Hunt of Hartland Arrowhead, who overcame a pair of double-bogeys to post a 71. Hunt is trying to become only the third three-time WIAA individual champion and the first to do it his junior year.

But it’s far from a two-horse race.

Jack Blair, a senior at defending team champion Milwaukee Marquette, also shot a 71, as did Bay Port junior Preston Cedergren, Mukwonago senior Nick Schroeder and Merrill junior Russell Dettmering. All except Schroeder had top-10 finishes at the 2018 WIAA tournament: Dettmering finished fifth, Blair was sixth and Cedergren tied for ninth.

Brock Hlinak, a senior at Kaukauna who tied for third last year, shot an even-par 72 and was tied for seventh with Mount Horeb senior Kasen Fager. One shot further back at 73, and alone in ninth place, was Middleton sophomore Jacob Beckman, who helped his team stay in the chase for a trophy.

In all, there are 12 players within four shots of Wisdom’s lead, and 22 within five shots. That could make for a wild shootout Tuesday.

Hunt, a University of Illinois recruit and unquestionably the player to beat going into the tournament, knows he’ll have to be on top of his game in order to win his third consecutive title.

“There’s a lot of guys up at the top that are really talented,” he said. “I have no doubt that it’s going to be more than me and Blake out there (Tuesday) competing for the individual title.”

Wisdom, a Bucknell recruit, birdied two of the first seven holes but then faced his first big test on the par-3 eighth hole, missing the green left and short-siding himself. He hit a good flop shot but the ball rolled 25 feet past the cup. Then he stepped up to the putt and rolled it in to save par.

“He made another great one on 12,” said Badger coach David DeShambo. “He got up and down out of the bunker there and that was huge to keep the round going.”

All three of Wisdom’s birdie putts were shorter than 10 feet: a 2-footer on No. 2, a 7-footer on No. 7 and an 8-footer on No. 15.

“The key to the round today was definitely putting,” he said. “I made a lot of big comebackers for par. Some big birdie putts, too. But the 4- and 5-footers were definitely the key to my round.”

Hunt started on the par-4 10th and made a double-bogey right out of the gate. He got those strokes back, and then some, with birdies on Nos. 13, 14, 15 and 17 before finishing his front nine with a bogey on No. 18 after going bunker to bunker. He made the turn and birdied the second hole but then gave two back with a double-bogey on the par-4 fourth.

“I’d like to say uncharacteristic but I made two doubles in the opening round last year, too,” he said with a laugh. “When I made that second one (Monday), I just tried to accept it and roll with the punches. I did a good job of that and stayed patient right through to the end.”

He finished with what he called his best shot of the day, a towering flop from behind the green that landed “like a sandbag” and set up a final birdie to get him to 1-under.

Blair’s 71 helped put Marquette in good position to successfully defend its team title. The Hilltoppers also got a 74 from Jack Lutze, a 75 from Drew Sagrillo and a 76 from No. 5 player Liam More O’Ferrall for an 8-over 296 total.

Marquette takes a seven-shot lead over Middleton into the final round Tuesday, with Lake Geneva Badger 10 back.

“No cushion is big enough, but this is a good day,” said Marquette coach Brad Niswonger. “Every one of them thought they left three or four shots out on the golf course, so it will give them a little chip on their shoulder. It’ll be fun (Tuesday).”


Team/Player Leaderboard
University Ridge Golf Course - WIAA Boy's Championship D1 Par: 72 Yardage: 6477
Verona, WI US
Jun 3-4, 2019
Pos. Team/Player (seed) Rd 1 Total
1 Marquette University 296 296
T2 Jack Blair (1) 71 71
T10 Jack Lutze (3) 74 74
T13 Drew Sagrillo (2) 75 75
T23 Liam More O'Ferrall (5) 76 76
T52 Hayden LeMonds (4) 81 81
2 Middleton 303 303
9 Jacob Beckman (1) 73 73
T13 Carson Frisch (2) 75 75
T13 Kip Sullivan (4) 75 75
T42 Tommy Kriewaldt (3) 80 80
T63 Tim O'Malley (5) 83 83
3 Badger 306 306
1 Blake Wisdom (1) 70 70
T13 Luke Abram (4) 75 75
T42 TJ Walton (5) 80 80
T52 Ben Rademaker (2) 81 81
97 Carter Parent (3) 91 91
4 Wauwatosa East/West 310 310
T10 Charlie Somers (3) 74 74
T32 Ben Monty (1) 78 78
T32 Mark Schaefer (4) 78 78
T42 Noah Monty (2) 80 80
T78 Dan Soboleski (5) 85 85
T5 Kaukauna 315 315
T7 Brock Hlinak (1) 72 72
T13 Tyler Cleaves (2) 75 75
T63 Evan Hallsy (5) 83 83
T78 Zachary Klingseisen (3) 85 85
T78 Reis Schweiner (4) 85 85
T5 Menomonee Falls 315 315
T25 Danny Sanicki (1) 77 77
T25 Steven Sanicki (2) 77 77
T42 Nathan Coad (4) 80 80
T52 Marty Swab (3) 81 81
T89 Charlie Pietz (5) 88 88
7 Hudson 317 317
T25 Bennett Swavely (1) 77 77
T36 Jacob Johnson (4) 79 79
T36 Nolan Wagner (5) 79 79
T60 Ben Pendleton (3) 82 82
T63 Charley Chase (2) 83 83
8 Arrowhead 321 321
T2 Piercen Hunt (1) 71 71
T25 Nick Amtmann (3) 77 77
83 Cade Holder (4) 86 86
T84 Andrew Fickel (5) 87 87
T94 Matthew Raab (2) 90 90
9 Holmen 322 322
T23 Carson Brock (2) 76 76
T42 Cody Dirks (1) 80 80
T63 Nathan Damaschke (3) 83 83
T63 Sam Evenson (4) 83 83
T84 Brennan Dirks (5) 87 87
T10 Mukwonago 324 324
T2 Nick Schroeder (2) 71 71
T52 Mason Schulz (1) 81 81
T72 Grant Fischer (3) 84 84
T89 Jake Sadler (4) 88 88
T94 Matt Paulson (5) 90 90
T10 Bay Port 324 324
T2 Preston Cedergren (1) 71 71
T52 Adam Schilawski (2) 81 81
T63 Jameson Matthias (3) 83 83
T92 Garrett Anderson (4) 89 89
103 Cody Lindquist (5) 100 100
12 Homestead 326 326
T36 Christian Staudt (3) 79 79
T42 Josh Teplin (1) 80 80
T63 Ty Mueller (4) 83 83
T72 Spencer Tank (2) 84 84
T94 Michael Kennedy (5) 90 90
13 Kettle Moraine 328 328
T42 Kody Koehn (1) 80 80
T42 Jackson Cain (5) 80 80
T72 Ben Pausha (2) 84 84
T72 Jackson Vinopal (3) 84 84
T84 TJ Harvey (4) 87 87
14 Eau Claire Memorial 333 333
T25 Billy Peterson (1) 77 77
T36 Zach Bernhardt (2) 79 79
T78 Will Sherry (5) 85 85
T98 Max Savaloja (3) 92 92
101 T Nordlund L Sather (4) 97 97
15 Fond du Lac 334 334
T36 Sam Nielsen (1) 79 79
T63 Seb Hoban (2) 83 83
T72 Jonah Duwell (3) 84 84
T89 Kyle Kahl (4) 88 88
104 Bryce Holz (5) 103 103
16 Franklin 335 335
T42 Nolan Ruffing (1) 80 80
T60 Cade Gumieny (3) 82 82
T72 John Mirsberger (2) 84 84
T92 Ben Ticali (4) 89 89
102 Tanner Self (5) 99 99
 
Individuals
Pos. Player (Team) Rd 1 Total
T2 Russell Dettmering (Merrill) 71 71
T7 Kasen Fager (Mount Horeb) 72 72
T10 Max Schmidtke (Sheboygan North) 74 74
T13 Connor Brown (Union Grove) 75 75
T13 Austin Thyes (Sheboygan North) 75 75
T13 Zak Kulka (Beaver Dam) 75 75
T13 Cameron Huss (Kenosha Tremper) 75 75
T13 Mickey Keating (Sun Prairie) 75 75
T25 Austin Erickson (Sparta) 77 77
T25 Trent Thomas (Green Bay Southwest) 77 77
T32 AJ Gray (Milton) 78 78
T32 Evan Thomas (Stevens Point) 78 78
T36 Jack Anderson (Brookfield Central) 79 79
T42 Josh Koszarek (Waterford) 80 80
T52 Dean Yun (Brookfield Central) 81 81
T52 Sam Mendoza (Greenfield) 81 81
T52 Owen Covey (New Richmond) 81 81
T60 Ben Gilkay (Appleton East) 82 82
T63 Austin Gaby (Verona Area) 83 83
T78 Kadin Kleman (Janesville Parker) 85 85
T84 Cole Hanke (Green Bay Preble) 87 87
T84 Peter Iwanowski (St. Francis/Cudahy) 87 87
T98 Cole Griffin (De Pere) 92 92
100 Charlie Aschenbach (Plymouth) 93 93

HS Boys Golf: 2019 WIAA Division 1 state boys golf | Day 2 pairings (University Ridge GC-Madison)

Group Time | Hole Player 1 Player 2 Player 3 Player 4
Individuals Individuals Individuals Individuals
1 [1] 12:00 - 1 Austin Erickson (i) - (SHS) (T25, +5) Trent Thomas (i) - (GBSWHS) (T25, +5) Evan Thomas (i) - (SPASH) (T32, +6) AJ Gray (i) - (MHS) (T32, +6)
2 [1] 12:09 - 1 Zak Kulka (i) - (BDHS) (T13, +3) Connor Brown (i) - (UGHS) (T13, +3) Austin Thyes (i) - (SNHS) (T13, +3) Cameron Huss (i) - (KTHS) (T13, +3)
3 [1] 12:18 - 1 Russell Dettmering (i) - (MHS) (T2, -1) Kasen Fager (i) - (MHHS) (T7, E) Max Schmidtke (i) - (SNHS) (T10, +2) Mickey Keating (i) - (SPHS) (T13, +3)
Time - Hole Kaukauna (T5, +27) Menomonee Falls (T5, +27) Hudson (7, +29) Arrowhead (8, +33)
4 [1] 12:27 - 1 Evan Hallsy (T63, +11) Charlie Pietz (T89, +16) Nolan Wagner (T36, +7) Andrew Fickel (T84, +15)
5 [1] 12:36 - 1 Reis Schweiner (T78, +13) Nathan Coad (T42, +8) Jacob Johnson (T36, +7) Cade Holder (83, +14)
6 [1] 12:45 - 1 Zachary Klingseisen (T78, +13) Marty Swab (T52, +9) Ben Pendleton (T60, +10) Nick Amtmann (T25, +5)
7 [1] 12:54 - 1 Tyler Cleaves (T13, +3) Steven Sanicki (T25, +5) Charley Chase (T63, +11) Matthew Raab (T94, +18)
8 [1] 1:03 - 1 Brock Hlinak (T7, E) Danny Sanicki (T25, +5) Bennett Swavely (T25, +5) Piercen Hunt (T2, -1)
Time - Hole Marquette University (1, +8) Middleton (2, +15) Badger (3, +18) Wauwatosa East/West (4, +22)
9 [1] 1:12 - 1 Liam More O'Ferrall (T23, +4) Tim O'Malley (T63, +11) TJ Walton (T42, +8) Dan Soboleski (T78, +13)
10 [1] 1:21 - 1 Hayden LeMonds (T52, +9) Kip Sullivan (T13, +3) Luke Abram (T13, +3) Mark Schaefer (T32, +6)
11 [1] 1:30 - 1 Jack Lutze (T10, +2) Tommy Kriewaldt (T42, +8) Carter Parent (97, +19) Charlie Somers (T10, +2)
12 [1] 1:39 - 1 Drew Sagrillo (T13, +3) Carson Frisch (T13, +3) Ben Rademaker (T52, +9) Noah Monty (T42, +8)
13 [1] 1:48 - 1 Jack Blair (T2, -1) Jacob Beckman (9, +1) Blake Wisdom (1, -2) Ben Monty (T32, +6)
Time - Hole Individuals Individuals Individuals Individuals
14 [1] 12:00 - 10 Cole Hanke (i) - (GBPHS) (T84, +15) Peter Iwanowski (i) - (SFCHS) (T84, +15) Cole Griffin (i) - (DPHS) (T98, +20) Charlie Aschenbach (i) - (PHS) (100, +21)
15 [1] 12:09 - 10 Owen Covey (i) - (NRHS) (T52, +9) Ben Gilkay (i) - (AEHS) (T60, +10) Austin Gaby (i) - (VAHS) (T63, +11) Kadin Kleman (i) - (JPHS) (T78, +13)
16 [1] 12:18 - 10 Jack Anderson (i) - (BCHS) (T36, +7) Josh Koszarek (i) - (WHS) (T42, +8) Sam Mendoza (i) - (GHS) (T52, +9) Dean Yun (i) - (BCHS) (T52, +9)
17 [1] Time - Hole Kettle Moraine (13, +40) Eau Claire Memorial (14, +45) Fond du Lac (15, +46) Franklin (16, +47)
12:27 - 10 Jackson Cain (T42, +8) Will Sherry (T78, +13) Bryce Holz (104, +31) Tanner Self (102, +27)
18 [1] 12:36 - 10 TJ Harvey (T84, +15) T Nordlund L Sather (101, +25) Kyle Kahl (T89, +16) Ben Ticali (T92, +17)
19 [1] 12:45 - 10 Jackson Vinopal (T72, +12) Max Savaloja (T98, +20) Jonah Duwell (T72, +12) Cade Gumieny (T60, +10)
20 [1] 12:54 - 10 Ben Pausha (T72, +12) Zach Bernhardt (T36, +7) Seb Hoban (T63, +11) John Mirsberger (T72, +12)
21 [1] 1:03 - 10 Kody Koehn (T42, +8) Billy Peterson (T25, +5) Sam Nielsen (T36, +7) Nolan Ruffing (T42, +8)
Time - Hole Holmen (9, +34) Mukwonago (T10, +36) Bay Port (T10, +36) Homestead (12, +38)
22 [1] 1:12 - 10 Brennan Dirks (T84, +15) Matt Paulson (T94, +18) Cody Lindquist (103, +28) Michael Kennedy (T94, +18)
23 [1] 1:21 - 10 Sam Evenson (T63, +11) Jake Sadler (T89, +16) Garrett Anderson (T92, +17) Ty Mueller (T63, +11)
24 [1] 1:30 - 10 Nathan Damaschke (T63, +11) Grant Fischer (T72, +12) Jameson Matthias (T63, +11) Christian Staudt (T36, +7)
25 [1] 1:39 - 10 Carson Brock (T23, +4) Nick Schroeder (T2, -1) Adam Schilawski (T52, +9) Spencer Tank (T72, +12)
26 [1] 1:48 - 10 Cody Dirks (T42, +8) Mason Schulz (T52, +9) Preston Cedergren (T2, -1) Josh Teplin (T42, +8)

garyd@killarneygolfmedia.com

Gary has covered golf in Wisconsin since 1980 and is a multiple award winner in the GWAA writing contest. He was inducted into the WSGA Hall of Fame in 2017 and joined Wisconsin.Golf in 2018 after a distinguished career at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.