Piercen Hunt | 2021 State Am

Piercen Hunt at the Wisconsin State Amateur last month at Westmoor CC.

KOHLER – Piercen Hunt won the Wisconsin State Amateur last month on a course, Westmoor Country Club, that has always been notoriously stingy when it comes to scoring. His winning total of 1-under 279, good for a six-stroke margin of victory, was testament to his ability to grind out pars.

The 101st Wisconsin State Open is going to be an entirely different kind of test. Sixteen players broke par in the first round – nine at Sheboygan Pine Hills Country Club, seven on the Meadow Valleys Course at Blackwolf Run – in ideal scoring conditions Monday.

More of the same can be expected over the next two days, with the 204 players switching courses Tuesday, before the low 60 scorers and ties advance to the 36-hole finale on the Meadow Valleys on Wednesday.

Hunt, of Hartland, a rising sophomore at the University of Illinois, showed that his game is adaptable as he made eight birdies – including four consecutively on the front nine – and shot a 7-under 65 on the Meadow Valleys to take a two-shot lead into the second round.

2021 Wisconsin State Open | Cameron Huss, Kenosha | R1

Cameron Huss was in third place Monday at the Wisconsin State Open after an opening-round 67 at Pine Hills Country Club. 

“He’s putting the ball the best I’ve ever seen him putt it,” said Cameron Huss, a rising sophomore at the University of Wisconsin who has played a lot of golf with Hunt, including a recent practice round at Pine Hills and in the final round of the State Am. “He uses a line all the way around the ball and that thing rolls end over end every time.

“The combination of how long he is off the tee and then just putting well, he’s going to play well.”

Sam Anderson of Stoughton, a former UW player who has turned professional, was in second place alone after shooting a 5-under 66 on par-71 Pine Hills. Huss, of Kenosha, was in third after a 67 at Pine Hills.

The group at 3-under included 2012 State Open champion Andrew Steinhofer of Madison; minitour pro Peter Webb of Madison; defending State Open champion Harrison Ott of Brookfield, a fifth-year senior at Vanderbilt; and Dustin Schwab of Lodi, who won the Ray Fischer Amateur Championship earlier this summer. Steinhofer and Webb shots 68s at Pine Hills; Schwab and Ott shot 69s on the Meadow Valleys.

Hunt and Ott played in the U.S. Amateur last week, with Ott qualifying for match play before losing in the Round of 64 to red-hot Michael Thorbjornsen, who made five consecutive birdies to erase Ott’s 3-up lead and win 2 and 1.

Hunt did not advance to match play, primarily because he struggled on Oakmont Country Club’s notoriously slick greens.

“I normally really love fast greens and Oakmont was very fast,” he said. ”Just something about whatever was going on, I just really didn’t feel comfortable with the putter at all. That’s a really tough spot to be, to try to make putts and contend in a tournament like that.

“So, I got back to it and put a big emphasis on trying to figure out what was making me feel uncomfortable. There was a little bit of trial and error but I haven’t changed anything from what I was doing. Through repetition and some of the drills I’ve learned to do from (Illini) Coach (Mike) Small, it has freed me up and I putted really well today.”

Hunt rolled in a 15-foot birdie putt on the first hole, then made four in a row starting on No. 5, where he hit his approach to 2 feet. He made a 5-footer on No. 6, got up-and-down for birdie from next to the green on the par-5 seventh and then made a 10-footer on No. 8.

He added birdies from 10 feet on No. 13 and 12 feet on No. 14 before his lone bogey on the par-3 15th.

“I hit a fine shot in there to 40, 45 feet, but I was just on the wrong tier of the green and missed a 4- or 5-footer for par,” he said.

Hunt closed the round by making a 15-footer for birdie from the front fringe on No. 18.

“I’ve been striking it really well the entire summer, so I knew that tee to green, as long as I continued to do that, I was going to have looks,” he said. “It was just a matter of converting. Luckily, a lot of my looks on that four-hole stretch were pretty short ones and kind of the same with my birdies on the back.”

Anderson was even-par through 10 holes, offsetting three birdies with three bogeys, but caught fire on the back nine. He birdied Nos. 11, 12, 15, 16 and 17 to get to 5-under.

“The back nine, my caddie said, ‘Just get after it. Time to turn it on here,’” he said. “I got some putts to fall, but in all honesty, my iron and wedge game picked up those last eight holes. I didn’t have a birdie outside of 10 feet on the back nine. And then I had one hang there on the lip on 18.

“I’ve kind of gotten into a rhythm. I’ve been pretty consistent all summer.”

Ott, who won the State Open by six shots last year at Blue Mound Golf & Country Club, said it didn’t take him long to get over the sting of his loss to Thorbjornsen at Oakmont.

“As a competitor, sometimes you’re like, ‘Really? How did that just happen?’” he said. “I mean, I walked in from 17 green and I was over that one by the time we got to 18 fairway. Just in the heat of the moment, you’re kind of like ‘Dang.’ But after that, what can you do but tip your cap?”

Schwab, the director of sales at Madison-based Laser Link Golf, won the Ray Fischer Championship in June, edging Huss with a birdie on the first hole of a sudden-death playoff.

Schwab made five consecutive birdies in a front nine 31 (Nos. 4-8) before cooling off with a 38 on the back.

“Yeah, that was fun,” he said of the streak. “Just playing, I do that every once in a while, but not in an event. I think the longest putt of the five was probably 15 feet or so. It's kind of crazy. I had a 40-footer on No. 9 that just missed. It could have been six in a row. The hole looked really big.”

There’s a long way to go, but Hunt can join the late Bob Brue as the only golfers to win the State Amateur and the State Open in the same year. Brue won both tournaments in 1959. No one has done it since the State Am switched from match play to stroke play in 1971.

1Piercen Hunt (a) [MV]  Hartland, WI-7F-765   65 
2Samuel Anderson [PH]  Stoughton, WI-5F-566   66 
3Cameron Huss (a) [PH]  Kenosha, WI-4F-467   67 
T4Andrew Steinhofer [PH]  Madison, WI-3F-368   68 
T4Dustin Schwab (a) [MV]  Lodi, WI-3F-369   69 
T4Harrison Ott (a) [MV]  Brookfield, WI-3F-369   69 
T4Peter Webb [PH]  Madison, WI-3F-368   68 
T8Joe Leonard [MV]  Madison, WI-2F-270   70 
T8Brent Quade [MV]  Madison, WI-2F-270   70 
T10Timothy Schroyer [PH]  Daytona Beach, FL-1F-170   70 
T10Ben Bendtsen III (a) [PH]  Racine, WI-1F-170   70 
T10Austin Kendziorski [PH]  Germantown, WI-1F-170   70 
T10Chris Vendl [PH]  St. Germain, WI-1F-170   70 
T10Timothy Cantwell [MV]  Palm Beach Gardens, FL-1F-171   71 
T10Matt Tolan (a) [MV]  Eau Claire, WI-1F-171   71 
T10Keegan Drugan [PH]  Onalaska, WI-1F-170   70 
T17Joe Du Chateau (a) [MV]  Fond du Lac, WIEFE72   72 
T17Ricky Kuiper (a) [MV]  Racine, WIEFE72   72 
T17Drake Wilcox (a) [PH]  Sheboygan, WIEFE71   71 
T17Max Hosking [MV]  Fitchburg, WIEFE72   72 
T17Craig Czerniejewski [PH]  Hartford, WIEFE71   71 
T17Daniel Mazziotta [PH]  Los Angeles, CAEFE71   71 
T17Aidan Lafferty (a) [PH]  Downers Grove, ILEFE71   71 
T17Jim Schuman [PH]  Scottsdale, AZEFE71   71 
T17Jack Schultz (a) [MV]  Milwaukee, WIEFE72   72 
T17Michael Harris (a) [MV]  Brookfield, WIEFE72   72 
T17Hunter Eichhorn (a) [PH]  Carney, MIEFE71   71 
T17Joe Weber (a) [MV]  West Salem, WIEFE72   72 
T17Chris Colla (a) [MV]  Fond du Lac, WIEFE72   72 
T17David Bach [PH]  Cleveland, WIEFE71   71 
T17Josh VandenBush [PH]  Kenosha, WIEFE71   71 
T17Kyle Bengtson (a) [MV]  Woodruff, WIEFE72   72 
T33Brian Brodell [MV]  Mequon, WI+1F+173   73 
T33Ryan Helminen [MV]  Menasha, WI+1F+173   73 
T33Patrick Stolpe [MV]  Scottsdale, AZ+1F+173   73 
T33Andy Buege [MV]  Palm Beach Gardens, FL+1F+173   73 
T33Mick Smith [MV]  Summit, WI+1F+173   73 
T33Ryan Isaacson [PH]  Eau Claire, WI+1F+172   72 
T33Scott Schlader (a) [PH]  Phoenix, AZ+1F+172   72 
T33Ryan Schuelke (a) [PH]  Manawa, WI+1F+172   72 
T33Gabe Dahl (a) [PH]  Green Bay, WI+1F+172   72 
T33Jordan Hahn [MV]  Spring Grove, IL+1F+173   73 
T33Adam Miller (a) [PH]  Nekoosa, WI+1F+172   72 
T33Zach Burry [MV]  Appleton, WI+1F+173   73 
T33Adam Garski (a) [MV]  Wauwatosa, WI+1F+173   73 
T33Matthew Raab (a) [PH]  Hartland, WI+1F+172   72 
T33Griffin Barela (a) [MV]  Madison, WI+1F+173   73 
T33Chad Isken (a) [PH]  Sheboygan, WI+1F+172   72 
T49Nate Thomson [PH]  Greendale, WI+2F+273   73 
T49Thomas Longbella [PH]  Chippewa Falls, WI+2F+273   73 
T49Kaylor Steger [PH]  Mount Pleasant, WI+2F+273   73 
T49Nick Bauer [MV]  Oshkosh, WI+2F+274   74 
T49Steven Sanicki (a) [MV]  Menomonee Falls, WI+2F+274   74 
T49George Kneiser [MV]  Oconomowoc, WI+2F+274   74 
T49Tyler Leach (a) [PH]  Spring Valley, WI+2F+273   73 
T49Chris Johnson [MV]  Wisconsin Rapids, WI+2F+274   74 
T49Sullivan Schrandt (a) [MV]  Cambria, WI+2F+274   74 
T58Ty Kretz (a) [MV]  Marinette, WI+3F+375   75 
T58Garrett Jones (a) [PH]  Fitchburg, WI+3F+374   74 
T58Neil Johnson [PH]  River Falls, WI+3F+374   74 
T58Michael Crowley [PH]  Fox Point, WI+3F+374   74 
T58Ian Hessels [PH]  Verona, WI+3F+374   74 
T58Matthew Davidson (a) [MV]  McFarland, WI+3F+375   75 
T58Sam Weber [PH]  Hartland, WI+3F+374   74 
T58Danny Sanicki (a) [MV]  Menomonee Falls, WI+3F+375   75 
T58Jeffrey Kaiser [PH]  Verona, WI+3F+374   74 
T58Joaquin Diaz [PH]  Fox Point, WI+3F+374   74 
T58Jordan Elsen [PH]  Wellington, FL+3F+374   74 
T58Ethan Wilkins (a) [MV]  Sussex, WI+3F+375   75 
T58Cody Strang [MV]  Verona, WI+3F+375   75 
T58Chad Sandee [PH]  Plymouth, WI+3F+374   74 
T58Michael O'Reilly [MV]  Sheboygan, WI+3F+375   75 
T58Dave Spengler [PH]  Sobieski, WI+3F+374   74 
T74Zach Gaugert [PH]  Scottsdale, AZ+4F+475   75 
T74Charlie Delsman [MV]  Nekoosa, WI+4F+476   76 
T74Lukas Heckmann (a) [MV]  Middleton, WI+4F+476   76 
T74Zak Kulka (a) [MV]  Beaver Dam, WI+4F+476   76 
T74Drew Zimmerman [PH]  Wales, WI+4F+475   75 
T74Jason Summers (a) [PH]  Richfield, WI+4F+475   75 
T74Steve Levonowich (a) [MV]  Pleasant Prairie, WI+4F+476   76 
T74Neal Grusczynski [PH]  Franklin, WI+4F+475   75 
T74Max Pasher (a) [MV]  Mequon, WI+4F+476   76 
T74Trey Fullmer (a) [PH]  Pocatello, ID+4F+475   75 
T74Eddie Terasa [MV]  Waukesha, WI+4F+476   76 
T74Joe DeRosa [MV]  Onalaska, WI+4F+476   76 
T74Andy Hansen [PH]  Germantown, WI+4F+475   75 
T74Derek Hilmershausen (a) [MV]  Wausau, WI+4F+476   76 
T74Mason Schmidtke (a) [PH]  Sheboygan, WI+4F+475   75 
T89Kurt Mantyla [PH]  Wauwatosa, WI+5F+576   76 
T89Robert Gregorski (a) [MV]  Menasha, WI+5F+577   77 
T89David Brock (a) [MV]  Mequon, WI+5F+577   77 
T89Brian Morris (a) [PH]  Shorewood, WI+5F+576   76 
T89Nick Kwaterski [MV]  Wisconsin Rapids, WI+5F+577   77 
T89Nathaniel Hart (a) [MV]  Lake Geneva, WI+5F+577   77 
T89Kari Hannula Jr (a) [MV]  De Pere, WI+5F+577   77 
T89Chris Zachman [PH]  Milwaukee, WI+5F+576   76 
T89Erik Stenseth [PH]  Madison, WI+5F+576   76 
T89Emmet Herb [MV]  Middleton, WI+5F+577   77 
T89John Langhoff [PH]  Pewaukee, WI+5F+576   76 
T89Blake Jens [PH]  Madison, WI+5F+576   76 
T89Dave Kemnitz [MV]  Minocqua, WI+5F+577   77 
T89Blake Wisdom (a) [PH]  Lake Geneva, WI+5F+576   76 
T89Thomas Burton [MV]  Milwaukee, WI+5F+577   77 
T89Robbie Morway (a) [PH]  Madison, WI+5F+576   76 
T105Tyler Siech [MV]  Plymouth, WI+6F+678   78 
T105Mark Voeller [PH]  Pewaukee, WI+6F+677   77 
T105Keith Buntrock [MV]  Franklin, WI+6F+678   78 
T105Rollin Petersen [MV]  Oakfield, WI+6F+678   78 
T105Danny Blaesing [MV]  New Berlin, WI+6F+678   78 
T105Phillip Quartana (a) [PH]  Baltimore, MD+6F+677   77 
T105Matt Kennedy [PH]  Madison, WI+6F+677   77 
T105Steve Krause (a.r.) [MV]  Waterford, WI+6F+678   78 
T105Rich Tock [PH]  Mequon, WI+6F+677   77 
T105Cameron Fady [MV]  Kenosha, WI+6F+678   78 
T105Shane Vinson [PH]  Sheboygan, WI+6F+677   77 
T116Sam Strachan [MV]  New Richmond, WI+7F+779   79 
T116Jed Baranczyk (a) [PH]  Green Bay, WI+7F+778   78 
T116Mia Seeman (a) [PH]  Milton, WI+7F+778   78 
T116Riley Thomson (a) [PH]  Sheboygan, WI+7F+778   78 
T116PJ Murphy (a) [MV]  Middleton, WI+7F+779   79 
T116Evan Wartgow [PH]  Fitchburg, WI+7F+778   78 
T116Garth Gilster (a) [MV]  Eagle River, WI+7F+779   79 
T116Drew Sagrillo (a) [MV]  Mequon, WI+7F+779   79 
T124John Blair (a) [PH]  Wauwatosa, WI+8F+879   79 
T124Josh Grisa [PH]  Plymouth, WI+8F+879   79 
T124Matt Sabol [MV]  Sheboygan, WI+8F+880   80 
T124Karl Gilmore (a) [MV]  Verona, WI+8F+880   80 
T124John Gaschke [MV]  Oregon, WI+8F+880   80 
T124Brent Sloat (a) [PH]  Madison, WI+8F+879   79 
T124Will Summers (a) [PH]  Richfield, WI+8F+879   79 
T124Trent Griesemer (a) [MV]  Kewaskum, WI+8F+880   80 
T124Matt Ferrelli [MV]  Hopedale, MA+8F+880   80 
T124Andrew Troyanek [MV]  Waterford, WI+8F+880   80 
T124Sam Cianciola (a) [PH]  Nekoosa, WI+8F+879   79 
T124Michael Bielawski (a) [MV]  New Berlin, WI+8F+880   80 
T124Owen Butler (a) [MV]  Stoughton, WI+8F+880   80 
T124Ben Walter [PH]  Scottsdale, AZ+8F+879   79 
T124Daniel Conti (a) [PH]  Mount Pleasant, WI+8F+879   79 
T124Brennen Butler [PH]  Phoenix, AZ+8F+879   79 
T124Brett Gardner (a) [MV]  Milwaukee, WI+8F+880   80 
T124Brian Drerup (a) [PH]  Minocqua, WI+8F+879   79 
T124Thomas Hemphill (a) [MV]  Madison, WI+8F+880   80 
T143Joe Wood [PH]  Stevens Point, WI+9F+980   80 
T143Rocky Sperka (a) [MV]  New Berlin, WI+9F+981   81 
T143David Spengler [MV]  Madison, WI+9F+981   81 
T143Zach Walsh (a) [MV]  Elm Grove, WI+9F+981   81 
T143Jim Gaugert [PH]  Lake Geneva, WI+9F+980   80 
T143Ed Huberty (a) [MV]  Sheboygan, WI+9F+981   81 
T143Alex Fons (a) [MV]  Milwaukee, WI+9F+981   81 
T143John Freeman [PH]  Muskego, WI+9F+980   80 
T143Stuart Larus [PH]  Wisconsin Rapids, WI+9F+980   80 
T143Kaeden Nomm (a) [MV]  Minocqua, WI+9F+981   81 
T143Carson Brock (a) [PH]  Onalaska, WI+9F+980   80 
T143Neil Bierwirth (a) [PH]  Sheboygan, WI+9F+980   80 
T143Tim Grogan [PH]  Milwaukee, WI+9F+980   80 
T143Chris Kostrewa (a) [MV]  Wales, WI+9F+981   81 
T143Jake Wisniewski [PH]  Germantown, WI+9F+980   80 
T158Parker Etzel (a) [MV]  Eau Claire, WI+10F+1082   82 
T158Ryan Wieme [MV]  Verona, WI+10F+1082   82 
T158Jakob Schroeckenthaler (a) [PH]  Cottage Grove, WI+10F+1081   81 
T158Connor Brown (a) [PH]  Racine, WI+10F+1081   81 
T158Matt Behm (a) [PH]  Valders, WI+10F+1081   81 
T158Kevin Cahill (a) [PH]  Waukesha, WI+10F+1081   81 
T158Kyle Smith (a) [MV]  Grafton, WI+10F+1082   82 
T158Michael Haupt (a) [PH]  De Pere, WI+10F+1081   81 
T158Zach Dybul (a) [MV]  Big Bend, WI+10F+1082   82 
T167Joe Serpico [MV]  Fontana, WI+11F+1183   83 
T167Teddy Gerry (a) [MV]  Prairie du Sac, WI+11F+1183   83 
T167Wyatt Wilderman [MV]  Milwaukee, WI+11F+1183   83 
T167Brad Munn [PH]  Cottage Grove, WI+11F+1182   82 
T167Kraig Joy [MV]  Appleton, WI+11F+1183   83 
T167Dan Woltman [MV]  Beaver Dam, WI+11F+1183   83 
T167Andrew Barrett [MV]  West Allis, WI+11F+1183   83 
T167Mason Haupt (a) [PH]  De Pere, WI+11F+1182   82 
T167William Hemauer (a) [PH]  Wauwatosa, WI+11F+1182   82 
T176Paul Zarek (a) [PH]  Burlington, WI+12F+1283   83 
T176Donnie Moline [PH]  Twin Lakes, WI+12F+1283   83 
T176Michael Perea (a) [PH]  Madison, WI+12F+1283   83 
T176Dan Hastreiter [MV]  Sheboygan, WI+12F+1284   84 
T176Jim Doing (a) [PH]  Verona, WI+12F+1283   83 
T176Sean Esenberg (a) [MV]  Jackson, WI+12F+1284   84 
T182Ramiro Romo (a) [MV]  Waterford, WI+13F+1385   85 
T182Mike Johnston [PH]  Chandler, AZ+13F+1384   84 
T182Andrew Bauer (a) [PH]  Chippewa Falls, WI+13F+1384   84 
T182Jon Zellmer [PH]  Cambridge, WI+13F+1384   84 
T182Sam Schlosser [MV]  West Bend, WI+13F+1385   85 
T182Ansen Nomm (a) [MV]  Minocqua, WI+13F+1385   85 
T182Cory Aune (a) [PH]  Lake Geneva, WI+13F+1384   84 
T189Charlie Brown [PH]  Sturtevant, WI+14F+1485   85 
T189Brandon Johnsen (a) [MV]  Franklin, WI+14F+1486   86 
T189Andrew Knoll [MV]  New Berlin, WI+14F+1486   86 
T189James DeBoer (a) [MV]  Onalaska, WI+14F+1486   86 
T193Robert Tierney (a) [PH]  Lake Geneva, WI+15F+1586   86 
T193Matt Ellis (a.r.) [MV]  South Milwaukee, WI+15F+1587   87 
T193Jason Rasmussen [MV]  Grafton, WI+15F+1587   87 
196Jason Jochem (a) [PH]  Cambridge, WI+16F+1687   87 
T197Greg Alberte (a) [PH]  Nekoosa, WI+17F+1788   88 
T197Dave Ullenberg (a) [PH]  Brown Deer, WI+17F+1788   88 
T197Chad Behrends [PH]  Pewaukee, WI+17F+1788   88 
T200Daniel Benedum (a) [MV]  Colgate, WI+18F+1890   90 
T200Daniel Romero [MV]  Pewaukee, WI+18F+1890   90 
202Brad Heusterberg [MV]  Howards Grove, WI+19F+1991   91 
203John Wallrich [MV]  Sheboygan, WI+22F+2294   94 
204William Peters [PH]  Green Lake, WI+24F+2495   95 

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