MADISON, Wis. - Onalaska junior Bennett Hutson is hoping the third time, or third visit, is a charm.
University Ridge Golf Course is becoming a familiar place for Hutson, making his third trip to state.
"Each of the last two years being here, just getting experience. I feel really, really comfortable out here now. It's a good feeling, the nerves weren't quite as present as they have been the past couple of years. So it's just a lot more relaxed out there today."
The relaxed Hutson finished his opening round of the 2014 WIAA State Boys Golf Tournament with a three-under 69. He trails leader Kaylor Steger of Oak Creek by just one stroke heading into the second and final round.
"I hit it well today. I put myself in really good positions. Just had one bogey so I made things pretty easy on myself and to be honest it still felt like I left a couple of shots out there. So it's a good feeling today for sure."
Tomah's Trey Hewuse is also at state as an individual. He shoots a 78 for his opening round.
"Me and coach had a good game plan after our practice round yesterday and we stuck to it for the most part and that's how I was able to stay solid," said Hewuse.
Holmen qualified for state as a team after a second place finish at sectionals.
The Vikings have a first hole to forget. Beginning their day on the back nine on hole number-10 at University Ridge, their four individuals totaled a score of +13.
Holmen did rebound nicely shooting +12 as a team for their final nine holes of the day.
"If we score the last nine holes and don't score the first nine it would be a totally different story," said Holmen head coach Paul Laxton.
"We throw away those first three holes - 10, 11, 12 start today - it would be a different story you'd be talking about."
Holmen's score of 335 has them in 13th place.