Matt Tolan is the 116th Wisconsin State Amateur Champion
Matt Tolan closes out the Wisconsin State Amateur at Oconomowoc Golf Club<br>(WEAU photo)
Matt Tolan closes out the Wisconsin State Amateur at Oconomowoc Golf Club
(WEAU photo)

OCONOMOWOC, WI (July 20, 2017) - Matt Tolan of Eau Claire shot a one-under 69 at Oconomowoc Golf Club on Thursday to win the Wisconsin State Amateur by four shots over Eddie Wadja of Brookfield.

Tolan, a rising sophomore at the University of South Dakota, entered the final round two shots ahead of the field after returning the low score of the tournament, a five-under 65 in the third round.

Tolan was never seriously threatened in the final round, as he went out with a solid eight pars and a birdie on the front nine, and then an even-par back nine.

His closest pursuer, Wadja, fell three behind midway through his front nine, and a double at the eleventh ultimately made Tolan's lead insurmountable. Still, Wadja finished solo second at three-under 277.

Ben Skogen of Onalaska and Peter Webb of Madison finished tied for third at two-under 278 and were the only other players in the field under par.

While this is Tolan's most significant win, it is not his first. As a freshman, Tolan won the first college tournament he ever played in, winning the UNO Invitational in Omaha, NE.

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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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