It was another ideal day for golf on Monday, as the annual National Golf Graphics Pro-Am made a trip to The Legend at Merrill Hills. It was the fourth WPGA pro-am of the season, and in addition to the weather the players were treated to some great playing conditions.
This year’s format would again feature the always challenging net stableford team game. This time around the top 3 net scores for the group would count 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.
Piling up the points and cruising to a win was the squad of Ryan Helminen, Bob Mandoli, Scott Merzlicker and Matt Gerlach. The foursome was able to accumulate 145 points, which was highlighted by an impressive six hole period from no. 17 to no. 4. During that hot stretch they earned 70 points. Their point total was good enough to win by 11 points over the Kyle Nielsen and Foy Swenson led teams.
With Helminen having already qualified for the Oliphant Golf Management Pro-Am Championship, the door was open for Nielsen, Swenson, Rob Elliott and Evan Wartgow to earn spots in the year-end event.
In addition to the team event the day also featured low amateur, low professional and low senior professional stableford events.
Claiming the wins were,
Low Professional Contest – Ryan Helminen – 45 Points
Low Senior Professional Contest – Andy Runkel – 34 Points
Low Amateur Contest – Matt Smith – 47 Points
A big thank you goes out again to Peter Meyer and National Golf Graphics for their support of the day. Once again Peter was able to put together another great Pro-Am for all the attendees to enjoy.
The WPGA would also like to express our appreciation to The Legend at Merrill Hills and their staff for being a great host. The club was a last minute sub as the host site and the WPGA truly appreciates their offer to host on such short notice.