Zach Gaugert captures Wisconsin Match Play title
Zach Gaugert during Wisconsin Match Play <br>(Wisconsin Golf Association Photo)</br>
Zach Gaugert during Wisconsin Match Play
(Wisconsin Golf Association Photo)

OCONOMOWOC, WI (June 16, 2016) -- Zach Gaugert was 1 down in the Wisconsin Match Play championship match when he stepped onto the 17th tee box but he didn't panic. Gaugert, the 29-seed birdied the par-3 penultimate hole at Oconomowoc Golf Club to square the match against No. 48 Wil Wittmann and then he birdied the final hole to win the match.

It was a tightly contested throughout with neither player leading by more than a hole. Wittmann, who recently finished his University of Detroit career, took his final lead of the match on the 16th hole, only to lose the final two holes.

Despite the closeness of the match Gaugert, a recent Marquette graduate only led after two holes, the 9th and 18th holes.

Gaugert reached the finals with a 6&5 win over No. 7 Tyler Leach while Wittmann defeated No. 29 Ryan Zikeli 3&2.

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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