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Golf: After setting records at Wisconsin, Spring Grove's Hahn focuses on potential pro career

Spring Grove's Jordan Hahn tees off during the Illinois State Amateur Championship last July at Bloomington Country Club. Hahn won the tournament by one stroke.
Spring Grove's Jordan Hahn tees off during the Illinois State Amateur Championship last July at Bloomington Country Club. Hahn won the tournament by one stroke.

Spring Grove’s Jordan Hahn wouldn’t trade his four years at Wisconsin for anything.

“It was the greatest four years of my life,” said Hahn, a Richmond-Burton graduate and two-time Northwest Herald Boys Golfer of the Year. “Everybody I was teammates with, I was best friends with at Wisconsin. It’s the kind of stuff that you’re going to remember for the rest of your life.”

Hahn finished a brilliant four-year career at Wisconsin with the best career scoring average and best single-season scoring average in school history. The 6-foot-6 Hahn averaged a 71.68 as a senior, a full stroke better than the previous record.

Hahn became the first Wisconsin golfer since 2009 to play in the postseason, finishing in a tie for 35th with a 218 (5-over-par) at the 54-hole NCAA Regional Championship in Louisville, Kentucky. The first-team All-Big Ten golfer had 11 career top-10 finishes and earned two tournament wins as a senior, another school record.

Hahn said his four years at Wisconsin “flew by in the blink of an eye.”

“I hope the mark I left will kind of rewrite a new era for Wisconsin golf and push everyone to be the best they can be,” Hahn said. “They’re all capable of competing for Big Ten championships, tournament titles and, hopefully, NCAA championships.”

Hahn will head back to Madison, Wisconsin, in the fall for one semester to finish his bachelor’s degree in wealth management. For now, Hahn has a full summer of golf planned as he tries to achieve a lifelong dream: turning professional.

Hahn will compete at the Trans-Mississippi Championship on Tuesday and Wednesday in Carrollton, Texas. He will play at the Southern Amateur Championship from July 17 to 19 in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Hahn will then play for a spot in the U.S. Amateur with a qualifier July 23 at White Deer Run in Vernon Hills. He also will play at the Western Amateur in Benton Harbor, Michigan, and the Illinois Open Championship at the Glen Club in Glenview.

The timeline for Hahn turning professional is based on his performances this summer, he said. Hahn has never qualified for the U.S. Amateur.

Placing in the top two at the U.S. Amateur gives a golfer exemption for the Masters and the U.S. Open. Golfers, however, have to maintain their amateur status for a full year in order to compete.

“It’s kind of do or die,” Hahn said of the U.S. Amateur qualifier. “It’s not a four-round tournament where you can make a climb up the leaderboard. You’ve really got to make a lot of birdies right out of the gate because people are going to run circles around you if you don’t. You’ve got to be aggressive, but also make pars. That’s what’s difficult about this qualifier. You just have to make a lot of birdies.”

No matter what happens this summer, Hahn has big plans for the future.

“Now that I’m done at Wisconsin, it’s a new chapter, a new book,” Hahn said. “The goal is to see how good I can get and how far I can let this game take me. I hope to be competing for PGA Tour titles down the road and major championships. With hard work, I don’t see why one day that can’t be a reality.”

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