Marquette Golf Summer 2016 Roundup

(L-R) MU grad Brandon Cloete, rising sophomore Charlie Maleki, and Georgetown's Sam Madsen are Wisconsin US Amateur qualifiers.
July 27, 2016


Nick Nelson rallied from a stroke down entering round four to win the 115th Wisconsin State Amateur (courtesy WSGA).

Recent MU graduate Nick Nelson came from one shot back entering the final round and posted a 1-under-par in challenging final round weather to win the 115th Wisconsin State Amateur Championship July 18-21 at North Shore G.C. in Menasha.

Nelson, the 2015 WSGA Amateur Player of the Year and a 2016 First Team All-BIG EAST selection, was 4-under-par for the four-round event (68-70-69-69—276).  His final round through stormy conditions and a four-hour delay was a steady one.

“Once I had the lead on the back nine, I kind of just sat on it and made pars,” Nelson told Wisconsin Golfer magazine.

Rising sophomore Charlie Maleki, who was in contention in the final round of the 2016 BIG EAST Championship in May, joined Nelson as the only players in the field under par in the final round, but finished three shots behind his former teammate in third place (even par, 280).

Garrett Loomis finished tied for 10th (6-over-par, 286) and played his best in the final two rounds, shooting 71 and 70 respectively.  Trevor Thomas finished tied for 24th, while incoming freshman Matthew Bachmann was tied for 56th.

Read the complete story and see photos of the championship at Wisconsin Golfer.


Brandon Cloete, a 2015 MU graduate, shot a 36-hole 4-under-par 136 to pace the field, while Charlie Maleki posted a steady 1-under-par 139 to qualify for the 2016 US Amateur, Aug. 15-21 at Oakland Hills C.C. in Bloomfield Hills, Mich.

Cloete’s second round at par 70 Watertown C.C. was excellent, as he birdied five of the final 10 holes to go 4-under-par for the round.  Meanwhile, Maleki went 1-under-par in his opening round, and made 27 pars on 36 holes to advance to championship play.


Zach Gaugert is the second consecutive MU player to win the WSGA Match Play Championship (courtesy WSGA).

For the second year in a row a Marquette player won the WSGA Match Play Championship, as recent graduate Zach Gaugert came out on top after six match play rounds June 13-16 at Oconomowoc Golf Club.

To take the title, Gaugert saved his best play for last, posting birdies on the par-3 17th and par-4 18th to come from one down to Wil Wittmann with two holes left to win.

The WSGA Match Play Championship represented another close call for Maleki, who shot a 68 to qualify for the Match Play rounds, then advanced to the semifinals.


Second Team All-BIG EAST selection Oliver Farrell continued his good 2016 play back home in England, but fell just shy of qualifying for the 2016 Open Championship at Royal Troone.

Farrell passed the first qualification test, shooting a 1-under-par 71 at Little Aston G.C. to become one of eight players from that region to advance to Final Qualifying at Woburn on June 28th.  There, Farrell finished 1-under-par over 36 holes (71-72—143), six shots off the qualifying cut.  He was one of five amateurs to attempt qualifying from that region.

Since returning home for the summer, Farrell has played in five events and ranks 49th among English amateurs in the World Amateur Golf Ranking.


  • Steve Bailey and Nick Nelson joined The Golf Affect on Monday, July 25 to talk about the state of the MU program and Nelson’s WSGA State Amateur Championship.  The Golf Affect airs Mondays on Madison sports radio station The Big 1070 AM. Listen to the archived show (MU segment begins at 21:56): The Golf Affect archives
  • Bailey was the guest on episode three of the new WSGA podcast In The Clubhouse - The Wisconsin Golfer Podcast on June 20: In the Clubhouse on iTunes
  • Madison-originated TV show Tee to Green featured Zach Gaugert in June and focused on his path to playing high level golf: Tee to Green - Episode 8




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