BELOIT - Another Hagen will be looking to defend his title at this weekend's Beloit City Men's Golf Tournament.
Instead of five-time champion Andy Hagen searching for a record-setting sixth trophy, it will be Nick Hagen seeking his third win.
Last year, Nick stopped his brother's run of two straight titles with a narrow victory over Sam Klobucar. It was the first win for Nick since 2011 and continued the Hagen's dominance of the tournament.
Since 2010 when Larry Stankewitz won the title, only Spencer Waite (with wins in 2012 and 2015) has interrupted the Hagen's dominance.
Nick said gaining the victory last year actually takes some pressure off him.
"This is a really important tournament to me," Hagen said. "It's something I look forward to all year. And I think for a while I probably wanted to win too much and was pressing a little. So winning last year was a weight off my shoulders."
Klobucar, a Beloit Memorial graduate, has finished runner-up in each of the last two city tournaments, and is itching to get his name on the board.
"I've been thinking about this tournament forever," Klobucar said. "It was a tough finish last year, but I can't complain about the way I played. I posted good scores, but couldn't quite get it done."
After a solid sophomore season playing for UW-Stout, Klobucar is spending his summer working at one of Wisconsin's top golf courses, Erin Hills, which hosted the 2017 U.S. Open.
"It's been a great summer, playing there all the time," Klobucar said. "It's a really difficult course, so hopefully that's prepared me well for this weekend."
Klobucar said that beyond the Hagen's, there are several other golfers firmly on his radar.
"I think Nick Hagen would be the top competition at this point, but anybody in that championship flight has the ability to go low," Klobucar said. "I'm playing with Colin Brockwell the first two rounds, and he's playing great right now. Larry Stankewitz has won it a bunch of times in the past, and he could step up and shoot three great rounds."
Hagen said that Klobucar should present a formidable challenge, now and in the future.
"I only played with Sam that one time last year," Hagen said. "But you could tell right away how talented he is. There are a handful of guys that always seem to be near the top, and he's certainly one of those guys that will be up there."
Hagen has been riding a golf high ever since winning last year.
"After I won last year, things really kind of took of for me," Hagen said. "I started playing really well at a number of tournaments. This summer, I made the cut at the Ray Fischer, so that was good. I feel like I'm playing well."
The format will remain the same as in prior years: The first round will be played at the Beloit Club Friday, while rounds Saturday and Sunday will be at Krueger-Haskell. Along witth the championship flight, there will be a senior division to go along with an A flight, B flight and C flight.
• 2019 City Tournament Tee Times
8 a.m. : Dan Mitchell (CH), Matt Newman (CH), Nick Hagen (CH); (#10): Jerry Hoey (S), Steve Sennett (S), Dennis Carpenter (S); 8:09 a.m. Collin Brockwell (CH), Sam Klobucar (CH), Dan Schliesmmann (CH); #10: Mike Williams (B), Dan Bottoms (B), Tim Brickson (B); 8:18: Josh Fenwick (A), Rick Turner (C), Cody Hopper (B); (#10): Bill Maze (S), Greg Peterson (C), Steve Wheelock (C); 8:27: Scott Fenwick (A), Scott Schuett (A), Mike Johnson (A); (10): Joel Brockwell (B), Kai Wong (B), Randy Leindecker (B); 8:36: Spencer Waite (CH), Griffin Oberneder (CH), Rob Zahn (CH); (#10); Bill Austin (S), Joe Cook (S), Larry Brown (S); 8:45: David Wandell (A), Zach Colby (CH), John Polglaze (CH); (#10): Brett Helms (B), Todd Schmidt (B), Ryan Fuelleman (B); 8:54: Logan Holmes (A); Ty Gladney (A), Rob Champion (A); (#10): Martin Christofferson (C), Wayne Young (C), Mike Harbit (C); 9:03: Tim Garris (A), Jason May (B), Enrique Cortez (A); 9:03 (#10): Roger Talley (S), Tom Quillins 9S), Ron Wolf (S); 9:12: Kasey Quinn (A), Nick Kirichkow (A); 9:12 (#10): Brad Heyerdah (C), Jason Patch (B), Allen Earle (B); 9:21: Chris Harris (A), Jonathan Williams (A), Joe Connell (A); 9:21 (#10): Tom Cook (B), Rob Peiffer (B), Mike Sherer (B); 9:30: Josh Dailey (A), Jaron Bertelson (A), Scott Huffman (C); 9:30 (#10): Steve Ferger (S), Dan Copper (S), Edwin Armstrong (S); 9:39: Andy Hagen (CH), Larry Stankewitz (CH), Tim Johnson (CH); (#10): Dave DeGeorge (A), Rusty Covey (A), Nate Christofferson (A).