Bobbi Stricker | 2018 PHC Classic

Bobbi Stricker | 2018 PHC Classic

MILWAUKEE — The butterflies were there, flitting around in Bobbi Stricker’s stomach. She’d felt them 10 days earlier, when she held on to win the Badger Mutual Insurance Women’s Amateur, her first major tournament victory of any kind.

This was the PHC Classic, though, a Symetra Tour event. Another level. Stricker, who started playing competitively just three years ago and is a redshirt sophomore at the University of Wisconsin, was playing alongside young professionals trying to make it to the LPGA Tour.

“I was really nervous at the beginning,” said Stricker, who earned her spot in the field by winning the Badger Mutual Insurance event. “I was kind of tense all the way around, but we had fun.”

With her mother, Nicki, on the bag and her father, Steve, walking along Friday, Stricker shot a 5-over-par 77 in the first round of the 54-hole event at the Brown Deer Park Golf Course.

She made the turn at 5-over and shot even par on the back nine, with a lone birdie on the par-3 12th (the front and back nines were switched for this event). Her playing partners, Symetra Tour veteran Kristin Coleman of California and rookie Celina Yuan of Australia, shot 71 and 74, respectively.

“I got better as it went on,” Stricker said. “The back nine was OK.”

She wasn’t the only family member feeling some nerves. Steve Stricker, a 12-time winner on the PGA Tour, found out what it’s like to be on the other side of the gallery ropes.

“It is harder watching than playing,” he said. “My mom texted me this morning and she was like, ‘Now you know what dad and I have gone through all these years.’ I’m proud of her. It’s fun to see the growth. I’ve been thinking about it: this is only her third summer playing competitive golf. For her to win a tournament last week, I think it did a lot for her.”

In winning the Badger Mutual Insurance, Bobbi made nine birdies in an opening 66, her career low round, and followed with a 76 to win by two shots.

“I had never had a lead before,” she said. “I was so nervous. Sleeping on it was hard. I made some mistakes (in the final round) but I didn’t let it get the best of me. I think I bogeyed three holes coming in because I was a mess. It was definitely a learning experience that I’ll use for the future.”

Considering she’d played in just two collegiate events, both as an individual, it was a huge breakthrough.

“It gave her a ton of confidence, knowing she’s on the right track and she can do it,” Steve Stricker said. “She held on to win and that’s always a challenge. She broke through a lot of barriers last week and I think coming out here, playing in this event, she’s going to watch these other girls and she’s going to say, ‘Hey, my game isn’t that far off.’”

The scouting report on Bobbi is that she hits her driver straight and has good distance control with her irons. If her putting stroke looks familiar, it’s because she learned it from one of the best in the business; her father is regarded as one of the elite putters of his generation. She could use a bit of work on touch shots around the green and some upper body strength.

“She can get stronger, and she’s gotten stronger,” Steve said. “That’s been part of the process, too. She came out with not a lot of speed and she’s picked up speed. She’s now hitting it 10 to 15 yards past Nicki where before Nicki was hitting it past her. She’s gotten a lot longer in the last year.

“She’s just finding her way yet in the game and learning all these little things that it took all of us years to learn. She’s cramming it all into a couple year period. It’s amazing to me how much growth she’s shown. She couldn’t break 80 even last summer. She’s hitting way better shots.”

It helps that Nicki has been able to walk every step with her daughter these past two weeks. An accomplished player herself, Nicki caddied for Steve on the PGA Tour and has invaluable experience with a club in her hands or a bag over her shoulder.

“She is a huge help,” Bobbi said. “She helps me with my swing but also with the mental side. She knows what to say and what not to say. She keeps me level-headed.”

Bobbi has been accepted into the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the UW and is thinking about a career in social media. For now, she doesn’t feel the urge to follow her father in the family business.

“I think, though, that she’s kind of underestimating her want to play golf,” said Dennis Tiziani, Bobbi’s grandfather and the former men’s and women’s golf coach at Wisconsin. “She wants to play golf, even though she says no. I think way deep down, she wants to beat her mom, you know?”

Symetra Tour: Osceola's Casey Danielson, Madison's Jessie Gerry & Bobbi Stricker, Kohler's Jenna Peters, Edgerton's Allyssa Ferrell at PHC Classic (Brown Deer Park GC-Milwaukee)

Pos. Player Total
Saturday's
Tee Time
R1 R2 R3 Total
Wisconsin leaderboard
T10 Casey Danielson -3 9:09 AM 69 69
T43 Jessie Gerry -1 9:09 AM 71 71
T111 Jenna Peters 3 1:24 PM* 75 75
T111 Allyssa Ferrell 3 8:47 AM 75 75
T138 Bobbi Stricker (a) 5 1:02 PM* 77 77
Full leaderboard
1 Dottie Ardina -8 8:58 AM 64 64
2 Karolina Vlckova -7 8:36 AM 65 65
3 Kendall Dye -6 1:35 PM 66 66
T4 Carlie Carr -5 12:40 PM 67 67
T4 Demi Runas -5 9:42 AM 67 67
T4 Lauren Coughlin -5 9:20 AM 67 67
T7 Lori Beth Adams -4 1:57 PM* 68 68
T7 August Kim -4 1:46 PM 68 68
T7 Nontaya Srisawang -4 8:36 AM 68 68
T10 Dori Carter -3 2:30 PM 69 69
T10 Sarah Schmelzel -3 2:08 PM 69 69
T10 Samantha Troyanovich -3 1:57 PM 69 69
T10 Samantha Wagner -3 1:57 PM* 69 69
T10 Karen Chung -3 1:46 PM 69 69
T10 Vicky Hurst -3 1:46 PM* 69 69
T10 Regina Plasencia -3 1:46 PM* 69 69
T10 Erica Popson -3 1:35 PM* 69 69
T10 AJ Newell -3 1:24 PM 69 69
T10 Liv Cheng -3 1:02 PM 69 69
T10 Agathe Sauzon -3 1:02 PM 69 69
T10 Elizabeth Tong -3 9:20 AM 69 69
T10 Leslie Cloots -3 9:09 AM* 69 69
T10 Casey Danielson -3 9:09 AM 69 69
T10 Patricia Sanz Barrio -3 9:09 AM* 69 69
T10 Elizabeth Nagel -3 8:25 AM* 69 69
T10 Janie Jackson -3 8:03 AM* 69 69
T10 Huize Lian -3 8:03 AM 69 69
T10 Mia Piccio -3 7:41 AM* 69 69
T29 Marta Sanz Barrio -2 2:52 PM 70 70
T29 Anne Van Dam -2 2:52 PM* 70 70
T29 Laura Wearn -2 2:41 PM 70 70
T29 Lindsay Gahm -2 2:30 PM* 70 70
T29 Gabriella Then -2 2:19 PM 70 70
T29 Jordan Britt -2 2:08 PM 70 70
T29 Stephanie Kono -2 1:35 PM 70 70
T29 Eun Jeong Seong -2 1:35 PM 70 70
T29 Maria Parra -2 12:51 PM 70 70
T29 Katherine Perry -2 9:31 AM 70 70
T29 Pajaree Anannarukarn -2 8:47 AM 70 70
T29 Maia Schechter -2 8:47 AM* 70 70
T29 Emily Childs -2 8:03 AM 70 70
T29 Allison Emrey -2 7:30 AM 70 70
T43 Anneliese Newell -1 2:52 PM 71 71
T43 Nannette Hill -1 2:30 PM* 71 71
T43 Csicsi Rozsa -1 2:30 PM 71 71
T43 Veronica Felibert -1 2:19 PM* 71 71
T43 Jenny Coleman -1 2:08 PM* 71 71
T43 Charlotte Thomas -1 2:08 PM* 71 71
T43 Doris Chen -1 1:24 PM 71 71
T43 Kristin Coleman -1 1:02 PM* 71 71
T43 Chorphaka Jaengkit -1 12:51 PM* 71 71
T43 Jillian Hollis -1 9:20 AM* 71 71
T43 Jessie Gerry -1 9:09 AM 71 71
T43 Morgane Metraux -1 9:09 AM* 71 71
T43 Min Seo Kwak -1 8:58 AM 71 71
T43 Michelle Piyapattra -1 8:58 AM* 71 71
T43 Lindsey McCurdy -1 8:36 AM* 71 71
T43 Kyung Kim -1 8:25 AM 71 71
T43 Selena Costabile -1 8:03 AM* 71 71
T43 Cheyenne Knight -1 7:52 AM* 71 71
Projected Cut Line: -1
T61 Daniela Iacobelli E 2:41 PM 72 72
T61 Christine Meier E 2:41 PM* 72 72
T61 Nicole Jeray E 2:19 PM* 72 72
T61 Britney Yada E 2:19 PM 72 72
T61 Dana Finkelstein E 1:57 PM 72 72
T61 Stephanie Na E 1:46 PM 72 72
T61 Jennifer Ha E 9:42 AM* 72 72
T61 Portland Rosen E 9:42 AM 72 72
T61 Maddie McCrary E 9:31 AM 72 72
T61 Taylor Totland E 9:31 AM 72 72
T61 Esther Lee E 8:25 AM* 72 72
T61 Stephanie Miller E 8:14 AM 72 72
T61 Katelyn Sepmoree E 8:14 AM* 72 72
T61 Spencer Warne E 8:14 AM* 72 72
T61 Olivia Jordan-Higgins E 7:52 AM* 72 72
T61 Simin Feng E 7:30 AM* 72 72
T77 Ruixin Liu 1 2:08 PM* 73 73
T77 Victoria Morgan 1 2:08 PM 73 73
T77 Min-G Kim 1 1:46 PM* 73 73
T77 Pavarisa Yoktuan 1 1:35 PM* 73 73
T77 Jessica Welch 1 1:02 PM 73 73
T77 Desiree Dubreuil 1 12:51 PM* 73 73
T77 Natalie Vivaldi 1 12:51 PM 73 73
T77 Samantha Richdale 1 12:40 PM 73 73
T77 Julieta Granada 1 9:42 AM 73 73
T77 Lucia Polo 1 9:42 AM* 73 73
T77 Leona Maguire 1 8:58 AM* 73 73
T77 Stephanie Meadow 1 8:58 AM* 73 73
T77 Muni He 1 8:47 AM* 73 73
T77 Sandy Choi 1 8:25 AM* 73 73
T77 Nuria Iturrios 1 8:14 AM 73 73
T77 Matilda Castren 1 7:30 AM 73 73
T77 Courtney McKim (a) 1 7:30 AM 73 73
T94 Alex Milan 2 2:52 PM 74 74
T94 Shannon Fish 2 2:19 PM 74 74
T94 Nicole Sakamoto 2 1:57 PM 74 74
T94 Elizabeth Szokol 2 1:35 PM* 74 74
T94 Youngin Chun 2 1:13 PM 74 74
T94 Emma Henrikson 2 1:13 PM 74 74
T94 Min Lee 2 1:13 PM* 74 74
T94 Celina Yuan 2 1:02 PM* 74 74
T94 Becca Huffer 2 12:40 PM* 74 74
T94 Gabrielle Shipley 2 12:40 PM* 74 74
T94 Lee Lopez 2 9:31 AM* 74 74
T94 Ginger Howard 2 9:09 AM 74 74
T94 Clariss Guce 2 8:58 AM 74 74
T94 Emma Jandel 2 8:47 AM* 74 74
T94 Louise Ridderstrom 2 8:47 AM 74 74
T94 Krystal Quihuis 2 8:14 AM 74 74
T94 Camille Chevalier 2 7:30 AM* 74 74
T111 Elise Bradley 3 2:52 PM* 75 75
T111 Natalie Sheary 3 2:52 PM* 75 75
T111 Wad Phaewchimplee 3 2:41 PM 75 75
T111 Marissa Dodd 3 2:30 PM 75 75
T111 Grace Na 3 2:19 PM* 75 75
T111 Emily Collins 3 1:57 PM* 75 75
T111 Gabby Lemieux 3 1:24 PM* 75 75
T111 Jenna Peters 3 1:24 PM* 75 75
T111 Marissa Chow 3 12:51 PM 75 75
T111 Kelly Tan 3 9:42 AM* 75 75
T111 Allyssa Ferrell 3 8:47 AM 75 75
T111 Lakareber Abe 3 8:25 AM 75 75
T111 Kristy McPherson 3 8:25 AM 75 75
T111 Prima Thammaraks 3 8:03 AM 75 75
T111 Jean Reynolds 3 7:52 AM 75 75
T111 Marion Ricordeau 3 7:41 AM 75 75
T127 Sadena Parks 4 1:13 PM* 76 76
T127 Laura Restrepo 4 12:51 PM* 76 76
T127 Andrea Wong 4 9:20 AM 76 76
T127 Sierra Sims 4 8:36 AM* 76 76
T127 Linnea Strom 4 8:36 AM 76 76
T127 Emily Penttila 4 8:14 AM* 76 76
T127 Samantha Postillion 4 8:03 AM* 76 76
T127 Paula Hurtado 4 7:41 AM 76 76
T127 Kate Machado 4 7:41 AM* 76 76
T127 Erika Scott 4 7:41 AM 76 76
T127 Brittany Benvenuto 4 7:30 AM* 76 76
T138 Margarita Ramos 5 2:41 PM* 77 77
T138 Ssu-Chia Cheng 5 1:24 PM* 77 77
T138 Bobbi Stricker (a) 5 1:02 PM* 77 77
T138 Allie Knight 5 7:52 AM 77 77
T142 Megan Osland 6 2:41 PM* 78 78
T142 Heather Shake 6 1:13 PM 78 78
T142 Panitta Yusabai 6 12:40 PM* 78 78
T142 Jordy LaBarbera 6 9:20 AM* 78 78
T142 Haley Mills 6 9:20 AM* 78 78
T142 Catherine O'Donnell 6 8:36 AM* 78 78
T142 Sirene Blair 6 7:52 AM 78 78
T149 Brogan McKinnon 7 1:13 PM* 79 79
T149 Louise Stahle 7 7:41 AM* 79 79
T151 Dorsey Addicks 8 1:24 PM 80 80
T151 Lauren Diaz-Yi 8 12:40 PM 80 80
T151 Alejandra Llaneza 8 9:31 AM* 80 80
T151 Anna Young 8 7:52 AM* 80 80
155 Shasta Averyhardt 9 9:31 AM* 81 81
156 Hanule Sky Seo 12 2:30 PM* 84 84