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Matt Tolan | WSGA match play

JANESVILLE — A six-hour rain delay Friday did little to dampen the spirits of Matt Tolan in the first round of the Ray Fischer State Amateur Tournament.

Then again, a cooperative putter will shine a lot of light on anyone's day.

Such was the case for the 2017 Wisconsin State Amateur champion from Eau Claire, who credited his work on the greens for his fast start and his sizzling finish that led to a 7-under-par 65 at Janesville Riverside Golf Course. Tolan will take a two-stroke lead over Stoughton's Owen Butler and Tyler Leach, a Marquette University golfer from Spring Valley, into what figures to be a long Saturday trying to get the 72-hole event back on schedule heading into Sunday, when the low 60 golfers plus ties play the final 36 holes.

Heavy rain pummeled the course at 7:30 a.m. Friday and forced a suspension in play until 1 p.m. Half the field did not finish its opening round and those golfers are scheduled to be back on the course at 6 a.m. Saturday to finish Round 1.

"The total time for the delay was right around 6 hours, but I didn’t really let that affect me," Tolan wrote in a text message to after the University of South Dakota golfer made seven birdies and an eagle to go with two bogeys on a day in which golfers were allowed to play lift, clean and place. "All day, the putter kept me going and it felt good to roll in a lot of putts today. The course was wet, but the greens held really well so it allowed for aggressive play at flagsticks to try and make birdies."

There were 254 birdies and nine eagles made Friday among the 94 golfers who posted a completed score during the opening round. Among the 12 golfers within five shots of the lead, however, only two — University of Wisconsin golfer Pete Kuhl (69) and former Cardinal Stritch golfer Colton Duwe — escaped with fewer than two bogeys on his scorecard.

"(The) course drained really well," Butler said after making five birdies and an eagle with two bogeys. "(The) greens weren't as fast as normal, probably, but that was OK with me. I got off to a nice start with a birdie on 1 and another on No. 4. (I) got a nice boost with an eagle at No. 6. I hit a great drive but followed that up with a very poor second shot and missed the green. But (I) had all the green to work with and chipped it in for eagle. It felt good to be (3-under) through six as you know this tournament is going to be a shootout."

For Leach, the Big East Conference freshman of the year at Marquette, it felt good to be in the thick of the chase one round into the 72-hole birdiefest.

"My putting definitely got me going (Friday)," Leach wrote via text to after birdieing two of his first three holes on the back nine to start his round, two of the last three holes on that side making the turn and three holes in a row starting at No. 2 to get to 6-under at one point.

"The course was playing pretty easy and gave you a lot of good birdie looks. But if you want to make birdie, you have to make the putt regardless of how far it is. And (Friday) I was able to do that for the entirety of my round. I knew if I kept hitting greens I could make just about any putt and I just tried to give myself as many opportunities as I could."

Leach knows that needs to be the game plan going forward if he expects to keep pace with a field full of golfers capable of going low.

"For me, the key moving forward is going to be staying out of my own way," wrote Leach, who is making his first start in what is annually a glimpse at tournaments to come on the state amateur circuit. "I know I’m a player capable of winning this tournament and making a lot of birdies. I just have to expect that of myself before it happens otherwise it’s not going to.

"I’m really looking forward to the challenge the rest of the week."

So is Tolan, who shot 69-74-70-70 and finished 21 shots behind winner Jack Schultz of Whitefish Bay.

"The key going forward would be to keep the same energy I had going (Friday) and keep take each shot one at a a time," he said.

1-Matt Tolan  Eau Claire, WI-712:10p65   65 
T2-Owen Butler  Stoughton, WI-512:10p *67   67 
T2-Tyler Leach  Spring Valley, WI-512:10p67   67 
T4-Michael Bielawski  Waukesha, WI-312:10p69   69 
T4-Christopher Colla  Fond du Lac, WI-312:30p69   69 
T4-Pete Kuhl  Madison, WI-31:30p69   69 
T4-Blake Wisdom  Lake Geneva, WI-31:40p *69   69 
T8-Burke Barsamian  Lake Geneva, WI-212:10p *70   70 
T8-Jakob Garstecki  Germantown, WI-21:20p70   70 
T8-Colton Duwe  Oconomowoc, WI-21:30p *70   70 
T8-Adam Miller  Adams, WI-21:40p70   70 
T8-George Kneiser  Oconomowoc, WI-21:50p70   70 
T13-Jacob Michel  Lodi, WI-112:30p *71   71 
T13-Andrew Morrison  Edgerton, WI-112:50p *71   71 
T13-Jonathan Duggan, Jr.  Lake Geneva, WI-11:00p *71   71 
T13-Sam Van Galder  Janesville, WI-11:00p71   71 
T13-Alan Thompson  Watertown, WI-11:00p71   71 
T13-Max Pasher  Mequon, WI-11:10p *71   71 
T13-Zachary Nash  Waterford, WI-11:20p *71   71 
T20-Ben Skogen  Onalaska, WIE12:00p72   72 
T20-Jakob Schroeckenthaler  Cottage Grove, WIE12:30p *72   72 
T20-Tommy Kriewaldt  Madison, WIE12:30p72   72 
T20-Dawson Hinz  Middleton, WIE12:40p *72   72 
T20-Christopher Dupuis  Chicago, ILE12:50p72   72 
T20-Ben Gilles  Madison, WIE1:20p *72   72 
T20-Nick Robinson  Madison, WIE1:50p72   72 
T27-Maxwell Schmidtke  Sheboygan, WI+11:10p *73   73 
T27-Ryan Hughes  Cedarburg, WI+11:20p *73   73 
T27-Patrick Sicula  Whitefish Bay, WI+11:20p73   73 
T27-Alexander Haas  Hartford, WI+12:00p73   73 
T31-Charles Buhrow  Brookfield, WI+212:20p74   74 
T31-Brady Sarauer  Fond du Lac, WI+212:20p74   74 
T31-Elliott Nielsen  Fond du lac, WI+212:50p74   74 
T31-Jacob Sherwood  Davis, CA+22:00p74   74 
T35-Charles Maleki  Mequon, WI+312:10p75   75 
T35-Brett Grulkowski  Franklin, WI+312:20p *75   75 
T35-Jensen Peck  Mount Horeb, WI+312:20p *75   75 
T35-Tyler Beeck  Sheboygan Falls, WI+312:50p75   75 
T35-Michael Oellerich  Brodhead, WI+312:50p75   75 
T35-Joseph Ploch  Oconomowoc, WI+31:00p *75   75 
T35-Alex Thompson  Watertown, WI+31:10p *75   75 
T35-Quinn Schultz  Chaseburg, WI+31:20p75   75 
T35-Jackson Rehm  Franklin, WI+31:30p *75   75 
T35-Jacob Beckman  Middleton, WI+31:50p *75   75 
T45-Aaron Coffey  Janesville, WI+412:20p *76   76 
T45-Matthew Davidson  Mcfarland, WI+412:30p *76   76 
T45-Dylan Brown  Reedsburg, WI+412:30p *76   76 
T45-Matthew Zimmerman  Janesville, WI+412:40p76   76 
T45-Tom Murphy  Madison, WI+412:50p *76   76 
T45-Aaron Gavin  South Milwaukee, WI+41:00p76   76 
T45-Bentley Glass  Fort Atkinson, WI+41:10p76   76 
T45-Jeremy Brown  Franklin, WI+41:30p *76   76 
T45-Logan Kranz  Madison+41:40p *76   76 
T45-Gregory Wagner  Cambridge, WI+41:40p *76   76 
T45-Scott Erickson  Sparta, WI+41:40p76   76 
T45-Cole Soffa  Madison, WI+41:50p *76   76 
T45-Nick Corban  Madison, WI+41:50p76   76 
T58-Joshua Haunty  Middleton, WI+512:10p *77   77 
T58-Austin Erickson  Sparta, WI+512:10p *77   77 
T58-Kirk Leitzen  Brodhead, WI+512:40p77   77 
T58-Jory Tess  East Troy, WI+512:40p77   77 
T58-Ryan Coffey  Janesville, WI+51:00p77   77 
T58-Michael Kletzien  Milton, WI+51:10p77   77 
T58-Brandon Liberman  Walworth, WI+51:30p77   77 
T58-Chris Kostrewa  Wales, WI+51:50p77   77 
T66-Ben Wiora  Wisconsin dells, WI+612:00p78   78 
T66-Eric Smetana-Bartz  Waupaca, WI+612:00p78   78 
T66-Nathan Boltz  Elkhorn, WI+612:20p78   78 
T66-Pete Holmes  Waukesha, WI+61:10p *78   78 
T66-Daniel Hughes  Cedarburg, WI+61:10p78   78 
T66-Brandon Wilson  Madison, WI+61:30p78   78 
T66-Austin Gaby  Verona, WI+61:40p78   78 
T66-Nathan Stine  Kenosha, WI+61:50p *78   78 
T74-Silas Pickhardt  Madison, WI+712:20p79   79 
T74-John Thomas Naumann  Wales, WI+712:50p *79   79 
T74-Craig Hodgson  Belleville, WI+71:00p *79   79 
T74-Ben Resnick  Rice Lake, WI+71:20p *79   79 
T78-Joe Knapton  Mt Pleasant, WI+812:20p *80   80 
T78-Mitch Strom  Appleton, WI+812:40p *80   80 
T78-Dylan Karvala  New Berlin, WI+812:40p *80   80 
T78-Kyle Smith  Grafton, WI+81:00p *80   80 
T78-Dave Ullenberg  Brown Deer, WI+81:20p80   80 
T83-Erik Hopp  Appleton, WI+912:00p81   81 
T83-Grant Boyson  Neenah, WI+91:30p *81   81 
85-Joseph Braund  EAGLE WI+1012:00p *82   82 
T86-Ethan Geidel  Germantown, WI+111:40p83   83 
T86-Matthew Severance  Evansville, WI+111:50p *83   83 
T88-Devin Wilde  Eagle, WI+1312:00p *85   85 
T88-Andrew McIntosh  Milwaukee, WI+1312:30p85   85 
T88-Nate Condon  Cottage Grove, WI+131:10p85   85 
91-Andrew Duszynski  Brookfield, WI+141:40p *86   86 
92-Nate Farrell  Janesville, WI+171:30p89   89 
93-Jason Atkinson  Monroe, WI+2112:40p *93   93 
94-Steven Mordini  Baraboo, WI+242:00p96   96 
  Cory Aune  Lake Geneva, WI 7:00a *      
  Derick Disch  Brookfield, WI 7:00a *      
  Joe Forsting  Edgerton, WI 7:00a *      
  Steven Sanicki  Menomonee Falls, WI 7:00a *      
  Jason Jahnke  Kewaskum, WI 7:00a      
  Brad Finger  Waukesha, WI 7:00a      
  Brandon Myhr  Madison, WI 7:00a      
  Ryan Schuelke  Manawa, WI 7:00a      
  Mike Mueller  Whitefish Bay, WI 7:10a *      
  Travis Galston  Fort Atkinson, WI 7:10a *      
  Noah Anderson  Baraboo, WI 7:10a *      
  Bryce Olson  Silver Lake, WI 7:10a *      
  Paul Schwarz  Appleton 7:10a      
  John Ziemer  Colgate, WI 7:10a      
  Kevin Cahill  Waukesha, WI 7:10a      
  Erich Schwarz  Madison, WI 7:10a      
  Wesley Schwarz  Kaukauna, WI 7:20a *      
  Tom Potter  Deforest, WI 7:20a *      
  Jonathan Klemp  Mequon, WI 7:20a *      
  Nathan Schwarz  Hutto, TX 7:20a *      
  Michael Jensen  Hartford, WI 7:20a      
  Josh Hentrich  Lancaster, WI 7:20a      
  Matt Behm  Valders, WI 7:20a      
  Derek Michalski  Marshfield, WI 7:30a *      
  Nate Thomson  Greendale, WI 7:30a *      
  Ricky Kuiper  Racine, WI 7:30a *      
  Brandon Parks-Larson  Mount Horeb, WI 7:30a *      
  Todd Westrich  De Pere 7:30a      
  Jack Schultz  Whitefish Bay, WI 7:30a      
  Samuel Anderson  Stoughton, WI 7:30a      
  Joe DuChateau  Fond Du Lac, WI 7:30a      
  Jonathan Fall  Cedarburg, WI 7:40a *      
  Jack Anderson  Brookfield, WI 7:40a *      
  Tom Schoewe  Sun Prairie, WI 7:40a *      
  Matt Puetz  Waterford, WI 7:40a      
  Rick Berry  Janesville, WI 7:40a      
  Drew Sagrillo  Mequon, WI 7:40a      
  Thomas Holderfield  Sheboygan, WI 7:40a      
  Kevin Riley  Janesville 7:50a *      
  Ethan Carrick  Sun Prairie, WI 7:50a *      
  Kyle Malinger  West Allis, WI 7:50a *      
  Steven Young  West Bend, WI 7:50a      
  Clayton Tribus  Madison, WI 7:50a      
  Marty Swab  Menomonee Falls, WI 7:50a      
  Patrick Gorman  East Troy, WI 7:50a      
  Tony Romo  Burlington, WI 8:00a *      
  Tom Halla  Colgate, WI 8:00a *      
  Tom Chambers  Union Grove, WI 8:00a *      
  Jacob LaConte  Waukesha, WI 8:00a      
  Zack Colby  Oregon, WI 8:00a      
  Chris Wood  Mount Pleasant, WI 8:00a      
  John Haines  Mequon, WI 8:00a      
  Bennett Swavely  Hudson, WI 8:10a *      
  Jason Zahradka  New Richmond, WI 8:10a *      
  Caleb Martin  Horicon, WI 8:10a *      
  Jacob Mayer  Delafield, WI 8:10a *      
  Derek Hilmershausen  Wausau, WI 8:10a      
  Dane Hinz  Baraboo, WI 8:10a      
  Alejandro Perez  Sussex, WI 8:10a      
  Jared Delveaux  Cedarburg, WI 8:10a      
  Matt Kempfer  Janesville, WI 8:20a *      
  Emmet Herb  Middleton, WI 8:20a *      
  Dick Regenberg  Madison, WI 8:20a *      
  Adam Torgersen  Pewaukee, WI 8:20a *      
  Travis Engle  Kenosha, WI 8:20a      
  Eric Goldapske  Sun Prairie, WI 8:20a      
  David Hemmer  Watertown, WI 8:20a      
  Kade Salemi  Janesville, WI 8:30a *      
  Jack (John) Blair  Wauwatosa, WI 8:30a *      
  Preston Cedergren  Green Bay, WI 8:30a *      
  Jed Baranczyk  Green Bay, WI 8:30a *      
  Trevor Davis  Weyerhaeuser, WI 8:30a      
  Jeremy Wesemann  Merton, WI 8:30a      
  Michael Harris  Brookfield, WI 8:30a      
  Eric Ross  Onekama, MI 8:30a      
  R.J. Schwalbach  Bolingbrook, IL 8:40a *      
  Phillip Johnson  Colgate, WI 8:40a *      
  TJ Klement  McFarland, WI 8:40a *      
  Eric Olson  New Berlin, WI 8:40a *      
  Jack McKinney  Milwaukee, WI 8:40a      
  Taylor Ryman  New Glarus, WI 8:40a      
  Andy Hagen  Beloit, WI 8:40a      
  Dustin Schwab  Hartland, WI 8:50a *      
  Daniel Ozga  Edgerton, WI 8:50a *      
  Michael Bastian  Milwaukee, WI 8:50a *      
  Derek Pirkl  Madison, WI 8:50a *      
  Bill Crinzi  New Berlin, WI 8:50a      
  Joe Weber  Onalaska, WI 8:50a      
  Kevin Van Rossum  Hartland, WI 8:50a      
  Benjamin Shafer  Brookfield, WI 9:00a      
  Geoff Pirkl  Oconomowoc, WI 9:00a      
  Nick Hagen  Beloit, WI 9:00a      
  Nicholas Zellmer  Milwaukee, WI 9:00a     

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