The WPGA Las Vegas Pro-Am came to a close last Thursday after four days of golf, camaraderie and entertainment. The event was making its return to the WPGA schedule after last year’s cancellation, and the 49 teams that were in attendance welcomed it back with open arms. This year’s trip featured lodging at The Mirage Hotel & Casino, with rounds at Cascata, Rio Secco GC and TPC Las Vegas. Teams represented 37 different facilities from throughout Wisconsin and the amateur attendees came from 12 different states.
On the course the competition was as spirited as ever. After navigating past some tough conditions on Monday the field put up some impressive numbers. When the 54 holes was complete it was the Blackhawk CC team of PGA Director of Golf Derek Schnarr, and amateurs Scott VanderSanden, Brent Reed, Van Stoutt and Paul Graham, taking home the title. The fivesome entered the final day one shot back of the North Hills CC led David Roesch squad, but closed it out with a strong round at Rio Secco GC. With a 16-under-par 128 in the 1 net / 1 gross best ball format they were able to flip that one-shot deficit into a one-shot win over the Roesch led group. Rounding out the top three overall teams was the Kraig Joy led Ridgeway CC squad.
In addition to the overall team event the tournament also featured daily team contests. Besides the aforementioned score that delivered the Blackhawk CC fivesome a daily win in Group A on day three, the other winners were,
Group A – Monday – TPC Las Vegas – 1,2,3 Net Best Ball – West Bend CC (James Kelly)
Group A – Tuesday – Cascata – 2 Net Best Ball – North Hills CC (Roesch)
Group B – Monday – Cascata – 2 Net Best Ball – The Bog (Andy Runkel) & Ridgeway CC (Joy)
Group B – Tuesday – Rio Secco GC – 1 Net / 1 Gross Best Ball – Ridgeway CC (Joy)
Group B – Wednesday – TPC Las Vegas – 1,2,3 Net Best Ball – Tuckaway CC (Taken) & Geneva National Resort (Brown)
On the low professional stableford side of things it was the following individuals taking home the top spot,
Group A – Monday – TPC Las Vegas – Mick Smith
Group A – Tuesday – Cascata – David Roesch
Group A – Wednesday – Rio Secco GC – Michael Crowley
Group B – Monday – Cascata – Andy Runkel & Ryan Helminen
Group B – Tuesday – Rio Secco GC – Brian Brodell
Group B – Wednesday – TPC Las Vegas – Kraig Joy
A big thank you goes out to our event partners, The Suter Ward Group at Morgan Stanley (Vince Suter), TaylorMade Golf (Steve Ploch & Hunter Mahler) and Nike Golf (Joe Ritchie). Once again the trio of companies did a fantastic job of enhancing the event week.
(Don Wakeman, Travis Dowden, Austin Gaugert, Sean Esenberg & Randy Esenberg)
The 2019 WPGA Las Vegas Pro-Am came to a close this past Thursday after a great week of golf, camaraderie and plenty of other fun. The sold out field of 250 players were treated to rounds at Cascata, Bear’s Best and Rio Secco GC, while enjoying the surroundings of MGM Grand as the host hotel. The week was also kicked off by a terrific Morgan Stanley Welcome Party at TopGolf Las Vegas on Sunday.
Although the golf rounds featured some breezy and cool conditions the weather could not dampen the spirits of the attendees. Navigating the challenging weather the best was the squad of Austin Gaugert along with Hidden Glen GC members Travis Dowden, Randy Esenberg, Sean Esenberg and Don Wakeman. The fivesome was able to card a 45-under-par 395 total over the course of the three days. They set the tone for the week with their day one win at Cascata with an impressive 22-under-par 122 in the two net format. With follow up performances of a tie for third and an a tie for sixth in group A, they did just enough to earn a two shot win over the High Cliff GC Corey Feller led team. Finishing five shots back in third place overall was the Bishops Bay CC team with Head PGA Professional John Shipshock.
In addition to the overall team event the tournament also featured daily team contests. Besides the aforementioned win by the Hidden Glen GC fivesome on day one for group A, the other winners were,
Group A – Tuesday – Rio Secco GC – 1 Net, 1 Gross – Ridgeway CC (Kraig Joy) & High Cliff GC (Feller)
Group A – Wednesday – Bear’s Best – 1,2,3 Net – High Cliff GC (Feller)
Group B – Monday – Bear’s Best – 1,2,3 Net – Blackhawk CC (Derek Schnarr)
Group B – Tuesday – Cascata – 2 Net – The Legend Clubs (Paul LoCicero)
Group B – Wednesday – Rio Secco – 1 Net, 1 Gross – Chenequa CC (Bill Graham)
On the low professional stableford side of things it was the following individuals taking home the top spot,
Group A – Monday – Cascata – Jim Schuman & Austin Gaugert
Group A – Tuesday – Rio Secco GC – Corey Feller
Group A – Wednesday – Bear’s Best – Jim Schuman
Group B – Monday – Bear’s Best – Mick Smith
Group B – Tuesday – Cascata – Derek Schnarr
Group B – Wednesday – Rio Secco – Mick Smith
Once again the WPGA Las Vegas Pro-Am would not have been possible without the help of our event partners. A big thank you goes out to Chris Hammond of Nike Golf, Vince Suter, Wealth Advisor & Senior Vice President at Morgan Stanley, and Steve Ploch of TaylorMade Golf for their support.
With the help of our event partners and all the loyal return attendees the WPGA was able to sell out the event for the 4th straight year. The demand for this year’s event was something the WPGA Las Vegas Pro-Am has not experienced since 2007.
Another fantastic week of golf, fun and camaraderie was enjoyed by the field of the WPGA Las Vegas Pro-Am this past week. The 240 attendees were greeted with plenty of sunshine and temperatures in the 70s as they teed it up for rounds of golf at Reflection Bay GC, Spanish Trail CC (Canyon/Lakes) and SouthShore GC. Away from the course they enjoyed New York New York as their host hotel, and started their week with a fun evening at Hard Rock Live with the Morgan Stanley Welcome Party.
On the competition side of things it was Naga-Waukee GC PGA Teaching Professional Kurt Mantyla, along with amateurs Brad Bayerlein, Peter Haise, Brett Swanson and Ken Schinner of The Legend Clubs capturing the overall team title. The hot play for the winning squad started on Monday during the first round and continued all the way until the end. They posted daily finishes of 1st, a tie for 3rd and finally another 1st within their group.
The fivesome entered the final round with just a one shot lead over two teams within group B. That lead quickly grew as they played an impressive round in the 1,2,3 net best ball format at Reflection Bay GC. On a day where the wind was the biggest challenge the squad piled up 13 net birdies, 2 net eagles and six natural birdies from Mantyla. The impressive play resulted in a 20-under-par 132 total and a five shot win in the daily format.
Combined with their two other daily scores they carded a 54-hole total of 55-under-par 383. The 383 score was good enough to provide them a 7 shot win and is the lowest mark by a winning team since 2007.
The winning team was truly shown the way by their team professional as Mantyla earned the top spot in the low professional stableford game on two of three days and a tie for 2nd on the other day.
Finishing as the runner-up team was the Eddie Terasa led North Hills CC team of Rick Buser, Mike Lee, Dave Schuelke and Levi Lura with their 390 total, the lowest within group A. Just one shot behind the North Hills CC team in third place was the North Shore CC fivesome of Jason Rasmussen, John Barrett, Paul Clemins, David Teplin and Jeff Stephany.
The Wisconsin PGA would like to send out a big thank you to our three event partners that helped make it a fantastic week. The trio of Nike Golf (Chris Hammond), Morgan Stanley (Vince Suter) and TaylorMade Golf (Steve Ploch & Eric Gitter) teamed up to really enhance the event and provide a great experience for all the attendees.
The WPGA with the help of Nike Golf wrapped up the 2017 WPGA Las Vegas Pro-Am this past Friday. Another fantastic week was had by the sold out field that made the trip out west. The 240 attendees teed it up for rounds of golf at Reflection Bay GC, Rio Secco GC and SouthShore GC, while enjoying New York New York as their host hotel and casino. The participants and their guests also had a fantastic kickoff to the week as they were greeted with the Morgan Stanley Welcome Party at Hard Rock Live on Monday evening.
The competition throughout the week featured six different daily team winners, plenty of diversity amongst the top finishers in the professional stableford events and an impressive final round by the champions to seal the deal. The daily team winners featured wins by the Michael Crowley led Morningstar GC squad on Tuesday, the Brad Peck led Nakoma GC team in round two and finally the Andy Runkel fivesome from the The Bog for group A. In group B it was the Andrew Troyanek team from Tuckaway CC in round one, James Anderson led Westmoor CC squad on Wednesday and the Ryan Helminen Ridgeway CC fivesome on day three that captured wins.
For Helminen and his amateur partners Kerry Baugher, Todd Ostrom, Dan Thome and Mike Welsing it was the final day run that propelled them to their first WPGA Nike Golf Las Vegas Pro-Am title. In the 1 net, 1 gross best ball format they were able to post an impressive 18-under-par 126 total at Rio Secco GC. The score was good enough to win the daily event by six shots and put them three clear of the Nakoma GC squad in the overall event. Each and every day the team had a better daily finish en route to the title, as on day one they finished in a tie for sixth, day two in second place and finally the win on day three. The finishes led them to a 47-under-par 391 total for the three rounds of play.
The professional stableford competitions for the week in group A featured wins by Michael Crowley (Tuesday at SS), Joe Leonard (Wednesday at RS) and Kyle Kunash (Thursday at RB). On the other side of the draw it was Andrew Troyanek, Doug Mortola and Charlie Brown tying on day one (Tuesday at RB), James Anderson and Ryan Helminen on day two (Wednesday at SS) and Ryan Helminen putting up an impressive 28 points on day three (Thursday at RS) to grab the top spot.
The WPGA would like to thank all the participants for attending and helping the event sell out for the second straight season. A great deal of gratitude also goes out to our title sponsor, Nike Golf. The company was well represented as Inside Sales Manager, Andy Lowrey, Inside Sales Representatives, Chris Hammond and Mike Neal and Green Grass Brand Specialist, Mike Willey all made the trip in for the event. The representatives did a great job of dressing up the event and also putting together a nice gift package for all the attendees. The 2017 edition marked the 14th straight season that Nike Golf has supported the WPGA Las Vegas Pro-Am.
The WPGA would also like to express its appreciation to Financial Advisor, Vince Suter of Morgan Stanley. Vince lent an important helping hand to the event, as he supported both the Morgan Stanley Welcome Party and the daily on course hole contests.
Lastly, the WPGA would like to thank our host hotel, New York New York and our host courses, Reflection Bay GC, Rio Secco GC and SouthShore GC for all their hospitality and hard work towards our event.
The WPGA with the help of Nike Golf wrapped up the 2016 WPGA Las Vegas Pro-Am on Thursday. Amidst another gorgeous day the sold out field finished up their golf at SouthShore GC and Reflection Bay GC. With the beautiful backdrop of Lake Las Vegas surrounding them the conditions were ripe for some great scoring.
Putting together three solid rounds to take home the first place trophies was the group of Mark Voeller, Jerry Schmidt, Bruce Huibregtse, Mike Stock and Mick Kohl. With finishes of third, first and a tie for third in the daily events, they were able to put up a 54-hole score of 50-under-par 388. The winning score was good enough to hold off the David Roesch led fivesome by two shots. The victorious squad was able to grab some redemption as they came up just short last year when they finished in second.
In the daily competitions two teams that had not finished in the top five on the first two days found some magic to grab the victories. Group A was led by the University Ridge GC fivesome of Mike Gaspard, Joe Armentrout, Mike Urso, Ross Miller and Pat McCarthy. The squad put up an impressive 22-under-par 130 score in the 1,2,3 net best ball event at Reflection Bay. In Group B the team from The Bull, made up of Scott Evans, Mike Kolb, Doug Horter, Brian Havner and Tom Archie were able to get the job done at SouthShore GC. In the 2 net format they took it deep with a 21-under-par 121 total. Good enough to win by three shots.
In the professional competitions David Roesch was able to lead the way in Group A with 24 stableford points. As for Group B Jim Schuman grabbed the top spot with one of those rounds to remember as he carded a 7-under-par 64 which totaled up to 33 points.
The WPGA would like to thank all 240 participants for attending and helping the event sell out for the first time since 2008. A great deal of gratitude also goes out to our title sponsor, Nike Golf. Sales representative, Joe Ritchie and Midwest Marketplace Director, Nick Jahnke once again did a great job of putting together some terrific gifts and fun contests to help enhance the event. Their continued support has helped make the event one of the best tournaments that the Wisconsin PGA runs throughout the year.
Lastly the WPGA would like to thank our host hotel, the Monte Carlo Resort & Casino and our host courses, Dragon Ridge CC, SouthShore GC and Reflection Bay GC for all their hospitality and hard work towards our event.
The 2015 WPGA Nike Golf Las Vegas Pro-Am concluded on Thursday afternoon amidst some fantastic sunshine and warmth. The day provided teams with one last chance to make a run at the coveted crown. Teams in group A were looking to go as low as possible on the 2 net best ball format at Bear’s Best while group B attempted to capitalize on the par 5s as they played the 1,2,3 net best ball at Spanish Trail CC.
In the end the margin the squad from Nakoma GC had built up on the first two days proved to be enough to hold onto the lead and capture their first title. The long time participants have had several top finishes in the event and were finally able to get over the hump this year. The group consisting of Brad Peck, Steve Hird, Mike Schlageter, Randy Steinhauer and Mike Yaktus were able to card a 52-under-par 388 total for the three days. The win though was hard earned as the group had to put together a closing stretch of 9-under-par on the last eight holes to secure the win. With the victory the squad now has a win, three runner-up finishes and a third place finish in the last eleven years.
Finishing just two shots behind the champions was the group of Mark Voeller, Tom Harwood, Bruce Huibregtse, Jerry Schmidt and Mike Stock of Golf Galaxy. Along with the close finish at the top the event, the final standings also featured what is possibly the most competitive WPGA Nike Golf Las Vegas Pro-Am to date. The final scores featured eleven teams finishing within eleven shots of the lead.
In the daily competitions on Thursday there were two ties at the top. In group A the Ridgeway CC group led by Ryan Helminen tied with the Derek Schnarr led Blackhawk group at 17-under-par 127. On the other side of the event, group b featured a tie between the Mike Johnston captained Versatile Vehicles squad and Voeller led Golf Galaxy team.
In the low professional competitions some impressive golf was once again played. Group A was once again paced by Ryan Helminen as he carded 27 stableford points and in group B Mike Johnston got the job done with 24 stableford points
Once again a fantastic week in sin city was helped made possible by our title sponsor, Nike Golf. The company and their representatives once again provided the support that was needed to make it another great event. From closest to pin prizes to great gifts, their influence was felt throughout the week. The WPGA would like to thank Nick Jahnke, Joe Ritchie and Bob Tierney for their continued support.