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Michael Bielawski watches his chip shot during the finals of the Match Play Championship on Thursday at Blackhawk Country Club in Madison.

At age 33, Michael Bielawski's best golf should be behind him.

But the former Marquette golfer and assistant coach couldn't have been much better than he was during early June when he teamed with former University of Wisconsin golfer Garrett Jones to win the WSGA Bestball Championship at The Legend at Merrill Hills Country Club in Waukesha and then repeated as WSGA Match-Play Championship at Blackhawk Country Club in Madison.

In doing so, Bielawski — the development director for the Midwest Athletes against Childhood Cancer — joined Archie Dadian of South Milwaukee (1976), John Pallin of Kenosha (1980 and 1992) and Ryan Quinn of Galesville (2001) as the only golfers to win both WSGA events in the same year. But Bielawski, with a 6-month-old son at home, chose not to try to join Quinn as the only golfers to complete the WSGA triple crown, skipping the Wisconsin State Amateur at Minocqua Country Club because of the distance from his home in Waukesha.

"It's a long trip and we just couldn't make it work with the schedule," Bielawski said. "I'm sad missing that one, but we'll get enough golf in this year."

Indeed, he tied for 23rd at the Ray Fischer State Amateur Tournament in Janesville and tied for 43rd at the Wisconsin State Open Championship before his competitive season ended. His blistering start to the summer of 2018 earned him the No. 17 spot on the Wisconsin.Golf list of the top 18 stories in 2018 as chosen by the Wisconsin.Golf staff.


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