RIVER HILLS, Wis. — Marinette’s Ty Kretz was fighting an uphill battle after firing a 10-over-par (80) on the first day at the 119th Wisconsin State Amateur Championship at Milwaukee Country Club as he sat tied for 108th-place and needed a spot in the top-70 after Tuesday’s round to advance to the final two days.
To start Tuesday, Kretz teed it up on hole No. 1, starting on the nine where he carded a 7-over-par (42) the day prior, but anything can happen on any given day at the golf course and this was a brand new day.
After playing the first six holes of the front nine at 4-over-par on Monday, Kretz came out on Tuesday and played the same holes at 2-under before recording back-to-back bogey’s on holes No. 7 and 8, and a par on No. 9 kept him at an even-par 35 through the first nine.
Kretz bogeyed the par-4 10th hole but carded a birdie on the par-4 11th to get the shot back and parred the next five holes to tee it up on No. 17 sitting at even-par through 16 holes. Unfortunately, back-to-back bogey’s on the closing holes brought him to 2-over 72 on the day, but his two-day score of 12-over-par (152) was good enough to tie for 54th overall, jumping 54 total spots to make the cut and move on to play today and Thursday.
In total, 78 players made the cut, with eight people tying for 70th at 14-over-par (154). The leader, Thomas Longbella of Chippewa Falls, Wis. is currently at 4-under-par (69-67-136) and holds a one-stroke lead over Greendale, Wis.’s Nate Thomson (69-68-137).
Kretz will be back on hole No. 1 this morning at 9:10 a.m. to start round 3.