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Steve Flesch takes one-shot lead into final round

The 2019 American Family Insurance Championship has all the makings of an epic finish as Steve Flesch enters the final round with a one-shot lead over tournament host Steve Stricker, Billy Andrade and Duffy Waldorf.

Madison resident and first-round leader Jerry Kelly is tied for fifth with Retief Goosen and Tom Pernice, just two shots back of Flesch.

Flesch raced to the top of the leaderboard with a 7-under 65, making three consecutive birdies to end his round. His two-round total was 11-under 133.

“It's usually days you shoot seven or eight under that you're making a lot of five- and six-footers, but today I made some nice long ones, especially on the par 5s, which have been a little bit of a problem for me this year. So, you know, it was one of those days I played well and I'm looking forward to playing tomorrow,” he said.

Celebrity foursome

Saturday’s play also featured the fan-favorite AmFam Champ Celebrity Foursome, hosted by Andy North, two-time U.S. Open winner and Madison native.

North and country music star Toby Keith tied golf all-time great Jack Nicklaus and Green Bay Packers legend Brett Favre in a 9-hole exhibition. The American Family Dreams Foundation will make a $50,000 donation on the players’ behalf to the American Family Children’s Hospital.

Earlier tee times on Sunday

Sunday’s final round will begin at 7:15 a.m. – approximately three hours earlier than originally scheduled – due to anticipated severe weather. Players will tee off on the No. 1 and 10 tees. Leaders will tee off No. 1 at 9:15 a.m.

Shuttles from offsite parking locations will begin at 6:30 a.m., with the championship’s front entrance opening at 7 a.m.

Offsite parking locations are Verona High School at 300 Richard Street, Badger Ridge Middle School at 740 N. Main Street and Epic Corporation at 1979 Milky Way in Verona.

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