Owen Butler, John Jenson

Owen Butler, the 2019 Ray Fischer State Amateur champion, poses with tournament director John Jenson of Madison.

Owen Butler was having so much fun matching playing partners Matt Tolan and Jack Schultz birdie-for-birdie Sunday that the Stoughton golfer didn't want the menacing clouds that were approaching Janesville Riverside Golf Course to do anything to ruin the rhythm the final group of the Ray Fischer State Amateur Tournament was enjoying during its third-round shootout.

Later, Butler was just being honest when he said he wasn't heartbroken after the ensuing delay forced the 72-hole tournament to be reduced to 54 holes.

"I can't say how much fun I had and how excited I was to not have to hold Matt and Jack off 18 more holes," Butler wrote via text to Wisconsin.golf.

Fortunately for Butler, he took care of business coming out of the latest delay in a weather-plagued weekend and didn't have to. He birdied Nos. 5, 6 and 7 and finished off a 9-under-par 63 with a pair of pars to reach the 54-hole mark at 19-under 197, three strokes ahead of Tolan, the third-round leader, and five ahead Schultz, the two-time defending champion. Both shot 67.

And that's where the tournament stopped. The threat of more storms led Wisconsin Public Links Association officials to declare it a 54-hole event.

"I figured when they blew the horn to delay that we would only be playing 54 holes," Butler wrote. "When playing 36 holes, if you get any delay that really makes it challenging to stay a 72-hole event. When we went back out I knew exactly where we stood, that I was one up on Matt and two clear of Jack."

And that wasn't the result of simple math.

The leaders combined to make 11 birdies and an eagle (Schultz holed out for a 2 on No. 17) before even making the turn. Tolan, who led Butler by one shot at the start of the day, was still up one on Butler and Schultz at the turn before Butler made his first move.

He birdied three of the first four holes on the front nine before the horns sounded and play was suspended for two hours. Tolan and Schultz, meanwhile, mustered just one birdie each and had fallen behind the new leader.

"It truly was a shootout," Tolan said. "But (I've) got to give credit where credit is deserved and Owen played a phenomenal round of golf."

The best was yet to come.

After grabbing lunch and a sense for where he stood, Butler came out and put the tournament away. His birdies at Nos. 5 through 7 stretched his birdie binge to five in a row and six of his first seven on the front nine.

"I didn't feel too much pressure when he was birdieing all the time, which maybe meant I wasn't thinking correctly," Schultz wrote in a text to Wisconsin.golf, impressed with how effortlessly Butler pulled away. "Doing everything well and making it look natural is a great way to play."

Afterward, Butler felt fortunate to emerge from a group that played the third round in a combined 19-under.

"Those two are special players and it was enjoyable to play with the both," Butler said. "Starting the day, I knew it would be a shootout and about making birdies and it was. I am just so thrilled that I came out on top."

It was extra special for the Milton native to add his name to a trophy that includes the likes of PGA Tour stars Steve Stricker and Skip Kendall.

"It means a great deal to win this event," Butler wrote. "It’s certainly one of the featured events for the state of Wisconsin and, growing up down the road in Milton, to win here in Janesville is special."


Pos
 
Player
Total
Thru
Today
R1
R2
R3
R4
Strokes
 
1
Arrow Up
 1
Owen Butler  Stoughton, WI-19F *-9676763 197 
2
Arrow Down
 1
Matt Tolan  Eau Claire, WI-16F *-5656867 200 
3-Jack Schultz  Whitefish Bay, WI-14F *-5706567 202 
4-Michael Bielawski  Waukesha, WI-11F *-3696769 205 
T5
Arrow Up
 3
Nate Thomson  Greendale, WI-10F *-5716867 206 
T5-Travis Engle  Kenosha, WI-10F *-3677069 206 
7
Arrow Up
 5
Tony Romo  Burlington, WI-9F *-6697266 207 
8-Christopher Colla  Fond du Lac, WI-8F *-3697069 208 
T9
Arrow Up
 22
Joe DuChateau  Fond Du Lac, WI-7F *-8737264 209 
T9
Arrow Up
 1
Pete Kuhl  Madison, WI-7F *-3697169 209 
T9
Arrow Down
 3
George Kneiser  Oconomowoc, WI-7F *-1706871 209 
T12
Arrow Up
 8
Tyler Leach  Spring Valley, WI-6F *-5677667 210 
T12-Michael Harris  Brookfield, WI-6F *-3707169 210 
T12
Arrow Down
 6
Joe Weber  Onalaska, WI-6F *E696972 210 
T15
Arrow Up
 9
Emmet Herb  Middleton, WI-5F *-5717367 211 
T15-Adam Miller  Adams, WI-5F *-3707269 211 
T17
Arrow Up
 14
Nick Robinson  Madison, WI-4F *-5727367 212 
T17
Arrow Up
 24
Samuel Anderson  Stoughton, WI-4F-6727466 212 
T17
Arrow Up
 3
Phillip Johnson  Colgate, WI-4F *-3727169 212 
T17
Arrow Up
 7
Ben Skogen  Onalaska, WI-4F *-4727268 212 
T17
Arrow Down
 2
Jakob Garstecki  Germantown, WI-4F *-2707270 212 
T17
Arrow Down
 5
Ricky Kuiper  Racine, WI-4F *-1677471 212 
T23
Arrow Up
 8
Daniel Ozga  Edgerton, WI-3F-4707568 213 
T23
Arrow Up
 8
Max Pasher  Mequon, WI-3F *-4717468 213 
T23
Arrow Down
 3
Chris Wood  Mount Pleasant, WI-3F *-2697470 213 
T23
Arrow Down
 8
Maxwell Schmidtke  Sheboygan, WI-3F *-1736971 213 
T27
Arrow Up
 4
Sam Van Galder  Janesville, WI-2F *-3717469 214 
T27
Arrow Up
 14
Dustin Schwab  Hartland, WI-2F-4727468 214 
T27
Arrow Down
 3
Jack (John) Blair  Wauwatosa, WI-2F *-2707470 214 
T27
Arrow Down
 12
Nathan Schwarz  Hutto, TX-2F *E717172 214 
T27
Arrow Down
 17
Alan Thompson  Watertown, WI-2F *+2716974 214 
T32
Arrow Up
 9
Blake Wisdom  Lake Geneva, WI-1F-3697769 215 
T32
Arrow Down
 8
Kevin Van Rossum  Hartland, WI-1F *-1747071 215 
T32
Arrow Down
 8
Brad Finger  Waukesha, WI-1F *-1727271 215 
T35
Arrow Down
 4
Kevin Cahill  Waukesha, WIEF *-1757071 216 
T35
Arrow Up
 6
Zachary Nash  Waterford, WIEF-2717570 216 
T35
Arrow Up
 6
Drew Sagrillo  Mequon, WIEF-2717570 216 
T35
Arrow Up
 17
Jakob Schroeckenthaler  Cottage Grove, WIEF-3727569 216 
T35
Arrow Down
 11
Jacob Michel  Lodi, WIEF *E717372 216 
T35
Arrow Down
 15
Tom Halla  Colgate, WIEF *+1746973 216 
T35
Arrow Up
 25
Andrew Morrison  Edgerton, WIEF-4717768 216 
T35
Arrow Up
 35
Kirk Leitzen  Brodhead, WIEF-5777267 216 
T35
Arrow Up
 35
Clayton Tribus  Madison, WIEF-5717867 216 
T44
Arrow Down
 13
Nathan Boltz  Elkhorn, WI+1F *E786772 217 
T44
Arrow Down
 3
Geoff Pirkl  Oconomowoc, WI+1F-1747271 217 
T44
Arrow Down
 20
Jeremy Wesemann  Merton, WI+1F *+1776773 217 
T44
Arrow Up
 8
Michael Bastian  Milwaukee, WI+1F-2737470 217 
T44
Arrow Down
 29
Patrick Sicula  Whitefish Bay, WI+1F *+3736975 217 
T49
Arrow Down
 8
Dawson Hinz  Middleton, WI+2FE727472 218 
T49
Arrow Down
 8
Tyler Beeck  Sheboygan Falls, WI+2FE757172 218 
T49
Arrow Down
 18
Brady Sarauer  Fond du Lac, WI+2F *+1747173 218 
T49
Arrow Up
 3
Eric Goldapske  Sun Prairie, WI+2F-1757271 218 
T49
Arrow Up
 11
Dylan Brown  Reedsburg, WI+2F-2767270 218 
T49
Arrow Up
 21
Logan Kranz  Madison+2F-3767369 218 
T55
Arrow Down
 3
Alexander Haas  Hartford, WI+3FE737472 219 
T55
Arrow Down
 3
Jacob Mayer  Delafield, WI+3FE757272 219 
T55
Arrow Up
 5
Ben Gilles  Madison, WI+3F-1727671 219 
T55
Arrow Up
 5
Matt Behm  Valders, WI+3F-1747471 219 
T59
Arrow Down
 28
Mike Mueller  Whitefish Bay, WI+4F *+3737275 220 
T59
Arrow Down
 18
Christopher Dupuis  Chicago, IL+4F+2727474 220 
T59
Arrow Down
 18
Jacob Beckman  Middleton, WI+4F+2757174 220 
T59
Arrow Down
 18
Jason Zahradka  New Richmond, WI+4F+2757174 220 
T59
Arrow Down
 7
Bentley Glass  Fort Atkinson, WI+4F+1767173 220 
T59
Arrow Up
 1
Nick Corban  Madison, WI+4FE767272 220 
T65
Arrow Down
 13
Charles Maleki  Mequon, WI+5F+2757274 221 
T65
Arrow Down
 5
R.J. Schwalbach  Bolingbrook, IL+5F+1737573 221 
T65
Arrow Up
 5
Jonathan Duggan, Jr.  Lake Geneva, WI+5FE717872 221 
68
Arrow Up
 2
Michael Oellerich  Brodhead, WI+6F+1757473 222 
T69
Arrow Down
 38
Burke Barsamian  Lake Geneva, WI+7F *+6707578 223 
T69
Arrow Down
 9
Nick Hagen  Beloit, WI+7F+3737575 223 
T71
Arrow Down
 11
Colton Duwe  Oconomowoc, WI+8F+4707876 224 
T71
Arrow Down
 11
Eric Ross  Onekama, MI+8F+4757376 224 
T71
Arrow Down
 1
Bennett Swavely  Hudson, WI+8F+3747575 224 
T74
Arrow Down
 22
Bill Crinzi  New Berlin, WI+9F+6737478 225 
T74
Arrow Down
 4
Joseph Ploch  Oconomowoc, WI+9F+4757476 225 
T74
Arrow Down
 4
Jack Anderson  Brookfield, WI+9F+4757476 225 
77
Arrow Down
 7
Charles Buhrow  Brookfield, WI+11F+6747578 227 
T78
Arrow Down
 18
Tom Schoewe  Sun Prairie, WI+13F+9747481 229 
T78
Arrow Down
 8
Jackson Rehm  Franklin, WI+13F+8757480 229