MILWAUKEE—David Roesch made a big splash on the national golfing scene at the U.S. Open, finishing 31st after an opening-round 68 placed him fourth.
Thursday's opening round at the U.S. Bank Championship was less pleasant, thanks to a less-than-trusty putter that Roesch was forced to use 32 times in a four-over round of 74. Roesch is nine shots off the lead, a pace set by a startling eight players. Madison native Jerry Kelly shot a 66, one off the lead, and is in a ten-way tie for ninth place.
"Honestly, I didn't read any putts right today," Roesch said. "I don't know why. I should be more comfortable here. I started misreading a couple and then I started doubting my reads and next thing you know I was missing on the high lips or low lips because I wasn't reading them right. That's part of the game of golf."
Roesch is one of three former Badgers competing in the tournament (formerly known as the Greater Milwaukee Open) at Brown Deer Park Golf Course.
Mario Tiziani led the UW contingent with a two-over 72. His round included two birdies and four bogeys, including one on No. 18.
"I've been doing that a lot lately," Tiziani said. "It's not a lot of fun. The last couple of weeks I just didn't finish well. I've got to try to get rid of that."
Jon Turcott shot a seven-over 77 that included three bogeys, a double and a triple.
In addition to the former Badgers, current Wisconsin coach Jim Schuman carded a 76.
"I didn't drive it very well, didn't putt it very well and didn't do anything very well quite honestly," Schuman said. "Didn't play that well but it was fun to be out there.
"It is just a great atmosphere. I love to compete out here and to be out here. Obviously making the cut would be great. That will be a difficult chore obviously, but I get to get out there tomorrow and play and really enjoy it."
Former Badgers, current coach compete at USBC
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