HAVEN — Bryson Mercier loves those Kohler faucets. Just turn the spigot one rotation to the right and the birdies come pouring out.
At least they do for the Powers, Mich., golfer, it seems.
Mercier, who won a Wisconsin PGA Players Tour event in nearby Kohler on the Meadow Valleys Course at Blackwolf Run two weeks ago, is halfway home in his quest to generate another victory on the Kohler Golf properties. He fired a 2-over-par 74 during Sunday's opening round of the Golf Coaches Association of Wisconsin/WPGA College Showcase to take a one-shot lead on Nick Mueller, a rising sophomore from Baldwin, on the Irish Course at Whistling Straits.
Three golfers are tied for third after rounds of 76 led by Parker Etzel, a rising sophomore at Eau Claire Memorial, who bounced back from at triple-bogey 7 on the first hole with three straight birdies midway through the front nine. Six others were tied for eighth at 77, including Mueller's older brother Matthew.
"The Kohler courses kind of fit my style as to the more accurate you are the better," Mercier wrote in a text message to Wisconsin.Golf. "And if you putt well, you can score well, so that plays into my game quite well."
Well, normally it does. Mercier said he cost himself a chance to put some serious distance between himself and the field by three-putting five times.
After parring his first four holes, Mercier birdied the par-5 fifth hole only to play the final four holes on the front in 4-over thanks to a double-bogey 5 on No. 6 and bogeys at Nos. 8 and 9. However, he was a picture of consistency on the back nine where he had six pars around a birdie-bogey-birdie stretch starting at No. 14 and wound up with the lead after Nick Mueller, playing one group behind him, bogeyed No. 18 after having played a 13-hole stretch in the middle of his round in 2-under to move near the top of the leaderboard.
"It is a very good thing to see that the younger kids are able to compete and it’s not just 2020 and '21 kids that dominate the leaderboard," Mercier wrote. "That shows that the younger generation has a very bright future."
The 2020 College Showcase is being held despite NCAA Division I coaches being in a dead period for recruiting through Aug. 31 due to COVID-19. Division II coaches are also prohibited as part of a "quiet period" through July 31, during which the only recruiting activities can be on-campus.
"While it is different this year," Mercier wrote, "I’m sure college coaches still look at the leaderboard."
That was Hannah Dunk's thinking.
The rising sophomore from Milton shot a 6-over 78 and led Treva Dodd, who will be a freshman this fall at Brookfield Central, by one shot. Senior-to-be Glenna Sanderson of Middleton shot 80 and was alone in third while Amanda Karvala of New Berlin (83) and Plover's Riley Pechinski and Dousman's Jenna Anderson (84s) rounded out the top five.
"I think that this event is a great opportunity for players to showcase their abilities and to share their player profiles to a variety of college coaches all at one time in comparison to (other) summer events where the audience isn’t directed to college recruiting," Dunk wrote via text to Wisconsin.Golf.
"This event is also exciting because players know that college coaches will be taking notice to the results."
Had they clicked on Dunk's scorecard, they would have seen a little bit of everything on the front nine where she made three birdies, three bogeys and a double-bogey in a 3-over 38. Dunk made seven pars, one triple-bogey (on the par-3 11th hole) and one bogey (on the par-5 18th hole to finish).
"For the most part, I was pretty happy with my round," Dunk wrote. "On a golf course like Irish course, it is very important to keep the ball in play."
|1||Bryson Mercier 2022, Powers, MI||+2||18||74||74|
|2||Nick Mueller 2023, Baldwin, WI||+3||18||75||75|
|T3||Parker Etzel 2023, Eau Claire||+4||18||76||76|
|T3||Quinn Berglin 2020, Pewaukee, WI||+4||18||76||76|
|T3||Aiden Cudney 2024, Appleton, WI||+4||18||76||76|
|T6||Jacob Frederickson 2022, Cottage Grove, WI||+5||18||77||77|
|T6||Alex Weiss 2023, Middleton, WI||+5||18||77||77|
|T8||Ryan Darling 2022, Green Bay, WI||+6||18||78||78|
|T8||Matthew Mueller 2021, Baldwin, WI||+6||18||78||78|
|T8||Owen Covey 2021, New Richmond, WI||+6||18||78||78|
|T8||Maxwell Reis 2022, De Pere, WI||+6||18||78||78|
|T8||Luke Ladd 2022, Mequon, WI||+6||18||78||78|
|T8||Kaeden Nomm 2022, Minocqua, WI||+6||18||78||78|
|T14||Travis Bentley 2020, Pewaukee, WI||+7||18||79||79|
|T14||Jamozzy Skenandore 2020, De Pere, WI||+7||18||79||79|
|T14||Michael Yesbeck 2024, Middleton, WI||+7||18||79||79|
|T17||Samuel Evenson 2021, Holmen, WI||+8||18||80||80|
|T17||William Hemauer 2022, Wauwatosa, WI||+8||18||80||80|
|T17||Ryan Batterman 2020, Cottage Grove, WI||+8||18||80||80|
|T17||Jackson Cain 2021, Delafield, WI||+8||18||80||80|
|T21||Matthew Paulson 2021, North Prairie, WI||+9||18||81||81|
|T21||Jack Catherall 2021, Brookfield, WI||+9||18||81||81|
|T21||Hunter Neumann 2021, Warrens, WI||+9||18||81||81|
|T21||Ben Christenson 2023, Eau Claire, WI||+9||18||81||81|
|T25||Finn Somers 2022, Wauwatosa, WI||+10||18||82||82|
|T25||Luke Abram 2021, Williams Bay, WI||+10||18||82||82|
|T27||Jacob Hall 2021, Dresser, WI||+11||18||83||83|
|T27||John Mirsberger 2021, Franklin, WI||+11||18||83||83|
|29||Michael Antonelli 2022, Black River Falls, WI||+12||18||84||84|
|T30||Luke Lafond 2022, Green Bay, WI||+13||18||85||85|
|T30||Spencer Lynch 2023, Neenah, WI||+13||18||85||85|
|T30||Ben Busick 2021, De Pere, WI||+13||18||85||85|
|T30||Trey Oswald 2022, Beloit, WI||+13||18||85||85|
|T34||Matthew Solda 2021, Norway, MI||+14||18||86||86|
|T34||Dawson Kurth 2021, Durand, WI||+14||18||86||86|
|T34||Owen Naughten 2022, Twin Lakes, WI||+14||18||86||86|
|T34||T.J. Walton 2022, Lake Geneva, WI||+14||18||86||86|
|T34||Ty Kretz 2021, Marinette||+14||18||86||86|
|T39||Will Buettner 2021, Whitefish Bay, WI||+15||18||87||87|
|T39||Will Summers 2022, Richfield, WI||+15||18||87||87|
|T39||Jake Anderson 2021, Whitefish Bay, WI||+15||18||87||87|
|T39||Kaleb Lycke 2021, La Crosse, WI||+15||18||87||87|
|T43||Grant McGraw 2021, Jackson, WI||+16||18||88||88|
|T43||Alexander Buckoski 2022, Kaukauna||+16||18||88||88|
|T45||Logan Pechinski 2021, Plover, WI||+17||18||89||89|
|T45||Jakson Jazgar 2022, Green Bay, WI||+17||18||89||89|
|T47||Charlie Schubbe 2021, Appleton, WI||+18||18||90||90|
|T47||Collin Barry 2021, Whitefish Bay||+18||18||90||90|
|T47||Jack Weisenberger 2023, De Pere||+18||18||90||90|
|T47||Ethan Thomas 2022, Junction City, WI||+18||18||90||90|
|T47||Tyler Koch 2021, Neenah, WI||+18||18||90||90|
|52||Kale Gnewikow 2021, Warrens, WI||+19||18||91||91|
|T53||Griffin Oberneder 2022, Beloit, WI||+20||18||92||92|
|T53||Brendan Merriman 2021, Pewaukee, WI||+20||18||92||92|
|55||Marco Bamrah 2023, Delafield, WI||+22||18||94||94|
|T56||Joseph Fenceroy 2023, Fox Point, WI||+23||18||95||95|
|T56||Tyler Skogstad 2022, Wausau, WI||+23||18||95||95|
|T56||Jack Glaspy 2022, Pewaukee, WI||+23||18||95||95|
|59||Tyler Dahl 2021, Pleasant Prairie, WI||+26||18||98||98|
|T60||Jonah Curtis 2022, Green Lake, WI||+27||18||99||99|
|T60||Tate Naughten 2024, Twin lakes, WI||+27||18||99||99|
|62||Andrew Munn 2021, Cottage Grove, WI||+30||18||102||102|
|63||Caden Skelding 2021, Black River Falls, WI||+33||18||105||105|
|64||Tyler Fisel 2021, Kenosha, WI||+35||18||107||107|
|DID NOT FINISH|
|WD||Aidan Duchelle 2020, West bend, WI|
|WD||Caden Jacobson 2022, Lake Delton, WI|
|WD||Sebastian Kasun 2022, Elm Grove, WI|
|1||Hannah Dunk 2023, Janesville, WI||+6||18||78||78|
|2||Treva Dodd 2024, Brookfield, WI||+7||18||79||79|
|3||Glenna Sanderson 2021, Middleton, WI||+8||18||80||80|
|4||Amanda Karvala 2021, New Berlin, WI||+11||18||83||83|
|T5||Riley Pechinski 2023, Plover, WI||+12||18||84||84|
|T5||Jenna Anderson 2022, Dousman, WI||+12||18||84||84|
|T7||Grace Durkin 2023, Green Bay, WI||+13||18||85||85|
|T7||Skye Two Hawks Skenandore 2024, De Pere, WI||+13||18||85||85|
|T7||Jolie Guyette 2021, De Pere, WI||+13||18||85||85|
|T10||Norah Roberts 2023, Racine, WI||+14||18||86||86|
|T10||Avery Dudra 2022, Suamico, WI||+14||18||86||86|
|T12||Ashleyjen Powell 2023, Appleton, WI||+15||18||87||87|
|T12||Madeline Kiley 2021, Appleton, WI||+15||18||87||87|
|14||Ellie Behring 2021, Franklin, WI||+16||18||88||88|
|T15||Isabella Pierri 2021, Fox Point, WI||+22||18||94||94|
|T15||Brin Neumann 2023, Warrens, WI||+22||18||94||94|
|17||Ava Wittstock 2022, Sheboygan, WI||+24||18||96||96|
|18||Haley Thoeny 2022, Lodi, WI||+27||18||99||99|
|19||Faith Flynn 2021, Green Bay, WI||+28||18||100||100|
|20||Eva Kumer 2022, Brookfield, WI||+29||18||101||101|
|T21||Olivia McSorley 2022, Elm Grove, WI||+31||18||103||103|
|T21||Haley Myers 2020, Somerset, WI||+31||18||103||103|
|T21||Natalie Hoege 2021, Waunakee, WI||+31||18||103||103|
|T21||Eleanor Potter 2022, Mequon, WI||+31||18||103||103|
|25||Aly Kinzel 2021, Waunakee, WI||+32||18||104||104|
|T26||Payton Schmidt 2024, Jefferson, WI||+36||18||108||108|
|T26||Abby Busick 2022, De Pere, WI||+36||18||108||108|
|28||Haley Prudhomme 2021, Menomonee Falls, WI||+40||18||112||112|
|T29||Erin Rosencrantz 2021, Brookfield, WI||+43||18||115||115|
|T29||Lauren Reif 2021, Port Washington, WI||+43||18||115||115|
|DID NOT FINISH|
|WD||Grace Miller 2021, Oshkosh, WI|
|WD||Alyssa Schmidt 2021, Oregon, WI|
|WD||Grace Weiss 2021, Janesville, WI|