It was an interesting and fun filled day at Edelweiss Chalet CC on Monday, as the Wisconsin Section, PGA kicked off their in state tournament season. With numerous professionals leaving their snow covered yards and hitting the road, it just didn’t feel like there was golf to be played. However the WPGA turned out to have lady luck on our side and New Glarus just happened to be in the part of the state that got hit with no snow over the course of the past week. The field of 88 WPGA professionals gladly accepted the reality and enjoyed a breezy and sunny day to kick off the year.
In the two player scramble format the birdies and eagles were piled up by the field once again. Leading the way after 18 holes of play were the groups of Andy Barrett and Brett Weber, along with Brook Schmitt and Tom Boockemeier. The twosomes were each able to card bogey-free 10-under-par 62s, to gain a share of the lead. Finishing just one shot back of a playoff was Skip Simonds and Rich Tock.
After wrapping up the post event announcements the foursome headed to the par 4-10th hole to decide the championship by way of a hole-by-hole playoff. The 355 yard hole gave the groups a chance to be aggressive and the advantage quickly slid in Schmitt and Boockmeier’s favor after the second shots. The duo ended up hitting it within 15 feet, while Barrett and Weber were left with a long 45 foot swinging putt for birdie. Hoping to show his partner how much the putt would break, Weber played first. The long hard breaking putt would amazingly roll into the cup and turn the tide in their favor. Knowing they had to match the feat to force additional holes both Schmitt and Boockmeier gave their putts a run, but in the end their attempts were unsuccessful. The improbable playoff birdie delivered Barrett and Weber the winner trophies and $600 first place prize checks.
A big thank you goes out to the event partners, Harris Golf Cars and Haas-Jordan, for their support of the Spring Pro-Pro Scramble. With their help the WPGA was able to once again kick off the season with a great day of golf, camaraderie and competition.
Also playing a big role in the day was Edelweiss Chalet CC and their staff. Led by WPGA President Jeff Ellingson, the club did a terrific job of making sure the day offered a nice value to the attendees. A great deal of gratitude goes out to everyone at the club for making sure all the attendees were glad they made the trip to the New Glarus facility.