The Wisconsin PGA was back on course on Monday with its second straight season opening pro-pro event. Last week presented teams with the tough task of navigating what club to hit in breezy conditions, while this week the goal was just to stay warm. With plenty of knit caps in sight, it was a chilly battle for the sold out field of 52 teams.
After last week’s scramble format was all about the low scores, this week the field was playing their own ball in the four-ball stroke play format (1 better ball of 2). Blocking out those chilly temperatures the best was the Kohler Golf duo of Josh Grisa and David Bach. The back-to-back WPGA Assistant Professional Players of the Year (Bach 2019, Grisa 2020) would navigate the Beloit Club with a bogey free round. They were just one of two groups to accomplish the feat on Monday. Their 8-under-par 64 would feature six birdies and an eagle on the par-5, 15th. The score would give them a two shot win over the Rivermoor group of Bryan Brotchie and Andrew Troyanek.
In addition to the primary contest the day also gave teams the option to be included in qualifying for the year-long Four-Ball Match Play Championship. Defending champions Craig Czerniejewski and Mick Smith will headline the bracket at the top, while Grisa and Bach will be given the no. 2 seed for their performance on Monday. The cutoff for teams to make the bracket turned out to be 3-over-75.
A big thank you goes out to event partners, Harris Golf Cars, Laser Link Golf and PXG. The trio of companies put together a great day for the attendees. The WPGA would also like to thank Beloit Club and their staff for being gracious hosts. The course was in nice early season shape.
Next up for the WPGA tournament schedule will be a trip to Chenequa CC for the first 4-player pro-am of the season.