NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The summer of Harrison Ott continued this week as the rising Vanderbilt senior won the Wisconsin State Open by six strokes Wednesday at Blue Mound Golf & Country Club.
One week after advancing to the Round of 16 at the U.S. Amateur — and three weeks after advancing to the Sweet 16 in the Western Amateur — Ott was on a different level than everyone else in what arguably was the strongest field in Wisconsin State Open history.
Ott took a one-stroke lead into the final round on Wednesday and won by six. He essentially lapped playing partners Dan Woltman, the two-time defending Wisconsin State Open champion, and Thomas Longbella, who won the Wisconsin State Amateur by 10 shots in July.
Ott shot 68-68 in the 36-hole finale and was the only player in the field to break par in all four rounds (67-67-68-68). He needed just 10 putts over his final nine holes and, just for good measure, got up and down for birdie on the par-5 18th hole to finish the 72-hole tournament at 10-under 270.
“I wanted to get to 10-under,” said Ott, the first amateur to win the Wisconsin State Open since Jordan Niebrugge in 2011. “I really wanted to make that putt. I just wanted to finish it off the right way.”
Ott steadily improved throughout the summer, tying for 28th at the Southern Amateur, placed ninth at both the Western Amateur and U.S. Amateur, and now has a Wisconsin State Open title to pair with the Wisconsin State Amateur championship he won in 2018.
And he might just be getting started.