The final WPGA tournament of September came to a close yesterday with the annual competition for the Premier Golf & Utility Vehicles Pro-Assistant title. Over 90 players from throughout the Wisconsin Section gathered at Ozaukee Country Club to enjoy a great day of golf, camaraderie and competition.
For the second straight year the field was faced with a gusty day, which was accompanied by another set of undulating fast greens. The combination of the two made for some tough scoring in the 1 better ball of 2 format.
The traditional division of play would feature 46 teams trying to get their names on the Manual de la Torre trophy. The two-player teams in the primary division would consist of a head professional, director of golf or individual in general management, paired up with an assistant professional from their facility.
The second division of play would be comprised of 11 other teams, which featured two professionals working for the same company or facility, regardless of their PGA classification.
Earning the privilege of having their names etched on the Manual de la Torre trophy for a second straight year was the Blackwolf Run duo of Dan Hastreiter and Josh Grisa. The twosome would once again card a 4-under-par score to take home the title. Last year’s victory would require some playoff golf, this year’s would be an outright win. Their sixty-six would be good enough to hold off five other teams by one shot. They would combine to make five birdies on the day and only bogey the difficult par-3 14th.
The winning squad became the first team to pull off back-to-back titles since Skip Simonds and Pat Steffes did it in 2011 and 2012. According to the records on hand they become only the fourth team to pull off the feat.
In the second division of play it was the Golf Galaxy squad of Mark Voeller and Foy Swenson getting the win with a 4-under-par 66 also. They would card six birdies and two bogeys on the way to a one stroke win over the TaylorMade Player Development Center team of Jeff Kaiser and Max Hosking. It marked the third time Voeller has been a part of a winning team in division two.
The WPGA would like to express our gratitude to Premier Golf & Utility Vehicles for title sponsoring the event for the sixth straight year. The company did another great job of lending support to the event to ensure the day featured a nice purse and after play meal.
In addition to our title sponsor the WPGA would like to thank the Wisconsin State Golf Association and the PGA Tour for being on board as supporting partners for the day.
A great deal of appreciation also goes to the Ozaukee CC and their staff. The course was fantastic shape and the club did a very nice job of making sure the players had everything they needed to enjoy the day.