Bryson Mercier, Powers, Mich. | 2020 WPGA Players Tour

Bryson Mercier.

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.

2020 WPGA JUNIOR | Nick Mueller, Baldwin

2020 WPGA JUNIOR | Nick Mueller, Baldwin

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.

2020 WPGA Junior Championship | Day 2 | Bryson Mercier

2020 WPGA Junior Championship | Day 2 | Bryson Mercier

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."

2020 WPGA Junior Championship | Day 2 | Hannah Dunk

2020 WPGA Junior Championship | Day 2 | Hannah Dunk

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."

Boys overall

1Bryson Mercier  2022, Powers, MI+21874 74 
2Nick Mueller  2023, Baldwin, WI+31875 75 
T3Parker Etzel  2023, Eau Claire+41876 76 
T3Quinn Berglin  2020, Pewaukee, WI+41876 76 
T3Aiden Cudney  2024, Appleton, WI+41876 76 
T6Jacob Frederickson  2022, Cottage Grove, WI+51877 77 
T6Alex Weiss  2023, Middleton, WI+51877 77 
T8Ryan Darling  2022, Green Bay, WI+61878 78 
T8Matthew Mueller  2021, Baldwin, WI+61878 78 
T8Owen Covey  2021, New Richmond, WI+61878 78 
T8Maxwell Reis  2022, De Pere, WI+61878 78 
T8Luke Ladd  2022, Mequon, WI+61878 78 
T8Kaeden Nomm  2022, Minocqua, WI+61878 78 
T14Travis Bentley  2020, Pewaukee, WI+71879 79 
T14Jamozzy Skenandore  2020, De Pere, WI+71879 79 
T14Michael Yesbeck  2024, Middleton, WI+71879 79 
T17Samuel Evenson  2021, Holmen, WI+81880 80 
T17William Hemauer  2022, Wauwatosa, WI+81880 80 
T17Ryan Batterman  2020, Cottage Grove, WI+81880 80 
T17Jackson Cain  2021, Delafield, WI+81880 80 
T21Matthew Paulson  2021, North Prairie, WI+91881 81 
T21Jack Catherall  2021, Brookfield, WI+91881 81 
T21Hunter Neumann  2021, Warrens, WI+91881 81 
T21Ben Christenson  2023, Eau Claire, WI+91881 81 
T25Finn Somers  2022, Wauwatosa, WI+101882 82 
T25Luke Abram  2021, Williams Bay, WI+101882 82 
T27Jacob Hall  2021, Dresser, WI+111883 83 
T27John Mirsberger  2021, Franklin, WI+111883 83 
29Michael Antonelli  2022, Black River Falls, WI+121884 84 
T30Luke Lafond  2022, Green Bay, WI+131885 85 
T30Spencer Lynch  2023, Neenah, WI+131885 85 
T30Ben Busick  2021, De Pere, WI+131885 85 
T30Trey Oswald  2022, Beloit, WI+131885 85 
T34Matthew Solda  2021, Norway, MI+141886 86 
T34Dawson Kurth  2021, Durand, WI+141886 86 
T34Owen Naughten  2022, Twin Lakes, WI+141886 86 
T34T.J. Walton  2022, Lake Geneva, WI+141886 86 
T34Ty Kretz  2021, Marinette+141886 86 
T39Will Buettner  2021, Whitefish Bay, WI+151887 87 
T39Will Summers  2022, Richfield, WI+151887 87 
T39Jake Anderson  2021, Whitefish Bay, WI+151887 87 
T39Kaleb Lycke  2021, La Crosse, WI+151887 87 
T43Grant McGraw  2021, Jackson, WI+161888 88 
T43Alexander Buckoski  2022, Kaukauna+161888 88 
T45Logan Pechinski  2021, Plover, WI+171889 89 
T45Jakson Jazgar  2022, Green Bay, WI+171889 89 
T47Charlie Schubbe  2021, Appleton, WI+181890 90 
T47Collin Barry  2021, Whitefish Bay+181890 90 
T47Jack Weisenberger  2023, De Pere+181890 90 
T47Ethan Thomas  2022, Junction City, WI+181890 90 
T47Tyler Koch  2021, Neenah, WI+181890 90 
52Kale Gnewikow  2021, Warrens, WI+191891 91 
T53Griffin Oberneder  2022, Beloit, WI+201892 92 
T53Brendan Merriman  2021, Pewaukee, WI+201892 92 
55Marco Bamrah  2023, Delafield, WI+221894 94 
T56Joseph Fenceroy  2023, Fox Point, WI+231895 95 
T56Tyler Skogstad  2022, Wausau, WI+231895 95 
T56Jack Glaspy  2022, Pewaukee, WI+231895 95 
59Tyler Dahl  2021, Pleasant Prairie, WI+261898 98 
T60Jonah Curtis  2022, Green Lake, WI+271899 99 
T60Tate Naughten  2024, Twin lakes, WI+271899 99 
62Andrew Munn  2021, Cottage Grove, WI+3018102 102 
63Caden Skelding  2021, Black River Falls, WI+3318105 105 
64Tyler Fisel  2021, Kenosha, WI+3518107 107 
WDAidan Duchelle  2020, West bend, WI      
WDCaden Jacobson  2022, Lake Delton, WI      
WDSebastian Kasun  2022, Elm Grove, WI      

Girls overall

1Hannah Dunk  2023, Janesville, WI+61878 78 
2Treva Dodd  2024, Brookfield, WI+71879 79 
3Glenna Sanderson  2021, Middleton, WI+81880 80 
4Amanda Karvala  2021, New Berlin, WI+111883 83 
T5Riley Pechinski  2023, Plover, WI+121884 84 
T5Jenna Anderson  2022, Dousman, WI+121884 84 
T7Grace Durkin  2023, Green Bay, WI+131885 85 
T7Skye Two Hawks Skenandore  2024, De Pere, WI+131885 85 
T7Jolie Guyette  2021, De Pere, WI+131885 85 
T10Norah Roberts  2023, Racine, WI+141886 86 
T10Avery Dudra  2022, Suamico, WI+141886 86 
T12Ashleyjen Powell  2023, Appleton, WI+151887 87 
T12Madeline Kiley  2021, Appleton, WI+151887 87 
14Ellie Behring  2021, Franklin, WI+161888 88 
T15Isabella Pierri  2021, Fox Point, WI+221894 94 
T15Brin Neumann  2023, Warrens, WI+221894 94 
17Ava Wittstock  2022, Sheboygan, WI+241896 96 
18Haley Thoeny  2022, Lodi, WI+271899 99 
19Faith Flynn  2021, Green Bay, WI+2818100 100 
20Eva Kumer  2022, Brookfield, WI+2918101 101 
T21Olivia McSorley  2022, Elm Grove, WI+3118103 103 
T21Haley Myers  2020, Somerset, WI+3118103 103 
T21Natalie Hoege  2021, Waunakee, WI+3118103 103 
T21Eleanor Potter  2022, Mequon, WI+3118103 103 
25Aly Kinzel  2021, Waunakee, WI+3218104 104 
T26Payton Schmidt  2024, Jefferson, WI+3618108 108 
T26Abby Busick  2022, De Pere, WI+3618108 108 
28Haley Prudhomme  2021, Menomonee Falls, WI+4018112 112 
T29Erin Rosencrantz  2021, Brookfield, WI+4318115 115 
T29Lauren Reif  2021, Port Washington, WI+4318115 115 
WDGrace Miller  2021, Oshkosh, WI      
WDAlyssa Schmidt  2021, Oregon, WI      
WDGrace Weiss  2021, Janesville, WI      

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