Eddie Wajda wins Wisconsin State Amateur
Eddie Wajda
Eddie Wajda

HARTFORD, Wisc. — Eddie Wajda shot a 2-under par 70 in the final round to win the 114th Wisconsin State Amateur Championship sponsored by CliftonLarsonAllen at Erin Hills. Wadja, who plays on the University of Wisconsin golf team, finished at 5-over par, one shot ahead of Mathew Bachmann and Patrick Sanchez.

Wajda was still taking it in an hour after his victory.

“It’s crazy to think this is my fourth State Amateur,” he said. “I remember walking the back nine watching Jack Schultz, who was playing at Michigan at the time, and Chris Meyer from Wisconsin, thinking how cool it was to walk it with them. Winning it today, it’s crazy.”

He knew the course would play tough, but that it would give him a chance to make a move during the final round.

“You can make a double or triple here so quickly. I knew three shots back wasn’t that much to make up in reality,” he said.

Wajda said he did not know where he stood in relation to the field until he finished. “I had no idea until I finished. It turned out all right,” he said.

“It’s pretty crazy. It’s an awesome feeling. It’s unbelievable.”

ABOUT THE Wisconsin State Amateur

This event has been conducted annually since 1901. The format, originally match play, was changed to a 72-hole stroke-play event in 1971. The State Amateur, contested over four consecutive days, is annually conducted on one of Wisconsin’s finest courses and continues to be recognized as the premier amateur tournament held in Wisconsin. A three-man team competition, the Yule Cup, where players representing the same club compete for the Cup, is also held. To be eligible, players must have a WSGA Handicap Index of 9.4 or less.

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