Jack Schultz, Whitefish Bay | 2018 Ray Fischer State Amateur Champion

Jack Schultz, Whitefish Bay | 2018 Ray Fischer State Amateur Champion

Since the Wisconsin Public Links Association staged its first Ray Fischer State Amateur Tournament in 1967, only two golfers had won the 72-hole event two years in a row until this year: Archie Dadian in 1974 and '75 and John Pallin in 1990 and '91.

Both have since been inducted into the Wisconsin State Golf Association Hall of Fame. That bodes well for 2018 champion Jack Schultz, who became just the third repeat winner of the WPLA's popular event at Janesville Riverside.

The Whitefish Bay native, who matched the course record with a 10-under 62 in Saturday's second round, shot 68-66 in Sunday's 36-hole finale to post a three-shot victory over former University of Wisconsin golfer Ben Skogen of Onalaska, who shot 62 in Sunday's third round. Schultz won with tournament-record 26-under 262 total — giving him eight straight rounds under par and a round-by-round card that reads 70-65-67-71-66-62-68-66 the last two years.

The victory also catapulted Schultz to another repeat performance as WSGA Player of the Year. No golfer has ever won the Ray Fischer Tournament three years in a row, a quest Schultz will begin June 28 at Janesville Riverside.


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