Roesch makes cut at USBC

Former Badger makes late push to qualify for weekend play

MILWAUKEE—David Roesch could not contain his jubilation following Friday's second round at the U.S. Bank Championship. There was plenty of reason for that.

Roesch birdied three of his last four holes for a three-under 67, pulling to one over par for the tournament. He is in an 18-way tie for 69th place. The top 70 and ties make the cut in PGA Tour events.

"Knowing you have to shoot three under or better to make the cut, honestly, I'm proud of myself right now," Roesch said. "That's what it's about. That's why I practice, that's why I play. Coming down the stretch you find out what you're made of."

Roesch, who shot a four-over 74 in Thursday's opening round, started his day on the back nine at Brown Deer Park Golf Course and carded birdies at No. 15 and No. 18 to pull to two over for the tournament. A double-bogey six at No. 4 seemingly dashed his chances, but consecutive birdies at 6, 7 and 8 gave Roesch a birth in the weekend's play.

"I made just an awesome putt on 6, downhill slider, and all of a sudden I got a little momentum. Flushed a six-iron on 7 and then 8, you know, you roll in a 20-footer," Roesch said, breaking into a wide smile. "I'm honestly—I'm very surprised—I mean I know I have some talents and some skills but that's phenomenal."

Roesch played at Wisconsin from 1994-97 and currently is a professional on the Hooters Tour. The Menomonee Falls native was given a sponsor's exemption to play at the USBC.

Former Badgers, current coach complete play at USBC

Wisconsin men's golf coach Jim Schuman completed his run at Brown Deer Golf Course Friday with a three-over 73 for a two-day score of nine-over 149. Schuman, who entered the tournament through open qualifying, had three birdies and six bogeys. He finished his round with an open-and-down for par at No. 9.

"It's being out there and playing against the golf course and playing against yourself and representing our players in the state and that will always be something special to me," Schuman said.

Mario Tiziani, another open qualifier, shot a 77 Friday and tied Schuman with a two-day 149.

Jon Turcott, who, like Tiziani, currently plays on the Canadian Tour, carded a 76 Friday for a two-day 153.

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