EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- 2016 Eau Claire North grad, Matt Tolan, won two amateur golf tournaments in Wisconsin, both in the last week. After winning the Wisconsin Jr. Amateur last week, Matt won the U.S. Amateur qualifying event in Watertown on Monday, where he'll now travel to California to compete in the U.S. Amateur next month.
"It's starting to feel like I'm playing my best golf right now," the winner of two of the biggest amateur tournaments in the state by 4 strokes in each said.
Matt, who just finished his freshman year, is a golfer at the University of South Dakota. He’s ready to play at one of the nicest courses on the West Coast: the Riviera Country Club.
"It's a once in a lifetime opportunity,” Matt said. “Not many people get the chance to go play at a golf course like that, let alone the best amateurs."
Chipping and putting are the two things that make him excel the most. Has he struggled on the greens? Of course.
"It happens to everyone. Everybody 3-putts," Matt said. But that's something Matt doesn't allow to happen often; he won the first collegiate tournament he ever competed in, but it wasn't an ego booster for the freshman.
"I had the chance to be the #1 (South Dakota golfer), but I gave it to the senior,” Matt said. “I felt like he deserved it. I'm not going to say whether I can be #1 or not, I just want to be part of the team and part of the team atmosphere."
Straight and down the middle of the fairway is how he plays his drives. Off the course, his head is on straight, too; he knows that becoming a professional golfer isn't something that's set in stone.
"Everybody dreams, if you're playing golf as a junior, to become a professional golfer, but at the moment, I'm just trying to go to school and get a good degree,” Matt, who’s majoring in business administration, said. “If pro golf turns out to be what it is, then so be it.”
The people that have helped him get to this point in his golf career are the ones that support him the most.
“I can't thank both of my parents enough,” Matt said. “My dad, who taught me the game of golf; he's definitely helped me throughout my career. And my mom who's driven me to so many different golf tournaments."
If you're looking for a humble guy to shoot 9 or 18 with, Matt might be your guy.
"I'm just your typical golfer at your average golf course trying to become the best golfer I can possibly be," Matt said.
He might say he's typical, but his play on the course says something much different.