(Craig Czerniejewski & Craig Podlesnik – Tim & Dave Halverson Not Pictured)
The busy stretch of WPGA pro-ams continued on Tuesday as the Wilson Golf Pro-Am visited The Legend at Bergamont. It marked the third straight week of pro-am action for the WPGA.
It also was the first time the WPGA Four-Player Pro-Am Series visited the Madison area in 2023. The series is always well supported by the Madison area clubs and this pro-am was no exception. Twenty-six teams came out to enjoy the day. A very solid showing, considering the event was going up against the Wisconsin State Senior Open at Maple Bluff CC.
With windy and warm conditions the Andy North layout was certainly ready to pose some challenges to the field. At times it was a two to three club wind during the day.
However, with the one net and one gross better ball format the field was stacked with low handicappers and players that were ready to go low.
Finding their way to the top of the leaderboard was the foursome of Craig Czerniejewski, Dave Halverson, Tim Halverson and Craig Podlesnik. They would card an impressive 21-under-par 123 score for a one-shot victory. During the course of their round they would only play one hole over par.
The squad was also victorious the last time the WPGA Four-Player Pro-Am Series visited the Madison area. Carding a win at Bishops Bay CC last May.
Finishing in second place was the Ridgeway CC squad of Nate Pronschinske, Sean Schwab, Dave Battermann and Bill Verbrick.
For their performance each team would earn a spot into the Oliphant Golf Management Pro-Am Championship. With the transition to September, only two qualifying spots were up for grabs on Tuesday. The same as what will be offered at Hidden Glen GC on September 25.
Leading his team to the team win was Czerniejewski. The Oak Creek native would make eight birdies and an eagle during his round. His 8-under-par 64 was good enough to deliver him 44 stableford points. Three more points than second place finisher Ryan Helminen.
Host PGA General Manager Jeff Ellingson would earn the top senior professional spot with 32 stableford points.
In addition to the standard contests, the event also featured some closest to the pin contests.
Taking home some Wilson Golf Balls and a WPGA hat were:
#4 – Kate Lemon
#7 – Danny Behm
#14 – Jason Ryan
#17 – Tom Kaufman
The WPGA would like to express our gratitude to Wilson Golf. New to the sponsorship fold in 2023, the company did a nice job of upgrading the event with WPGA logo’d golf balls and a purse contribution.
The section also wants to thank The Legend at Bergamont. The course was in terrific shape and the players had plenty of compliments about the day.