Here's how the 156-golfer field was determined for the 102nd Wisconsin State Open Championship Aug. 15-17 at Ozaukee Country Club in Mequon. After 36 holes, the field is cut to the low 60 golfers plus ties for Wednesday's 36-hole finale.
Players in italics are golfers exempt from qualifying who entered and subsequently withdrew.
Past State Open champions (9): a.r.-Jordan Elsen, Kenosha (2016); Ryan Helminen, Appleton (2008, 2014); Kyle Henning, Sussex (2015); Max Hosking, Madison (2017); Skip Kendall, Fox Point (1988, 1989); Jordan Niebrugge, Shorewood (2011); Harrison Ott (2020, 2021), Brookfield; Jim Schuman, Menomonee Falls (1996, 1999); Andrew Steinhofer, Madison (2012); Eddie Terasa, Waukesha (1985, 1995, 2010); Mario Tiziani, Madison (2002).
Wisconsin State Amateur champions / Last 5 years (1): Hunter Eichhorn, Carney, Mich. (2019); Tyler Obermueller, Hudson (2022).
National PGA Professional Championship qualifier (2): Thomas Burton, Milwaukee; Eric Stenseth, Fitchburg.
WPGA Match Play champions / Last 5 years (1): Austin Gaugert, Lake Geneva.
2022 WPGA Junior champion (1): a-Sebastian Kasun, Elm Grove.
2022 WPLA Ray Fischer champion (1): a-Mason Schmidtke, Sheboygan.
2021 WSGA Senior Amateur champion (1): a-Bob Gregorski, Menasha.
2021 WPGA Assistant Professionals champion (1): Joaquin Diaz, Fox Point.
2021 WPGA Assistant Professionals Match Play champion (1): Sam Schlosser, West Bend.
Top 40 finishers and ties from 2021 State Open (29): Sam Anderson, Stoughton; David Bach, Cleveland, Wis.; Griffin Barela, Madison; a-Ben Bendtsen III, Caledonia; Brian Brodell, Hortonville; Zach Burry, Appleton; Craig Czerniejewski, Hartford; a-Gabe Dahl, Green Bay; Charlie Delsman, Colgate; a-Joe DuChateau, Fond du Lac; a-Adam Garski, Wauwatosa; a-Cameron Huss, Kenosha; Ryan Isaacson, Eau Claire; a-Garrett Jones, Fitchburg; Austin Kendziorski, Germantown; George Kneiser, Oconomowoc; a-Aidan Lafferty, Milwaukee; a-Tyler Leach, Spring Valley; Joe Leonard, Madison; Daniel Mazziotta, Wisconsin Rapids; a-Adam Miller, Nekoosa; a-Matthew Raab, Hartland; Tim Schroyer, Daytona Beach, Fla.; a-Dustin Schwab, Lodi; Mick Smith, Summit; Kaylor Steger, Sturtevant; Patrick Stolpe, Scottsdale, Ariz.; Nate Thomson, Greendale; Peter Webb, Madison; a-Joe Weber, West Salem; a-Drake Wilcox, Sheboygan Falls.
2022 WPGA Match Play Championship qualifiers (13): Chad Behrends, Pewaukee; Jeff Ellingson, Mount Horeb; Bill Graham, Pewaukee; Dave Kemnitz, Minocqua; Matt Kennedy, Madison; Kevin Kramp, Greendale; Brad Lanning, Hortonville; Brad Petashnick, Wauwatosa; Matt Sabol, Sheboygan; Chad Sandee, Plymouth; Tyler Siech, Plymouth; Jason Tipton, Johnson Creek; Brett Weber, Delavan.
2022 WPGA host professionals / championship sites (1): Jake Wisniewski, Germantown.
2022 WPGA host professionals / qualifying sites (5): Tyler Bohmke (Eau Claire G&CC-Altoona), Altoona; Matt Booker (Racine CC), Racine; Andrew Kosloske (Washington County GC-Hartford), Jackson; Thomas Olson (Mascoutin GC-Berlin), Oshkosh; Matt Taken (Tuckaway CC-Frankin), Franklin; Scott Walecki (Dretzka Park GC-Milwaukee), Big Bend.
Top two golfers not otherwise exempt off 2021 WPGA Member/WSGA Player of the Year Points Standings (4): a-Jack Anderson, Brookfield; Andy Hansen, Germantown; a-Ricky Kuiper, Racine; Andrew Troyanek, Waterford.
Top Assistant Professional (not otherwise exempt) off 2021 WAPGA Points Standings (1): Blake Jens, Madison.
Member of 2021 WPGA or WSGA Nelthorpe Cup Teams (17): a-Jack Blair, Wauwatosa; Charlie Brown, Sturtevant; a-Kevin Cahill, Waukesha; Jamie Christianson, Egg Harbor; a-Christopher Colla, Fond du Lac; Michael Crowley, Fox Point; Joe DeRosa, Onalaska; a-Jim Doing, Verona; a-Travis Engle, Kenosha; John Freeman, Muskego; Kraig Joy, Jupiter, Fla.; Jeff Kaiser, Verona; a-John Kestly, Pewaukee; Kurt Mantyla, Wauwatosa; Jason Rasmussen, Grafton; a-Rocky Sperka, New Berlin; Matt Tolan, Eau Claire; Mark Voeller, Pewaukee.
WPGA special exemption (3): a-Nate Colson, Mequon (club champion at tournament host Ozaukee CC-Mequon); Bret Meyer, Baraboo (deferred exemption due to 2021 injury); Logan Suter, Oconomowoc (sponsor's exemption).
Notable withdrawals (4): Two-time defending Wisconsin State Open champion Harrison Ott of Brookfield and former UW-Green Bay golfer George Kneiser of Oconomowoc withdrew to focus on preparing for next week's PGA Tour Canada event in Winnipeg, Manitoba. ... Former State Open champion Mario Tiziani of Madison, the 2021 Wisconsin State Senior Open champion, pulled out because he is caddying for five-time State Open champion Steve Stricker in this week's PGA Tour Champions event near Seattle, Wash., and would not be able to make it to Monday's opening round. ... Former University of Wisconsin golfer Griffin Barela withdrew after qualifying for the U.S. Amateur Championship.
Qualifying Site #1
Date: July 13.
Course: Mascoutin GC-Berlin.
Full results: Click here.
Qualifiers (3): Josh Grisa, Plymouth; a-Michael Addie, Sussex; Christopher Vendl, St. Germain.
Alternates: a-Craig Cerbins, Waukesha; a-Zak Kulka, Beaver Dam.
Notables to qualify: Merrill native Josh Grisa, a 2013 graduate of UW-Stout where he majored in Golf Enterprise Management, won the qualifier with a 72. Grisa, as an assistant professional at Blackwolf Run in Kohler, was the 2020 Wisconsin Assistant Professional of the Year. ... It took a score of 75 or better to qualify. ... Sussex's Michael Addie, who won his second straight Wisconsin Junior Masters title earlier this summer, earned the second berth with a 74. ... St. Germain professional Christopher Vendl edged former University of Wisconsin golfer Craig Cerbins of Waukesha in a playoff for the last of the three berths. Vendl got into the field a year ago as the first alternate at last year's qualifier at Minocqua CC and then missed a top-40 exemption for the 2022 State Open by one shot.
Notables to miss: Cerbins, the 2004 WIAA Division 1 state champion for Portage High School, is the next alternate to gain a spot in the field if one of the three qualifiers from this site or an exempt golfer withdraws. ... Kulka, a UW-Green Bay golfer, double-bogeyed the first and 10th holes in his 76 and missed the playoff for the final spot by one stroke. ... Former Kaukauna golfer Tyler Cleaves, a rising junior at Wilmington (N.C.) University, shot 80 and missed by five strokes. ... Pewaukee's Grant Wieczorek, an incoming freshman at Purdue Northwest University, failed to qualify with an 81.
Who to watch at Ozaukee CC: Addie, who has hopes of playing NCAA Division I golf after his junior college stop in Champaign, Ill., went 3-for-3 in qualifying for men's open and amateur events in Wisconsin this summer. He shot 75 at Dretzka Park GC in Milwaukee to earn a spot in the Wisconsin Men's State Match Play Championship at the GCs of Lawsonia in Green Lake, where he went 2-1 in pool play and lost to West Salem's Joe Weber in his first mach of the 16-golfer knockout round. He shot 66 at Janesville Riverside GC to win the first qualifier for the Wisconsin State Amateur Championship at Sand Valley GR near Nekoosa, where he shot 76-79 and missed the cut by three strokes.
Qualifying Site #2
Date: July 14.
Course: Eau Claire G&CC-Altoona.
Full results: Click here.
Qualifiers (4): a-Jason Zahradka, New Richmond; a-Kole Hallmark, New Richmond; Isaac Prefontaine, New Franken; a-Nicholas Kulig, Eau Claire.
Alternates: a-Cole Fisher, Eau Claire (in for Harrison Ott); a-Hunter Neumann, Warrens.
Notables to qualify: Former UW-Eau Claire golfer Isaac Prefontaine, who has turned professional and works at Northbrook Golf & Grill in Luxemburg, birdied his final hole in the final group of the day to shoot 2-over-par 73 on his college team's home course and share medalist honors with veteran New Richmond amateur Jason Zahradka and 2015 New Richmond graduate Kole Hallmark. Hallmark eagled the final hole to avoid a playoff for the final spot. ... Nicholas Kulig, the third alternate at last year's qualifier at Minocqua CC, won a playoff over fellow Eau Claire amateur Cole Fisher for the final berth after both shot rounds of 75. Fisher was added to the State Open field last week after two-time defending champion Harrison Ott of Brookfield withdrew to focus on earning 2023 Korn Ferry Tour status with his play the rest of the summer on PGA Tour Canada.
Notables to miss: Warrens' Hunter Neumann, a UW-Stout golfer who finished T-58 at the Wisconsin State Amateur in July, earned second-alternate status after a 76. ... Onalaska's Keegan Drugan, the head professional at Drugan's Castle Mound GC in Holmen, missed with a 77, but bounced back to earn a State Open berth through the Last Chance qualifier. ... Eau Claire amateur Parker Etzel, who joined Fisher in helping Eau Claire Memorial to the WIAA Division 1 state title this spring, missed qualifying with a 77 as did teammate Ben Christensen (84). Etzel made the State Open field a year ago as an alternate. ... Middleton's Sean Murphy, a rising senior at UW-Eau Claire, missed with a 78 as did teammates Owen Covey of New Richmond and Carson Brock of Onalaska, who shot matching 80s. ... UW-Stout golfer Matthew Mueller failed to qualify after a 79 while brother Nicholas Mueller, a rising senior at St. Croix Central High School in Hammond, missed with an 81. ... Baldwin amateur Hunter Robinson, a rising junior at Concordia-St. Paul, did not qualify after shooting 82. ... Verona's James Gilmore, a rising senior at DePauw University (Ind.), failed to qualify with an 87.
Who to watch at Ozaukee CC: New Richmond's Jason Zahradka, who played college golf at UW-Stevens Point in the early 1990s before the NCAA Division III school dropped the program (in 1995) that it restored starting this fall, qualified for the State Open for the first time since 2016 when he finished T-51 at Blackwolf Run in Kohler. Zahradka, 53, who finished T58 at the 2014 Wisconsin State Amateur held at Ozaukee CC, has enjoyed a resurgence since turning 50 — finishing second at the Wisconsin State Senior Open in 2019, T-14 in 2020 and T-12 last year at Blackhawk CC in Madison, shooting a 2-under 70 in the final round.
Qualifying Site #3
Date: July 22.
Course: Stevens Point CC.
Full results: Click here.
Qualifiers (9): a-Ty Kretz, Marinette; Chris Johnson, Wisconsin Rapids; a-Matthew Davidson, McFarland; a-Alex Koenig, Wales; a-Spencer Stuke, Delafield; Clayton Zwicker, North Fond du Lac; a-Sam Cianciola, Nekoosa; a-Niel Bierwirth, Milwaukee; a-Brent Sloat, Madison.
Alternates: a-Michael Abraham, Fond du Lac (in for Matt Booker); a-Joshua Yang, Madison.
Notables to qualify: Marinette amateur Ty Kretz, a rising sophomore at South Dakota State, had five birdies and two bogeys in a 3-under 69 that earned him medalist honors at a State Open qualifier for the second year in a row (he won one a year ago on the Irish Course at Whistling Straits in Haven, also with a 69). ... Wisconsin Rapids' Chris Johnson, a caddie at Sand Valley GR who finished T-19 at the 100th State Open in 2020 at Blue Mound G&CC, shot 70 to finish second. Johnson recently finished T-49 at the Iowa Open. ... Former Edgewood College golfer Matthew Davidson qualified with a 72. ... Wales' Alex Koenig and Delafield's Spencer Stuke, high school teammates who helped Kettle Moraine (Wales) to the WIAA Division 1 state title in 2021 and a runner-up finish in June, qualified with matching 73s.
Notables to miss: Former UW-Green Bay golfer Daniel Ozga of Edgerton and incoming UWGB freshman Trent Meyer of Lake Nebagamon missed qualifying by one stroke with matching 77s. ... Plover's Logan Pechinski, who is transferring from NCAA Division II Davenport (Mich.) to UWGB, missed qualifying on his home course with an 80 as did future Phoenix teammate Max Reis of De Pere with an 83. ... Brothers Kyler and Jade Royston, who help run their family-owned Just-A-Game Fieldhouse in Wisconsin Dells, missed qualifying with matching 83s. Kyler Royston finished in a four-way tie for first at this week's Wisconsin State Par 3 Championship, shooting a 1-under 50 on the 17-hole Sand Box Course at Sand Valley Resort near Nekoosa.
Who to watch at Ozaukee CC: Marinette's Ty Kretz has built off his solid freshman season at South Dakota State, sharing medalist honors at U.S. Open local qualifying in Wisconsin Dells in May and finishing T-6 at last month's Wisconsin State Amateur. Kretz shot 75-74 at last year's State Open to make the 36-hole cut at Blackwolf Run in Kohler on the number. He shot 76-77 in the 36-hole finale to finish T-53 with a 15-over 302 total, six shots shy of the top-40 exemption for the 2022 State Open.
Qualifying Site #4
Date: July 25.
Course: Tuckaway CC-Franklin.
Full results: Click here.
Qualifiers (11): a-Michael Bielawski, New Berlin; Mitchell Steiner, Wales; a-Ryan Duffey, Brookfield; a-Garrett Schultz, Wauwatosa; Drew Zimmerman, Waukesha; a-Jeff Reuter, Humboldt, Tenn.; Zach Gaugert, Lodi; Matt Lynch, Palatine, Ill.; David Spengler, Madison; a-Grant Boyson, Neenah; a-Jack McKinney, Sussex.
Alternates: a-Jeffery Lister, Greendale; Steve Sorenson, Hartland.
Notables to qualify: Former Marquette golfer and assistant coach Michael Bielawski made three birdies and two bogeys to win the qualifier by one stroke over four golfers with a 1-under 71. ... Former Southwest Tech-Fennimore teammates Mitchell Steiner and Drew Zimmerman, now assistant professionals at the Legend Clubs in the Milwaukee area, were among the golfers tied for second at 72. ... Former Marquette golfer Zach Gaugert, now on the staff at Blackhawk CC in Madison, qualified with a 74. Gaugert, who finished T-50 at last year's State Open at Blackwolf Run, finished T-5 at the 2014 Wisconsin State Amateur when it was held at Ozaukee CC. ... Former Northern Iowa golfer David Spengler, former Marquette golfer Jack McKinney of Sussex and current DePaul golfer Grant Boyson of Neenah survived a 6-for-3 playoff for the final three berths after shooting 75s.
Notables to miss: Former Colorado State golfer Steve Sorenson of Hartland was one of the three golfers to come up short in the playoff. ... Mini-tour golfer Andrew Knoll of New Berlin missed with a 76. ... Hartland's Travis Pronschinske, who finished T-3 at the Wisconsin State Amateur last month at Sand Valley GR, missed qualifying with 78 as did longtime Lake Geneva club pro Jim Gaugert and veteran Burlington amateur Paul Zarek. Pronchinske would win a 4-for-2 playoff at the Last Chance qualifier to earn a spot in the field. ... River Hills' Liam More O'Ferrall, a former Milwaukee Marquette golfer who attends college at Loyola (Ill.), failed to qualify after shooting 79. He contended for 36 holes at last month's Wisconsin State Amateur before disqualifying himself for signing an incorrect scorecard. ... Marquette golfer Scott Schlader missed qualifying with an 86.
Who to watch at Ozaukee CC: New Berlin amateur Michael Bielawski doesn't play as much tournament golf as he did before becoming better known as Noah and Lily's dad. While Bielawski hasn't made the cut at the State Open since finishing T-6 at Geneva National in 2019, he has tournament victories in the Wisconsin State Match Play Championship (2017 and 2018), the WSGA Four-Ball Championship (2018) and the Balance & Believe Invitational (2020) all in the last five years. In addition, the last three years the State Open was a tune-up for the Wisconsin State 2-Man Team Championship, which he dominated with former Marquette teammate Ben Sieg. The two won the event in 2019 at Wild Rock GC in Wisconsin Dells, finished T-3 in 2020 at Mascoutin GC in Berlin and lost in a playoff to fellow former Marquette golfers Dustin Schwab of Lodi and Kelly Kretz of Antigo a year ago at Washington County GC in Hartford. They planned to compete in the event again this year Oct. 2-3 at Hawks Landing GC in Madison — Bielawski signed them up shortly after entries went live Feb. 15, a few weeks before Sieg died unexpectedly at his home in Chicago at the age of 33. The good news, however, is that the State Open will again be a tune-up for the 2-Man Team Championship for Bielawski. "It’s without question going to be an emotional event," Bielawski told Wisconsin.Golf in an email. "But I am very proud to tell you I’ll be partnering with Ben's brother, Matt Sieg." The younger Sieg, like his brother, was a high school standout at Osseo-Fairchild — helping the team to four WIAA Division 3 state tournament appearances with one state title and two runner-up finishes while finishing in the top-10 individually all four years — who went on to compete at Missouri-Kansas City and now works as a financial adviser for Northwestern Mutual in the Eau Claire area.
Qualifying Site #5
Date: July 26.
Course: Washington County GC-Hartford.
Full results: Click here.
Qualifiers (11): Sam Weber, Hartland; Jakob Garstecki, Germantown; a-Cory Aune, Lake Geneva; a-Patrick Adler, Winnetka, Ill.; Shaun McElroy, Glenview, Ill.; a-Jed Baranczyk, Green Bay; Mitchell Holmes, Stevens Point; a-William Hemauer, Wauwatosa; Tim Pridemore, Brookfield; a-Charlie Maleki, Mequon; a-Jason "Chip" Summers, Richfield.
Alternates: a-Alex Weiss, Middleton (in for Tyler Obermueller); a-Zachary Bollinger, Alexandria, La.
Notables to qualify: Former UW-Green Bay golfer Sam Weber of Hartland shot 6-under 30 on the front nine at Washington County GC in Hartford and then made one birdie, one bogey and seven pars on the back nine to shoot 66 and win the qualifier by three strokes over former Missouri-Kansas City golfer Jacob Garstecki of Germantown. Weber, 30, helped Arrowhead (Hartland) win four consecutive WIAA Division 1 state titles starting in 2007. ... Both Weber and Garstecki have worked as caddies at Erin Hills, site of the 2017 U.S. Open. ... Marquette golfer Patrick Adler and veteran amateur Corey Aune qualified with matching 2-under 70s. ... Shaun McElroy, the head pro at North Shore CC in Glenview, Ill., who went to college at UW-Milwaukee, was the fifth golfer to break par at the qualifier (71). ... Former North Dakota State golfer Jed Baranczyk, who will start law school this fall at the University of Wisconsin, qualified with a 72. ... Incoming Marquette University freshman Will Hemauer and former Golden Eagle Charlie Maleki were among four golfers to survive a 7-for-4 playoff for the final berths. ... Alex Weiss, who helped Edgewood (Madison) win the WIAA Division 2 state championship this spring, got into the field as an alternate when newly minted Wisconsin State Amateur champion Tyler Obermueller of Hudson declined the spot in the field reserved for the State Am winner due to a previous commitment.
Notables to miss: Six-time Wisconsin Public Links Association champion Tom Halla of Colgate shot 73 and was the first golfer eliminated in the 7-for-4 playoff. ... Former Milwaukee School of Engineering golfer Sullivan Schrandt of Cambria, who reached the knockout round of the Wisconsin State Match Play Championship in June, missed qualifying with a 74. ... Warrens' Kale Gnewikow, a rising sophomore at Wisconsin Lutheran College, also missed with a 74 while brother Trey, a former WLC golfer, missed with an 82. ... Veteran amateur David Brock of Mequon, who failed to qualify with a 75, won the Ozaukee CC club championship in 2019 and 2020 only to have his run ended by nine-time club champion Nate Colson, a former Marquette golfer who earned the special exemption as the reigning club champion. Brock shot 77-72-76-83 at last year's State Open at Blackwolf Run to finish T-62. ... Appleton's Aiden Cudney, a rising junior at Kimberly High School who recently competed at the National PGA Junior Championship, also missed qualifying with a 75 as did UW-Green Bay golfer Joe Forsting of Edgerton and Illinois Wesleyan golfer Ethan Wilkins of Sussex. ... Appleton's Austin Georger, a rising sophomore at NCAA Division III Wittenberg (Ohio), missed qualifying with a 76. ... UW-Parkside golfers Danny Sanicki and twin brother Steven of Menomonee Falls failed to qualify after shooting 76 and 81, respectively. ... UW-Eau Claire golfers Connor Brown of Racine and Mason Gardner of Waupaca missed with 77s as did Lake Delton's Caden Jacobson, an incoming freshman at UW-Green Bay. ... Manawa's Ryan Schuelke, a fifth-year senior at UW-Green Bay, missed with an 80 while Phoenix teammate Ian Behringer of Manitowoc missed with an 82.
Who to watch at Ozaukee CC: By his own admission, Charlie Maleki hasn't played much competitive golf since wrapping up his college career at Marquette University in 2019 and working his way up the ranks at Northwestern Mutual. That changed this summer when the Mequon native, who plays out of Ozaukee CC, dusted off the clubs, finished runner-up at the Wisconsin State Four-Ball Championship with Robbie Morway, his former Homestead (Mequon) teammate and a former University of Wisconsin golfer, in June and followed that up with a T-13 finish at the Wisconsin State Amateur Championship at Sand Valley GR that was highlighted by a second-round 68. This is his first State Open since 2018 when he shot 71-80 and missed the cut at North Shore GC in Menasha (the same course where he finished T-3 at the 2016 Wisconsin State Amateur).
Qualifying Site #6
Date: July 27.
Course: Hawks Landing GC-Madison.
Full results: Click here.
Qualifiers (7): Tim Cantwell, Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.; a-Clayton Tribus, Madison; Cody Strang, Verona; Zach Hentrich, Fitchburg; a-Max Knodl, Germantown; a-Graham Moody, Vancouver, Wash.; Ian Hessels, Verona.
Alternates: a-Robbie Morway, Mequon (in for 2021 Wisconsin State Senior Open champion Mario Tiziani); a-Logan Suter, Oconomowoc (in on a sponsor's exemption).
Notables to qualify: Brookfield native Tim Cantwell, now a teaching professional who lives in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., birdied five of his final seven holes to shoot 6-under 66 and earn a four-stroke victory over Clayton Tribus, who is transferring to the University of Wisconsin this fall after competing for Davidson University the last four years. Cantwell, the 1993 Wisconsin State Amateur champion, finished 49th at last year's State Open, four shots shy of a top-40 exemption into the 2022 championship. ... Madison's Cody Strang, who won WIAA Division 2 state titles for Edgewood (Madison) in 2008 and 2009, qualified with a 1-under 71 as did Lancaster native Zach Hentrich, a former Edgewood College golfer who is now the head professional at the Legend at Bergamont GC in Oregon. ... Graham Moody, a rising sophomore for the University of Wisconsin, survived a 6-for-3 playoff for the final berths after shooting 73. ... Former Badger Robbie Morway has made field as an alternate after former State Open champion Mario Tiziani withdrew last week. Logan Suter, a rising senior at Oconomowoc High School who won the Dells Junior Golf Championship earlier this summer, made the field as an alternate on a sponsor's exemption. Morway and Suter both shot 73s only to fall in the playoff.
Notables to miss: De Pere amateur Kari Hannula, Jr., who qualified for the 2014 State Am at Ozaukee CC, was the first eliminated in the playoff after shooting his 73. ... Dain Johnson, a rising junior at Middleton High School and one of the state's top junior golfers, missed qualifying with a 74 as did former Edgewood College golfer Logan Kranz, who finished T-60 at the 2014 State Am. ... South Milwaukee's Aaron Gavin, another former Edgewood College golfer who finished T-43 at the 2014 State Am, missed qualifying with a 76. ... Badgers golfer Ryan Smith of Eatonton, Ga., missed with a 77 as did UW-Stout golfer Austin Gaby of Verona. ... Dakotas Tour golfer Emmet Herb of Middleton missed with a 79, but would win the Last Chance qualifier a few weeks later with a 65 at Dretzka Park GC in Milwaukee to get into the field. ... Cottage Grove's Jake Schroeckenthaler, Dodgeville's Jensen Peck and McFarland's TJ Klement, three more more former Edgewood College golfers, missed qualifying after shooting 79, 82 and 83, respectively. ... Sun Prairie amateur Max Brud, a former Waunakee High School golfer who will compete at NCAA Division II Minnesota State-Mankato this fall, missed with an 82.
Who to watch at Ozaukee CC: With intense competition looming this fall on a University of Wisconsin roster with 13 golfers on it, rising sophomore Graham Moody of Vancouver, Wash., has stepped up his game this summer in a big way. In Wisconsin, he shot 66-69-72-71 at Janesville Riverside and finished T-2 at the Ray Fischer State Amateur Championship and followed that up with a 73-74-74-72 showing at Sand Valley GR to finish T-10 at the Wisconsin State Amateur Championship. Before that, Moody shot 67-67-71 at The Home Course in Dupont, Wash., and won the Northwest Open in a playoff over PGA professional Jeff Coston and shot a pair of 73s to finish T-6 at the Royal Oaks Invitational in Vancouver. Moody and the Badgers, by the way, open their season at home Sept. 11 with the Badger Invitational at University Ridge GC in Madison.
Qualifying Site #7
Date: Aug. 1.
Course: Racine CC.
Full results: Click here.
Qualifiers (7): Josh VandenBush, Kenosha; a-Steve Krause, Waterford; Andy Buege, Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.; Chris Zachman, Milwaukee; a-Tom Boockmeyer, Oak Creek; Brent Quade, Madison; a-Zach Walsh, Elm Grove.
Alternates: Drew Otto, Kewaskum (in for George Kneiser); a-Jacob Beckman, Middleton.
Notables to qualify: Josh VandenBush, an instructor at GolfTec in Deerfield, made six birdies, four bogeys and two double-bogeys at The Racine CC in the first group of the day to shoot 2-over 74 and set the pace that Waterford's Steve Krause, a reinstated amateur who formerly worked at Muskego Lakes CC when his family owned the course, and Green Bay's Andy Buege, the 2015 State Open runner-up, would later match. Krause made five birdies and seven bogeys and Buege three birdies and five bogeys to earn their place at the top. ... Oak Creek's Tom Boockmeier, a former UW-Green Bay golfer, qualified with a 76 as did former Edgewood College golfer Brent Quade, a former mini-tour golfer who missed the cut at last month's Waterloo (Iowa) Open.
Notables to miss: Middleton's Jacob Beckman, a rising sophomore on the University of Wisconsin golf team, missed qualifying with a 79, but won a 3-for-1 playoff over Racine's Brian Eitel and former Badgers golfer Jason Klein of Clintonville for second-alternate status. ... Dousman amateur Jay Cavaiani, father of Missouri State golfer Abby Cavaiani, missed qualifying by three shots with an 81 as did Franklin boys and girls golf coach Brandon Johnsen. ... Milwaukee's Dave Ullenberg, who won the Wisconsin State Senior Four-Ball Championship with partner Jim Doing, missed qualifying with an 83.
Who to watch at Ozaukee CC: It's been quite a year for former UW-Green Bay golfer Tom Boockmeier, whose wife gave birth to their first child, a daughter, in May before he contended at the Ray Fischer Amateur Championship in June (taking a one-stroke lead into the 36-hole finale and finishing T-2), won the Billy Sixty Bestball Championship with fellow former UWGB golfer Joe DuChateau in late July and then made two holes-in-one in one round just three days later. WPGA records show that Boockmeier, a reinstated amateur, has not played in a State Open since 2015 (T-34 at University Ridge) and has never finished in the top 10 at a State Am or a State Open. His best finish, however, was a T-11 in 2014 at the 115th State Am ... at Ozaukee CC.
Last Chance Qualifier
Date: Aug. 8.
Course: Dretzka Park GC-Milwaukee.
Full results: Click here.
Qualifiers (6): Emmet Herb, Middleton; Michael Keller, Hartford; Seth Arthur, Wisconsin Rapids; Keegan Drugan, Onalaska; a-Camden Schmidt, Germantown; a-Travis Pronschinske, Hartland.
Alternates: Keith Buntrock, Franklin; a-Denis Watson, Jr., East Troy.
Notables to qualify: Former St. Thomas (Minn.) golfer Emmet Herb, who missed qualifying at the Hawks Landing qualifier, made seven birdies, one eagle and two bogeys in a 7-under 65 to earn medalist honors by four strokes over former UW-Parkside golfer Michael Keller and Seth Arthur, a caddie at Sand Valley GR who has spent most of the summer competing on the Advocates Pro Golf Association Tour, a circuit designed to give minority golfers an opportunity to compete professionally. ... Onalaska professional Keegan Drugan, who missed qualifying at the Eau Claire G&CC qualifier, shot 2-under 34 on the back nine to qualify with a 70. ... Germantown amateur Camden Schmidt, who finished third at the recent Wisconsin Junior Boys Championship, survived a 4-for-2 playoff for the final berths as did Hartland amateur Travis Pronschinske, who finished T-3 at last month's Wisconsin State Amateur Championship but missed qualifying for the State Open at Tuckaway CC.
Notables to miss: East Troy amateur Denis Watson, Jr., a rising sophomore at Saddleback College in Mission Viejo, Calif., who finished T-10 at last month's State Am, and Franklin's Keith Buntrock, the head professional at Watertown CC, were left as first and second alternates, respectively, after falling in the playoff. ... St. Thomas golfer Drew Sagrillo missed qualifying with a 75. ... Appleton's Aiden Cudney, a rising junior at Kimberly High School who missed the cut at the recent National PGA Junior Championship, missed qualifying with a 76. ... Ozaukee CC member David Brock, the 2019 and 2020 club champion, missed qualifying with a 77. ... Mini-tour golfer Andrew Knoll of New Berlin failed to qualify with a 78 as did UW-Green Bay golfer Ian Behringer of Manitowoc. ... Former Marquette University coach Tim Grogan missed with an 82. ... UW-Green Bay golfer Zak Kulka failed to advance with an 84.
Who to watch at Ozaukee CC: Don't look now, but Emmet Herb is starting to show signs of a breakthrough. After missing his first attempt at qualifying for the State Open at Hawks Landing, the mini-tour golfer from Middleton shot 64-73 to qualify for a Dakota Tours event in Yankton, S.D., where he shot 69-72-66-77 and finished T-17. He went to Dretzka Park GC the next day and fired his 7-under 65 to qualify for his third State Open in four years. He finished T-12 at Geneva National in 2019 and T-57 at Blackwolf Run in 2021.