WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAW) -- Jeff Pieper started the day five strokes back of the lead, but that didn't affect the way he played. Pieper started with a par, but on hole 2, Pieper drained a putt from more than 30 feet away.
"It feels great," said Pieper. "The last two years I finished fifth and then third. I've been trending the right way, but I never thought I'd be here at all."
The dream became a reality when Pieper shot even par on the day and finished +5 for the tournament, two strokes ahead of Derek Hilmershausen and Garth Gilster who tied for second place. Pieper has some ideas now that he can put his paws on the Mark Zelich Trophy.
"Maybe drink out of the cup now hopefully," said Pieper.
On the women's side, there wasn't much change. Jill Amundson held a four stroke lead after day one. That lead would only increase.
"I kept it together for 36 holes of golf, so I'm happy," said Amundson.
This is her first year competing in the tournament. She decided to participate after her friends convinced her to play, but winning may not be the best thing for her. She had a taste of the NewsChannel 7 Golf Classic, and now, she wants more.
"I think it taints me and makes me think that maybe I can do this again, and we will see if it happens again next year," said Amundson.