2018 WSGA Match Play | Joe DuChateau

2018 WSGA Match Play | Joe DuChateau 

BERLIN -- Truth be told, Joe Du Chateau can play Pebble Beach GL and Spyglass Hill GC just about any time he wants. 

However, as authentic as the simulator may project the Monterey Peninsula at Donny Du's in Fond du Lac -- his dad's sports bar that offers it among the many famous courses you can play with friends over a few drinks -- there is something to be said for getting the chance to play them for real. And here's what Joe Du Chateau had to say Monday after he earned the chance to do so with his runner-up finish at the U.S. Amateur local qualifier at Mascoutin GC:

"It means a ton to me to qualify for the US Am at Pebble!" Du Chateau wrote in a text message to Wisconsin.Golf. "When I saw the qualifier on the schedule I didn’t even know it was at Pebble so I went and looked and it became a goal of mine to qualify for it this year. It means a lot to be able to achieve that."

The timing is curious, indeed. Du Chateau graduated from UW-Green Bay more than a year ago, but said Monday that he has committed to spending this summer trying to determine if he wants to play golf professionally.

His showing on a tough course set-up at Mascoutin suggested he might have some potential. Du Chateau made nine birdies against five bogeys in shooting rounds of 71-69. His 4-under-par 140 total left him two shots behind medalist Brian Ohr, who will be a fifth-year senior at Miami (Ohio) this fall. They were the only golfers under par among the 62 who finished the 36-hole marathon.

Marquette golfers Hunter Eichhorn and Austin Kendziorski were the first and second alternates, respectively, after they finished at 1-over 145 along with Scott Schlader, a high school junior from Phoenix, Arizona; and Cole Bradley, a sophomore-to-be at Purdue. Eichhorn earned his status on the on the fourth playoff hole; Kendziorski outlasted the other two on the sixth extra hole.

University of Wisconsin golfer Jordan Hahn (73-73) and University of Minnesota golfer Thomas Longbella (74-72) of Chippewa Falls were among four golfers in a tie for seventh at 2-over 146. Burlington native and former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo, fresh off his victory Sunday in the American Century Celebrity Championship in Lake Tahoe, Nevada, shot 74-76 and tied for 15th at 6-over 150, 10 strokes behind the final qualifying berth Du Chateau earned.

"The key to my day was just trying to stick to my plan of hitting greens and being patient out there," Du Chateau said. "It’s 36 holes so pars are always good and birdies will come!"

After a couple here and a couple there, the birdies came in bunches on his final nine holes. Du Chateau bogeyed the par-4 third hole and then rattled off three straight birdies to position himself safely inside of the cutline.

He birdied the par-3 fourth hole by holing a 40-foot putt and then stuffed his approach shot on the par-4 fifth hole to a foot and made the putt to get to 3-under. His last birdie came on a par-5.

"Those three birdies I made late in the round were awesome," Du Chateau wrote. "I didn’t really know where I stood or anything. I wasn’t following the scoreboard since we had finished our first 18 and I knew someone (Ohr) had shot 4-under, but others were still out there. So I really didn’t know!

"It helped my confidence a lot, but I thought there might be someone out there doing something similar. (Getting to) 3-under was the goal as I set out (for Monday) and once I got to 4(-under) I felt good. Walking off 18 I was just hoping it was good enough. Like I said, I wasn’t watching scores but others in my group were and said my score was looking really good."

Almost as good as Pebble Beach will look once he gets to California.

1Brian Ohr  Wheeling, IL-2F *-66870138 
2Joe Du Chateau  Fond Du Lac, WI-3F *-47169140 
T3Hunter Eichhorn  Carney, MI+1F *+17273145 
T3Austin Kendziorski  Sussex, WI-3F *+17669145 
T3Scott Schlader  Phoenix, AZEF+17372145 
T3Cole Bradley  West Lafayette, IN-2F+17570145 
T7Tom Vining  Sioux Falls, SD-1F+27571146 
T7Joe Weber  Onalaska, WIEF *+27472146 
T7Thomas Longbella  Chippewa Falls, WIEF *+27472146 
T7Jordan Hahn  Spring Grove, IL+1F *+27373146 
T11Ricky Kuiper  Racine, WI+2F+47474148 
T11Jacob Michel  Lodi, WI+5F *+47177148 
T13Josh Thomas  Phoenix, AZ+4F *+57376149 
T13Michael Harris  Brookfield, WI+4F *+57376149 
T15Charles Maleki  Mequon, WI+3F *+67575150 
T15Tony Romo  Dallas, TX+4F *+67476150 
T15Robbie Morway  Mequon, WI+3F+67575150 
T18Ricky Costello  Homer Glen, IL+3F+77675151 
T18Christopher Colla  Fond Du Lac, WI+4F+77576151 
T18John Decker  Madison, WI+3F *+77675151 
T18Will Troy  Naperville, IL+7F+77279151 
T22Daniel Hubert  Port Wentworth, GA+3F+87775152 
T22George Kneiser  Oconomowoc, WI+8F+87280152 
T22Ryan Isaacson  Eau Claire, WIEF+88072152 
T25Austin Barr  Waukesha, WI+3F *+97875153 
T25Matt Tolan  Eau Claire, WI+4F *+97776153 
T25Bobby Frazzini  Medina, MN+5F+97677153 
28Michael Bielawski  West Allis, WI+3F *+107975154 
T29Piercen Hunt  Canada+4F *+117976155 
T29Nicholas Bauer  Oshkosh, WI+4F *+117976155 
T31Ramiro Romo  Burlington, WI+3F *+128175156 
T31Nate Dunn  Cedar Rapids, IA+12F+127284156 
T31James Bachhuber  Saint Johns, FL+10F *+127482156 
T31Paul Koszarek  Waterford, WI+5F+127977156 
T35Eric Smetana-Bartz  Burlington, WI+7F *+137879157 
T35Joshua Haunty  Middleton, WI+7F+137879157 
T35Alex Hinz  Berlin, WI+5F+138077157 
T35Jakob Garstecki  Germantown, WI+6F *+137978157 
T35Peter Heinemann  Big Bend, WI+7F *+137879157 
T40Brian Morris  Shorewood, WI+11F *+147583158 
T40Patrick Sicula  Whitefish Bay, WI+9F+147781158 
T40Ryonen Faris  Fond Du Lac, WI+7F+147979158 
43John Lentz  Mundelein, IL+12F+157584159 
44Scott Howard  Arbor Vitae, WI+7F *+168179160 
T45Chris Keider  Neenah, WI+12F *+177784161 
T45Mark Ewing  Gilbert, AZ+13F+177685161 
T45Gehrig Hollatz  Lockport, IL+10F+177982161 
48Samuel Marks  Minneapolis, MN+10F *+188082162 
T49Max Farley  Orland Park, IL+10F *+198182163 
T49Dustin Dishaw  Crystal Falls, MI+5F+198677163 
T51Thomas Wettstein  Neenah, WI+6F+208678164 
T51Tyler Brown  Bartlett, IL+11F *+208183164 
T51Alex Yost  Hartland, WI+12F *+208084164 
T51Cal Meyers  Richfield, WI+7F+208579164 
T51Samuel Anderson  Stoughton, WI+14F *+207886164 
T56Noah Cortez  Kenosha, WI+8F+218580165 
T56Sullivan Schrandt  Cambria, WI+4F *+218976165 
58Erick Foglio  Schaumburg, IL+11F+238483167 
59Patrick Becker  McHenry, IL+13F *+268585170 
60Turner Kelly  Waupaca, WI+11F+278883171 
61Tyler Murrie  Belgium, WI+15F+349187178 
62Davis Cheney  Neenah, WI+17F *+389389182 
WDBrian Murtagh  Republic of Ireland  +5    
WDAdam Miller  Lodi, WI  +9    
WDCharlie Collins  Milwaukee, WI  +10    
WDTaylor Ryman  Mineral Point, WI  +13    
WDBryce Burke  Jackson, WI  +14    
WDDrew Diganci  Lake Forest, IL  +16    
WDBenton Olson  Excelsior, MN       
WDLogan Walzer  Lodi, WI       
WDZachary Reiser  Pewaukee, WI       
WDJonathan Novak  Chicago, IL       
WDMatt Armstrong  Eden Prairie, MN       
WDSam Madsen  Madison, WI       
WDGrant Quasius  Sheboygan, WI       
WDOliver Sadiq  Elkhart Lake, WI       
DQPhillip Johnson  Colgate, WI  +9    
JWDNathan Colson  Mequon, WI