Joe Weber

Joe Weber hits a drive during the 2021 Wisconsin State Amateur.

Joe Weber's success in the Wisconsin State Men's Mid-Amateur Championship is starting to become legendary. Or, better yet, Legend-ary.

The West Salem golfer won the eighth annual championship for golfers age 25 and older for the second time Tuesday at the Legend at Bristlecone Golf Club in Hartland, catching Milwaukee's Jack Schultz down the stretch to finish with matching 3-under-par 68s before edging him in a playoff with a birdie on the first extra hole. Weber, who birdied Nos. 16 and 17 after Schultz bogeyed the latter hole to force a tie at the top, made an incredible par on No. 18 during regulation to give himself a chance at his first Mid-Am title since 2017 when he shot 65-68 at The Legend at Bergamont in Oregon to win by three shots.

Joe Weber ... 2021 WSGA Mid-Am champion

West Salem's Joe Weber won the 2021 Wisconsin State Men's Mid-Amateur Championship at the Legend at Bristlecone in Hartland.

"I do like both of those courses," Weber joked in a text to Wisconsin.Golf after surviving what became an 18-hole shootout following the cancellation of the opening round Monday due to severe weather and heavy rain. "I was looking forward to playing (Bristlecone) twice. It's always unfortunate when weather changes an event, but it happens. My mindset never really changed.

"(The reduction to 18 holes) just makes it harder to come back from big mistakes so my goal was to minimize them as much as possible."

Weber, 37, who has finished inside the top 10 at all eight Mid-Ams including two runner-up finishes to go with, now, his two victories, made six birdies and three bogeys during regulation. However, his work the final two holes of regulation to catch Schultz was, indeed, the stuff of legends.

"I didn't look at the leaderboard until after I hit my tee shot on (No.) 17," wrote Weber, who birdied the hole moments after Schultz pulled his tee shot on the par-3, chipped to 10 feet and missed the par putt. "Before that, I wasn't hitting it well enough to care. I was just trying to get it in play off the tee and get it on the green. That wouldn't have changed if I was (3-)up or 3-down. 

"But when I looked I was 1-down so I knew I needed to make it so that, if Jack made birdie on 18, I would still have a chance. It was a very tough putt that broke over 5 feet so it was kind of lucky it went in."

Luck proved to be on Weber's side again on No. 18 where he snap-hooked a 3-wood off the tee and toward the fairway for the first hole.

"Then I had to play it over the pool and (out-of-bounds area) to try to get it on the green," Weber wrote. "After I hit it, I wasn't sure I was in play. I found it short left (of the green) and then hit a great chip to get it to 8 feet and made the (par) putt. Very stressful."

Weber took the stress out of the proceedings in the playoff, splitting the fairway playing No. 18 a second time with a hybrid instead of a 3-wood and hitting his approach shot to 10 feet before rolling in the birdie putt. Schultz's drive kicked into the rough behind a tree branch, a tough break. He hit his approach shot over the green and chipped back to 6 feet but never got to putt the ball after Weber made his birdie putt for the victory. 

"Until (No.) 9, I had five putts from five to 20 feet slide by that could have gone in," Schultz wrote via text after making birdies at Nos. 10, 12, 13 and 15 to get to 4-under before his bogey at No. 17. "I had a few other putts in that range that missed on the back nine, too. I started off a little shaky with some not great approaches, but I started hitting it better and better as the round went on to the point where I had birdie looks on every hole for a good stretch. I felt like the 3-under I shot was as high as I could have scored (Tuesday)."

But that was the point of entering the Wisconsin Public Links Association 36-hole championship Saturday and Sunday and this event, which was to have been another two-day event until Mother Nature had other ideas Monday morning.

"I wasn’t too happy with how the State Open ended, so I signed up for these after to try to show to myself that I can be better than I was there," wrote Schultz, who shot 72-72-74-72 to finish 15 strokes behind repeat champion Harrison Ott of Brookfield. "The timing of WPLA and the Mid-Am were great so I was able to play for a few days in a row with expectations to get better each day because I’m able to see how the game is and make adjustments and learn. (I) definitely had that going (Tuesday) with so many good shots, but I left a ton out there.

"It's disappointing to not do as well as I could have."

Weber knows the feeling. He finished tied for 10th in his defense of his Ray Fischer Amateur Championship in June, finished T-43 at the Wisconsin State Am in July and T-39 at the Wisconsin State Open in August. Tuesday's win earns him a berth in the 2022 Wisconsin State Amateur at Sand Valley Golf Resort near Nekoosa and the 400 WSGA player-of-the-year points combined with the 100 he got for finishing fourth at the Wisconsin Publinks Championship, virtually locked up a spot for him on the WSGA squad for the 2022 Nelthrope Cup matches.

"It means a great deal to me to win any WSGA championship," wrote Weber, who will play with partner James DeBoer next week at Washington County GC in Hartford in the WSGA Two-Man Team Championship — an event he won twice with partner Josh Dirks, the last time in 2016 at (you guessed it) The Legend at Bergamont. "There are only a few of them and anytime I can get a win, it's always very special."      

Overall gross

1Joe Weber  West Salem, WI (p)F-368 
2Jack Schultz  Milwaukee, WIF-368 
T3Tom Halla  Colgate, WIFE71 
T3Jack McKinney  MilwaukeeFE71 
T5Nathan Boltz  Elkhorn, WIF+172 
T5Cory Aune  Lake Geneva, WIF+172 
T5Kevin Cahill  Waukesha, WIF+172 
T8Garth Gilster  Minocqua, WIF+273 
T8Jim Doing  Verona, WIF+273 
T8Derrick Meier  Waunakee, WIF+273 
T8Gabe Dahl  Green Bay, WIF+273 
T8Joe DuChateau  Fond Du Lac, WIF+273 
T8Ryonen Faris  Fond Du Lac, WisconsinF+273 
T8Robert McCloskey  Hartland, WIF *+273 
T8Jade Royston  Wisconsin Dells, WIF+273 
T8James Gunsalus  Brookfield, WIF+273 
T8Travis Pronschinske  Oconomowoc, WIF+273 
T18Sam Cianciola  NekoosaF+374 
T18Chip Summers  Richfield, WIF+374 
T18Mike D. Mueller  Whitefish Bay, WIF+374 
T18Joe Habecker  Menomonee Falls, WIF+374 
T18Jason Jahnke  Kewaskum, WIF+374 
T23Robert Gregorski  Menasha, WiF+475 
T23Thomas Hemphill  Madison, WIF+475 
T23Ryan Schmus  Brookfield, WIF+475 
T23Nathan Daugherty  Lake Villa, ILF+475 
T23John Stravinski  Windsor, WIF+475 
T23Kari Hannula Jr  De Pere, WIF+475 
T23Jeff Glisch  Middleton, WIF+475 
T23Benjamin Shafer  Brookfield, WIF+475 
T23Matt Ellingson  Stoughton, WIF+475 
T32Ryan Zikeli  Hartland, WIF+576 
T32Brad Finger  Waukesha, WIF+576 
T32Daniel Benedum  Colgate, WisconsinF+576 
T32Matthew Mattioli  Milwaukee, WisconsinF *+576 
T32Mike Gustafson  Verona, WIF+576 
T32Ryan Hurab  Oconomowoc, WIF+576 
T32Bill Crinzi  New Berlin, WIF+576 
T32Billy Strey  Genoa City, WIF+576 
T40Nick Kulig  Arcadia, WIF+677 
T40Bruce Henning  Brookfield, WiF+677 
T40Jeffery Lister  GreendaleF *+677 
T40Jason Schroeder  Oregon, WIF+677 
T40Joe Knapton  Mount PleasantF+677 
T45Craig Cerbins  Waukesha, WIF+778 
T45Dave Ullenberg  Milwaukee, WiF+778 
T45Scott Semingson  Strum, WIF+778 
T45Brian Klein  Sussex, WIF+778 
T45Chris Wood  Mount Pleasant, WIF+778 
T45Alexander Fons  Milwaukee, WIF+778 
T45Chris Kleine  Middleton, WIF+778 
T45Jarod Leslie  Fall Creek, WIF+778 
T45John Golden  Verona, WIF+778 
T54Michael Bastian  Milwaukee, WIF+879 
T54Robert Hughes  Wauwatosa, WIF *+879 
T54Brian Hopfensperger  Milwaukee, WIF+879 
T54Chris Palmer  Hartland, WIF+879 
T54Marcus Williamson  Onalaska, WIF+879 
T59Christopher Weinfurt  Waukesha, WIF+980 
T59Jeremy Wesemann  Merton, WIF+980 
T59Kyle Smith  Grafton, WIF+980 
T59Matthew Schmit  Verona, WIF+980 
T59Bob Pyle  Green Bay, WIF+980 
T64Jonathon Oaks  WalesF+1081 
T64Robert Martin  Eau Claire, WIF+1081 
T64Peter Clemency  Milwaukee, WIF *+1081 
T64Kyler Royston  Wisconsin Dells, WIF+1081 
T64Anthony Brown  Eau Claire, WIF+1081 
T64Dan Wick  Waukesha, WIF+1081 
T70Patrick Gorman  East Troy, WIF+1182 
T70David Strackbein  Sussex, WIF+1182 
T70Mike Workman  Ripon, WIF+1182 
T70Craig Tautges  Shorewood, WIF+1182 
T74Jim Rollefson  Franklin, WIF+1283 
T74Gregory Wagner  Cambridge, WIF *+1283 
T74Kevin Truebenbach  WIF *+1283 
T74Gregg Jaeger  Waukesha, WIF *+1283 
T74Ryan Gulden  Middleton, WIF+1283 
T74Justin Kutz  Ripon, WIF+1283 
T80Steve Brault  HartfordF+1384 
T80Montana Stewart  Onalaska, WIF+1384 
T80Derek Westrum  McFarland, WIF+1384 
T80John Triller  Green Lake, WIF+1384 
T80John Kestly  Pewaukee, WIF+1384 
T85Brett Boyer  Bayside, WIF+1485 
T85Nicholas Malahy  Wauwatosa, WIF+1485 
T85Daniel Mueller  Kenosha, WIF+1485 
88Walter Nusslock  Glendale, WIF+1586 
T89Jacob Schmitt  Hartford, WIF+1687 
T89Travis Galston  Fort Atkinson, WIF+1687 
T91Aaron Gavin  South Milwaukee, WIF+1889 
T91Auroon Thapa  Mequon, WIF+1889 
93Scott Bellefeuille  Stoughton, WIF+2192 
94Keith Wood  Milwaukee, WIF+2293 
WDDaniel Conti  Mount Pleasant, WI+9   
WDMatt Elstad  Oconomowoc, WI+11   
WDDan Hogan  Waukesha+14   
WDAlex Elrod  West Bend, WI+18   
WDAndrew Bottoni  River Hills, WI    
WDJacob Mayer  Delafield, WI    
WDGeoff Pirkl  Oconomowoc, WI    
WDZack Siefert  Madison, WI    

Directors Cup (gross)

T1Jack Schultz  Milwaukee, WIF-368 
T1Joe Weber  West Salem, WIF-368 
3Jack McKinney  MilwaukeeFE71 
T4Nathan Boltz  Elkhorn, WIF+172 
T4Cory Aune  Lake Geneva, WIF+172 
T6Derrick Meier  Waunakee, WIF+273 
T6Gabe Dahl  Green Bay, WIF+273 
T6Joe DuChateau  Fond Du Lac, WIF+273 
T6Ryonen Faris  Fond Du Lac, WisconsinF+273 
T6Jade Royston  Wisconsin Dells, WIF+273 
T6Travis Pronschinske  Oconomowoc, WIF+273 
T12Sam Cianciola  NekoosaF+374 
T12Mike D. Mueller  Whitefish Bay, WIF+374 
T12Joe Habecker  Menomonee Falls, WIF+374 
T12Jason Jahnke  Kewaskum, WIF+374 
T16Thomas Hemphill  Madison, WIF+475 
T16Jeff Glisch  Middleton, WIF+475 
T16Matt Ellingson  Stoughton, WIF+475 
T19Ryan Zikeli  Hartland, WIF+576 
T19Daniel Benedum  Colgate, WisconsinF+576 
T19Ryan Hurab  Oconomowoc, WIF+576 
T19Billy Strey  Genoa City, WIF+576 
T23Nick Kulig  Arcadia, WIF+677 
T23Joe Knapton  Mount PleasantF+677 
T25Craig Cerbins  Waukesha, WIF+778 
T25Chris Wood  Mount Pleasant, WIF+778 
T25Alexander Fons  Milwaukee, WIF+778 
T25Jarod Leslie  Fall Creek, WIF+778 
T29Robert Hughes  Wauwatosa, WIF *+879 
T29Chris Palmer  Hartland, WIF+879 
T29Marcus Williamson  Onalaska, WIF+879 
T32Christopher Weinfurt  Waukesha, WIF+980 
T32Kyle Smith  Grafton, WIF+980 
T32Matthew Schmit  Verona, WIF+980 
T35Peter Clemency  Milwaukee, WIF *+1081 
T35Kyler Royston  Wisconsin Dells, WIF+1081 
37Craig Tautges  Shorewood, WIF+1182 
T38Gregory Wagner  Cambridge, WIF *+1283 
T38Ryan Gulden  Middleton, WIF+1283 
40Nicholas Malahy  Wauwatosa, WIF+1485 
41Walter Nusslock  Glendale, WIF+1586 
T42Jacob Schmitt  Hartford, WIF+1687 
T42Travis Galston  Fort Atkinson, WIF+1687 
T44Aaron Gavin  South Milwaukee, WIF+1889 
T44Auroon Thapa  Mequon, WIF+1889 
WDDaniel Conti  Mount Pleasant, WI+9   
WDMatt Elstad  Oconomowoc, WI+11   
WDDan Hogan  Waukesha+14   
WDAlex Elrod  West Bend, WI+18   
WDJacob Mayer  Delafield, WI    
WDGeoff Pirkl  Oconomowoc, WI    
WDZack Siefert  Madison, WI    

Governor's Cup (gross)

1Tom Halla  Colgate, WIFE71 
T2Garth Gilster  Minocqua, WIF+273 
T2Robert McCloskey  Hartland, WIF *+273 
T2James Gunsalus  Brookfield, WIF+273 
5Chip Summers  Richfield, WIF+374 
T6Ryan Schmus  Brookfield, WIF+475 
T6Nathan Daugherty  Lake Villa, ILF+475 
T6John Stravinski  Windsor, WIF+475 
T6Kari Hannula Jr  De Pere, WIF+475 
T6Benjamin Shafer  Brookfield, WIF+475 
T11Brad Finger  Waukesha, WIF+576 
T11Matthew Mattioli  Milwaukee, WisconsinF *+576 
T11Mike Gustafson  Verona, WIF+576 
14Jason Schroeder  Oregon, WIF+677 
T15Brian Klein  Sussex, WIF+778 
T15Chris Kleine  Middleton, WIF+778 
T17Michael Bastian  Milwaukee, WIF+879 
T17Brian Hopfensperger  Milwaukee, WIF+879 
19Jeremy Wesemann  Merton, WIF+980 
T20Jonathon Oaks  WalesF+1081 
T20Robert Martin  Eau Claire, WIF+1081 
T20Anthony Brown  Eau Claire, WIF+1081 
T23Patrick Gorman  East Troy, WIF+1182 
T23David Strackbein  Sussex, WIF+1182 
T23Mike Workman  Ripon, WIF+1182 
T26Kevin Truebenbach  WIF *+1283 
T26Gregg Jaeger  Waukesha, WIF *+1283 
T26Justin Kutz  Ripon, WIF+1283 
T29Steve Brault  HartfordF+1384 
T29Montana Stewart  Onalaska, WIF+1384 
T29Derek Westrum  McFarland, WIF+1384 
T29John Triller  Green Lake, WIF+1384 
33Brett Boyer  Bayside, WIF+1485 
34Scott Bellefeuille  Stoughton, WIF+2192 
WDAndrew Bottoni  River Hills, WI    

Seniors (gross)

1Kevin Cahill  Waukesha, WIF+172 
2Jim Doing  Verona, WIF+273 
3Robert Gregorski  Menasha, WiF+475 
4Bill Crinzi  New Berlin, WIF+576 
T5Bruce Henning  Brookfield, WiF+677 
T5Jeffery Lister  GreendaleF *+677 
T7Dave Ullenberg  Milwaukee, WiF+778 
T7Scott Semingson  Strum, WIF+778 
T7John Golden  Verona, WIF+778 
10Bob Pyle  Green Bay, WIF+980 
11Dan Wick  Waukesha, WIF+1081 
12Jim Rollefson  Franklin, WIF+1283 
13John Kestly  Pewaukee, WIF+1384 
14Daniel Mueller  Kenosha, WIF+1485 
15Keith Wood  Milwaukee, WIF+2293 
* denotes a 10th hole start

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