Austreng comes home to Wisconsin for U.S. Amateur

Adam Austreng is heading back to Wisconsin.

Austreng, a former University of Wisconsin-Green Bay All-Horizon League golfer and a Shawano Community High School graduate, qualified for the 111th U.S. Amateur to be held Aug. 22-28 at Erin Hills Golf Course in Erin, Wis.

“Obviously I wanted to qualify for the U.S. Amateur regardless,” Austreng said. “But when I realized that it was back in Wisconsin, I wanted to even more.”

Austreng, who played baseball first, didn’t pick up golf until he was a freshman at Shawano.

“I’m not quite sure what it was, but golf just clicked with me and I loved playing and seeing improvements,” Austreng said.

Austreng and his best friend, Patrick Winger, played nearly every day at Shawano Lake Golf Course during the summers. Playing well enough to earn a scholarship, Austreng describes going to Division I UWGB as a dream come true.

Austreng, who now lives in Carlsbad, Calif., won medalist honors and low scorer with score of even par, 144, at the U.S. Amateur sectional qualifying event July 25 at Red Hill Country Club in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.

“I prepared just the way I always do,” Austreng said. “Hitting a lot of balls, working on my short game and putting, and playing golf a couple times a week.”

Erin Hills is familiar territory for Austreng.

“I have played Erin Hills a handful of times and I love the course,” Austreng said. “It is a great test.”

He thinks the long course — expected to be more than 7,700 yards for the Amateur — fits his style of play as a long ball hitter.

The tournament has a starting field of 312 players, which will be cut down to the top 64 after the first 36 holes of golf.

Over the next four days the golfers will play five rounds of match play, culminating with a final round of match play Aug. 28.

One advantage Austreng has going for him: fans from home cheering him on.

“It’s been a while since I’ve played golf back home and it will be really fun to tee it up again in familiar territory with fans pulling for me,” Austreng said.

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