APL winner Niebrugge captures Wisconsin State Amateur
Friday, July 26, 2013
Jordan Niebrugge, last week's winner at the U.S. Amateur Public Links, continued his hot streak by winning the 112th Wisconsin State Amateur Championship on Wednesday at The Bog in Saukville, Wisconsin.
Niebrugge, whose four-day total of 282 included rounds of 69-66-71-76 bested Charlie Danielson by one shot.
The victory for Niebrugge, an Oklahoma State sophomore, was his second WSGA title of the summer, also winning the WSGA Match Play Championship.
He now joins the PGA Tour's Mark Wilson as the only other golfer to win the so-called “Wisconsin Slam” which includes the Wisconsin State Amateur Championship, the WSGA Match Play, the Wisconsin State Open and the WIAA High School Championship.
Wisconsin golfing legend Bob Gregorski said after playing alongside Niebrugge during the first two rounds, “I’ve played with everybody. I’ve played with Steve Stricker, I’ve played with Mark Wilson and Jerry Kelly, and he’s better than all of them at this age. That’s for sure.
"Who knows where he’s going to go, but there’s no weakness in his game.”
After posting a third round 1-under 71, Niebrugge was set to fend off his best friend, Charlie Danielson. Danielson, an All-American at Illinois, vaulted into second place after posting a third-round 68.
Niebrugge had an eight-shot lead heading into the final round of the championship and needed every stroke to hold off hard charging Danielson who posted a final-round 69. With four bogeys and a double to go along with two birdies, Niebrugge did just enough to win the title.
Niebrugge is set to compete in the Western Amateur and the U.S. Amateur Championship before returning to Oklahoma State as a sophomore in the fall.