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Colgate's Phillip Johnson watches his iron shot during his Round of 32 match versus Carl Hottmann. Johnson advanced with a 5-and-3 victory.

For Phillip Johnson, this week is all about who's next.

What's next is a question that the Colgate golfer and recent Dayton graduate will face in late August when he begins a 10-month stint in Ireland as part of the Victory Scholar Program, sponsored by golfer Rory McIlroy's foundation.

It will take him to Ireland where participants become actively involved within the local communities, growing participation in sport and acting as mentors to help raise the aspirations of young people with whom they work. It will help those like Johnson who become immersed in the program develop a global view of the world as they develop strong leadership skills and character.

In the meantime, it's business as usual for Johnson, who enjoyed a breakout summer on the Wisconsin amateur circuit in 2017 with a runner-up finish at the Wisconsin State Open and a ninth-place showing at the State Amateur.

Johnson got his summer going Tuesday by dispatching UW-Green Bay coach Lee Reinke 7-and-6 in the Round of 64 and Carl Hottmann of Middleton 5-and-3 in the Round of 32 at the WSGA Match-Play Championship at Blackhawk CC. Those victories set up a showdown Wednesday against University of Wisconsin golfer Samuel Anderson in the Round of 16 as this event enters its third day.

"(I) kept the tee shots in the fairway most of the day, which was big since Blackhawk is so narrow," Johnson wrote in a text message to Wisconsin.Golf. "(My) wedge game was good (Tuesday) morning for sure. Graduation hasn’t changed my expectations yet. (I) still expect to play at a high level."

It was an eventful opening day of matches on the short-but-tight Blackhawk CC layout that began with two head-turning surprises in the Round of 64.

Middleton's Emmet Herb, playing on his home course with head pro Derek Schnarr as his caddie, lost a 20-hole classic to Lake Geneva's Blake Wisdom.  Herb made eight birdies to Wisdom's five, but lost three holes on bogeys.

Whitefish Bay's Jack Schultz, the 2017 WSGA golfer of the year and Monday's qualifying medalist with a 5-under 67, was bounced by No. 64 seed Adam Miller of Lodi. Miller made five birdies, including three in a row starting at No. 13, before matching Schultz's par 3 at No. 16 gave him the 3-up victory.

"The big difference was match play vs. stroke play, and rhythm is a good word to describe the change," Schultz wrote in a Twitter message. "I think I said this (Monday), how I hadn't played a match in a long time and didn't know how it'd go. I guess this showed I liked the stroke-play mindset of having every shot count, rather that finishing a hole and that being the end of what happened. We always hear of people saying to keep the same mindset as a stroke-play round in a match and it seems like they're right.

"Adam also played well, of course, (so it) wasn't on me for not keeping going from (Monday). I played with him at the Dairyland (Open in Prairie du Sac) on Sunday, actually, and wouldn’t have expected he’d be the 64th seed."

Miller went on to drop a 3-and-1 decision to Cedarburg's Steven Young in the Round of 32, leaving Young to battle Marquette golfer Charlie Maleki in the Round of 16. The other Golden Eagles golfer still alive in match play, Hunter Eichhorn, topped No. 63 Christopher Dupuis 5-and-3 and Bryce Burke 3-and-1 to set up a showdown with reigning Wisconsin State Amateur champion Matt Tolan of Eau Claire, a University of South Dakota golfer, in the Round of 16.

"I felt pretty good about both (matches)," Eichhorn said. "(The) second match was a struggle, but thankfully I was able to pull through. The only key for me was to stay aggressive on everything. Definitely seeing (Jack Schultz) upset makes you lock in a little more, because in match play anything is possible."

Indeed, there are several intriguing storylines that could play out over the final two days of the competition.

Former Dallas Cowboys quarterback and current CBS football commentator Tony Romo has made it to the Round of 16. He birdied his first three holes of his morning match with former Illinois Wesleyan golfer Conner O'Neil, losing to an eagle on No. 10 to start the day before rallying to win in 19 holes. He then topped UW-Green Bay golfer Brady Sarauer 4-and-2 in the afternoon, closing out the match with an eagle on the par-5 seventh hole.

Defending champion Michael Bielawski of Waukesha, who last week won the WSGA State Bestball Championship with partner Garrett Jones, dispatched Rocky Sperka of New Berlin and Sam Galloway of Neenah to keep his repeat hopes alive. No golfer has won back-to-back titles since Jon Turcott in 2003.

WSGA: State Match-Play Championship | Round of 64 & Round of 32 (Blackhawk CC-Madison)

Round of 32 Winner City Loser City Score
Steven Young Cedarburg def. Adam Miller Lodi 3-and-1
Charlie Maleki Mequon def. Jonathan Fall Cedarburg 2-up
Phillip Johnson Colgate def. Carl Hottmann Middleton 5-and-3
Samuel Anderson Stoughton def. Colton Duwe Oconomowoc 3-and-2
Aaron Gavin South Milwaukee def. Blake Wisdom Lake Geneva 1-up
Ryan Isaacson Eau Claire def. Matthew Bachmann Sheboygan Falls 1-up
Michael Bielawki Waukesha def. Sam Galloway Neenah 3-and-2
Ricky Kuiper Racine def. Chris Colla Fond du Lac 2-and-1
Hunter Eichhorn Carney, Mich. def. Bryce Burke Jackson 3-and-1
Matt Tolan Eau Claire def. Matt Behm Janesville 6-and-5
Clayton Tribus Madison def. Austin Elsner New London 1-and-1
Nicholas Bauer Oshkosh def. Isaac Prefontaine New Franken 3-and-2
Jim Walkley Onalaska def. Bennet Hutson Onalaska 1-up
Daniel Ozga Edgerton def. Cory Aune Lake Geneva 20 holes
Tony Romo Burlington def. Brady Sarauer Fond du Lac 4-and-2
Josh Thomas Nekoosa def. Ed Dzirbik, Jr. Brookfield 3-and-2
Round of 64
Adam Miller Lodi def. Jack Schultz Whtiefish Bay 3-and-2
Steven Young Cedarburg def. Sam Schlosser West Bend 1-up
Jonathan Fall Cedarburg def. Jimmy Albright Manitowoc 2-up
Charlie Maleki Mequon def. Wyatt Wilderman Waukesha 4-and-3
Phillip Johnson Colgate def. Lee Reinke Brillion 7-and-6
Carl Hottmann Middleton def. Steven Tylke Lisbon 2-and-1
Samuel Anderson Stoughton def. Patrick Murphy Middleton 1-up
Colton Duwe Oconomowoc def. Nate Thomson Greendale 4-and-3
Aaron Gavin South Milwaukee def. Nick Corban Madison 1-up
Blake Wisdom Lake Geneva def. Emmet Herb Middleton 20 holes
Ryan Isaacson Eau Claire def. Ryan Penfield Madison 1-up
Matthew Bachmann Sheboygan Falls def. Tony Bilich Sun Prairie 20 holes
Sam Galloway Neenah def. Joe DuChateau Fond du Lac 4-and-2
Michael Bielawski Waukesha def. Rocky Sperka New Berlin 1-up
Christopher Colla Fond du Lac def. Gabe Dahl Green Bay 1-up
Ricky Kuiper Racine def. Garth Glister Eagle River 3-and-2
Hunter Eichhorn Carney, Mich. def. Christopher Dupuis Chicago 5-and-3
Bryce Burke Jackson def. Zachary Reiser Pewaukee 19 holes
Matt Tolan Eau Claire def. Joe Weber Onalaska 19 holes
Matt Behm Janesville def. Matthew Davidson McFarland 22 holes
Austin Elsner New London def. George Kneiser Oconomowoc 20 holes
Clayton Tribus Madison def. Andrew Knoll New Berlin 20 holes
Nicholas Bauer Oshkosh def. Garrett Jones Madison 19 holes
Isaac Prefondatine New Franken def. Derek Disch Brookfield 2-up
Bennett Hutson Onalaska def. Zach Hentrich Lancaster 19 holes
Jim Walkley Onalaska def. Adam Garski Wauwatosa 19 holes
Daniel Ozga Edgerton def. Kari Hannula Jr. DePere 4-and-3
Cory Aune Lake Geneva def. Trey Hewuse III Tomah 5-and-4
Brady Sarauer Fond du Lac def. James Gilmore Madison 3-and-1
Tony Romo Burlington def. Conner O'Neil Suamico 19 holes
Ed Dzirbik Jr. Brookfield def. Ryan Zikeli Hartland 3-and-2
Josh Thomas Nekoosa def. Jacob Michel Lodi 4-and-3