Tree Trimming in Kiawah Island
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At Planet Green Tree Service, we are firm believers that trees make the world a better place. They provide us with verdant beauty, cool shade, and emergency shelter. They raise our home values, add personality to our neighborhoods, and provide us with clean air to breathe. When your home or business has well-maintained, healthy trees, everyone benefits. That’s why we are so passionate about providing our customers with dependable tree services in the Lowcountry.
We believe that honest prices, state-of-the-art equipment, friendly arborists, and good old-fashioned hard work are what set us apart from our competition. With more than 33 years of service in South Carolina, you can rest easy knowing every member of the Planet Green team is committed to the following:
Our customers mean a lot to us, which is why we strive to provide them the best, most helpful customer service in our industry. When you hire our company to perform a tree service in cityname, know that we take this responsibility seriously and will always treat your home like we would treat our own. At Planet Green Tree Service, you won’t ever have to worry about sneaky hidden fees or outrageous pricing. We believe every homeowner and business owner should have access to affordable tree services, which is why we set our rates at reasonable levels. Our job is to protect your home, your trees, and also your wallet!
Whether your home has overgrown trees that need trimming or you have an unsightly stump that needs grinding, our team of tree experts is here to help. Curious what kind of tree care work we provide to homeowners in South Carolina?
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Tree Trimming in Kiawah Island
Have you noticed your favorite tree growing in a strange shape? Are your trees or shrubs so overgrown that it’s making your property and home look unkempt? Are the trees near your home weighed down by dangerous dead branches? If you answered yes to any of the above questions, it might be time to speak with a Planet Green Tree Service professional to find a solution.
Like anything that lives, trees respond to their environment. When trees are not properly maintained, they can cause a whole host of problems for the homeowner. Overgrowth doesn’t just look bad – it can be a potential safety hazard and liability for your home. To prevent this from happening, it’s crucial that your trees are trimmed and pruned regularly. Trimming your trees and shrubs gives your home a tidy, appealing look and facilitates healthy plant and tree growth.
Because every tree and shrub is different, you must approach tree trimming with a plan. Before you start hacking at your trees with a machete, be sure to contact Planet Green Tree Service. Our team of expert arborists will come to your home and determine the best path to take for your tree trimming needs. We always take into account variables like the strengths, weaknesses, and species of your trees.
Benefits of Tree Trimming in Kiawah Island
For some folks, tree trimming seems like a minor detail in the grand scheme of homeownership. It can be a tedious job, but keeping your trees trimmed and well-maintained is more important than you might think. Below are just a few of the many benefits of keeping your trees and shrubs trimmed:
Part of the Planet Green pruning and trimming process includes the removal of damaged, broken, dead, and diseased branches. When ignored, these dead or dying branches can cause harmful fungi to wreak havoc on the trees around your home or business. Removing these weakened branches helps prevent fungi and keeps your trees healthy. In addition, tree trimming also lets more sunlight and air circulation reach your trees, boosting overall health.
As longtime residents of South Carolina, we know how dangerous hurricanes and heavy storms can be. Strong winds from these natural occurrences can cause branches to fall or even be carried away with significant force. This is concerning for many homeowners, especially those who have trees lining their driveways, recreational areas, and walking paths. When you trust Planet Green with your trimming needs, you are actually doing your part to “storm proof” your home from hazardous tree-related accidents. If you have low-hanging branches close to your roof or business, pruning these trees can provide more safety and overhead clearance. That way, don’t have an anxiety attack every time a storm rolls through your neighborhood.
Nobody likes the look of an overgrown, disheveled tree. Tree trimming improves the general appearance of your tree and makes your whole yard and home look better. Tree trimming also prevents your trees from growing weak branches and crotches and helps stop branches from intertwining with one another.
Developmental Tree Trimming
Pruning younger trees is key to protecting them as they age. This vital tree service in Kiawah Island keeps young trees aesthetically appealing and promotes proper structural integrity and optimal branch structure. In addition, as your home’s landscape matures, taking the time to trim young trees reduces the chance of expensive problems like tree failure.
Types of Tree Trimming
Not all tree trimming services from Planet Green Tree Service are the same. Our experts specialize in a number of different tree trimming services to ensure you are getting the right kind of trim for the appropriate situation. Because even the smallest mistake can permanently affect your tree’s health, we approach every tree trimming job with surgeon-like precision. That way, you know your trees are in capable, responsible hands.
When your trees age without the proper kind of care, they can develop too many branches on their interior. Trees like this give great shade, but too much is not a good sign. That’s where crown reduction trimming comes in. By reducing the density of your tree’s crown, our tree care experts improve its growth rate and health. Crown density reduction also promotes a longer lifespan and a more beautiful appearance.
As the name implies, deadwooding involves the trimming of dead wood from your trees. Often required in urban and suburban areas, deadwooding a tree makes it look more attractive and livelier, while maintaining the health of your tree’s trunk by removing rotted branches. This process also makes it safer for kids and other people who walk underneath or near your tree that may be harmed by rotting branches that fall. Other tree trimming services that Planet Green offers include: hazardous tree assessments, shrub trimming, pruning, cabling, bracing, and corrective trimming.
Stump Removal in Kiawah Island
For most property owners, removing a tree can seem like a major project. While that notion certainly isn’t wrong, tree removal is more straightforward and often easier than trying to remove an unsightly stump from your yard. Have you ever wondered why you see so many yards with stumps dotted around the land? It’s because they’re very difficult to remove. That is why Planet Green Tree Service has been offering stump removal services in South Carolina for more than 33 years. Our skilled stump removal experts bring a wealth of knowledge and cutting-edge tools to every stump removal project they tackle.
The fact of the matter is this: trying to remove a stump on your own is an incredible undertaking. Going the “DIY” route can take weeks to complete, even if you spend an hour or two every day. There’s also the issue of operating heavy machinery (which costs time and money to rent) and even light fires to expedite the process, which is dangerous. For these reasons alone, we always recommend that you bring in a professional to remove your tree stump safely and effectively.
Benefits of Stump Removal in Kiawah Island
Better Looking Yard
If you are a homeowner that loves sculpted hedges, beautiful landscaping, and a tidy law, removing old tree stumps will feel like a huge weight off of your chest. Stump removal not only gives your home more curb appeal, it can actually raise the value of your home. This is particularly pertinent if you are thinking about listing your home for sale in the near future.
If your yard is small, even one stump can reduce the amount of space you have in your yard. If you spend a lot of time playing sports or just enjoying your yard space, stump removal is a huge help. After all, nobody wants to toss a football around if there are a bunch of old stumps that you must avoid. Stumps also take up considerable space below ground, with their complicated root systems. Stump removal will give you and your family more room to plant flowers, grow vegetables, install a water feature, and much more.
Eliminate Unwanted Growth
When you leave a tree stump in your yard, you could be setting yourself up for unwanted tree growth. This kind of new growth often results in clusters of small trees popping up around the base of the stump. This problem isn’t just unsightly; it can be harmful to any plants near the stump because the new trees will suck up all the water and nutrients out of your soil.
Tree stumps are notorious for harboring all sorts of pests that can damage your hard and cause expensive problems in your home. We’re talking wood borers, ants, termites, and beetles. If you want to do away with these pests and protect your home, the best course of action is to contact Planet Green Tree Service for a quote on our professional tree removal services.
Sure, you could take the time to do your research on how to remove a stump. You could go to Home Depot, rent a high-powered stump grinder, and risk your health trying to operate it without training. You could spend every winking moment of your free time trying to grind the stump down so you can remove it from your yard. But why go through all that trouble when a trustworthy, experienced stump removal company like Planet Green Tree Service is only a phone call away?
Our team of stump removal professionals uses state-of-the-art tools designed to keep your property damage-free during the removal process. We will turn your yard into a beautiful blank slate, so you can focus on enjoying your stump-free while we haul away all the debris.
Your Premier Tree Service Company in South Carolina
With 33 years of experience, it’s no wonder why so many South Carolina locals choose Planet Green Tree Service for tree trimming and stump removal in their city. Clients love us because we believe in exceeding your expectations, no matter how large or small a job is.
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Women's Golf Schedule Released
Coastal Carolina University Athletics
CONWAY – Coastal Carolina University women's head golf coach Katie Quinney has announced the upcoming schedule for the 2021 season for the reigning Sun Belt Conference champions. CCU will face a challenging 11-match schedule that will culminate with the 2022 Sun Belt Conference Championship Women's Golf Championship at the end of April in Daytona Beach, Fla. After only having three players availabl...
CONWAY – Coastal Carolina University women's head golf coach Katie Quinney has announced the upcoming schedule for the 2021 season for the reigning Sun Belt Conference champions.
CCU will face a challenging 11-match schedule that will culminate with the 2022 Sun Belt Conference Championship Women's Golf Championship at the end of April in Daytona Beach, Fla.
After only having three players available and playing in just three fall tournaments last season due to the COVID-19 pandemic, CCU will participate in four fall tournaments with a full team this season beginning with the Lady Paladin Invitational hosted by Furman University. The event will be played at the Furman Golf Club in Greenville, S.C., Sept. 24-26.
The Chanticleers will then travel to Virginia Beach, Va., to play at the Princess Anne Invitational hosted by Old Dominion University at the Princess Anne Country Club on Oct. 3-5.
CCU will stay in-state for their next event, the Buccaneer Classic, hosted by Charleston Southern University on Oct. 18-19 at the Oak Point Golf Club at Kiawah Island.
The final fall event will see the Chants travel to Bowling Green, Ky., for The Club at Olde Stone Intercollegiate Invitational. The Oct. 25-26 event will be played at The Club at Old Stone with the University of Louisville serving as the host.
CCU's first of seven spring events will begin in Jacksonville, Fla., for the San Jose Intercollegiate. The tournament will be hosted by Jacksonville University and will be played at the San Jose Country Club on Feb. 14-15.
It's back to Florida for the Chants' next event as Florida State will host the Florida State Seminole Match Up. The Chants make the trip to Tallahassee every year, placing third at the event last year. The venue will be the Seminole Legacy Golf Club located in Tallahassee, Fla., and will take place from Feb. 25-27.
Another trip the Chanticleers have made in the past has been just across the North and South Carolina border at the UNCW River Landing Classic. CCU had a strong fifth-place finish last season in the event which is hosted by UNCW and played at the River Landing Golf Club in Wallace, N.C. on March 7-8.
The following week is another annual event for the Chants at the Valspar Augusta Invitational. The event is hosted by Augusta University and will be played at the Forest Hills Golf Club on March 12-13.
Following a two-week break, the Chants will stay in-state and play in the Golfweek/Any Given Tuesday Intercollegiate in Pawley's Island, S.C., on March 28-30 at the Caledonia Golf Course.
CCU will end the regular season just four days later when the Chants travel to Greenville, N.C. for the Ironwood Invitational hosted by East Carolina University at the Ironwood Country Club on April 4-5.
The Chants will be looking to win their second consecutive and third overall Sun Belt title in the last four years on April 17-19 at the 2022 Sun Belt Conference Championship. The event will be held at the LPGA International in Daytona Beach, Fla.
For complete coverage of CCU women's golf, follow the Chants on social media @CoastalWGolf (Twitter), facebook.com/CCUChanticleers (Facebook), @GoCCUSports (Instagram) or visit the official home of Coastal Carolina Athletics at goccusports.com.
Boyne's Roth back to defend as Tournament of Champions returns
Special to The Sault News BOYNE FALLS – BOYNE Golf’s own Jeff Roth had to wait an extra year to defend his record sixth win in the 29th Tournament of Champions, which starts Monday at Boyne Mountain Resort. The 2020 edition was not presented due to pandemic concerns, but the unique tournament that includes juniors, seniors, professionals, and amateurs of both sexes, all playing for one title from different tee positions, is back with a powerhouse field of 115 golfers. All who are invited have ...
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BOYNE FALLS – BOYNE Golf’s own Jeff Roth had to wait an extra year to defend his record sixth win in the 29th Tournament of Champions, which starts Monday at Boyne Mountain Resort.
The 2020 edition was not presented due to pandemic concerns, but the unique tournament that includes juniors, seniors, professionals, and amateurs of both sexes, all playing for one title from different tee positions, is back with a powerhouse field of 115 golfers.
All who are invited have won selected significant Michigan golf championships, both amateur and professional, and some are on the lists of Michigan’s most decorated golfers in history.
Roth, who teaches at the BOYNE Golf Academy at Boyne Highlands Resort in Harbor Springs, makes all the lists. He is among the 14 Michigan Golf Hall of Fame golfers who will be in this year’s championship. He is also among seven golfers who are past champions that have returned.
And he will be among the favorites to win the traditional green sport coat presented to the winner once again. After all, at age 61 in 2019, he went wire-to-wire holding off Kalamazoo mini-tour player Barrett Kelpin, who had won the tournament in 2015.
Roth is also fresh off playing in the PGA Tour’s Michigan stop, the Rocket-Mortgage Classic at Detroit Golf Club.
The Michigan Golf Hall of Famers in the field in addition to Roth include Bob Ackerman, Ken Allard, Ron Beurmann, Brian Cairns, Greg Davies, Randy Erskine, Tom Harding, Scott Hebert, Dave Kendall, Larry Mancour, Jack Seltzer, John Traub and Tom Werkmeister.
The seven past champions joining Roth (2019, ’12, ’08, 1999, ’96 and ’95) include 2018 winner Alex Scott, 2016 winner Korey Mahoney, 2015 winner Kelpin, two-time champion Andy Ruthkoski (2013, ’14), 2009 winner Scott Hebert and 1997 winner Tom Harding.
While Roth managed to beat the assortment of younger professionals and top amateurs in 2019, the 2018 title was won for the first time by an amateur.
Scott, a former Grand Valley State University standout from Traverse City who has since turned professional, shot the best round of his life tying the course and tournament record with an 11-under 61 final round on the Alpine Course, and then won a sudden-death playoff with mini-tour player Sam Weatherhead of Grand Rapids.
Scott, Weatherhead and several other mini-tour professionals are in the field, including 2018 Michigan Open champion Jake Kneen of White Lake, and 2018 Michigan Amateur champion Beau Breault of Howell.
Ben Cook of Yankee Springs Golf Course in Wayland, last summer’s Michigan PGA Professional Champion who was the low club professional earlier this year in the PGA Championship at Kiawah Island, S.C., is in the field for the first time.
Bradley Smithson, the Michigan State University golfer from Grand Rapids who won the Turtle Creek Casino Michigan Open Championship earlier this summer is playing, too.
Some top women are in the field as well, including 2019 Michigan Women’s Open champion Anika Dy, 2020 Michigan Women’s Amateur champion Anna Kramer, and 2019 Michigan Women’s Amateur champion Elayna Bowser. A woman has won the championship. Stacy Snider, a former Michigan State University star who had turned professional, bested the field in 2003.
“It’s another amazing field with great champions, professional and amateur, college players, mini-tour professionals and several of our top Michigan PGA Section players and Hall of Fame members,” said Justin Phillips, the tournament director for the Michigan PGA Section, which sanctions and administers the unique championship. “It is the 29th year and it remains one of the most unique tournaments in the country at one of the top resorts in the country.”
The field will play the 54-hole stroke play championship on two courses. The Monday round and Wednesday’s final round are on the classic Alpine course, and Tuesday's round is on The Monument course. A 36-hole cut to the low 60 scorers and ties follows the second round. This year’s purse for the professionals is $65,000.
In addition to a celebration of champions, the tournament is a family affair of champions, too.
Family combinations entered include brothers Andrew and Travis Dodson, brothers Ben and Josh Proben, brothers Jeff and Steven Cuzzort, father-son Jack and John Seltzer, father-son Frank and Frank McAuliffe IV, father-son Tom and Parker Jamieson, father-son Denis and Darrin Husse, father-son Gary and Bradley Smithson, father-son Jim and Austin Dieters, brother-sister Evan and Elayna Bowser and sisters Anika and Anci Dy.
By The Numbers: 2021’s Four Major Winners: Matsuyama, Morikawa, Mickelson, Rahm
With a win at The 149th Open Championship, Collin Morikawa claimed the final major trophy up for grabs in 2021. The Cal Berkeley product joined Hideki Matsuyama (Masters), Phil Mickelson (PGA), and Jon Rahm (U.S. Open) as the year’s major champions. It may go down as one of the greatest major seasons in history with Mickelson’s win at 50 years old, headlining the four. Matsuyama, Morikawa, and Rahm are three of the game’s elite players – all 20-somethings in their prime, so this season could take on even...
With a win at The 149th Open Championship, Collin Morikawa claimed the final major trophy up for grabs in 2021. The Cal Berkeley product joined Hideki Matsuyama (Masters), Phil Mickelson (PGA), and Jon Rahm (U.S. Open) as the year’s major champions.
It may go down as one of the greatest major seasons in history with Mickelson’s win at 50 years old, headlining the four.
Matsuyama, Morikawa, and Rahm are three of the game’s elite players – all 20-somethings in their prime, so this season could take on even more significance, historically speaking, as their legacies grow.
Here’s a look-back at the 2021 season’s four winners, including scores, stats, and photos.
Hideki Matsuyama Wins 2021 Masters
Storyline: Matsuyama became the first Japanese golfer to win a men’s major golf championship.
2021 Masters Tournament
Dates: April 8-11, 2021
Where: Augusta, Ga.
Course: Augusta National GC
Distance: Par 72, 7435 yards
Champion: Hideki Matsuyama
Height: 5′ 11″
Weight: 190 lbs
Golf Ball: Srixon Z-Star XV
OWGR: 25th to 14th
Scores: 69, 71, 65, 73
Driving: 288.6 yards
Scoring: 3 Eagles, 13 Birdies, 47 Pars, 9 Bogeys
Hideki’s Four Rounds at The Masters
2021 Masters: Top 5
Pos-Player-To Par (Final Rd)
1. Hideki Matsuyama -10 (+1)
2. Will Zalatoris -9 (-2)
3. Jordan Spieth -7 (-2)
3. Xander Schauffele -7 (E)
5. Jon Rahm -6 (-6)
5. Marc Leishman -6 (+1)
Phil Turns Back Time to Win the PGA Championship
Storyline: At 50, Mickelson became the oldest golfer to win a major championship.
2021 PGA Championship
Dates: May 20-23, 2021
Where: Kiawah Island, SC
Course: Ocean Course
Distance: Par 72, 7849 yards
Champion: Phil Mickelson
Height: 6′ 3″
Weight: 200 lb
Golf Ball: Callaway Chrome Soft X Triple Track
OWGR: 115th to 32nd
Scores: 70, 69, 70, 73
Driving: 313.1 yards
Scoring: 22 Birdies, 36 Pars, 14 Bogeys
Phil’s Four Rounds at the PGA
2021 PGA: Top 5
Pos-Player-To Par (Final Rd)
1. Phil Mickelson -6 (+1)
2. Brooks Koepka -4 (+2)
2. Louis Oosthuizen -4 (+1)
4. Padraig Harrington -2 (-3)
4. Shane Lowry -2 (-3)
4. Harry Higgs -2 (-2)
4. Paul Casey -2 (-1)
Jon Rahm Claims Maiden Major at U.S. Open
Storyline: Previously the best player in the world without a major, Rahm became the first Spaniard to win the U.S. Open.
2021 U.S. Open
Dates: June 17-20, 2021
Where: La Jolla, CA
Course: Torrey Pines GC
Distance: Par 71, 7698 yards
Champion: Jon Rahm
Height: 6′ 2″
Weight: 220 lb
Golf Ball: Callaway Chrome Soft X
OWGR: 3rd to 1st
Scores: 69, 70, 72, 67
Driving: 317.6 yards
Scoring: 15 Birdies, 49 Pars, 7 Bogeys, 1 Double
Rahm’s Four Rounds at the U.S. Open
2021 U.S. Open: Top 5
Pos-Player-To Par (Final Rd)
1. Jon Rahm -6 (-4)
2. Louis Oosthuizen -5 (E)
3. Harris English -3 (-3)
4. Guido Migliozzi -2 (-3)
4. Brooks Koepka -2 (-2)
4. Collin Morikawa -2 (-1)
Collin Morikawa Wins Second Career Major at The Open
Storyline: Became the First Player in the Modern Era To Win Two Majors in Less Than 10 Major Starts
The 2021 Open Championship
Dates: July 15-18, 2021
Where: Sandwich, Kent, England
Course: Royal St George’s
Distance: Par 70, 7204 yards
Champion: Collin Morikawa
Height: 5′ 9″
Weight: 160 lb
Golf Ball: TaylorMade TP5
OWGR: 4th to 3rd
Scores: 67, 64, 68, 66
Driving: 295.0 yards
Scoring: 19 Birdies, 49 Pars, 4 Bogeys
Morikawa’s Four Rounds at The Open
2021 The Open: Top 5
Pos-Player-To Par (Final Rd)
1. Collin Morikawa -15 (-4)
2. Jordan Spieth -13 (-4)
3. Jon Rahm -11 (-4)
3. Louis Oosthuizen -11 (+1)
5. Dylan Frittelli -9 (-2)
These hotels are among the most luxurious in Charleston, Beaufort and Kiawah
South Carolinians don’t have to go far for a luxury vacation. Some of the nicest options around are just a hop-skip from our very own backyards. From complimentary sleep tests to historic pre-Revolutionary War houses, here are five of the best hotels in the state. Location: Kiawah Island This resort has all the hallmarks of luxury: golf courses, on-site shopping and spa services, ocean views, a grand staircase and so many chandeliers. The ...
South Carolinians don’t have to go far for a luxury vacation. Some of the nicest options around are just a hop-skip from our very own backyards.
From complimentary sleep tests to historic pre-Revolutionary War houses, here are five of the best hotels in the state.
Location: Kiawah Island
This resort has all the hallmarks of luxury: golf courses, on-site shopping and spa services, ocean views, a grand staircase and so many chandeliers. The self-described “elegant, but not too formal” vacation spot was only built in 2004, but it was designed to feel as if it’s always stood on Kiawah’s coast. As a part of that effort, the hotel had 160 50-foot live oak trees transplanted onto the property and installed intentionally creaky wooden floors. The Sanctuary ranked third on U.S. News & World Report’s list of best hotels in South Carolina.
Named after the American founding father who had it built, this place is as old as America itself. John Rutledge is the only signer of the U.S. Constitution whose former home is open to overnight hotel guests today, according to the inn’s website. Aside from being really old, the hotel is notable for its proximity to all of downtown Charleston’s hot spots. It was also honored among Tripadvisor’s “Travelers’ Choice Best of the Best 2021,” which acknowledges the “top 1% of hotels worldwide.”
Speaking of old, this place was built just three years after the John Rutledge House — at least according to the U.S. Department of Interior, which guesstimated the construction year as 1770. Aside from being named America’s best seaside inn by Coastal Living Magazine, the hotel’s claim to fame is that it’s the oldest and largest Tabby structure still in use today. Tabby was a popular “bullet-proof” building material used by early settlers, made of cobbled-together sea materials such as oyster shells and sand. Anchorage 1770 houses fine dining restaurant The Ribaut Social Club, offers complimentary breakfast and bike use, and features Beaufort River-facing front porches accessible to all guests.
Another of Tripadvisor’s “Travelers’ Choice Best of the Best 2021,” French Quarter Inn can be summarized accordingly: free stuff, good sleep and prime location. Guests are greeted with complimentary champagne at check-in and offered a variety of snacks in the lobby throughout the day, then wake up first thing in the morning to a complimentary European continental breakfast featuring fruits, baked goods and quiches. Guests also have a selection of seven pillows and a sleep assessment, if they so choose, and are right across the street from the historic Charleston City Market.
Location: Hilton Head Island
If you trust what U.S. News & World Report has to say, then we’ve saved the best for last. The Inn & Club at Harbour Town ranked first on its list of best hotels in South Carolina. “Elegant décor coupled with legendary service and a host of premium complimentary amenities create an indulgent and unforgettable guest experience,” the resort’s website says. Located in the heart of Sea Pines, a gated area of Hilton Head Island, the resort is a short bike ride away from popular tourist destinations like the Harbour Town Lighthouse and The Salty Dog Cafe.
Huss excelling on summer amateur golf circuit as he prepares for second season with Badgers
alert top story Playing 72 holes over four rounds of a golf tournament is as much of a mental grind as it is a physical one. Cameron Huss is not only learning how to play in such tournaments, he’s learning how to contend in them. Huss, a 2020 Tremper graduate who will begin his sophomore season with the University of Wisconsin men’s golf team in September, has had a strong summer on the state amateur circuit, including contending in the two biggest Wisconsin State Golf Association amateur events of the year....
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Playing 72 holes over four rounds of a golf tournament is as much of a mental grind as it is a physical one.
Cameron Huss is not only learning how to play in such tournaments, he’s learning how to contend in them.
Huss, a 2020 Tremper graduate who will begin his sophomore season with the University of Wisconsin men’s golf team in September, has had a strong summer on the state amateur circuit, including contending in the two biggest Wisconsin State Golf Association amateur events of the year.
First, he finished second in the three-day, 72-hole Ray Fischer Amateur Championship — a tournament whose champions include Steve Stricker — from June 25-27 at Riverside Golf Course in Janesville, losing on the first playoff hole to former professional Dustin Schwab of Lodi.
Then, from Monday through Thursday last week, Huss finished sixth in the 120th State Amateur Championship at Westmoor Country Club in Brookfield. That tournament was played in four rounds over four days.
“It was exhausting,” Huss said of the State Amateur Championship. “We don’t play many four-round tournaments anymore, especially throughout four days, so it was for sure exhausting.”
It’s also been a learning experience.
Huss said he’s learning to plan his way around the course. The Ray Fischer and State Amateur tournaments certainly offer contrasting styles in how to do that.
Golfers can attack the old-school, risk-reward layout of Riverside, as the Ray Fischer is known for players making tons of birdies and eagles and huge final-round charges. Huss did just that, firing twin 7-under-par 65s on the 36-hole final day to get into the playoff with Schwab.
In the State Amateur, however, golfers faced an unyielding challenge at Westmoor. Huss finished alone in sixth at 10-over, as Piercen Hunt of Hartland won the tournament as the only player below par, at just 1-under.
Huss opened with a 4-over 74 in Monday’s first round before firing a 1-under 69 in the second round Tuesday. He followed that with a 2-over 72 in Wednesday’s third round and a 5-over 75 in Thursday’s final round. Huss rose as high as second place at one point during the tournament.
“I felt I played pretty good overall,” Huss said. “I may not have putted as good as I wanted to to really give it a run, but it was playing really tough. To be 10-over for four rounds and finish in sixth just shows that it was playing really hard.
“... I was pretty pleased overall. I hit it pretty good. If I would’ve putted a little better, I probably would’ve been a little bit closer there at the end, but it happens.”
Huss said one of the main lessons he’s learning now is how to move on from bad holes.
“One of the things I noticed this past week is I made a couple double (bogeys) early in the first round,” he said. “I knew, especially with those four-round tournaments, you have so much golf left to play. You just can’t let one of those holes get to you.
“A couple of the times I made a double and I bounced back right away and made a birdie. I just learned how important it is to stay present. It sounds cliche, but you’ve just really got to put past holes behind you.”
Ultimately, this summer is all preparing Huss for his sophomore season with the Badgers.
“It builds up a lot of confidence, especially when I get back to school, just knowing I can play with the best amateurs in the state and compete, too,” he said. “Just giving yourself a chance to win, too, coming down the stretch of a back nine in a big tournament just gives you that pressure that you can’t really create just playing by yourself or with your buddies.
“It’s important to try and contend in the summers so when I get to school I can try to help the team out a little more.”
Like everyone else, Huss dealt with strange circumstances over the last year-plus because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
As a junior at Tremper in 2019, Huss finished fifth in the WIAA Division-1 State Tournament at University Ridge in Verona, which is now his home course with the Badgers. Named the 2020 Holy Rosary Outstanding Male Athlete of the Year, Huss was also a reserve guard on the Trojans’ boys basketball team that reached the sectional finals in 2020.
One game from the State Tournament in basketball and looking forward to making a run at the state title in golf that spring, Huss instead had his high school athletic career abruptly ended by the pandemic before Tremper could play its boys basketball sectional final.
So it was on to Madison, where the men’s golf team had its fall season cancelled in 2020, meaning Huss had to find his own way to sharpen his golf game early on as a freshman.
“I just kind of looked at it like I could use it to my advantage, being a freshman, where I went and played a couple other just individual tournaments against some really good college players,” he said. “I felt like I learned a lot then, and I was just able to bring it into the spring.”
That he did, as Huss made the Badgers’ starting rotation when the team resumed activities in the spring of 2021. He made his collegiate debut in the Big Ten Match Play Challenge at the Ocean Course in Hammock Beach, Fla., tied for 30th in the Kiawah Invitational at Kiawah Island, SC. — where this year’s PGA Championship was held — and had his top finish of eighth place in the Hawkeye Invitational at Finkbine Golf Course in Iowa City, Iowa.
Huss finished with an 18-hole average of 73.8 over 15 rounds, including a low score of 68 in the Hawkeye Invitational.
“I felt like I played pretty well,” he said of his freshman campaign. “I had some good events there early and had one or two bad ones. But that’s just golf. It happens. You can’t really beat yourself up over it.”
Though he may add one yet, for now Huss said he just has one more event scheduled this summer, the Suter Ward Group Wisconsin State Open from Aug. 16-18 at the Blackwolf Run Meadow Valleys Course in Kohler. Huss is exempt from having to qualify for that tournament since he won the Junior Boys Championship and finished in the top 40 in the State Open last summer.
He’s been working out at The Club at Strawberry Creek this summer and also commuting back and forth to University Ridge, where he has access to the Badgers’ practice facilities.
Huss said he moves into his apartment in Madison on Aug. 26 and practices can officially start Sept. 1. The Badgers will have a fall season this year, and Huss said their first tournament begins already on Sept. 5 at Erin Hills Golf Course, the site of the 2017 U.S. Open.
And while golf is the focus for Huss, he’s looking forward to the usual college experience, something he hasn’t experienced yet since students were so restricted in all activities last year.
“Speaking for probably the whole student body, just being able to go to a football or basketball game (instead of) sitting in your dorm room watching the guys play — it kills you when you know you’re right there,” Huss said.