Kevin Cahill | 2020 state am

Kevin Cahill watches his drive during the final round of the Wisconsin State Am played at Milwaukee CC.

Kevin Cahill played the Wisconsin State Amateur Championship last month at celebrated Milwaukee Country Club. And then he played the Wisconsin State Open Championship last week at historic Blue Mound Golf & Country Club.

And before that? His 2020 summer schedule included stops at The Club at Strawberry Creek near Kenosha, Janesville Riverside GC, Bishops Bay CC near Middleton and Blackhawk CC in Madison.

As impossible as it would seem to top that combination of golfing excellence, the Waukesha golfer managed to do it Tuesday at, of all places, Minocqua CC.

The 60-year-old Cahill shot a 3-under-par 69 on the Northwoods gem and rallied to win the Wisconsin State Senior Amateur Championship for the first time after two painful near-misses. His 4-under-par 140 total was good for a one-stroke victory over Onalaska's Tom McClintock, 55, who birdied three of his last four holes (and five in all on the back nine) to match Cahill's 69 but was undone by a three-putt bogey from 80 feet on the next to last hole.

A year ago at Oconomowoc GC, Cahill led the rain-shortened 18-hole event by one shot with two holes to play and finished double-bogey/bogey to finish tied for fourth, two shots back. Three years ago at Ozaukee CC in Mequon, in another Senior Am reduced to one round by the weather, he was two shots ahead with three holes to play and finished bogey/double-bogey/par to finish in a three-way tie for second place, two shots behind good friend Ramiro Romo.

"I played Minocqua (CC) two years ago, when the State Am was up there, and just loved it," Cahill said in a telephone interview of the Ron Garl redesign of what, before 2001, had been a sleepy nine-hole private club with sagging membership numbers. "Most of the holes, with the exception of (Nos.) 9 and 1, which kind of run within eyesight of each other, everything else is its own setting, its own kind of theater, if you will. It's a really beautiful golf course."

The back nine certainly fit Cahill's eye.

That's where the three-time WSGA Senior Amateur of the Year made his move after being a face in the crowd of golfers tied for the lead at 2-under while the final group was playing the ninth hole. Cahill birdied No. 10 to catch Verona's Jim Doing, who had birdied Nos. 8 and 9 behind him to get to 3-under, and then gave himself a little breathing room with birdies at Nos. 12 and 13.

"Kevin never makes a mistake," said New Berlin's Rocky Sperka, one of the five first-round leaders after an opening 70 who got to 3-under with a birdie at No. 2 but then made the mistakes Cahill avoided with bogeys at Nos. 8 and 9. "He is just station-to-station, hits the ball solidly and hits the ball straight. He's got a solid short game. You have to beat Kevin because he's not going to lose."

McClintock, a late entry into the Senior Am in his first year being eligible, was almost up to that task.

After nearly falling off the radar with a 1-over 37 on the front nine, he and playing partner Bob Gregorski, a two-time State Amateur champion from Menasha, challenged each other to make four birdies on the back nine. McClintock did himself one better and made five to vault into contention.

"I made four (over his first seven holes) and looked at him and said 'Now what?' " said McClintock, tied with Gregorski, who would eventually finish seventh, at the time before rolling in a 15-footer for birdie on No. 11 to ignite his comeback effort. "We knew that we were lagging behind. We'd both shot 1-over on the front and I just caught fire. I started firing at flags. You know, last nine of the tournament that's what you do and it paid off."

And, if not for a bogey at No. 17 in between the last two birdies on the back nine, McClintock and Cahill might still be playing.

"I thought it would be a good birdie opportunity for me so I laid on a driver — it's pretty wide open (on that hole) — and caught the top of a bunker and got in some tall, wispy grass," McClintock said. "I had a pretty decent lie, but I couldn't get it up-and-down. It was a blind (approach) shot and I played it really conservative and once I got up there I had, geez, 80 feet. By that time of the day, the greens had slowed down and I left it about 25 feet short."

That left Doing as the only golfer on the course who still had a shot at catching Cahill. 

One shot back after birdies at Nos. 12 and 13, Doing fell three shots back after back-to-back bogeys, getting up-and-down from 50 yards to salvage the latter of the two on the par-5 15th. But he felt he still had a chance down the stretch to make it interesting. 

"I'm like, 'I've gotta birdie-out; I've got to make three birdies,' " said Doing, who didn't know Cahill had made his lone bogey of the day at No. 17 to bring Doing within two shots of the lead. "I missed like a 7-footer on No. 17, which would have gotten me to 3(-under). And then I stuck it up there 12 feet on (No.) 18.

"It would have been fun to come up and go 'Hey, if I make this birdie on (No.) 18 like I did (Monday), I'm in a playoff.'"

Instead, McClintock made par and Cahill removed the hint of drama that had dominated the day by making a routine par on No. 18 for the victory.

"I've kind of buttered up the Senior Am the last few years," said Cahill, whose victory helped fill a void left by the COVID-19 cancellation of the U.S. Senior Amateur for a guy who reached the semifinals of that event in 2016. "I had a little bit of success a few years ago in those things. I still think, physically, I can compete in that stuff so it's disappointing, but what happens happens."

And Tuesday, at least, Cahill showed he's a golfer who can still make it happen.

POS
 
PLAYER
TOTAL
THRU
TODAY
R1
R2
SCORE 
 
1
Arrow Up
 5
Kevin Cahill  Waukesha, WI-4F-37169140 
2
Arrow Up
 6
Tom McClintock  Onalaska, WI-3F-37269141 
T3
Arrow Down
 2
Jim Doing  Verona, WI-2FE7072142 
T3
Arrow Down
 2
Rocky Sperka  New Berlin, WI-2FE7072142 
T5
Arrow Up
 6
Bob Zarter  Wrightstown, WIEF-17371144 
T5
Arrow Down
 4
Mike Murphy  Fitchburg, WIEF+27074144 
T7
Arrow Up
 19
Dan Wubbels  Madison, Wi+1F-37669145 
T7
Arrow Up
 1
Robert Gregorski  Menasha, WI+1F+17273145 
T7
Arrow Down
 1
John Lonergan  Neosho, WI+1F+27174145 
T7
Arrow Down
 6
Brian Drerup  Minocqua, WI+1F+37075145 
11-Bill Crinzi  New Berlin, WI+2F+17373146 
T12
Arrow Up
 9
Mitch Bowers  Mineral Point, WI+3FE7572147 
T12
Arrow Up
 9
Robert Pyle  Green Bay, WI+3FE7572147 
T12
Arrow Up
 4
Todd Westrich  De Pere+3F+17473147 
T12
Arrow Down
 1
Mark Dalebroux  Madison, WI+3F+27374147 
T12
Arrow Down
 11
John Kestly  Pewaukee, WI+3F+57077147 
T17
Arrow Up
 9
Ed Dzirbik  Brookfield, WI+4FE7672148 
T17
Arrow Down
 9
JT Johnson  Eden Prairie, MN+4F+47276148 
19
Arrow Up
 19
Bruce Henning  Brookfield, WI+5F *-17871149 
20
Arrow Down
 9
Tom Zastrow  Greendale, WI+6F+57377150 
T21
Arrow Up
 17
Brian Buss  Eau Claire, WI+8F *+27874152 
T21
Arrow Up
 5
Mike Smith  Pewaukee, WI+8F+47676152 
T21
Arrow Up
 17
Dave Ullenberg  Brown Deer, WI+8F *+27874152 
T21
Arrow Up
 17
Marv Nelson  Burlington, WI+8F *+27874152 
T21
Arrow Down
 5
John Hogan  Rhinelander, WI+8F+67478152 
T21
Arrow Down
 5
Daniel Moore  Nekoosa, WI+8F+67478152 
T27
Arrow Up
 5
David Preboske  Eagle River, WI+9F+47776153 
T27
Arrow Down
 1
Terry Flesch  Fond du Lac, WI+9F+57677153 
T27
Arrow Down
 1
Chuck Garbedian  Waukesha, WI+9F+57677153 
T27
Arrow Down
 11
Jim Frusher  DePere, WI+9F+77479153 
T27
Arrow Up
 38
Jim Rollefson  Franklin, WI+9F *+18073153 
T32
Arrow Up
 6
Charles Weber  Milwaukee, WI+10F *+47876154 
T32
Arrow Up
 6
Bart Ott  Brookfield, WI+10F *+47876154 
T32
Arrow Down
 6
Pat Boyle  Greendale, WI+10F+67678154 
T32
Arrow Up
 19
Dave Massey  Cottage Grove. Wi.+10F *+37975154 
T32
Arrow Down
 11
Greg Moser  Madison, WI+10F+77579154 
T37
Arrow Down
 5
Paul Zarek  Burlington, WI+11F+67778155 
T37
Arrow Up
 1
Brian Brugger  Franklin, WI+11F *+57877155 
T37
Arrow Down
 16
Dick Ohme  Appleton, WI+11F+87580155 
T37
Arrow Down
 21
Ron Stortz  Delafield, WI+11F+97481155 
T37
Arrow Down
 26
Ramiro Romo  Burlington, WI+11F+107382155 
T42
Arrow Down
 10
Robert Lehninger  Wauwatosa, WI+12F+77779156 
T42
Arrow Up
 9
Ed Stremlow  Germantown, WI+12F *+57977156 
T44
Arrow Down
 12
Scott Skogen  Onalaska, WI+13F+87780157 
T44
Arrow Down
 6
Paul Bryant  Wauwatosa, WI+13F *+77879157 
T44
Arrow Up
 7
Richard Pfeil  Lake Geneva, WI+13F *+67978157 
T44
Arrow Up
 31
Tracey Ahlborn  Minocqua, WI+13F *+48176157 
T48
Arrow Down
 10
Bruce Hansen  Racine, WI+14F *+87880158 
T48
Arrow Down
 27
Larry Searl  Weyauwega, WI+14F+117583158 
T48
Arrow Up
 3
Steve Babcock  Brodhead, WI+14F *+77979158 
T48
Arrow Up
 17
Ken Heffel  Racine,WI+14F *+68078158 
T48
Arrow Up
 17
Steve Rottler  Hartland, WI+14F *+68078158 
T53
Arrow Down
 21
John Haines  Mequon, WI+15F+107782159 
T53
Arrow Down
 21
John Aufderhaar  Watertown, WI+15F+107782159 
T53
Arrow Down
 2
Bill Cunningham  Madison, WI+15F *+87980159 
T53
Arrow Up
 12
Martin Buehler  Hinsdale, IL+15F *+78079159 
T53
Arrow Up
 22
Dan Wucherer  Waupun, WI+15F *+68178159 
T58
Arrow Up
 24
Marc Casper  Okauchee, WI+16F+68278160 
T58
Arrow Up
 24
Jim Covelli  Racine, WI+16F+68278160 
T58
Arrow Up
 24
John Golden  Verona, WI+16F+68278160 
T58
Arrow Up
 24
Kurt Hoppe  Wisconsin Rapids, WI+16F+68278160 
T58
Arrow Down
 20
Jim Scharnberg  Franklin, WI+16F *+107882160 
T58
Arrow Down
 7
Mike Wemmert  West Bend, WI+16F *+97981160 
T58
Arrow Up
 7
Jim Barry  Waukesha, WI+16F *+88080160 
T58
Arrow Up
 7
John Siebert  Madison, WI+16F *+88080160 
T66
Arrow Up
 35
James Lansing  West Allis, WI+17F+58477161 
T66
Arrow Up
 29
Paul Schwarz  Appleton+17F+68378161 
T66
Arrow Up
 29
Bob Rogowski  Muskego+17F+68378161 
T66
Arrow Up
 16
Chuck Silkey  Cedarburg, WI+17F+78279161 
T66
Arrow Up
 16
Tom Paulson  Longboat Key, FL+17F+78279161 
T66
Arrow Down
 28
Jamie Young  Kenosha, WI+17F *+117883161 
T66
Arrow Down
 1
Guy Roe  Minocqua, WI+17F *+98081161 
T66
Arrow Up
 9
Steve Etrheim  Plover, WI+17F *+88180161 
T66
Arrow Up
 9
Scott Semingson  Strum, WI+17F *+88180161 
T66
Arrow Down
 15
Joe Blommel  Muskego, WI+17F *+107582157 
T76
Arrow Up
 25
Larry Henry  Lake Geneva, WI+18F+68478162 
T76
Arrow Up
 6
Dominic Carini  Greenfield, WI+18F+88280162 
T76
Arrow Down
 38
Bill Schneider  Appleton, WI+18F+127884162 
T76
Arrow Down
 25
Jeff Corcoran  Waukesha, WI+18F *+117983162 
T76
Arrow Down
 25
John Uekert  West Bend, WI+18F *+117983162 
T76
Arrow Down
 25
David Freeborg  Green Bay, WI+18F *+117983162 
T76
Arrow Down
 1
Paul Foegen  Marshfield, WI+18F *+98181162 
T76
Arrow Down
 1
Ron Hyde  Waukesha, WI+18F *+98181162 
T84
Arrow Up
 34
Preston Irwin  Bartlett, IL+19F+58677163 
T84
Arrow Up
 42
Ron Long  Ripon, WI+19F *+48776163 
T84
Arrow Up
 17
Joe Wirth  Mequon, WI+19F+78479163 
T84
Arrow Up
 11
Keith Luedtke  South Milwaukee, WI+19F+88380163 
T84
Arrow Up
 11
Steve Nibbe  Madison, WI+19F+88380163 
T84
Arrow Down
 33
James Anderson  Abrams, WI+19F *+127984163 
T84
Arrow Down
 33
Martin Cherney  Brookfield, WI+19F *+127984163 
T84
Arrow Down
 19
Carl Anderson  Brookfield, WI+19F *+118083163 
T84
Arrow Down
 19
Patrick Moynahan  Egg Harbor, WI+19F *+118083163 
T93
Arrow Down
 11
Terry Peterson  Green Bay, Wisconsin+20F+108282164 
T93
Arrow Down
 11
Mike Kehoe  South Milwaukee, WI+20F+108282164 
T93
Arrow Down
 28
Robb Brodbeck  Waunakee, WI+20F *+128084164 
T96
Arrow Up
 30
Dan Wick  Waukesha, WI+21F *+68778165 
T96
Arrow Down
 1
Mark Asplund  Birnamwood, WI+21F+108382165 
T98
Arrow Up
 3
Glen Reinke  Marinette, WI+22F+108482166 
T98
Arrow Up
 3
Greg Johnson  Black River Falls, WI+22F+108482166 
T100
Arrow Up
 1
Dick Regenberg  Madison, WI+23F+118483167 
T100
Arrow Down
 5
Joe Stangel  Green Bay, WI+23F+128384167 
T100
Arrow Down
 18
Keith Wood  Milwaukee, WI+23F+138285167 
T100
Arrow Down
 49
Brian Maloney  Green Bay, WI+23F *+167988167 
T104
Arrow Up
 40
Scott Smith  Oneida, WI+24F *+78979168 
T104
Arrow Down
 3
Tom Thompson  DePere, WI+24F+128484168 
T106
Arrow Up
 5
Joe Sherwood  Green Bay, WI+25F+128584169 
T106
Arrow Up
 28
Brian Westcott  Hartland, WI+25F *+98881169 
T106
Arrow Down
 55
Brad Houghton  Rice Lake, WI.+25F *+187990169 
T106
Arrow Down
 31
James Ritchay  De Pere+25F *+168188169 
T110
Arrow Up
 8
Jerry Gitlewski  Sussex+26F+128684170 
T110
Arrow Up
 24
John Thorpe  Appleton, WI+26F *+108882170 
T110
Arrow Up
 1
John Swanson  Brookfield, WI+26F+138585170 
T110
Arrow Up
 1
Bill Tensfeldt  Madison, WI+26F+138585170 
T110
Arrow Up
 35
Rick Theiler  Grafton, WI+26F *+89080170 
T110
Arrow Down
 28
Jim Hein  Pewaukee, WI+26F+168288170 
T110
Arrow Down
 28
Bill Kaether  McFarland, WI+26F+168288170 
T110
Arrow Down
 28
Pat Leahy  Hartland, WI+26F+168288170 
T118
Arrow Up
 8
Mike Sorgi  Milwaukee, WI+27F *+128784171 
T118
Arrow Down
 7
Bob Kohl  Pewaukee, WI+27F+148586171 
T118
Arrow Down
 7
Larry Anderson  Lindenhurst, IL+27F+148586171 
T118
Arrow Up
 16
Daniel Mueller  Kenosha, WI+27F *+118883171 
T118
Arrow Down
 17
Gary Gustavson  Green Lake, WI+27F+158487171 
T123
Arrow Up
 3
Tim McKeough  Green Bay, WI+29F *+148786173 
T123
Arrow Down
 5
Mark Olsen  Pleasant Prairie+29F+158687173 
T123
Arrow Down
 5
Dan Rajek  Merrill, WI+29F+158687173 
T123
Arrow Down
 22
Steve Rajek  Mosinee, WI+29F+178489173 
T123
Arrow Down
 85
Curt Lumpp  Cambridge, WI+29F *+237895173 
T128
Arrow Down
 10
Jim Socha  Onalaska, WI+30F+168688174 
T128
Arrow Up
 6
Patrick Hogan  Green Bay, WI+30F *+148886174 
T128
Arrow Down
 17
Don Higgins  Madison, WI+30F+178589174 
T131
Arrow Up
 3
Steve Jaeger  Brookfield, WI+31F *+158887175 
T131
Arrow Up
 18
Steve Sevals  Rice Lake, WI+31F *+129184175 
T131
Arrow Up
 24
Craig Peachy  Fond Du Lac, WI+31F *+109382175 
T134
Arrow Down
 8
Andrew Osowski  Germantown, WI+32F *+178789176 
T134-Tom Roy  Eleva, WI+32F *+168888176 
T134
Arrow Down
 33
Tom Krause  Waukesha, WI+32F+208492176 
T134
Arrow Up
 11
Brian Spychalla  Waukesha, WI+32F *+149086176 
138
Arrow Down
 20
Bill Feehan, Jr.  La Crosse+33F+198691177 
T139
Arrow Down
 13
Todd Cook  Beaver Dam, WI+34F *+198791178 
T139
Arrow Up
 6
Mike Gerrits  Green Bay, WI+34F *+169088178 
T141
Arrow Down
 15
Bill Zuiker  Marshfield, WI+35F+208792179 
T141
Arrow Down
 7
Bill Paul  Casco, WI+35F *+198891179 
T141
Arrow Down
 7
Tom Felch  Ringle, WI+35F *+198891179 
T141
Arrow Down
 30
Didier Ibar  New Berlin, WI+35F+228594179 
T141
Arrow Up
 8
Jeff Kjorlien  Hubertus, WI+35F *+169188179 
T146
Arrow Down
 28
Fran Hewuse II  Tomah, WI+36F+228694180 
T146
Arrow Down
 12
Mike Meyers  Minocqua, WI+36F *+208892180 
T148
Arrow Down
 14
Andrew Schuelke  Franklin, WI+37F *+218893181 
T148
Arrow Down
 3
Bob Thompson  Highland Park, IL+37F *+199091181 
T150
Arrow Down
 24
David Gursoy  Conover, WI+38F *+238795182 
T150
Arrow Down
 32
Dan Jelinek  Iron Ridge, WI+38F+248696182 
T150
Arrow Up
 5
Neal Weitermann  Germantown, WI+38F *+179389182 
T150
Arrow Up
 10
Krys Komornicki  Elm Grove, WI+38F *+159587182 
154
Arrow Up
 6
Jim Appelgren  Minocqua, WI+39F *+169588183 
155
Arrow Down
 2
James Winistorfer  Mequon, WI+40F *+209292184 
T156
Arrow Down
 7
Patrick Garvens  Milwaukee, WI+41F *+229194185 
T156
Arrow Down
 1
Mike Greenhalgh  Madison, WI+41F *+209392185 
T156
Arrow Up
 11
Tim Filtz  West Bend, WI+41F *+1310085185 
159
Arrow Down
 1
Thomas Gordon  Plymouth, WI+42F *+209492186 
T160
Arrow Down
 11
David J. Butzen  Mequon, WI+45F *+269198189 
T160
Arrow Down
 2
Terry Schilz  Cambridge, WI+45F *+239495189 
162
Arrow Down
 2
Byron Olson  Menomonee Falls, WI+46F *+239595190 
T163
Arrow Down
 10
Seve Weiher  Hubertus, Wi.+48F *+2892100192 
T163
Arrow Up
 1
Harry Markos  Shorewood, WI+48F *+249696192 
165
Arrow Down
 5
James Dicks  Ottawa, WI+49F *+269598193 
166
Arrow Up
 1
Greg Moline  Mequon, WI+50F *+2210094194 
167
Arrow Up
 2
James Olson  Egg Harbor, WI+51F *+2010392195 
168
Arrow Down
 4
John Upson  Woodbury, MN+52F *+2896100196 
169
Arrow Up
 1
Doug Bader  Grafton, WI+57F *+2410596201 
170
Arrow Down
 6
Al Walschinski  Appleton, WI+59F *+3596107203 
171
Arrow Down
 1
Bob Warpinski  Green Bay, WI+65F *+32105104209 
DID NOT FINISH
WD-Randy Warobick  North Lake, WI+3  75 75 
WD-Michael Fischbach  Milwaukee, WI+3  75 75 
WD-Thomas Hau  Kiel, WI+10  82 82 
WD-Eric Peter  Elm Grove, WI+1511 *+78049129 
WD-Eric Hjortness  Menasha+18  90 90 
WD-Brian Hale  Sherwood, WI+229+98545130 
WD-Mike Jr. O'Connor  West Bend, WI+31  103 103 
WD-Erik Johnson  Hazelhurst, WI+329 *+149050140 
DQ-Robert Becker  Madison, WI+339 *+159051141 
NS-Jim Stangel  Algoma, WI+13  85 85 
NS-Peter Grefsheim  Madison, WI       
JWD-Dennis Priest  Greenfield, WI       

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