Nicholas Amtmann | 2020 jr champ

Nicholas Amtmann of Nashotah hits a tee shot at the 2020 Junior Boys Championship played at The Legend at Brandybrook.

2020 Lake Arrowhead Invitational | Boys Top Three

From left, Hartland's Nick Amtmann (1st), Bryson Mercier of Powers, Mich. (T2) and Muskego's Tyson Sparks (T2)

2020 Lake Arrowhead Invitational | Girls Top Three

From left, Dousman's Jenna Anderson (3rd), Green Bay's Jo Baranczyk (2nd) and Hartland's Jessica Guiser (1st).

Nick Amtmann had a legacy to uphold and a lead to protect as he waited for his second-round tee time Monday at the Lake Arrowhead Invitational, so what was a golfer to do with all of those pent-up nerves?

Go for a run.

"It was really quiet leading up to my tee time," Amtmann explained in a text message to Wisconsin.Golf at the end of a memorable day that began with a two-hour rain delay, pushing his 8:51 a.m. starting time closer to 11. "So I went for a jog around the driving range to get the nerves out of my system."

And then the rising senior at Hartland Arrowhead went on a victory lap.

Amtmann shot a 2-over-par 74 on the Lakes Course at Lake Arrowhead and — with a 2-under 142 total — held off Muskego's Tyson Sparks (71) and Bryson Mercier (70) of Powers, Mich., by one shot to become the fourth consecutive Arrowhead golfer to win boys honors at the prestigious invitational. He follows Bennett Knapek (2017), Matthew Raab (2018) and Piercen Hunt (2019) in extending the Warhawks' dominance in what might as well be called the Hartland Arrowhead Invitational.  

"It's pretty cool to learn composure from my teammates at Arrowhead and get the 'four-peat' " wrote Amtmann, who double-bogeyed the par-5 ninth hole after catching a tough lie in a wet bunker before making back-to-back birdies at Nos. 11 and 12 to help him withstand a bogey-bogey finish. "I knew that I made an unfortunate mistake on (No.) 9, but I stuck to my plan and played the next few holes smart and had birdie putts inside of 10 feet on (Nos.) 10, 11, and 12. After these holes I knew that I just had to play smart."

Sparks, a rising freshman from Muskego, caught his playing partner with a birdie on No. 17, but fell back into a tie with Mercier after bogeying No. 18.

"My friend and competitor Tyson Sparks played incredibly solid (Monday)," Amtmann wrote. "It was almost as if our games were synched. The friendly competition motivated us to play very well."

Jessica Guiser made it an Arrowhead sweep of Lake Arrowhead Invitational titles. The Warhawks freshman-to-be is believed to be the first Arrowhead girl in the event's 32-year history to walk away with the girls championship after she shot 74 and, with a 3-over 147 total, held off two-time defending champion Jo Baranczyk of Green Bay by two shots. 

Baranczyk, a rising senior at Bay Port High School who also won this event in 2016, eagled No. 17 and birdied No. 18 to shoot 1-under 35 on her outward nine and take a one-shot lead on Guiser, who bogeyed Nos. 10, 12 and 14 and shot 39 on the back nine. Guiser, playing one group behind Baranczyk, pulled even with the North Dakota State commit with a birdie at No. 2 and took the lead for good after Baranczyk double-bogeyed No. 6 — her second double-bogey of the day, both the result of trouble off the tee and three-putts — moments before Guiser birdied the par-4.

"I normally don’t set a number for myself, but I was really shooting for (a round) under par," Baranczyk wrote. "To catch Jessica, I knew I had to do something special because she is such a talented player. ... My tee shots definitely got me into a lot of trouble (Monday). I just was not able to get up and down from some tough spots. (But) that was the best score I’ve had on the Lakes course so I couldn’t be too mad at a few bad holes."

Guiser's victory earned her 450 points and boosted her past Dousman's Jenna Anderson in the WPGA Junior player-of-the-year standings. Anderson shot 74 and finished third.

With 1,552.50 points, Guiser leads Anderson (1,428.21) with four Junior Tour events remaining before the end of the summer-long competition. Anderson is entered in two of them, but cannot add more than 100 points to her total. Andy Landenberger, director of junior golf for the Wisconsin PGA, said it is unlikely any points will be awarded for WIAA competition this fall, even if there is a season-ending tournament, because many schools have opted out of competing this fall in favor of a hybrid season next spring due to COVID-19.

"Going into this summer, I never had the goal of being player of the year," Guiser wrote in a text to Wisconsin.Golf. "However, going into this tournament I did realize that I could potentially be player of the year. I knew that if I did lock up the title, it would be an accomplishment But it wasn’t my biggest goal going in."

Instead, her biggest goal was getting ready for her freshman season at Arrowhead, which is scheduled to start Monday with the opening of practice for those schools not delaying their fall seasons to the spring due to COVID-19.

"I think I grew the most in my putting — more specifically, my lag putting," Guiser wrote. "My short putting could use some more (improvement), but my lag putting has improved a lot, which really reduced my three-putts. The win at this tournament definitely gave me confidence going into the high school season, which I can't wait for!"

Mercier, meanwhile, left nothing to chance in the boys player-of-the-year chase with regional rival Ty Kretz of Marinette.

His closing 70 moved him into a tie for second place, netting him 325 points to give him 1,347.50. Kretz matched his 70, but finished in a tie for fourth place to gain 225 points, giving him 1,248.33 for the year.

"Even though I did not win, it was still a very successful tournament," Mercier wrote in a text to Wisconsin.Golf, praising Amtmann and Sparks for the "terrific golf" they played. "I look at (Monday's) round as a success because my goal coming into (the day) was to shoot even or better on the round. I did not try to play against anybody, really. I was just trying to play against the course and maybe post a low score."

Boys overall

1Nick Amtmann  2021, Nashotah-2F+26874142425 
T2Tyson Sparks  2024, Muskego, WI-1F-17271143325 
T2Bryson Mercier  2022, Powers, MI-1F-27370143325 
T4Jacob Beckman  2021, Middleton, WI+2F-27670146208.33 
T4Benjamin Pausha  2021, Delafield, WI+2FE7472146208.33 
T4Ty Kretz  2021, Marinette+2F-27670146208.33 
7Thomas Kriewaldt  2020, Madison, WI+3F+47176147150 
8Maxwell Reis  2022, De Pere, WI+4F+17573148140 
9Austin Georger  2021, Appleton, WI+5F+27574149130 
10Bennett Swavely  2021, Hudson, WI+8F+57577152120 
T11Caden Jacobson  2022, Lake Delton, WI+9F+7747915395 
T11Alex Weiss  2023, Middleton, WI+9F+5767715395 
T11Logan Pechinski  2021, Plover, WI+9F+6757815395 
T11Samuel Nielsen  2020, Fond Du Lac, WI+9F+4777615395 
T15Kaeden Nomm  2022, Minocqua, WI+10F+5777715472.50 
T15Owen Covey  2021, New Richmond, WI+10F+3797515472.50 
17Aiden Cudney  2024, Appleton, WI+11F+6777815565 
T18Connor Nelson  2021, Waukesha, WI+12F+6787815657.50 
T18Jacob Frederickson  2022, Cottage Grove, WI+12F+8768015657.50 
T20William Hemauer  2022, Wauwatosa, WI+13F+5807715740 
T20Alex Koenig  2023, Wales, WI+13F+6797815740 
T20Spencer Lynch  2023, Neenah, WI+13F+5807715740 
T20Ryan Darling  2022, Green Bay, WI+13F+6797815740 
T20Jakson Jazgar  2022, Green Bay, WI+13F+6797815740 
T25Samuel Evenson  2021, Holmen, WI+14F+6807815822.50 
T25Marty Swab  2020, Menomonee Falls, WI+14F+13738515822.50 
T27Bode King  2023, Hartland, WI+15F+9788115912.50 
T27Charlie Erlandson  2023, Verona, WI+15F+6817815912.50 
29Noah Kirsch  2022, Lancaster, WI+16F+781791605 
30Alwang Deang  2023, Madison, WI+17F+980811615 
T31Will Summers  2022, Richfield, WI+19F+586771633.33 
T31Nick Mueller  2023, Baldwin, WI+19F+1180831633.33 
T31Matthew Paulson  2021, North Prairie, WI+19F+1279841633.33 
T34Maxamillian Xiong  2021, River Falls, WI+20F+118183164  
T34Matthew Mueller  2021, Baldwin, WI+20F+58777164  
36Luke Abram  2021, Williams Bay, WI+22F+128284166  
T37Ansen Nomm  2020, Minocqua, WI+23F+49176167  
T37William Schlitz  2024, Eau Claire, WI+23F+108582167  
T37Silas Pickhardt  2021, Madison, WI+23F+68978167  
40Jackson Cain  2021, Delafield, WI+27F+79279171  
WDChristian Staudt  2021, Mequon, WI        

Girls overall

1Jessica Guiser  2024, Hartland, WI+3F+27374147425 
2Jo Baranczyk  2021, Green Bay, WI+5F+17673149350 
3Jenna Anderson  2022, Dousman, WI+8F+27874152300 
4Grace Suter  2020, Oconomowoc, WI+9F+18073153250 
5Cassandra Psuik  2023, Greenfield, WI+10F+77579154200 
6Elise Hoven  2021, Grafton, WI+11FE8372155175 
7Avery Dudra  2022, Suamico, WI+12F+38175156150 
T8Caylie Kotlowski  2021, Stoughton, WI+13F+107582157135 
T8Hannah Dunk  2023, Janesville, WI+13F+58077157135 
T10Brighton Young  2021, Loves Park, IL+14F+107682158110 
T10Mya Nicholson  2024, Milton, WI+14F+77979158110 
T10Kallie Lux  2021, Janesville, WI+14F+87880158110 
13Adalyn Johnston  2024, Green Bay, WI+16F+8808016090 
T14Glenna Sanderson  2021, Middleton, WI+18F+8828016277.50 
T14Sarah Balding  2022, Brookfield, WI+18F+8828016277.50 
16Ashleyjen Powell  2023, Appleton, WI+19F+9828116370 
17Jolie Guyette  2021, De Pere, WI+21F+6877816565 
18Norah Roberts  2023, Racine, WI+23F+12838416760 
T19Madison Haugen  2024, Brookfield, WI+24F+10868216852.50 
T19Treva Dodd  2024, Brookfield, WI+24F+7897916852.50 
T21Amanda Karvala  2021, New Berlin, WI+25F+14838616942.50 
T21Grace Durkin  2023, Green Bay, WI+25F+11868316942.50 
23Madeline Fiebig  2022, Waukesha, WI+26F+14848617035 
24McKenna Nelson  2027, Beaver Dam, WI+27F+9908117130 
25Riley Pechinski  2023, Plover, WI+29F+17848917325 
26Lauren Peterson  2022, Hartland, WI+37F+23869518120 
27Belle Kongshaug  2026, Elk Mound, WI+39F+15968718315 

Note: Sunday's opening round was played on the Pines Course at Lake Arrowhead GC-Nekoosa.

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