Nick Nelson Prevails at Wisconsin Match Play
Champion Nick Nelson
Champion Nick Nelson

SHEBOYGAN FALLS, WIS. (June 18, 2015) – The Wisconsin Match Play hosted by The Bull at Pinehurst Farms concluded Thursday as champion Nick Nelson defeated the defending champion Josh Udelhofen in 19 holes. Nelson reached the championship match through his very consistent play in the semifinal match against #2 seed Peter Webb, making 15 pars and only one bogey Thursday morning. Josh Udelhofen advanced to the championship match through an impressive 5 and 4 victory against Ethan Schmitz, recording 3 birdies and only one bogey along the way.

Udelhofen kept his momentum going into the final match, starting off with birdies on 3 of the first 4 holes to take a 2 up lead. Nelson would once against play very consistently, making 7 straight pars from holes 5 to 11 and evening up the match through 12 holes.

Udelhofen birdied the par 5 13th to go 1 up but struggled the next three holes with two double bogeys and a bogey to give Nelson the lead going into 18. With the match on the line, Nelson bogeyed the 432 yard par 4 and lost the hole, leading to a sudden death playoff hole. Nelson would quickly bounce back from his mistake on 18 and win the 19th hole, robbing Udelhofen of back-to-back titles.

The victory for Nelson will go along with an impressive career at Marquette where he earned BIG EAST All-Conference honors this past year, his senior season.

ABOUT THE Wisconsin Match Play

When the Wisconsin State Amateur was changed to stroke play in 1971, there was a need for the addition of a State Match Play Championship. The WSGA returned this event to the tournament schedule in 1975. This growing event has been expanded to allow 64 qualifiers to enter into match- play competition following an 18-hole stroke-play qualifying. Five 18-hole pre-qualifying tournaments are held in May and June for all those players who are not exempt. To be eligible, players must have a WSGA Handicap Index of 9.4 or less.

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