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About the Wisconsin PGA

The Wisconsin Section is one of the 41 sections that comprise the regional entities of the PGA of America. Over 500 members and associates belong to the Wisconsin Section, stretching from areas in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan to almost the entire state of Wisconsin. Annually, the Wisconsin Section conducts over 40 professional events, operates its Junior Golf Foundation and participates in several growth-of-the-game activities (PGA Junior League, Drive, Chip and Putt and instructional clinics/days).

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Brendan Locke Named To Wisconsin PGA Board of Directors 1

Brendan Locke Named To Wisconsin PGA Board of Directors

February 03, 2024

MILWAUKEE, Wisconsin and FRISCO, Texas (February 1, 2024) – The Wisconsin Section of the PGA of America has selected Brendan Locke, PGA, a Madison native residing in Jackson and owner of four Wisconsin GOLFTEC Instruction and Fitting Centers, to serve as an At-Large Member of the Wisconsin PGA Board of Directors. Locke, a PGA of America Golf Professional since 2005, joins the Wisconsin PGA Board while serving on PGA LEAD, a PGA of America program committed to diversity in governance and volunteer leadership.

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Bill Graham Earns Top Billing on the 2024 WPGA Special Awards 1

Bill Graham Earns Top Billing on the 2024 WPGA Special Awards

January 25, 2024

The Wisconsin Section of the Professional Golfers’ Association of America (WPGA) presents their class of 2024 Special Award recipients. This year’s group of award winners are being recognized for their expertise, leadership and performance in the golf business. Each of the eleven PGA Professionals exude enthusiasm for the game of golf and are dedicated to making it better. The recipients will formally receive their awards during the annual WPGA Special Awards Dinner held at Wilderness Resort in Wisconsin Dells on February 28.

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What’s in Store for 2024? Wisconsin PGA Releases Tournament Schedule 1

What’s in Store for 2024? Wisconsin PGA Releases Tournament Schedule

January 17, 2024

West Allis, Wis. – The Wisconsin PGA is proud to present its 2024 tournament calendar. The stage is set for another fun and exciting year of golf tournaments. The events will again offer a wide variety of formats and playing opportunities to both Wisconsin PGA professionals and amateurs.

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2 days ago
Wisconsin PGA

The Wisconsin PGA Spring Membership Meeting brought together over 130 WPGA professionals on Wednesday at Wilderness Hotel & Golf Resort. The full day slate of events included the Wisconsin Golf Salesperson product showcase, a Q&A with PGA of America Vice President, Don Rea, and the biannual business meeting among the members. It was a great way to kick off the 2024 season.

We'd like to thank Don Rea for making the trip up to Wisconsin and spending time with the Wisconsin PGA membership.
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The Wisconsin PGA Spring Membership Meeting brought together over 130 WPGA professionals on Wednesday at Wilderness Hotel & Golf Resort. The full day slate of events included the Wisconsin Golf Salesperson product showcase, a Q&A with PGA of America Vice President, Don Rea, and the biannual business meeting among the members. It was a great way to kick off the 2024 season.

Wed like to thank Don Rea for making the trip up to Wisconsin and spending time with the Wisconsin PGA membership.Image attachmentImage attachment+5Image attachment
3 days ago
Wisconsin PGA

A big congrats goes out to Kyle Nielsen, PGA and University Ridge Golf Course on being recognized as the PGA Jr. League GameChanger for 2023 in Wisconsin. Their program had the highest number of participants across the section last year. ... See MoreSee Less

A big congrats goes out to Kyle Nielsen, PGA and University Ridge Golf Course on being recognized as the PGA Jr. League GameChanger for 2023 in Wisconsin. Their program had the highest number of participants across the section last year.
5 days ago
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2 weeks ago
Wisconsin PGA

Congrats to the Dretzka Park GC squad of Dave Labinski, Josh Zuba, Matt Gasn, Dave Beres & Jack Charon. They were victorious at yesterday's 3rd Annual X Golf Brookfield Winter Pro-Am. 29-under-par 115 provided them with a one-shot victory. All teams were playing The Links at Spanish Bay.

Final Results - wiscpga.bluegolf.com/bluegolf/wiscpga24/event/wiscpga2456/contest/1/leaderboard.htm
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Congrats to the Dretzka Park GC squad of Dave Labinski, Josh Zuba, Matt Gasn, Dave Beres & Jack Charon. They were victorious at yesterdays 3rd Annual X Golf Brookfield Winter Pro-Am. 29-under-par 115 provided them with a one-shot victory. All teams were playing The Links at Spanish Bay. 

Final Results - https://wiscpga.bluegolf.com/bluegolf/wiscpga24/event/wiscpga2456/contest/1/leaderboard.htmImage attachmentImage attachment+1Image attachment
3 weeks ago
Wisconsin PGA

Recently the Golf Range Association of America announced their 2023 Award Winners.

A big congrats to Bob Burns and Mary Hafeman on being recognized as one of the 52 professionals on their Growth of the Game Teaching Professionals Elite Member Status list.

In addition, Bob Burns Golf and Vitense Golfland were honored as a Top 50 Stand Alone Facility.
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Recently the Golf Range Association of America announced their 2023 Award Winners. 

A big congrats to Bob Burns and Mary Hafeman on being recognized as one of the 52 professionals on their Growth of the Game Teaching Professionals Elite Member Status list. 

In addition, Bob Burns Golf and Vitense Golfland were honored as a Top 50 Stand Alone Facility.
4 weeks ago
Wisconsin PGA

We cap off our special award winner features with our Merchandiser of the Year in the resort category. Danny Rainbow of SentryWorld goes back-to-back in this category. It is the third time he has been recognized for the SentryWorld merchandising operation since he arrived in 2015. It is also his sixth special award in the past eight years.

With our private and public merchandising winners we used the terms, banner year and record setting, as descriptions. For SentryWorld both of those descriptions would be accurate but using "Knocked it out of the Park" may be more fitting.

A multi-year process would come to a close as they successfully executed the merchandising operation for the 2023 U.S. Senior Open. Every standard and expectation they set as it relates to the event merchandising, they exceeded them.

On top of the U.S. Senior Open the course would open for their first day of public play in early July. It would be a short season, as they'd close at the end of September. Amazingly, in those three months they would exceed their 2022 merchandising revenue by nearly 20%. A comparison that wasn't even fair to start, when you consider that the course was open for four months in 2022.

The Merchandisers of the Year annually recognize WPGA Golf Professionals who has performed outstanding services in the area of golf merchandising.

A big Congrats to Danny and the SentryWorld golf shop staff!
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We cap off our special award winner features with our Merchandiser of the Year in the resort category. Danny Rainbow of SentryWorld goes back-to-back in this category. It is the third time he has been recognized for the SentryWorld merchandising operation since he arrived in 2015. It is also his sixth special award in the past eight years. 

With our private and public merchandising winners we used the terms, banner year and record setting, as descriptions. For SentryWorld both of those descriptions would be accurate but using Knocked it out of the Park may be more fitting. 

A multi-year process would come to a close as they successfully executed the merchandising operation for the 2023 U.S. Senior Open. Every standard and expectation they set as it relates to the event merchandising, they exceeded them.
 
On top of the U.S. Senior Open the course would open for their first day of public play in early July. It would be a short season, as theyd close at the end of September. Amazingly, in those three months they would exceed their 2022 merchandising revenue by nearly 20%. A comparison that wasnt even fair to start, when you consider that the course was open for four months in 2022.  

The Merchandisers of the Year annually recognize WPGA Golf Professionals who has performed outstanding services in the area of golf merchandising.

A big Congrats to Danny and the SentryWorld golf shop staff!
4 weeks ago
Wisconsin PGA

Our Sunday special award showcase features our Merchandiser of the Year in the public category. Shaun Finley of The Oaks Golf Course is being recognized for their merchandising operation for the fourth time. Three of those honors have come in the past four years.

It was another banner year for the merchandising operation at The Oaks Golf Course. They set a record for overall gross sales in 2023.

Some of the areas that they've excelled in recently are sales attached to their over 100 annual outings, investing in technology to improve their club fitting process, daily on-course contests, and building relationships with businesses that are outside of the golf setting.

The Merchandisers of the Year annually recognize WPGA Golf Professionals who has performed outstanding services in the area of golf merchandising.

A big Congrats to Shaun and The Oaks golf shop staff!
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Our Sunday special award showcase features our Merchandiser of the Year in the public category. Shaun Finley of The Oaks Golf Course is being recognized for their merchandising operation for the fourth time. Three of those honors have come in the past four years. 

It was another banner year for the merchandising operation at The Oaks Golf Course. They set a record for overall gross sales in 2023. 

Some of the areas that theyve excelled in recently are sales attached to their over 100 annual outings, investing in technology to improve their club fitting process, daily on-course contests, and building relationships with businesses that are outside of the golf setting. 

The Merchandisers of the Year annually recognize WPGA Golf Professionals who has performed outstanding services in the area of golf merchandising.

A big Congrats to Shaun and The Oaks golf shop staff!
4 weeks ago
Wisconsin PGA

The next three days we will put wrap on our featured special award winners. We move on to recognizing three men who know how to move the merchandise. Our first Merchandiser of the Year is Brian Bishop of Maple Bluff Country Club. Bishop is being honored in the private facility category for the third time since 2007.

Bishop with the help of his staff, present one of the top golf shops in the state on a yearly basis. The relationship, camaraderie, and loyalty between the membership at Maple Bluff and the staff is at its highest level since he arrived in 2004. The members take great pride in supporting the shop and embrace all types of products and concepts.

After setting a record for sales volume in 2022, the shop not only topped that mark in 2023, they did so by keeping the cost of goods sold at the same level as the year prior. This type of work grabbed the attention of PGA Magazine Golf Shop Owners Monthly, where Bishop was featured recently.

The Merchandisers of the Year annually recognize WPGA Golf Professionals who has performed outstanding services in the area of golf merchandising.

A big Congrats to Brian and the Maple Bluff golf shop staff!
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The next three days we will put wrap on our featured special award winners. We move on to recognizing three men who know how to move the merchandise. Our first Merchandiser of the Year is Brian Bishop of Maple Bluff Country Club. Bishop is being honored in the private facility category for the third time since 2007. 

Bishop with the help of his staff, present one of the top golf shops in the state on a yearly basis. The relationship, camaraderie, and loyalty between the membership at Maple Bluff and the staff is at its highest level since he arrived in 2004. The members take great pride in supporting the shop and embrace all types of products and concepts. 

After setting a record for sales volume in 2022, the shop not only topped that mark in 2023, they did so by keeping the cost of goods sold at the same level as the year prior. This type of work grabbed the attention of PGA Magazine Golf Shop Owners Monthly, where Bishop was featured recently.

The Merchandisers of the Year annually recognize WPGA Golf Professionals who has performed outstanding services in the area of golf merchandising.

A big Congrats to Brian and the Maple Bluff golf shop staff!
4 weeks ago
Wisconsin PGA

As we head towards the weekend it is time for another featured special award winner. Taking home this year's Patriot Award for the third time is Jack GaudioThe Legend ClubsClubs.

The owner and chief executive officer of The Legend Clubs takes great pride in the work his team does to help several Veteran and military related charities. Gaudion's work is close to his heart as both his father and son served in the United States Armed Forces. Throughout the years the members at The Legend Clubs have helped raise nearly $700,000 for various military charities. In 2023, they gave more than $118,000, spread aFolds of Honors Fisher House Wisconsin WiscPGA HOPEd PGA HOPE.

This award goes to a PGA Professional who embodies patriotism and shows dedication to the men and women who have served in the United States Armed Forces.

Congrats Jack and thank you for supporting these deserving charities.
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As we head towards the weekend it is time for another featured special award winner. Taking home this years Patriot Award for the third time is Jack Gaudion of The Legend Clubs. 

The owner and chief executive officer of The Legend Clubs takes great pride in the work his team does to help several Veteran and military related charities. Gaudions work is close to his heart as both his father and son served in the United States Armed Forces. Throughout the years the members at The Legend Clubs have helped raise nearly $700,000 for various military charities. In 2023, they gave more than $118,000, spread across the Folds of Honor, Fisher House Wisconsin and PGA HOPE. 

This award goes to a PGA Professional who embodies patriotism and shows dedication to the men and women who have served in the United States Armed Forces.

Congrats Jack and thank you for supporting these deserving charities.
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