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Hole No. 12 at Milwaukee Country Club, site of the 2020 Wisconsin State Amateur.

Here's how the 156-golfer field for this week's 119th Wisconsin State Amateur Championship Monday-Thursday at Milwaukee Country Club was determined:

Exempt players

Past champions (5): Matt Tolan, Eau Claire (2017), Nick Nelson, Milwaukee (2016), Eddie Wajda, Brookfield (2015); Mike McDonald, West Bend (2011), Travis Meyer, River Falls (2007) and Pat Boyle, Greendale (2000, 2004).

Top 25 and ties from 2019 State Amateur (19): Philip Johnson, Colgate; Samuel Anderson, Stoughton; Thomas Longbella, Chippewa Falls; Pete Kuhl, Madison; Jacob Beckman, Middleton; Tyler Leach, Spring Valley; Cameron Huss, Kenosha; Matthew Bachmann, Sheboygan Falls; Nate Thomson, Greendale; Drake Wilcox, Sheboygan; Johnny Decker, Madison; Garrett Jones, Madison; Emmet Herb, Middleton; Adam Garski, Wauwatosa; Zak Kulka, Beaver Dam; Cal Meyers, Milwaukee; Jamozzy Skenandore, De Pere; Christopher Colla, Fond du Lac; Daniel Ozga, Edgerton.

Top 25 eligible players from 2019 Wisconsin Amateur Player of the Year rankings (13): Jack Schultz, Whitefish Bay; Joe DuChateau, Fond du Lac; Kevin Cahill, Waukesha; Michael Bielawski, Waukesha; Travis Engle, Kenosha; Joe Weber, Onalaska; Kevin Van Rossum, Hartland; Benjamin Shafer, Brookfield; Owen Butler, Stoughton; Jakob Schoreckenthaler, Cottage Grove; Matt Polivka, Muskego; Jim Doing, Verona; Ryonen Faris, Fond du Lac.  

Other 2019 WSGA champions (2): Bennett Swavely, Hudson (Junior); John Uekert, West Bend (Senior).

2019 WSGA Senior Player of the Year (1): Jim Doing, Verona.

Host facility's club champion (1): Ryan Schmus, Brookfield.

Other 2019 Champions/Others (5): George Botts, Madison (WPLA 36-Hole Championship); Ben Skogen, Onalaska (TRGA Championship); PJ Murphy, Middleton (Madison City Championship).

Member of 2019 WSGA Nelthorpe Cup Team (1): Paul Zarek, Burlington. 


Qualifying Site #1

Date: June 29

Course: Janesville Riverside GC

Qualifiers (8): Grant Golz, DeKalb, Ill; Jacob Mayer, Delafield; Brady Sarauer, Fond du Lac; Ryan Smith, Eatonton, Ga.; Josh Kirkham, Hinsdale, Ill.; Daniel Romero, Darien; Michael Fastert, Wheeling, Ill.; Michael Bastian, Milwaukee.

Alternates: Joe Forsting, Edgerton (IN); Nathan Boltz, Elkhorn.

Notables to qualify: Medalist Grant Goltz, who won with a 69, is a former Southern Illinois golfer who has since withdrawn from the State Am. ... Brady Sarauer (70) is a former UW-Green Bay golfer who will begin dental school at Marquette University this fall. ... Ryan Smith is an incoming freshman on the University of Wisconsin golf team. His father, Ted, is a Clintonville native, the 1987 WSGA Junior Boys champion and also a former Badgers golfer. ... Josh Kirkham is a Bradley University golfer who was second on the team in stroke average (77.19) last season as a freshman. ... Edgerton's Joe Forsting, the 2019 WIAA Division 2 state champion who now competes at Iowa Central Community College, qualified as an alternate and was added to the field when Goltz withdrew.

Notables to miss: Six-time Janesville city champion Sam Van Galder, who shot a pair of 65s and finished 12th at the Ray Fischer Amateur Championship in Janesville, shot 75 and missed by two shots. ... Wauwatosa East/West teammates Dan Soboleski and Ben Monty, who lost their senior seasons of high school golf to COVID-19, shot matching 76s. ... Union Grove's Tom Chambers, who finished fourth at the 2018 Wisconsin State Senior Open, also missed with a 76.

Who to watch at Milwaukee CC: Sarauer, who shot 75-68-71-72 at the recent Ray Fischer Amateur Championship to finish T34, won the 2016 WSGA Junior Boys Championship at The Bull at Pinehurst Farms in Sheboygan Falls.


Qualifying Site #2

Date: July 1

Course: The Legend at Bergamont GC-Oregon

Qualifiers (11): Conner O'Neil, Green Bay; Jeff Glisch, Middleton; Marc Shanks, Blue Mounds; Brian Markle, Verona; Aidan Lafferty, Downers Grove, Ill.; Mason Polivka, Muskego; Lukas Heckmann, Middleton; Sean Murphy, Middleton; Mike Murphy, Fitchburg; Kyle Wille, Edgerton; Aaron Gavon, South Milwaukee.

Alternates: Brian McCall, Middleton (IN); Jason Jochem, McFarland.

Notables to qualify: Medalist Conner O'Neil, who won with a 69, is a former Illinois Wesleyan golfer who won the College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin Championship in 2017 and was a Golf Coaches Association of America NCAA Division III All-American in 2018. ... Marquette's Aiden Lafferty, who will be a redshirt freshman for the Golden Eagles this fall, qualified with a 1-under 71. ... University of New Orleans golfer Lukas Heckmann of Middleton, who won the 2018 WIAA Division 2 state title for Lakeside Lutheran High School (Lake Mills), qualified with a 72. ... 64-year-old Mike Murphy of Fitchburg, a three-time Madison city champion, qualified with a 73. He finished T51 at the 1995 State Am, the last time it was held at venerable Milwaukee CC. He played his first Wisconsin State Amateur in 1973 — 47 years ago — at Kenosha CC. Murphy also played at Milwaukee CC in 1971, the first year that the State Amateur was decided by stroke play, but in the junior portion of the event. After making the 36-hole cut at North Hills CC in Menomonee Falls, Murphy, 15 at the time, played the final two rounds of the Vice President's Cup/16-and-under division at Milwaukee CC. ... Alternate Brian McCall was added to the field when former champion Bob Gregorski, who won the 1995 State Am at Milwaukee CC, withdrew due to injury.

Notables to miss: Former Edgewood College golfer Matthew Davidson of McFarland, who shot 75-64-69-65 and finished T5 at last month's Ray Fischer Amateur Championship, shot 74 and fell in a 6-for-1 playoff for the final spot. ... Former Madison Edgewood golfer James Gilmore of Verona, who has transferred to NCAA Division III power St. Thomas (Minn.) and will be part of its transition to Division I golf, shot 76 and missed by two. ... Former Ray Fischer champion Matt Behm of Valders, who finished T19 at this year's Fischer, missed with a 77. ... Winona (Minn.) State golfer Dylan Brown of Reedsburg, who finished T26 at last year's State Am and missed an exemption by one shot. 

Who to watch at Milwaukee CC: Lafferty played in five events during his COVID-19-shortened freshman season at Marquette, including the last three of the Golden Eagles' seven tournaments. He finished third on the team in scoring (73.07) behind Hunter Eichhorn (70.81) and Tyler Leach (71.9)


Qualifying Site #3

Date: July 6

Course: Oconomowoc GC

Qualifiers (12): Peter Flory, Glencoe, Ill; Benjamin Pausha, Delafield; Billy McKay, Milwaukee; Travis Pronschinske, Oconomowoc; Chad Brennan, Eleva; Alex Yost, Hartland (WD); Hunter Pipik, New Berlin; Jack Blair, Wauwatosa; Chris Hoff, Hartland; Tom Halla, Colgate; Kris VanSickle, Peshtigo; Tom Drill, Sheboygan.

Alternates: Adam Fazio, Wauwatosa (IN); Jeremy Wesemann, Merten.

Notables to qualify: Medalist Peter Flory, who shot 71, calls Glencoe, Ill., home, but plays out of Spring Valley CC in Salem, Wis. The Ann Arbor, Mich., native is a member of the Society of Hickory Golfers dedicated to those who enjoy playing the game with vintage, hickory-shafted golf clubs. ... Runner-up Benjamin Pausha of Delafield is a rising senior at Kettle Moraine HS who had his junior season canceled by COVID-19. He finished T13 at last month's Wisconsin PGA Junior Championship in Milwaukee. ... Runner-up Billy McKay of Milwaukee is a former University of Michigan golfer who now works as a medical device sales rep for Smith & Nephew. He spent three years at Grand Blanc, Mich., HS before transferring to the David Leadbetter Golf Academy and held the distinction of being the youngest golfer ever to qualify for the PGA Tour's Buick Open in his hometown. ... New Berlin's Hunter Pipik, the 2017 WIAA Division 2 state champion and a rising senior at NCAA Division II Lewis (Ill.), qualified for his fourth State Am with a 74. ... Wauwatosa's Jack Blair, who qualified with a 74, is a former Milwaukee Marquette golfer who played eight rounds as a freshman at the University of Wisconsin last season. ... Colgate's Tom Halla, 52, the clubhouse manager at Naga-Waukee War Memorial GC in Pewaukee, finished T9 at the 1995 State Am the last time it was held at Milwaukee CC. He is one of only three golfers who made the cut at that State Am to be in this year's field. ... Alternate Adam Fazio of Wauwatosa was added to the field after former Hartland Arrowhead golfer Alex Yost withdrew.

Notables to miss: Former Carroll University golf coach Rob Retzlaff of Oconomowoc shot 76 and missed a 5-for-2 playoff by one stroke. ... Milwaukee Marquette boys golf coach Brad Niswonger, who won the 2020 WSGA Senior Four-Ball Championship with partner Rocky Sperka, shot 81 and missed by six shots.

Who to watch at Milwaukee CC: Popular opinion suggest a patient veteran will be rewarded so does Halla — affectionately known as "The Lanon Cannon" — have one more shot at contending? He shot 69-71-65-70 and finished T11 at last months Ray Fischer Amateur Championship in Janesville.


Qualifying Site #4

Date: July 8

Course: Brown Deer Park GC-Milwaukee

Qualifiers (12): Larry Blatt, Chicago; Kevin Paek, Glenview, Ill.; Matthew Raab, Hartland; Christopher Weinfurt, Waukesha; Ty Mueller, Mequon; Brian J. Kopinski, Chicago; Danny Sanicki, Menomonee Falls; Michael Kerns, Milwaukee; Robbie Morway, Mequon; Eric Marchetti, North Chicago (WD); Max Pasher, Mequon; Evan Myers, Northbrook, Ill.

Alternates: Adam McDonald, Waukesha (IN); John Wittkowski, Shorewood.

Notables to qualify: Co-medalist Larry Blatt, who birdied his final three holes to shoot 3-under 68, played one season at the University of Illinois (2007-08) after transferring from Mississippi. ... Co-medalist Kevin Paek of Glenview, Ill., who eagled No. 18 to match Blatt, is a rising senior at Boston College where he was No. 5 on the team in scoring (77.0) as a junior last season. He finished T19 at the 2019 Illinois State Amateur. ... Hartland's Matthew Raab, who birdied two of his last three holes to shoot 70 and finish tied for third, is a rising sophomore at St. Thomas (Minn.) where he ranked third on the team in scoring with 74.0 in eight rounds for a program transitioning to NCAA Division I status in 2021. ... Menomonee Falls Danny Sanicki, who qualified with a 72, recently wrapped up his freshman season at NCAA Division II UW-Parkside where his 76.45 average led the Rangers. ... Mequon's Robbie Morway, a University of Wisconsin golfer who missed the 2018-19 season with labrum tears in both hips, continued his comeback by qualifying with a 73. ... UW-Green Bay senior-to-be Max Pasher, a high school teammate of Morway, shot 73 and survived a 3-for-2 playoff for the one of the final spots. ... So did Evan Myers of Northbrook, Ill., who will be a redshirt freshman this fall at Texas A&M.

Notables to miss: Former Sheboygan North golfer Maxwell Schmidtke, who played eight rounds as a freshman at Division II Illinois-Springfield, shot 74 and missed qualifying by one shot. ... Former Marquette golfer Charlie Maleki of Mequon shot 75 and missed by two. ... Former Milwaukee Marquette golfer Drew Sagrillo, who transferred from Division II Dominican University (Calif.) to Division III St. Thomas (Minn.) at semester break last season, shot 76 and missed by three. ... Menomonee Falls' Steven Sanicki, who plays with his twin brother at UW-Parkside, also missed with a 76. ... Former UW-Green Bay golfer Gene Kiela III missed with a 78 as did current Phoenix golfer Ian Behringer of Manitowoc with a 79.

Who to watch at Milwaukee CC: Keep an eye on Raab, who — like most of the golfers in the ultra-competitive St. Thomas (Minn.) program — is out to prove he will be up to the challenge on the golf course when the Tommies make the jump from Division III to Division I in the fall of 2021. Not only that, Raab plays out of Chenequa Country Club in Hartland, which — opened in 1911 — was built in the same era as Milwaukee CC (1894).


Qualifying Site #5

Date: July 9

Course: Washington County GC-Hartford

Qualifiers (12): Jason Kahnke, Kewaskum; Dylan Karvala, New Berlin; David Brock, Mequon; Russell Dettmering, Merrill; Nicholas Malahy, Wauwatosa; Ryan Hughes, Cedarburg; Josh Teplin, Mequon; P.J. Clemins, Cedarburg; Brad Finger, Waukesha; Daniel Hughes, Cedarburg; Brian Morris, Shorewood; Cory Aune, Lake Geneva.

Alternates: Graham Westley, Hartford; Bradley Buechel, Kewaskum.

Notables to qualify: Medalist Jason Jahnke of Kewaskum, 32, who shot 2-under 34 on the front nine in the rain-shortened qualifier, will be playing in his seventh State Am after finishing T29 on the Links Course at the GCs of Lawsonia in Green Lake a year ago. ... New Berlin's Dylan Karvala, who qualified with a 35, shot a career-low 67 last month in the first round of the Ray Fischer State Championship and was one shot off the lead before fading to 61st. ... Merrill's Russell Dettmering, the 2019 WIAA Division 1 state champion, qualified with a 35. Dettmering, who will attend Western Texas College this fall, finished T26 at last year's State Am. ... Cedarburg's Ryan Hughes, a former Eastern Illinois golfer, shot 36 to qualify along with twin brother Daniel Hughes and their former Cedarburg teammate P.J. Clemins. All three were part of the Bulldogs team that won the 2013 WIAA Division 1 state championship. ... Mequon's Josh Teplin, making his State Am debut, had his senior season at Homestead High School canceled by COVID-19. He finished T24 at the 2019 WIAA Division 1 state tournament. ... Lake Geneva's Cory Aune, who won a 7-for-1 playoff for the final berth, is a 38-year-old who didn't start playing golf competitively until his late 20s and last year qualified for the U.S Mid-Amateur.

Notables to miss: Appleton's Aiden Cudney, 14, who has been golfing since age 5 and has already played in 13 WPGA Junior points events this year, lost in the playoff in his quest to play in his first State Am. ... North Dakota State golfer Jed Baranczyk lost out on a State Am berth when scores reverted to the front nine and he double-bogeyed his final hole to shoot 39 and miss by two. 

Who to watch at Milwaukee CC: Teplin, who plays out of North Shore CC in Mequon, is playing well of late. He won both of his matches earlier this month at the Wisconsin-Minnesota Junior Cup Matches at Stevens Point CC and last week qualified for next month's Wisconsin State Open with a 2-under-par 70 at Washington County GC, a round that included five of his six birdies after he had triple-bogeyed No. 8.


Qualifying Site #6

Date: July 10

Course: La Crosse CC

Qualifiers (5): Trey Hewuse, Tomah; Jimmy Morton, Sugar Grove, Ill.; Scott Erickson, Sparta; Austin Erickson, Sparta; Tim Ertmer, Orono, Minn.

Alternates: Shaun Borre, La Crosse (IN); James DeBore, Onalaska.

Notables to qualify: Co-medalist Trey Hewuse of Tomah, who shot 72, played four years of college golf at UW-Stout and is making his fourth State Am appearance after missing the cut in his first three. He became the first Tomah golfer in 22 years to qualify for the WIAA state tournament when he did it in 2014. ... Co-medalist Jimmy Morton of Sugar Grove, Ill., is a rising junior at Illinois Wesleyan where he was second on the team with a 72.3 stroke average and earned PING Division III first-team All-American honors. ... The father-son duo of Scott Erickson and Austin Erickson, who won the 2017 Pater-Filius Championship at Grand Geneva Resort in 2017, qualified with 73s. Austin is headed to Iowa Central CC this fall. ... Onalaska native Tim Ertmer, 53, who helped the Hilltoppers to the 1985 WIAA Division 1 state title, parred his final six holes to shoot 74 and earn the last qualifying spot by a single shot. ... Alternate Shaun Borre earned a spot in the field after Vanderbilt golfer Harrison Ott of Brookfield withdrew to compete in the Western Amateur.

Notables to miss: Black River Falls Greg Johnson, who won the Super Senior division of the 2019 WSGA Senior Amateur Championship, shot 79 and missed qualifying by five shots. ... UW-Eau Claire recruit Carson Brock of Onalaska shot 81 and missed by seven. ... Iowa Central CC golfer Cody Dirks of Holmen failed to qualify after shooting 84.

Who to watch at Milwaukee CC: Morton finished T9 at the 2019 Illinois State Amateur Championship at Cantigny GC in Wheaton and, coming off an exceptional sophomore season at Illinois Wesleyan, could be one of the new faces to watch in the State Am field.


Qualifying Site #7

Date: July 13

Course: Meadowbrook CC-Racine

Qualifiers (12): Greg Bauman, Crystal Lake, Ill.; John Wright, Aurora, Ill. (WD); Riley Bauman, Crystal Lake, Ill.; Jordan Less, Elmhurst, Ill.; Michael Mattas, Streamwood, Ill.; Jackson Bussell, Lincolnshire, Ill.; Todd Schaap, Kenosha; Rocky Sperka, New Berlin; Ricky Kuiper, Racine; Timothy Lim, Hoffman Estates, Ill. (WD); Paul Koszarek, Waterford; John Kryscio, Lake Forest, Ill.

Alternates: William Nummy, Winnetka, Ill. (IN); Brian Eitel, Racine (IN).

Notables to qualify: Medalist Greg Bauman, 32, who had five birdies and an eagle in his 4-under 67, spent three seasons on the Northern Illinois men's golf team and won the 2017 Illinois State Mid-Amateur. ... Riley Bauman, 28, who qualified with a 69, is Greg's younger brother who played his college golf at Carthage College in Kenosha. ... Jordan Less, who qualified with a 69, and Michael Mattas, who made it with a 70, recently completed their fourth years on the Northern Illinois men's golf team. Less finished T2 at the 2019 Illinois State Amateur on rounds of 73-67-70 while Mattas placed 35th. ... Jackson Bussell, who also shot 70, is a college teammate of Lake Geneva's Blake Wisdom at Bucknell University where he was fifth on the team in scoring as a freshman at 74.8. He shot 71-69-81 and finished T32 at the 2019 Illinois State Am. ... Kenosha's Todd Schaap, who got through with a 71, will be making his 13th State Am appearance. The 1986 WSGA Junior champion last year won a local qualifier for the U.S. Senior Open. ... New Berlin's Rocky Sperka, 58, teamed with Milwaukee Marquette boys golf coach Brad Niswonger to win the 2020 WSGA Senior Four-Ball Championship last month at Bishops Bay CC in Middleton. He has made the cut in five consecutive State Ams. 

Notables to miss: Jack Pagelow of DeKalb, Ill., who finished T9 at the 2019 Illinois State Amateur, couldn't overcome a 38 on the front nine and missed out on a State Am berth by one shot after a 73. ... Mequon's Christian Staudt, a rising senior at Homestead High School who finished tied for eighth at last month's WPGA Junior Championship, shot 74 and missed qualifying by two shots. ... Burlington's Ramiro Romo, 63, the 2017 WSGA Senior Amateur champion and father of former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo, shot 75 and missed by three. ... Fond du Lac's Elliott Nielsen, who is transferring from Northern Iowa to Dominican University (Calif.) to join younger brother Sam, shot 76 and missed by four. ... UW-Eau Claire golfer Connor Brown of Racine and Lake Forest (Ill.) recruit Marty Swab of Menomonee Falls, missed qualifying with 77s.

Who to watch at Milwaukee CC: The Meadowbrook qualifier contributed many worthy Illinois contenders to the field, but few have the State Am record of Schaap, who had four top-10 finishes between 2006 and 2011, when he finished tied for fourth at Maple Bluff CC in Madison, a course that — like Milwaukee CC — is one of the state's time-honored, tree-lined layouts. In addition, Schaap showed his game is in good shape at last month's WSGA State Match-Play Championship at the Club at Strawberry Creek in Kenosha, where he outlasted 2017 State Am champion Matt Tolan in a 20-hole marathon in the first round of the Sweet 16 before falling 2 and 1 to Mattas in the quarterfinals. 


Qualifying Site #8

Date: July 14

Course: Mascoutin GC-Berlin

Qualifiers (12): Gabe Dahl, Green Bay; John Triller, Green Lake; Collin Schroeder, Appleton; Tyler Reitz, Lombard, Ill.; Terry Flesch, Fond du Lac; Timothy DeMaster, Berlin; Joseph Mazurek, Germantown; Mason Gardner, Waupaca; Zach Place, Roselle, Ill.; Alexander Ho, Milwaukee; Michael Sierakowski, Sheboygan Falls; Nick Satina, Madison.

Alternates: Joseph True, Milwaukee; Pete Rombca, North Prairie.

Notables to qualify: Medalist Gabe Dahl of Green Bay, who won with a 1-over 73, is a former St. Norbert golfer who later spent six years as an assistant coach for the Green Knights. ... Tyler Reitz, a rising sophomore at Millikin University, led the Big Blue with a 74.14 average in 14 rounds as a freshman last season. ... UW-Eau Claire golfer Mason Gardner of Waupaca, who qualified with a 77, has averaged 81.27 in 11 rounds over two seasons with the Blugolds. ... Zach Place, who advanced with a 77, averaged 75.5 in 10 rounds as a freshman last season at Northern Illinois.

Notables to miss: Former University of Wisconsin golfer Craig Cerbins, 32, who won the 2005 WIAA Division 1 state title for Portage High School, shot 78 and lost an 8-for-3 playoff for the final spots. ... Kaukauna's Tyler Cleaves, who averaged 80.29 in five tournaments as a freshman last season at NCAA Division II Wilmington (N.C.) University, also shot 78 and was eliminated in the playoff. ... Brookfield's Ed Dziribik Jr., who lost in the finals of the WSGA Senior Match Play Championship this month at Blackhawk CC in Madison, fell short after shooting 79. ... Kaukauna's Brock Hlinak, who averaged 75.17 in 18 rounds at Queens University of Charlotte (N.C.), missed a berth after shooting 79. ... Manawa's Ryan Schuelke, a rising junior at UW-Green Bay, failed to qualify after an 82. 

Who to watch at Milwaukee CC: Reitz showed an ability to go low as a freshman at Millikin, shooting 71 or better four times. But he can't afford the kind of slow start that caused him to miss the cut at the 2019 Illinois State Am, where he shot 80-72 and missed by five.


Qualifying Site #9

Date: July 14

Course: Lake Arrowhead GC-Nekoosa

Qualifiers (5): Ty Kretz, Marinette; Matthew Buckley, Elmhurst; Chris Kostrewa, Wales; Mike Roznowski, Leawood, Kans.; Sam Cianciola, Nekoosa.

Alternates: Alex Okray, Stevens Point (IN); Chris Rasmussen, King.

Notables to qualify: Two of the hottest junior golfers in the upper Midwest shared medalist honors as Ty Kretz and Matthew Buckley shot matching 74s to punch their tickets to Milwaukee CC. Kretz, who will be a senior this fall at Marinette, twice shot 63 at the start of the summer to win WPGA Junior Tour events and Buckley, who will play golf at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute this fall, has three top-five finishes on the Mid-American Junior Golf Tour. ... Sam Cianciola, a former Appleton North golfer who has caddied at Sand Valley GR near Nekoosa and Erin Hills near Milwaukee, earned one of three State Am berths in a 5-for-3 playoff. ... Alternate Alex Okray of Stevens Point, who played college golf at Carthage College and St. Norbert, got into the field when former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo of Burlington withdrew due to a wrist injury.

Notables to miss: Three-time NEWGA Amateur champion and two-time Brown County Amateur champion Todd Westrich of De Pere double-bogeyed his final hole to shoot 77 and finish one shot out of the playoff. ... Baraboo's Jason Manke, who would later win the WSGA Par 3 Championship on The Sandbox at Sand Valley, shot 78 and missed by two. ... So did Fond du Lac's Sam Nielsen, who recently signed his National Letter of Intent to attend NCAA Division II Dominican University (Calif.).  

Who to watch at Milwaukee CC: Neither co-medalist has had much success or experience in WSGA set-ups so it might be up to Cianciola and his caddie background to use those skills to get to know the ins and outs of Milwaukee CC.


Qualifying Site #10

Date: July 15

Course: The Oaks GC-Cottage Grove

Qualifiers (12): Garrett Gosh, Wauwatosa; Derek Fiestadt, Kaukauna; Carl Christiansen, Naperville, Ill.; Logan Larrabee, Lake Mills; Zach Dybul, Big Bend; Chip Savarie, Madison; Tom Schoewe, Sun Prairie; Adam Miller, Nekoosa; Braden Mork, Madison; Tommy Mohs, Madison; Ryan Hurab, Oconomowoc; Gregory Wagner, Cambridge.

Alternates: Thomas Winkler, Mount Horeb; Austin Gaby, Verona.

Notables to qualify: Medalist Garrett Gosh, a former UW-Green Bay golfer, shot 3-under 68 and won the qualifier by three shots over another former Phoenix golfer (Derek Fiestadt) and current Illinois Wesleyan golfer Carl Christianson. Gosh, a former Hartland Arrowhead golfer, has played in the last eight State Ams and made the cut in seven of them with his best finish a tie for fifth place at the 2015 championship at Erin Hills. ... Big Bend's Zach Dybul, who qualified with a 72, has been a high jumper at the University of Wisconsin who is now devoting his full attention to golf. He shot 67-72-77-70 at last month's Ray Fischer Amateur Championship and finished tied for 34th. ... University of Wisconsin golfer Chip Savarie, a Winnetka, Ill., native whose Badger ties make him one of the less conspicuous Illinois golfers in the field, also qualified with a 72. He shot 75-68 at the 2019 CDGA Amateur Championship before falling in the quarterfinals of match play in 21 holes. ... Adam Miller, the 2015 WIAA Division 2 state boys golf champion for state champion Lodi, qualified with a 72. He now works at Sand Valley near Nekoosa. ... Former UW-Green Bay golfer Braden Mork, a Menomonie native who now calls Madison home, also advanced with a 72. He spent five years as a golf professional, most recently at Nakoma GC in Madison, before regaining his amateur standing after going into the banking business. He finished T7 at the 2016 Wisconsin State Open.

Notables to miss: Lake Geneva's Blake Wisdom, a Bucknell University golfer who made it to the Monday qualifier for the PGA Tour's 3M Championship, shot 74 and missed qualifying by one shot. ... Lancaster's Noah Kirsch, 16, a rising high school junior, shot 75 and missed by two shots. ... So did Mineral Point coach Cory Sokol, whose former player — Iowa Central CC-bound Simon Mitchell — missed by four. ... Illinois Wesleyan golfer Ethan Wilkins shot 77 and missed by four shots.

Who to watch at Milwaukee CC: Gosh has shot between 298 and 302 in six of the seven State Ams in which he has made the cut with 22 of his 24 rounds being 77 or lower. That kind of consistency could be just the ticket for Gosh at Milwaukee CC.


Qualifying Site #11

Date: July 16

Course: Eau Claire G&CC-Altoona

Qualifiers (5): Jon Higley, Strum; Isaac Prefontaine, New Franken; Owen Covey, New Richmond; Cole Stark, Eau Claire; Eric Christensen, Amery.

Alternates: Ben Resnick, Rice Lake (IN); Jeremy Banaszewski, New Richmond.

Notables to qualify: Medalist Jon Higley, 53, who won with a 72, is the boys golf coach at Eleva-Strum. ... New Franken's Isaac Prefontaine, who qualified second with a 73, was No. 3 in scoring at UW-Eau Claire last season with 74.17. ... New Richmond's Owen Covey, who will be a senior for the Tigers this fall, qualified for his first State Am with a 74. He has enjoyed a solid summer with T8 finishes at the Wisconsin PGA Junior Championship and the College Showcase. ... Stetson University golfer Ben Resnick of Rice Lake shot 76 and fell short in the playoff, but was added to the State Am field as an alternate after two-time WIAA Division 1 state champion and University of Illinois recruit Piercen Hunt withdrew to play in the Western Amateur.

Notables to miss: UW-Eau Claire golf coach Darrin Skinner shot 77 and missed a 3-for-1 playoff for the final spot by one shot. ... St. Thomas (Minn.) recruit Logan Lillehaug of Frederic also shot 77. ... Sheboygan Falls' Tyler Beeck, who is transferring from NCAA Division II Winona (Minn.) State to Division I Charleston Southern, was also part of the six-way tie at 77 on the outside looking in. ... Strum's Mathew Higley, the 2017 WIAA Division 3 state champion and Jon's nephew, shot 80 and missed by four shots. 

Who to watch at Milwaukee CC: It might be tough to repeat the success the five qualifiers had at Eau Claire G&CC, but the course does share some of the traditional qualities of Milwaukee CC. It's not out of the realm of reason for one of them to find success.

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