RIVER HILLS, Wis. — After making the cut at the Wisconsin State Amateur Championship held at Milwaukee Country Club, Marinette’s Ty Kretz used a solid round on Day 3 before ending on Thursday’s round tied for his best score of the week and grabbing sole possession of 38th place.
“It felt really good to end the week on a good note,” Kretz said.
Kretz began the third round tied for 54th place, and after carding five bogey’s, a birdie and three pars for a front nine score of four-over-par (39), he rebounded on the back for a two-over-par (37) and an 18-hole score of six-over-par (76), dropping him two spots into a tie for 56th heading into the final round.
He saved his best start for last as Kretzs started his day with three straight birdies on the first three holes, but a bogey on No. 4 and a double-bogey on No.7 dropped him back to even-par and that’s where he would stay after parring the par 3 8th and par 4 9th for a front nine 35.
On the back nine, Kretz parred all but two holes, including the 233-yard par 3 17th that played 265-yards the day prior, to shoot a back nine 37 and finish the final round with a two-over-par (72), jumping up 18 spots to take 38th with a four-day total of 300. The winner, Thomas Longbella of Chippewa Falls, Wis., recorded a 72-hole score of six-under-par 274, beating out Tyler Leach and Nate Thomson, who finished the tournament at four-over-par (284). Kretz’s final round 72 was tied for the fourth-best score of the day.