Competitive season heats up
Amateur golf takes center stage
he championship golf season is off
to an exciting start in Wisconsin. The
The State Amateur Championship, July
18-21 at Maple Bluff CC in Madison, has
its share of exciting news as well. Total
entries for the event surpassed 700 for the
first time since 2004. Clifton Gunderson,
ranked as one of the nation’s largest
certified public accounting and consulting
firms, has signed on as the sponsor of
the event. This partnership can only help
continue to raise the profile of the event
throughout the state.
State Bestball Championship came down
to the 18th hole before Rob Jacobson
and John Gullberg sealed victory. Jack
Schultz needed a birdie on the first extra
hole to defeat Ricky Hearden for the
State Match Play title. Not to be outdone,
Todd Westrich won the Governor’s Cup
after he birdied his final three holes to
force a playoff with Bob Gregorski.
under his belt before he attempts to
repeat as U.S. Amateur Champion. I first
saw Uihlein play as a 13-year-old competing
in his first American Junior Golf Association event in Hagerstown, Md. I have a
feeling a lot more people will watch him
at Erin Hills.
While Uihlein was shattering the tournament record at the prestigious Northeast
Amateur in Rhode Island by four strokes
in late June, Patrick Cantlay was busy
setting his own records. Coming off a low-amateur finish at the U.S. Open (T- 21),
Cantlay shot a 10-under-par 60 at the
Travelers Championship to set a record for
the lowest PGA Tour round by an amateur.
These are just two of what will be many
great storylines for the U.S. Amateur.
Admission is free for both the U.S. Amateur
Championship and the Wisconsin State
Amateur Championship. Don’t miss out
on your chance to see some great players
and some great golf.
I would also like to congratulate Tom
Schmidt and Arnold Walker on their
recent election to the WSGA Hall of
Fame. (See story on Page 20.) Both have
made the game of golf in Wisconsin better through their tireless efforts.
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