Byom and Janty / Steffes Capture Yearlong Match Play Titles
As the 2012 calendar rolled into the fall, the Wisconsin PGA saw two yearlong match play competitions come to a close. The annual WAGPA Match Play title amongst the assistants in the state resulted in a 1up victory by Nick Byom over Kurt Mantyla. Also in the only team match play competition on the WPGA schedule, Brian Janty and Patrick Steffes secured the 1st ever Four-Ball Match Play win.
Byom started his trek to the title with his stroke play victory at the WAGPA Stroke & Match Play back in May at Hidden Glen GC. The win helped him garner the number one seed in the match play. In the first round of play he then defeated John Knoll (5&3) to advance to the round of 16. His impressive run through the match play tree continued throughout the summer months as he advanced past Brett Tautges, Joe Hatch and Derek Fox.View More
Kings For The Day
The annual grudge match between the top assistants from the Wisconsin PGA and Illinois PGA took place on Friday at The Bog in Saukville. Known formally as The Royal Cup, the one day event features five four-ball match play matches to determine the victorious team. At stake in each match is a total of three points, one for the front nine, one for the back nine and one for the total. If any of the portions end in a tie, the teams split the point.
The hot streak of the Wisconsin PGA assistants continued, as they were able to bring home the cup for the third straight year.View More
Mantyla Soars To The Top At Blackhawk
Some golfers rise to the occasion when the calendar turns to fall, when anything is possible in terms of conditions. On a day where most golfers would've stayed inside and enjoyed reading a newspaper, Kurt Mantyla persevered the best. With leaves falling everywhere throughout Blackhawk CC and wind gusts of up to 30 mph, 38 players were tested with quite the challenge.
With the belief that an even-par round could be good enough for the win, Mantyla was able to top that by three shots with his 3-under-par 69.View More
Another Well Deserved PAT On The Back
The yearly quest to capture the Manuel de la Torre Pro-Assistant trophy took place on Monday at Tuckaway CC. Dating back to 1974, the prestigious annual event pairs up one head professional, director of golf or general manager along with an assistant professional from the same facility.
Monday featured another hotly contested race to the title, as fifteen teams finished within four shots of the lead when all the scores were entered. Finding their way to top for a second straight year was the Milwaukee CC duo of Skip Simonds and Pat Steffes.View More
Moor Eagles Than Anyone Else
The WPGA officially capped off the 2012 Pro-Am season with the 29th Annual Point Scramble on Monday. On a sunny but windy day the players were faced with a solid challenge, as they attempted to go as low as possible in the 5 player scramble format.
After all 23 teams had posted their scores, the fivesome from Westmoor Country Club had secured the victory. The group of Foy Swenson, Ed Dzirbik, John Kestly, James Gunsalus and Ryan Schmus carded an impressive 19-under-par 53.
Helminen Takes Home Another WPGA Professional Championship
Appleton native, Ryan Helminen fought his way through two days of difficult conditions and slick putting greens to find his way to the winner’s circle at the WPGA Professional Championship on Tuesday. The Ridgeway CC Teaching Professional finished the championship with a 1-over-par 217 total, to win by two shots over Rick Witt.
After completing the weather delayed second round on Tuesday morning, the lead sat with Patrick Steffes at even-par 144. Just one shot back however was Helminen, with 18 holes to play.View More
Voeller And Ryan Rule The Duel
Golf Galaxy Teaching Professional, Mark Voeller and amateur partner, Jason Ryan took home the top prize at the inaugural WPGA Duel Amongst Duos - Two Player Pro-Net Am on Tuesday. The event featured the first time that a Wisconsin PGA event has offered a 1 net best ball of 2 format (Four-Ball). Also making its debut was the beautiful newly renovated clubhouse at the River Club of Mequon, as they played host to the tournament.