(Mark Voeller with Dustin Schwab of Prestwick Golf Group)
Another beautiful day of summer weather was on tap this past Monday, as the WPGA wrapped up its third and final 18-hole classic of the season. A field of fifty-eight WPGA Professionals set out in search of the win at the Prestwick Golf Group Classic. Playing host to the one-day event was Janesville Riverside GC. The longtime host of the Ray Fischer Amateur Championship was a in great shape and brought back several fun memories for the Wisconsin natives teeing it up.
With the great playing conditions the participants took dead aim at the flagsticks and tried to card as many birdies as possible. Navigating his way around the 6508 yard layout the best was Whitewater native, Mark Voeller. The Golf Galaxy PGA teaching professional piled up seven birdies and a lone bogey on his way to a 6-under-par 66. Included in that total was a key 18 foot birdie putt on the closing 414 yard par 4, 18th. After rolling in the putt from just off the green Voeller thought he had come up just short of the outright lead, however while reviewing his card he discovered a pleasant surprise of a prior birdie he had lost track of. The winning mark turned out to be just enough to hold on by one shot over Neal Grusczynski, Gene Kiela III and Jim Schuman. By sweeping the top spot in the regular and players division Voeller was able to take home a combined $1,175.
On board to help sponsor Monday’s event was Prestwick Golf Group and their representatives Steve Syrjala, Dustin Schwab and Ben Fahrenholz. In addition to lending a helping hand on the first tee the Sussex based company had the course looking great with plenty of Prestwick Golf Group on course products. The WPGA would like to thank Prestwick Golf Group and their representatives for their continued support of the Wisconsin PGA and our professionals.
The WPGA would also like to express its gratitude to Janesville Riverside GC and the staff onsite for helping make it a great day for the attendees. A yearly host of the WPGA Junior Tour, the event amazingly marked the first Section event at the facility since the 1995 WPGA Match Play Championship. The WPGA looks forward to making sure the next return venture to Janesville Riverside GC happens a lot sooner rather than later.