HARTFORD, WI (May 31, 2009)--In a tournament typically dominated by collegiate players, it was fitting that the finals of the 2009 WSGA State Best Ball Championship featured a team from Marquette University and a team from the University of Wisconsin. In the finals, Ben Sieg of Osseo Golf and Recreation Center and Dustin Schwab of Lake Wisconsin Country Club took on Patrick Duffy of Butte Des Morts Country Club and Tyler Obermueller of River Falls Golf Club. Though not as intense as the rivalry on the basketball court, the four players had one goal in mind – winning the 2009 WSGA State Best Ball Championship.
It was a rare, calm day at Washington County Golf Course and the weather was perfect for the afternoon finals match. Duffy and Obermueller, the 36-hole stroke play medalists, took the early match lead when Patrick Duffy rolled in a 10 foot birdie putt on the second hole. The match was quickly back to all square after Dustin Schwab made an eagle on the par-5 third hole. The Marquette duo of Schwab and Sieg would take their first lead when Sieg drained a 45 foot putt for birdie on the par 3, fourth hole.
Their lead would stay the same through the seventh hole as both teams made pars on Nos. 5 and 6 and birdies on No. 7. The shot of the day came on the par-4 eighth hole when Dustin Schwab spun a 54 degree wedge into the hole from 105 yards for eagle. That shot put his team 2-up heading into the ninth hole.
The teams would battle over the next eight holes, halving each hole, and the team of Schwab and Sieg would go into the par-5 seventeenth hole dormie. Both Tyler Obermueller and Ben Sieg would hit their second shots onto the green and when Tyler Obermueller missed his eagle putt, his side conceded the hole to Schwab and Sieg. This concession gave them the 3 and 1 victory and the championship.
This is the third WSGA title for Dustin Schwab after winning the 2009 State Match Play Championship and the 2005 State Junior Boy’s Championship and the first WSGA title for Ben Sieg.
The Wisconsin State Golf Association would like to thank both Washington County Golf Course and Hidden Glen at Bentdale Farms for their hospitality throughout the week and Titleist for providing the players with multiple tee gifts.
Road to the Championship
- Finals: Def. Patrick Duffy and Tyler Obermueller, 3 and 1
- Semifinals: Def. Tom Chambers and John Staehler 4 and 3
- Quarterfinals: Def. Dave Foley and Al Thompson, 8 and 7
- Round 2: Def. Maxwell Hosking and K.R. Rucker, 4 and 2
- Round 1: Def. Jordan Elsen and Nicholas Engen, 19 holes
- Qualifying Round 2: 70 (Hidden Glen at Bentdale Farms)
- Qualifying Round 1: 67 (Washington County GC)
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