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Brad Munn 

WAUKESHA — As the program director for the First Tee of South Central Wisconsin, Brad Munn teaches golf more these days than he does play it.

But the Cottage Grove golfer taught everyone a thing or two Monday.

Munn shot 71-70 on the 36-hole opening day of the WPGA Professionals Championship at the Legend of Merrill Hills CC. His 3-under-par 141 total left him one shot ahead of three golfers entering Tuesday's final round of the 54-hole event, in which Munn has never finished higher than 16th (2014) in eight prior starts.

Craig Czerniejewski of Washington County GC in Hartford (73-69), Thomas Burton of the Wisconsin Club in Milwaukee (70-72) and Joe Leonard of The Oaks GC in Cottage Grove (72-70) were all tied for second at 2-under 142. Defending champion Jim Schuman of Blue Mound G&CC in Wauwatosa (71-72) and 2015 champion David Roesch of Storm's Golf Range in Milwaukee (74-69), who beat Schuman in the finals of the WPGA Match Play Championship last week, were tied for fifth place at 1-under 143 with 18 holes left.

Munn, who started the second round one shot behind Burton and Erik Stenseth of University Ridge GC in Madison, started his afternoon round on No. 10 and played the back nine in even-par after birdies at Nos. 12 and 16 and bogeys at Nos. 13 and 18. He birdied No. 1 making the turn and added birdies at Nos. 4 and 8 with just one bogey on the front, at the sixth hole.

Burton played his first 10 holes of his afternoon round in 3-under to take the outright lead, but went bogey/par/double-bogey starting at No. 3 before finishing with four straight pars to stay one gack. Leonard shot 3-under 33 on his final nine, finishing birdie-birdie to catch Burton and Czerniejewski, who birdied three of his first four holes on the front nine making the turn.

Three-time champion Ryan Helminen of Ridgeway CC in Neenah (74-70) and Mark Voeller of Golf Galaxy of Brookfield (73-71) were tied for seventh. Roesch, Schuman and Helminen are the only past champions in the top 10.

A $27,000 purse will be up for grabs tomorrow, with the winner taking home around $4,300. Also at stake will be five spots into the 2019 PGA Professional Championship at Belfair GC in Bluffton, South Carolina, next April.

1Brad Munn  First Tee of S.Central WI-2F-37170 141 
T2Craig Czerniejewski  Washington County GC-3F-27369 142 
T2Thomas Burton  Wisconsin ClubEF-27072 142 
T2Joe Leonard  The Oaks GC-2F-27270 142 
T5David Roesch  Storm's Golf Range-3F-17469 143 
T5Jim Schuman  Blue Mound G&CCEF-17172 143 
T7Mark Voeller  Golf Galaxy - Brookfield-1FE7371 144 
T7Ryan Helminen  Ridgeway CC-2FE7470 144 
9Timothy Schroyer  Pine Hills CC-3F+17669 145 
T10Erik Stenseth  University Ridge GC+5F+37077 147 
T10Jeffrey Kaiser  TaylorMade Player Dev Center+2F+37374 147 
T12Michael Crowley  Morningstar GC+1F+47573 148 
T12Austin Gaugert  Blackhawk CC+3F+47375 148 
T14Jason Samuelian  Meadowbrook CC+2F+67674 150 
T14Eddie Terasa  North Hills CC+4F+67476 150 
T14Will Young  North Shore CC-1F+67971 150 
T17Andrew Barrett  Brown Deer Park GC+7F+77279 151 
T17Matt Goodson  Pine Hills CC+6F+77378 151 
T17John Freeman  Edgewood GC+6F+77378 151 
T17Justin Fox  Thornberry Creek at Oneida+5F+77477 151 
T21Kurt Mantyla  Naga-Waukee GC+3F+87775 152 
T21Tyler Siech  Ozaukee CC+6F+87478 152 
23Chad Sandee  The Bull+4F+97776 153 
T24Jason Rasmussen  Ozaukee CC+7F+107579 154 
T24Tim Grogan  Fore Milwaukee+5F+107777 154 
T24Justin Nishimoto  Thornberry Creek at Oneida+5F+107777 154 
T27Evan Hewes  Hawthorne Hills GC+7F+117679 155 
T27Ryan Wieme  University Ridge GC+9F+117481 155 
T29Brook Schmitt  Foxboro GC+5F+127977 156 
T29Glenn Fischer  North Shore GC+6F+127878 156 
T31Matt Taken  Tuckaway CC+8F+137780 157 
T31Doug Mortola  WPGA Member+8F+137780 157 
T31Joe Wood  SentryWorld+13F+137285 157 
T31Adam Miller  Lancaster CC+6F+137978 157 
T31Kyle Kunash  Grand Geneva Resort+7F+137879 157 
36Victor Jacinto  Tuckaway CC+3F+148375 158 
T37Matt Sabol  North Shore CC+9F+157881 159 
T37Peter Krause  Wisconsin Club+9F+157881 159 
T37Chad Behrends  WPGA Member+5F+158277 159 
T37Charlie Brown  Geneva National GC+9F+157881 159 
41Matthew Stottern  Peninsula State Park GC+6F+168278 160 
T42Daniel Hoffman  Tour Edge+12F+177784 161 
T42Matthew Reel  Koshkonong Mounds CC+6F+178378 161 
T42Scott Walecki  Dretzka Park GC+10F+177982 161 
T45Jon Zellmer  Lake Ripley CC+12F+187884 162 
T45Scott Mowatt  Lake Windsor GC+11F+187983 162 
T45Brett Weber  Delbrook GC+7F+188379 162 
T48Bryan Brotchie  Geneva National GC+3F+198875 163 
T48Doug Cheever  Wausau CC+11F+198083 163 
T48Matt Kennedy  Door Creek GC+10F+198182 163 
T51Joshua Doxtator  Thornberry Creek at Oneida+11F+208183 164 
T51Jeff Ellingson  Edelweiss Chalet CC+11F+208183 164 
53Matthew Kersten  Janesville CC+8F+218580 165 
54Mark Becker  Irish Waters GC+8F+228680 166 
55Michael Miezin  Watertown CC+14F+238186 167 
56Alex Jimenez  Grand Geneva Resort+15F+248187 168 
T57Joel Weitz  Vitense Golfland+7F+259079 169 
T57James Grogan  Whitnall Park GC+17F+258089 169