Waukesha's Eddie Terasa was in the mix after the first 18 holes of the Wisconsin State Open, held at the Legend at Bristlecone in Hartland.
Greg Fehrman of Rothschild, Terasa and Jack Gaudion of Wales all fired 3-under-par rounds of 67 after Monday's opening round.
The entire field was scheduled to play 18 holes, and those making the cut were slated to play 36 holes on the final day Wednesday.
Last year, amateur Dan Woltman won the title for the second time in the last three years.
He also won an amateur in 2007. In 2008, Stevens Point professional Ryan Helminen took the crown.
Woltman turned professional after winning last year's title and is now playing in the mini-tours on the East Coast.
The Legend at Bristlecone should offer a good challenge to this year's field. The 6,995-yard, par-70 layout was expected to be in perfect shape for the event. Superintendent Josh LePine has the course in remarkable condition despite the heavy rains that flooded most of the area's courses earlier this summer.
PGA standout Steve Stricker won the title four times, the last in 2001. PGA players Mark Wilson and Jerry Kelly have crowns, and Skip Kendall won the event twice.
Hyde takes Senior championship
Ron Hyde of Waukesha, playing out of Naga-Waukee, continued his outstanding 2010 golf season last week by winning two divisions at the Wisconsin State Golf Association's Senior Championship.
Hyde, playing in the Super Seniors Flight (65 and older) at Reedsburg Country Club, won two division titles at the tournament.
Hyde won the low net title with a score of 68-69 to win by four shots over Roger Abel, formerly of Hartland. He also won the low gross crown with scores of 71-72. He dominated the competition in that division, winning by seven shots.
Mark Bemowski of Mukwonago won the open title with a 36-hole score of 140. He shot 71-69. He won the crown by three strokes.
Cahills win state golf titles
There was no stopping the Cahills two weeks ago at the Wisconsin State Golf Association's 2010 Father-Son State tournament at Grand Geneva Resort in Lake Geneva.
Taking part in the Gross Division, father Kevin and son Patrick fired a score of 68 to win the crown by two shots.
It was the first state title for the Cahills at the Father-Son tournament.
The Cahills defeated Dave and Shawn Foley of Pewaukee and Tim and Patrick Sweeney. Those two teams shot scores of 70.
Merrill Hills crowns champs
Merrill Hills Country Club posted results last week of its 2010 women's golf club championship tournament.
In the championship flight, Katie Cook won the title, and Lisa Murn was second.
In A flight, Sally Sedosky was the low gross winner, and Lynn Delzer was the low net winner.
In B flight, the loss gross winner was Eli Guzniczak, and the low net winner was Lynn Pascavis.
In C flight, Pat Andringa was the low gross winner and Carole Reiland won the low net title.
In the 9-hole division, Mary Beyer won the low gross crown in A flight and Bonnie Cruikshank was the low net winner.
In B flight the low gross champ was Pam Hammes and the low net winner was Jen Pugh.
In C flight, Kari Murry was the low gross winner and Pat Rodell was the low net champ.
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