(Chad Sandee, Tim Schroyer, David Bach & Josh Grisa)
Mother nature came out swinging for a second week in a row as the WPGA tournament season looked to get underway on Monday. After snow kept the Spring Pro-Pro Scramble from taking place on April 18, the battle with the elements would resurface at the Spring Pro-Pro Better Ball. The 48 twosomes in the field had their work cut out for them as cold temperatures and wind would produce quite a challenge at the Beloit Club.
Blocking out the conditions the best and posting the low score of the day were two teams from the Sheboygan area. Chad Sandee and Tim Schroyer were able to match the Kohler twosome of David Bach and Josh Grisa. The co-champions fed off each other as they were paired up as player partners on Monday. Both teams were able to post an impressive 4-under-par 68 in the four-ball stroke play format. For Bach and Grisa it marked the third better-ball win in the past two years. Each player was able to take home $575 for their great play.
In addition to the battle for the title the day also featured some secondary contests. Thirty-two teams would earn a spot and qualify for the Four-Ball Match Play Championship. Once the bracket is officially published later this week the teams will arrange matches throughout the season until a champion is crowned in late September/early October.
The day also featured a few closest to the pin contests. Taking home the PTE Golf provided prize on no. 16 was Chris Zachman and earning the proxy win on no. 3 was Dave Kemnitz. The contest on no. 3 had a special component as only professionals that had committed to participate in the 100 holes for 100 years WPGA centennial charity campaign were eligible.
Helping make it another great Spring Pro-Pro Better Ball was our foursome of supporting partners on Monday. A big thank you goes out to Harris Golf Cars, Bushnell Golf, Homestretch Golf and PTE Golf for their partnership and backing of the season opener.
The WPGA would also like to thank the Beloit Club for being a gracious host of the Spring Pro-Pro Better Ball for a second straight year.