McKinney wins WSGA Junior; Niebrugge takes home State Open title
ighteen-year-old Jack McKinney of
McKinney shot 71-74-71 to finish at
even-par 216 at La Crosse CC in Onalaska.
Also hitting that number were Jacob
Garstecki of Blackstone Creek GC in Ger-
mantown (75-72-69) and Mitchell Johnson
of Blackhawk CC in Madison (72-74-70).
McKinney won the title on the first playoff hole with a 4-foot par putt. He was the
only player of the three to hit the green in
Tom Boockmeier of Twin Oaks CC in
Denmark finished fourth, one stroke out of
the playoff. He lost his chance to participate in the playoff when he made bogey
on the 380-yard, par- 4 18th hole.
In age division competition, McKinney
won the 17-18 category and Johnson was
second, followed by Boockmeier.
Garstecki, who is 16, won the 15-16 division, followed by Ben Skogen of the Golf
Club at Cedar Creek in Onalaska, who shot
68-75-79–222. Skogen held the overall
lead after the first round.
Fourteen-year-old Derrick Villarreal of
the Legend Clubs won the 14 and under
competition in a playoff. He shot 78-81-
78–237. The runner-up was Tyler Church
of Drugan’s Castle Mound CC in Holmen,
who shot 81-78-78–237.
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Jordan Niebrugge of Mequon became
the youngest-ever Wisconsin State Open
champion in August at Blackwolf Run in
Kohler. Niebrugge, an 18-year-old incom-
ing freshman this fall at Oklahoma State
University, won the 91st version of the
State Open with a final-round 67 on the
Meadow Valleys course.
Niebrugge, a member at Ozaukee CC,
finished the 72-hole event at 6-under-par
282 (71-72-72-67), one stroke ahead of
Patrick Duffy, a professional from Appleton,
who shot scores of 73-69-70-71–283. Duffy
led the tournament after 54 holes. Charlie
Delsman of Colgate finished third (285),
and Jim Lemon of Verona was fourth (286).
Niebrugge, the lone amateur in the top
nine finishers, recorded five birdies and an
eagle in the final round. The only blemish
on his scorecard was a double bogey on
the par- 4 sixth hole.
Niebrugge is the third amateur to win
the State Open in the last nine years. Jon
Turcott won it in 2003, and Dan Woltman
won in 2007 and ’09. Both Turcott and
Woltman have since turned pro.