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Harrison Ott, 2020 State Open champion.

Count Harrison Ott of Brookfield among the many college athletes whose plans were altered by the coronavirus pandemic.

2020 WSGA Men's Player of the Year: Top 10

Pos. Player Points
1 Harrison Ott
Brookfield, WI
1,410.00
2 Joe Weber
Onalaska, WI
1,257.50
3 Christopher Colla
Fond Du Lac, WI
1,227.00
4 Travis Engle
Kenosha, WI
1,074.50
5 Thomas Longbella
Chippewa Falls, WI
965
6 Matt Tolan
Eau Claire, WI
925
7 Tyler Leach
Spring Valley, WI
885
8 Rocky Sperka
New Berlin, WI
857.5
9 Garrett Jones
Madison, WI
846.25
10 Nate Thomson
Greendale, WI
835

The senior member of Vanderbilt University’s golf team likely would have turned professional sometime this summer, after graduating in May with a degree in human and organizational development. Instead, he’s opted to return to Vanderbilt in the fall for a fifth year of eligibility, granted by the NCAA because of the pandemic.

Ott will use the extra year to pursue a Master’s degree while he continues to work on his game and gains more experience in college tournaments.

“It’s another opportunity to get free – well, my parents would say it’s not free, obviously – but to get free practice facilities and tournaments,” Ott said. “I graduate in May and then I’m going into a Master’s program. But it would not have been a goal of mine before getting granted an extra year.”

All of which means the 2020 Wisconsin State Golf Association Player of the Year will get a chance at a rare repeat. Since the award was instituted in 1973, only five men have repeated as the WSGA’s top points earner: John Pallin (twice), Bob Gregorski, Jordan Niebrugge, Nick Nelson and Jack Schultz.

Ott earned player of the year honors on the strength of a 25-day period in which he reached the quarterfinals of both the Western Amateur and the U.S. Amateur and then won the Wisconsin State Open by six strokes at Blue Mound Golf & Country Club.

His ball-striking carried him at the Western and U.S. Amateur, then his putter got red-hot on the lightning-fast, sloping greens at Blue Mound. He needed just 10 putts over the final nine holes of a closing 68 and finished at 10-under 270.

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Harrison Ott looks over his putt at the 15th hole during the round of 32 at the 2020 U.S. Amateur at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort in Bandon, Ore.

“I know I missed one on No. 5, the par-5,” he said. “I hit one of my best iron shots of the week to 12 feet for eagle. I had a really fast downhiller and I almost made it. Then I had a 3-footer coming back and I hit a pretty bad putt and missed it. But other than that, I don’t know if I missed many from close range.”

Ott will be one of the players to beat in any tournament he enters in Wisconsin in 2021, but his schedule is up in the air.

“I’ll start in the Master’s program this summer and I’ll be done in the spring (of 2022),” he said. “I’m hoping that the summer semester is online so that I can have a full schedule of tournaments. I guess we’ll have to wait and see on that, how much leeway I can get to play tournaments.

“If nothing else, I’m hoping to play the big ones as much as I can: the Western, the Sunnehanna, hopefully the U.S. Amateur. I’ll probably do the State Open if we’re not back at school and the State Amateur, if it doesn’t conflict with the Western (the dates are July 19-22 for the former and July 26-31 for the latter).”

Ott has made steady progress at Vanderbilt, with his stroke average dropping each year – from 74.77 as a freshman to 72.59 as a sophomore to 71.91 as a junior. He credits improvement in two areas – accuracy off the tee and putting – but also has made strides on the mental side of the game.

“I think it’s just figuring out who I am,” he said. “When you get to school it’s really easy to say so-and-so hits it so much farther than me; that’s definitely saving him shots. Or so-and-so hits his irons higher than me; that’s definitely saving him shots. How do I figure out how to hit it higher and further? It’s easy to think like that.

“But also, you have to realize that they probably watch me and say, ‘Harrison putts it so good’ or ‘He hits it so straight.’ It’s about realizing, OK, those are my strengths and they have their own strengths. It’s about who’s going to use their strengths and game-plan around them better. I think realizing that is where I’ve made the most growth.”

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Harrison Ott (right) exchanges fist bumps with former PGA Tour pro Mark Wilson after playing a round together at the 2020 Wisconsin State Open at Blue Mound Golf & Country Club.

The Commodores opened their spring season last week at the Florida Gators Invitational; Ott finished in a tie for 24th but was just one of seven players in the field to break 70 in all three rounds (69-69-68).

“It was solid,” he said of his play. “It was a big field so I think it was good for all of us to go down there and get a baseline for where we’re at. It was our first tournament since November.”

Ott, who also won the 2018 State Amateur to go along with his State Open title, now plans to turn pro sometime in the summer of 2022. He has stayed in touch with former teammate John Augenstein, the 2019 U.S. Amateur runner-up who is getting his third PGA Tour start this week at The Genesis Invitational.

“I would love it if my path looked like his,” Ott said. “Good golf will take care of all of that. I definitely talk to him about what he’s seen out there and what he’s learned about himself being around (tour players). It’s a lot of what I’ve been talking about. They’re successful because they know how to put their score together.”

2020 WSGA Men's Player of the Year Standings

RANKPLAYEREVENTSPOINTS
1 Harrison Ott
 Brookfield, WI
31,410.00
2
 
Onalaska, WI
71,257.50
3
 
Fond Du Lac, WI
51,227.00
4
 
Kenosha, WI
51,074.50
5
 
Chippewa Falls, WI
2965.00
6
 
Eau Claire, WI
3925.00
7
 
Spring Valley, WI
3885.00
8
 
New Berlin, WI
8857.50
9
 
Madison, WI
6846.25
10
 
Greendale, WI
3835.00
(Top 10 golfers qualify for the 2021 Nelthorpe Cup Team)
11
 
Milwaukee, WI
5746.00
12
 
Stoughton, WI
2730.00
13
 
Nekoosa, WI
5657.00
14
 
Whitefish Bay, WI
3642.00
15
 
Carney, MI
3610.00
16
 
Waukesha, WI
9602.50
17
 
Verona, WI
10601.25
18
 
Lake Forest, IL
2585.00
19
 
Wauwatosa, WI
4555.00
20
 
Green Bay, WI
4537.25
21
 
Waukesha, WI
5523.33
22
 
Lake Geneva, WI
7517.50
23
 
Stoughton, WI
3471.00
24
 
Hartland, WI
4462.50
25
 
Deer Park, IL
1460.00
Top 25 golfers are exempt for 2021 State Amateur
26
 
Mcfarland, WI
3458.50
27
 
Colgate, WI
4452.50
28
 
Kenosha, WI
4442.50
29
 
Racine, WI
6440.00
30
 
Middleton, WI
4413.75
31
 
Roselle, IL
2410.00
32
 
Brookfield, WI
6365.00
33
 
Edgerton, WI
5331.25
34
 
Oconomowoc, WI
4330.00
35
 
Pewaukee, WI
8319.06
T36
 
Mequon, WI
4310.00
T36
 
Madison, WI
4310.00
38
 
Streamwood, IL
2295.00
39
 
Waunakee, WI
3292.50
40
 
Elkhorn, WI
4290.00
41
 
Sheboygan Falls, WI
1281.00
42
 
Kenosha
3280.00
T43
 
Hartland, WI
2270.00
T43
 
Fond du Lac, WI
4270.00
45
 
Brookfield, WI
4257.50
46
 
Elmhurst, IL
1252.00
T47
 
Milwaukee, WI
2250.00
T47
 
Hartland, WI
2250.00
T49
 
Sparta, WI
2245.00
T49
 
Sugar Grove, IL
2245.00
51
 
Lake Geneva, WI
2242.50
52
 
Cottage Grove, WI
3237.50
53
 
Sheboygan, WI
2232.50
54
 
Madison, WI
2225.00
55
 
Cambridge, WI
3223.75
56
 
De Pere, WI
3220.83
57
 
Muskego, WI
3217.50
58
 
Burlington, WI
8216.75
59
 
Naperville, IL
1210.00
60
 
Windsor, WI
2202.50
T61
 
Onalaska, WI
1200.00
T61
 
Lake Villa, IL
3200.00
63
 
Verona, WI
2193.75
64
 
Janesville, WI
1190.00
65
 
Eden Prairie, MN
5187.50
T66
 
Big Bend, WI
3185.00
T66
 
Glenview, IL
1185.00
T66
 
Madison, WI
5185.00
T69
 
Middleton, WI
4180.00
T69
 
New Richmond, WI
2180.00
T69
 
Fond Du Lac, WI
3180.00
72
 
Wauwatosa, WI
2176.25
73
 
Eau Claire, WI
3175.00
74
 
Onalaska, WI
3171.67
T75
 
Delafield, WI
2170.00
T75
 
Colgate, WI
3170.00
T75
 
De Pere, WI
2170.00
T78
 
De Pere
4160.00
T78
 
Cambria, WI
2160.00
T78
 
Mequon, WI
2160.00
81
 
Minocqua, WI
6156.56
82
 
Green Bay, WI
2155.83
T83
 
Valders, WI
3155.00
T83
 
Northbrook, IL
1155.00
85
 
Onalaska, WI
2151.00
86
 
Brookfield, WI
4146.56
87
 
Lake Bluff, IL
1145.00
T88
 
Menomonee Falls, WI
2142.50
T88
 
Brookfield, WI
2142.50
T90
 
Mequon, WI
2140.00
T90
 
New Berlin, WI
2140.00
T90
 
Kaukauna, WI
2140.00
T90
 
Pewaukee, WI
3140.00
T94
 
Fond du Lac, WI
2137.50
T94
 
Hubertus, WI
2137.50
96
 
Northbrook, IL
1136.25
97
 
Mequon, WI
3132.50
T98
 
Middleton, WI
2130.00
T98
 
Beaver Dam, WI
2130.00
T98
 
Edgerton, WI
2130.00
101
 
Osseo, WI
2125.83
T102
 
Green Bay, WI
4125.00
T102
 
Minocqua, WI
1125.00
104
 
Greendale, WI
5123.75
105
 
Milwaukee, WI
5123.00
106
 
Middleton, WI
4122.67
T107
 
Mineral Point, WI
3122.50
T107
 
Sussex, WI
3122.50
109
 
Brookfield, WI
6121.25
T110
 
New Franken, WI
2120.00
T110
 
Brookfield, WI
3120.00
T110
 
Downers Grove, IL
2120.00
T113
Neenah, WI
1110.00
T113
 
Greendale
4110.00
T113
 
Verona, WI
1110.00
T116
 
Winnetka, IL
1107.50
T116
 
Milwaukee, WI
1107.50
118
 
Madison, WI
2105.00
T119
 
Marinette, WI
2102.50
T119
 
Middleton, WI
2102.50
T121
 
Elm Grove, WI
2100.00
T121
 
Hudson, WI
4100.00
123
 
Beloit, WI
297.50
124
 
Madison, WI
295.00
T125
 
Menasha, WI
290.00
T125
 
Menomonee Falls, WI
290.00
127
 
Wausau, WI
288.75
T128
 
Franklin, WI
285.00
T128
 
Cedarburg, WI
285.00
130
 
Burlington, WI
382.50
T131
 
Waukesha, WI
280.00
T131
 
Sun Prairie, WI
280.00
T131
 
Madison, WI
180.00
T131
 
Delafield, WI
180.00
T131
 
New Berlin, WI
280.00
T131
 
Mequon, WI
280.00
T131
 
Nekoosa, WI
180.00
T131
 
Chicago, IL
180.00
T131
 
Madison, WI
280.00
T131
 
Edgerton, WI
280.00
T131
 
Milwaukee, WI
180.00
T131
 
South Milwaukee, WI
280.00
T131
 
Kewaskum, WI
180.00
T131
 
La Crosse, WI
180.00
T131
 
Sheboygan, WI
180.00
T131
 
Eatonton, GA
180.00
T131
 
River Falls, WI
180.00
T131
 
Madison, WI
180.00
T131
 
Hartland, WI
280.00
T131
 
Hartland, WI
180.00
T131
 
Greendale, WI
280.00
T131
 
Green Bay, WI
180.00
153
 
Madison, WI
278.75
T154
 
Waukesha, WI
377.50
T154
 
Onalaska, WI
477.50
156
 
Milwaukee, WI
476.25
T157
 
Hartland, WI
175.83
T157
 
Colgate, WI
275.83
T159
 
Neosho, WI
275.00
T159
 
Madison, WI
175.00
161
 
Austin, TX
273.12
162
 
Sun Priairie, WI
272.50
T163
 
Nekoosa, WI
270.00
T163
 
Middleton, WI
270.00
T163
 
Brodhead, WI
270.00
T163
 
Stevens Point, WI
270.00
T163
 
Shorewood, WI
270.00
T168
 
Beloit, WI
268.75
T168
 
Oregon, WI
268.75
T168
 
Madison, WI
168.75
T171
 
Janesville
267.50
T171
 
Frederic, WI
267.50
T173
 
Middleton, WI
265.00
T173
 
Wisconsin Dells, WI
165.00
175
 
Minocqua, WI
264.06
176
 
Suamico, WI
263.75
T177
 
Menomonee Falls, WI
363.12
T177
 
Grafton, WI
363.12
179
 
Fond Du Lac, WI
262.50
T180
 
Brookfield, WI
261.25
T180
 
Oconomowoc, WI
261.25
T182
 
Lake Bluff, IL
160.00
T182
 
Eau Claire, WI
360.00
T182
 
Highland Park, IL
160.00
T182
 
Northbrook, IL
160.00
T182
 
DeKalb, IL
160.00
T182
 
Middleton, WI
160.00
188
 
Fond du Lac, WI
155.00
T189
 
Middleton, WI
251.00
T189
 
Milwaukee, WI
351.00
T191
 
Janesville, WI
150.00
T191
 
Madison, WI
250.00
T191
 
Hartland, WI
150.00
T191
 
Union Grove, WI
150.00
T191
 
Vernon Hills, IL
150.00
T191
 
Madison, WI
450.00
T191
 
Edgerton, WI
150.00
T191
 
New Richmond, WI
150.00
T191
 
WI
150.00
T191
 
Waukesha, WI
150.00
T191
 
Madison, WI
150.00
T191
 
Downers Grove, IL
150.00
T191
 
North Chicago, IL
150.00
T191
 
Burlington, WI
150.00
T191
 
Milwaukee, WI
150.00
T191
 
Onalaska, WI
150.00
T191
 
Milwaukee, WI
150.00
T191
 
Glendale, WI
150.00
T191
 
Hartford, WI
150.00
T210
 
Waterford, WI
247.50
T210
 
Burlington, WI
347.50
212
 
Madison, WI
246.67
T213
 
New Berlin, WI
445.00
T213
 
Kaukauna, WI
145.00
T213
 
Menomonee Falls, WI
245.00
T213
 
Richland Center, WI
145.00
T213
 
Rice Lake, WI
145.00
T213
 
Madison, WI
145.00
219
 
Wauwatosa, WI
243.75
220
 
Madison, WI
141.67
221
 
Mount Pleasant, WI
340.62
T222
 
Waukesha, WI
140.00
T222
 
Reedsburg, WI
140.00
T222
 
Naperville, IL
140.00
T222
 
Woodruff, WI
140.00
T222
 
Middleton, WI
140.00
T222
 
Green Bay, WI
140.00
T222
 
Onalaska, WI
240.00
T222
 
Wauwatosa, WI
140.00
T222
 
Milwaukee, WI
140.00
T222
 
Muskego, WI
440.00
T222
 
Appleton, WI
140.00
T222
 
Milwaukee
140.00
T222
 
Woodbury, MN
140.00
T222
 
Wauwatosa, WI
440.00
T222
 
Milwaukee, WI
140.00
T222
 
Brookfield, WI
340.00
T222
 
Sussex, WI
140.00
T222
 
Appleton, WI
140.00
T222
 
Kaukauna, WI
140.00
T241
 
Windsor, WI
135.00
T241
 
Franklin, WI
135.00
T241
 
Mequon, WI
135.00
244
 
Madison, WI
233.00
T245
 
Nashotah, WI
132.50
T245
 
De Pere, WI
132.50
247
 
Berlin, WI
231.25
248
 
Fond du Lac, WI
331.00
T249
 
West Bend, WI
330.00
T249
 
Sparta, WI
130.00
T249
 
Darien, WI
130.00
T249
 
Crystal Lake, IL
130.00
T249
 
Peshtigo, WI
130.00
T249
 
Brown Deer, WI
530.00
T249
 
Chicago, IL
130.00
T249
 
Appleton, WI
130.00
T249
 
Wheeling, IL
130.00
T249
 
Leawood, KS
130.00
T249
 
Milwaukee, WI
130.00
T249
 
Tomah, WI
130.00
T249
 
Glencoe, IL
130.00
T249
 
Cedarburg, WI
130.00
T249
 
Trempealeau, WI
230.00
T249
 
Sheboygan, WI
130.00
T249
 
Amery, WI
130.00
T249
 
Lake Mills, WI
130.00
T249
 
Muskego, WI
130.00
T249
 
Orono, MN
130.00
T249
 
Green Bay, WI
130.00
T249
 
Waukesha, WI
130.00
T249
 
Hinsdale, IL
130.00
T249
 
Waupaca, WI
130.00
T249
 
Lincolnshire, IL
130.00
T249
 
Madison, WI
130.00
T249
 
Sheboygan, WI
130.00
T249
 
Chicago, IL
130.00
T249
 
Wales, WI
330.00
T249
 
Wauwatosa, WI
130.00
T249
 
Madison, WI
130.00
T249
 
Middleton, WI
130.00
T249
 
Merrill, WI
130.00
T249
 
Cedarburg, WI
130.00
T249
 
Oconomowoc, WI
230.00
T249
 
Germantown, WI
130.00
T249
 
Green Lake, WI
130.00
T249
 
Crystal Lake, IL
130.00
T249
 
Milwaukee, WI
130.00
T249
 
Strum, WI
130.00
T249
 
Lombard, IL
130.00
T249
 
Wauwatosa, WI
130.00
T249
 
Rice Lake, WI
130.00
T249
 
Racine, WI
130.00
T249
 
Eleva, WI
130.00
T249
 
Sheboygan Falls, WI
130.00
T249
 
West Bend, WI
130.00
T296
 
Chicago, IL
127.50
T296
 
Brookfield, WI
127.50
T296
 
Onalaska, WI
227.50
T299
 
Franklin, WI
326.00
T299
 
Shorewood, WI
226.00
301
 
Appleton
325.62
T302
 
Madison, WI
125.00
T302
 
Mount Pleasant, WI
125.00
T302
 
Verona, WI
425.00
T302
 
DeForest, WI
125.00
T302
 
Cincinnati, OH
125.00
307
 
Cudahy, WI
223.75
T308
 
Racine, WI
223.12
T308
 
Glendale, WI
323.12
T308
 
Menomonee Falls, WI
123.12
T311
 
Pewaukee, WI
222.50
T311
 
Middleton, WI
122.50
T313
 
LaCresent, MN
120.00
T313
 
Madison, WI
120.00
T313
 
Stevens Point
120.00
T316
 
Rice Lake, WI
118.75
T316
 
Whitefish Bay, WI
118.75
T316
 
Cedarburg, WI
118.75
T316
 
Westfield, WI
118.75
T320
 
Oconomowoc, WI
317.50
T320
 
Mount Pleasant, WI
217.50
T320
 
Sun Prairie, WI
117.50
T323
 
Burlington, WI
215.00
T323
 
Middleton, WI
115.00
T325
 
Waukesha
314.06
T325
 
Hartland, WI
114.06
T325
 
Minocqua, WI
214.06
T325
 
Madison, WI
114.06
T325
 
Verona, WI
114.06
T325
 
Elm Grove, WI
114.06
T325
 
Lake Geneva, WI
114.06
T325
 
Brookfield, WI
114.06
T325
 
Monroe, WI
114.06
T325
 
Nashotah, WI
114.06
T325
 
Lyons, Wisconsin
114.06
T325
 
South Milwaukee, WI
114.06
T337
 
Edgerton,WI
113.75
T337
 
Bloomington, IL
113.75
T339
 
Watertown, WI
312.50
T339
 
Neenah, WI
112.50
T341
 
Sussex, WI
111.25
T341
 
Milwaukee, WI
111.25
T341
 
Greendale, WI
111.25
T341
 
Sussex, WI
111.25
T345
 
Kenosha, WI
310.00
T345
 
South Milwaukee, WI
310.00
T345
 
Madison, WI
110.00
T345
 
Lake Geneva, WI
110.00
T345
 
Lake Geneva, WI
210.00
T345
 
Madison, WI
110.00
T345
 
Wauwatosa, WI
210.00
T345
 
Strum, WI
510.00
T345
 
Waukesha, WI
210.00
T345
 
Beloit, WI
110.00
T355
 
Onalaska, WI
18.75
T355
 
Nashotah, WI
38.75
T355
 
Oak Creek, WI
18.75
T355
 
Milwaukee, WI
28.75
T355
 
Schofield, WI
18.75
T355
 
Junction City, WI
18.75
T361
 
17.50
T361
 
Fond du lac, WI
17.50
T361
 
Madison, WI
37.50
T361
 
Holmen, WI
17.50
T365
 
Cedarburg, WI
15.00
T365
 
Madison, WI
15.00
T365
 
Beloit, WI
15.00
T365
 
Eau Claire, WI
15.00
T369
 
Wauwatosa, WI
13.75
T369
 
Pewaukee, WI
13.75
T369
 
Pewaukee, WI
23.75
T369
 
River Hills, WI
23.75
T373
 
Milwaukee, WI
13.00
T373
 
Wisconsin Dells, WI
13.00
T373
 
Franklin, WI
13.00
T376
 
North Lake, WI
12.50
T376
 
Cedarburg, WI
32.50
T376
 
Oregon, WI
32.50
T376
 
Greendale, WI
12.50
T376
 
Brodhead, WI
12.50
T381
 
Germantown, WI
11.67
T381
 
Sheboygan, WI
11.67
T383
 
Weston, WI
11.25
T383
 
Campbellsport, WI
11.25
T385
 
West Bend, WI
11.00
T385
 
11.00
T385
 
Racine, WI
11.00
T385
 
Racine, WI
11.00
T385
 
West Bend, WI
11.00
T385
 
Verona, WI
21.00
T385
 
Verona, WI
11.00
T385
 
Racine, WI
11.00
T385
 
Madison, WI
11.00
T385
 
La Crosse
21.00

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