Riley Pechinski and her brother, Logan, have somewhat similar approaches to playing par-3 holes.
"When I play par 3's I just try to knock it as close as I can," 16-year-old Riley wrote via text message to Wisconsin.Golf, "and one-putt or two (but) not three."
Logan, 18, isn't afraid to go "flag-hunting," either. But he knows how important pars can be and tries not to be too aggressive when he tees it up from inside 150 yards.
"On par 3’s, I try my best to give myself the best opportunity for birdie," Logan wrote. "If I make birdie, awesome. But stress-free pars on par 3’s help keep my momentum going."
Their approaches were spot-on Monday during the Wisconsin PGA Junior Par 3 Championship on the 17-hole Sandbox course at Sand Valley Resort near Nekoosa. Logan, playing in the first group of the day, shot 1-over-par 52 and edged Milton's Brett Wieland by one stroke for the boys overall title while Riley, playing a couple hours later, shot 61 and edged Wausau's Talia Schlindwein by a single shot to win the girls overall title and make it a sweep for the Pechinski family from Plover.
"I was working the event so I was out on the course when I found out that Riley won," wrote Logan, who is working as a Players Assistant for WPGA Junior events in the central Wisconsin area. "Riley and I are the type to congratulate each other on our successes. We support each other on and off the golf course and always want the best for one another."
Riley had additional motivation to match her brother's first-place finish. She won the 14-15 age group a year ago and was eyeing a repeat championship.
"I was pumped that I won the girls division because I had won it last year," Riley wrote. "So I knew I had to fight for the top spot again this year."
Her victory was buoyed by a sizzling start. She almost holed her first shot of the day, a 50-degree wedge with a three-quarters swing from 100 yards on No. 1.
"(I) almost made it and had a tap-in birdie," wrote Riley, who played her next six holes in 8-over before going par-birdie to finish the front nine and shoot 33. "I was taking dead aim out there, although some holes you had to put it in the right spot because of the pin placements."
Five pars, two bogeys and one double-bogey on the back nine proved enough to deliver Riley the victory.
"The key was just to have fun," Riley wrote. "There were some holes that got away from me, but I couldn’t have that bring me down so that was definitely a huge factor."
Wind was also a factor on the warm, humid day. But that wasn't going to stop Logan, a Davenport (Mich.) University recruit, from chasing down his second title in three years.
"The conditions were pretty tough today compared to previous years," wrote Logan, who won the inaugural title in 2018 with a 3-under 48. "It was very humid and it was quite windy, making the yardages harder to judge. ... My mindset coming into the Par-3 Tournament was much more relaxed and calm compared to a Players/Junior Tour event."
Logan shot 3-over 30 on the front nine and saved his best golf for the last five holes. He birdied three of them around a bogey at No. 15, making what would prove to be the winning birdie on the 83-yard finishing hole at No. 17.
"This distance was something I felt comfortable with all day," Logan wrote, "So to stick one close on the last hole was icing on the cake to a great day."
|1||Logan Pechinski 2021, Plover, WI||F||+1||52|
|2||Brett Wieland 2024, Milton, WI||F||+2||53|
|T3||Maxwell Reis 2022, De Pere, WI||F||+3||54|
|T3||Kaeden Nomm 2022, Minocqua, WI||F||+3||54|
|T3||Mason Haupt 2024, De Pere, WI||F||+3||54|
|T6||Reece Breitenbach 2023, Kohler, WI||F||+4||55|
|T6||William Harned 2024, Nashotah, Wisconsin||F||+4||55|
|T6||Sam Dethloff 2024, Menomonee Falls, WI||F||+4||55|
|T6||Luke Taebel 2024, Holmen, WI||F||+4||55|
|T10||Jakson Jazgar 2022, Green Bay, WI||F||+5||56|
|T10||Camden O'Malley 2023, White Bear Lake, MN||F||+5||56|
|12||Alexander Buckoski 2022, Kaukauna||F||+6||57|
|13||Jack Glaspy 2022, Pewaukee, WI||F||+7||58|
|T14||Connor Nelson 2021, Waukesha, WI||F||+8||59|
|T14||Sam Mehlberg 2022, DePere, WI||F||+8||59|
|T16||Jackson Cross 2023, Menomonee Falls, WI||F||+9||60|
|T16||Jake Anderson 2021, Whitefish Bay, WI||F||+9||60|
|T16||Carter Morrison 2024, Wisconsin Rapids, WI||F||+9||60|
|T19||Hunter Neumann 2021, Warrens, WI||F||+10||61|
|T19||Jack Rubo 2024, Mincoqua, WI||F||+10||61|
|T19||Brandt Hlavachek 2024, Pewaukee, WI||F||+10||61|
|T19||Thomas Bobinski 2025, De Pere, WI||F||+10||61|
|T19||Dylan Bilderback 2025, Windsor, WI||F||+10||61|
|T24||Kason Boivin 2023, Brookfield, WI||F||+11||62|
|T24||Brooks Hoffland Viroqua, WI||F||+11||62|
|T24||Tucker Johnson Neillsville, WI||F||+11||62|
|T27||Kale Gnewikow 2021, Warrens, WI||F||+12||63|
|T27||Kade Gnewikow 2021, Warrens, WI||F||+12||63|
|T29||Jacob Frederickson 2022, Cottage Grove, WI||F||+13||64|
|T29||Owen Lutes 2025, Appleton, WI||F||+13||64|
|T29||Luke Hlavachek 2025, Pewaukee, WI||F||+13||64|
|T32||Tyler Johnson 2022, Berlin, WI||F||+14||65|
|T32||Marty Swab 2020, Menomonee Falls, WI||F||+14||65|
|T32||Teddy Schlindwein 2025, Wausau, WI||F||+14||65|
|35||Kaden Zinkle 2025, Sun Prairie, WI||F||+15||66|
|T36||Charlie Schott 2021, Green Bay, WI||F||+17||68|
|T36||Dashiell Bowden 2024, Neshkoro, WI||F||+17||68|
|38||Ashton Haupt 2022, De Pere, WI||F||+18||69|
|39||Brennan Dirks 2022, Holmen, WI||F||+19||70|
|40||Ben Busick 2021, De Pere, WI||F||+20||71|
|T41||Cooper McLaughlin 2024, Oshkosh, WI||F||+21||72|
|T41||Conor Donohue 2025, Mequon, WI||F||+21||72|
|T43||Charlie Krall 2023, Waukesha, WI||F||+22||73|
|T43||Kyle Nuesse 2023, Waukesha, WI||F||+22||73|
|45||Dylan Demaske 2024, Mauston, WI||F||+24||75|
|46||Saswaen Shawanokasic 2022, Keshena, WI||F||+26||77|
|T47||Nathan Ubben Greenville, WI||F||+28||79|
|T47||Peter Wangerin Waunakee, WI||F||+28||79|
|49||Anders Palmquist 2022, Sussex, WI||F||+29||80|
|50||Sean Clark 2025, Monona, WI||F||+31||82|
|51||Noah Kratochvil 2023, Mount Pleasant, WI||F||+34||85|
|52||Noah Frederickson 2025, Cottage Grove, WI||F||+36||87|
|DID NOT FINISH|
|WD||Sam Behrend 2025, Suamico, WI|
|WD||Triston Behrend 2022, Suamico, WI|
|WD||Cal Matzke 2022, De Pere, WI|
|1||Riley Pechinski 2023, Plover, WI||F||+10||61|
|2||Talia Schlindwein 2025, Wausau, WI||F||+11||62|
|3||Brin Neumann 2023, Warrens, WI||F||+12||63|
|T4||Lydia Jensen Osseo, WI||F||+17||68|
|T4||Abby Busick 2022, De Pere, WI||F||+17||68|
|6||Lily Pietz 2022, Menomonee Falls, WI||F||+18||69|
|T7||Megan Bonikowske 2021, Stevens Point, WI||F||+19||70|
|T7||Emma Raimer 2023, West Bend, WI||F||+19||70|
|T9||Emily Gastrau 2023, Wauwatosa, WI||F||+20||71|
|T9||Ava Frederiksen 2024, Plover, WI||F||+20||71|
|11||Georgia Volley 2024, Waunakee, WI||F||+22||73|
|12||Lucy Nielsen 2024, Fond Du Lac, WI||F||+31||82|
|DID NOT FINISH|
|WD||Annika Bilau 2025, Fort Atkinson, WI|