On an annual basis the Wisconsin PGA organizes a fall travel pro-am to a warm weather destination. The event usually puts a wrap on the tournament calendar for the Section. The past several trips to Scottsdale have taken place in the middle of November and teams have been made up of one WPGA professional and three amateurs.
This winter the Section made a commitment to do a three year rotation of different types of venues. That rotation will include ventures to Scottsdale, Florida and finally five-star venues such as places like Pinehurst, Bandon Dunes, Kiawah Island or Casa de Campo.
After an initial small turnout the 2019 WPGA – PGA National Resort & Spa Pro-Am has been modified into a casual golf trip with a few side games. The price has been reduced down to $650 per amateur and $0 for the professionals. Teams will still be made up of one professional and three amateurs. The trip will now include just three rounds of golf, golf car and range on all days, and a prize pool for the side games. The courses will remain the same and the trip will feature the Fazio, Champion and Palmer courses. Capacity of the trip is capped at 8 foursomes. The deadline to be paid in full for all teams will continue to be Tuesday, October 1st.
The following items have been removed from the trip – all food & beverage, the tee gift package, and the Wisconsin PGA administrative fee (The side games will be coordinated remotely with the help of one of the PGA professional attendees).
The Wisconsin PGA will continue to coordinate the trip and make sure all attendees are informed of their tee times and other important information.
(Jim Schuman, Dale Van Dam, Ryan Beaty & Jim Kellogg)
Earlier this week the 2018 WPGA Scottsdale Pro-Am came to a close, as the week featured plenty of fun and camaraderie. The trip marked the fourth year in a row and sixth overall that the Wisconsin Section has ventured to the Scottsdale for their fall trip. This year’s group of sixty players got the chance to enjoy the Big Wick course at Wickenburg Ranch, Raptor Course at Grayhawk GC and the Pinnacle course at Troon North GC.
When all the scores were tallied it was the team of Jim Schuman, Dale Van Dam, Jim Kellogg and Ryan Beaty taking home the top prize. The Blue Mound G&CC and Desert Mountain foursome captured two daily wins en route to the title, including an impressive five shot victory on a windy and tricky day at Troon North GC on Wednesday. The one net one gross best ball win on that day was the deciding factor as they entered the final round trailing the Golf Galaxy Mark Voeller squad by two shots. Overall the first place team was able to finish with a 54 hole total of 33-under-par 403, good enough for a seven shot win. Finishing in the runner-up position was the Wisconsin Club team led by Tom Burton.
The 54-hole event also featured low professional stableford contests each day. Taking home the wins each day were Jake Wisniewski (Rd 1 – Wickenburg Ranch – 25 points), Michael Crowley (Rd 2 – Grayhawk Raptor – 29 points) and Jim Schuman (Rd 3 – Troon North Pinnacle – 19 points).
In addition to the standard team and low professional contests the event also had a few extra highlights. For the second season in a row the event witnessed two hole-in-ones in the event competition. The first of which came on day one at Wickenburg Ranch, when Westmoor CC member Dave Raysich made his ninth hole-in-one in his life on the par-3 4th. Carding the second ace of the event was North Shore CC’s Jake Wisniewski. The assistant professional knocked one in on the par 3 6th hole from 178 yards.
Helping add some additional fun onto the event was an optional Par 3 shootout on the Lil Wick course at Wickenburg Ranch. Nine teams from the event took advantage of the opportunity to have a little fun after their event round wrapped up on Monday. Taking home the top prize in the 2 best ball handicapped event was the team of Doug Mortola, Travis Frea, Scott Brooks and Curt Johnson. Helping seal the deal on their win was Brooks as he carded a hole-in-one on their final hole of play.
A big thank you goes out to Troon North GC, Wickenburg Ranch and Grayhawk GC for hosting this year’s event. The courses provided a great variety of desert golf and were well received by the attendees.
The WPGA would also like to thank adidas Golf and Matt Flaten for supporting our trip. With their help the players took home a great gift package that was put to good use by several of the participants throughout the week.
(David Roesch, Mike Stock, Vince Suter & Jerry Schmidt)
This past week the 2017 WPGA Scottsdale Pro-Am came to a close, as the week featured plenty of great weather and golf. The trip marked the fifth time in eight years that the Wisconsin PGA headed west to enjoy one of the best golf destinations in the United States. The field of fifteen foursomes got the opportunity to tee it up at the Pinnacle course at Troon North GC, the Cholla course at We-Ko-Pa GC and finally wrap up the trip on the Monument course at Troon North GC.
In the end the squad of David Roesch, Mike Stock, Vince Suter and Jerry Schmidt were able to get the job done and take home the victory. Representing Storm’s Golf Range and North Hills Country Club, the foursome set the stage for their overall win with a scorching good round on Tuesday at We-Ko-Pa GC. The day featured a five shot team win in the 1,2,3 net best ball format where the team posted an impressive 16 natural birdies. Combined with two other great rounds they were able to post a winning score of 43-under-par, 395.
The squad of Ryan Helminen, Kerry Baugher, Paul Zimmer and Mark Langston made a valiant push for the win by winning the day three event, but in the end they came up 3 shots short of tying the Roesch squad.
The 54-hole event also featured low professional stableford contests each day. Taking home the wins each day were Ryan Helminen (Rd 1 – Pinnacle – 23 points), David Roesch (Rd 2 – Cholla – 32 points) and Michael Crowley / David Roesch (Rd 3 – Monument – 25 points).
A big thank you goes out to Troon North and We-Ko-Pa GC for hosting this year’s event. The courses were very well received and drew numerous positive comments.
The WPGA would also like to thank adidas Golf and Matt Flaten for supporting our trip. With their help the players took home a fantastic gift package when they finished up their first round.
(Ryan Helminen, Joe Stevens, Kerry Baugher & Paul Zimmer)
Earlier this week the Wisconsin PGA wrapped up its fourth venture to Scottsdale, AZ for our annual Fall Destination Pro-Am. The sold out field of nineteen foursomes enjoyed a great week that was filled with plenty of laughs, camaraderie, golf and competition. Throughout the three the days the players were greeted with plenty of sunshine and warm temperatures. This year’s trip featured rounds on the Pinnacle and Monument courses at Troon North GC and also the North Course at The Boulders Resort.
Topping the field was a team led by Ridgeway CC PGA Teaching Professional Ryan Helminen and a trio of Sunset Hills CC members from Edwardsville, IL. Helminen along with Kerry Baugher, Joe Stevens and Paul Zimmer were able to secure a three shot victory with consistent golf throughout the three days. The group carded scores of 131 in the one net, one gross best ball format, 136 in the 1,2,3 best ball format and 130 in the 2 net best ball format. With those scores they were able to finish in second or a tie for second in all three daily events. The three round total of 41-under-par 397 held off the second place squad of Mark Voeller, Carl Anderson, Dave Raysich and Dan Krause.
Grabbing some of the headlines from the champions were the winners from day three. The foursome of Jason Samuelian, John Staehler, Carlo Pedone and Todd Grant were able to blow away the field with an impressive 25-under-par 119 score in the two net best ball format. The score is the lowest in a four player Wisconsin PGA pro-am round in recent memory. Prior to this event the lowest score recorded in the past sixteen years was 121.
The 54-hole event also featured daily low professional stableford events. Grabbing the wins were David Roesch on day one with 31 points and Ryan Helminen with 30 and 29 points on the final two days.
A big thank you goes out to Troon North and The Boulders for hosting this year’s event. The courses were very well received and drew numerous positive comments.
The WPGA would also like to thank adidas Golf and Matt Flaten for supporting our trip. With their help the players were greeted with a great gift package when they finished up their first round.