(Craig Podlesnik, Dave Halverson, Craig Czerniejewski & Tim Halverson)
After encountering a weather related postponement in early May, the WPGA four-player pro-am season finally got underway on Monday. The annual National Golf Graphics Pro-Am brought together a sold out field of 29 teams to enjoy a day at Bishops Bay CC in Middleton. It was a pleasant spring day that gave the teams the green light to go low.
This year’s format would again feature the always fun net stableford team game. Teams would have to be on top of their game as the format would take the top 3 net scores for the group on each hole. The point system awarded 1 point for a net bogey, 2 points for a net par, 4 points for a net birdie, 6 points for a net eagle and 8 points for a net double eagle or better.
Navigating the format the best and closing with a strong stretch was the foursome of Craig Czerniejewski, Craig Podlesnik, Dave Halverson and Tim Halverson. They piled up double digit points on six of their last eleven holes to help propel them to victory. Their 162 points was good enough to run away with the win by a margin of 17, over the Scott LeMire led Ridgeway CC group. The team returns to the victory circle after capturing the Janesville CC Pro-Am in 2020.
In addition to the win the team also punched the initial ticket into the Oliphant Golf Management Pro-Am Championship. Claiming the other two available spots were the LeMire and Brian Brodell led groups.
The day also featured low amateur, low professional, low senior professional stableford events and some proxy contests on the Par 3s.
Claiming the wins were;
Low Professional Contest – Brian Brodell – 45 points
Low Senior Professional Contest – Charlie Brown & Mark Voeller – 41 points
Low Amateur Contest – Tim Halverson – 53 points
Closest to the Pin #3 (Amateurs) – Pete Kuhl
Closest to the Pin #8 (Amateurs) – Kevin Purcell
Closest to the Pin #10 (Pros) – James Grogan
Closest to the Pin #17 (Pros) – Scott LeMire
A big thank you goes out again to Peter Meyer and National Golf Graphics for their continued title sponsorship of the day. Also lending some support to the event was the Wisconsin State Golf Association. The WPGA appreciates their efforts to help make it another great tournament for the attendees.
The WPGA would also like to send out our appreciation to the members and staff at Bishops Bay CC. The club presented some top notch course conditions, while making sure all the players had a first class experience.