The regular season of the WPGA Pro-Am Series came to a close on Monday, as thirty-two foursomes ventured to Tuckaway CC for The Suter Group Morgan Stanley Pro-Am. The tournament was played amidst a fantastic fall weather day as the participants enjoyed plenty of sunshine with temperatures in the mid 70s. The newly updated course was lush and green and gave participants a chance to see some of the changes to former home of the Greater Milwaukee Open.
Playing the best golf of the day was the group of Ryan Helminen, Chris Lindberg, Scott Merzlicker and Bob Mandoli. They were able to post a solid 19-under-par 125 in the one net, one gross best ball format. The score was good enough to win a very tight team contest, as they earned a one shot win over the Matt Taken led Tuckaway CC team. The winning team was on the right track all day as they never played a hole over par throughout the eighteen holes. The win marked their second pro-am win of the season as they also were victorious at the season opening Cobra Puma Oneida Pro-Am.
Coming off his WPGA Professional Championship victory, it was Helminen that led way for his team. The Appleton native’s good play continued as he earned a five shot win the low professional event. His six birdies and one eagle helped him post a 7-under-par 65.
Finding the top of the leaderboard in the low senior professional event was Charlie Brown with a 2-under-par 70.
In addition to the main contests the day featured the chance for amateurs to knock it close on a par 3 and win a prize provided by The Suter Group. The winners in the closest to the pin events were,
#5 – Brett Law
#8 – Rick Hagen
#14 – Bill Crinzi
#17 – Derek Wathke
A big thank you goes out to Vince Suter and The Suter Group for being the title sponsor today’s event. A big part of the WPGA tournament program, Suter’s gracious support helped make sure the event was another well presented pro-am.
A great deal of gratitude also goes out to Dave Miley and Integrated Payment Services for jumping on board as an additional tournament partner.
Also deserving of recognition was the staff and membership at our host site Tuckaway Country Club. The club always does a great job of hosting and Monday was another example. The course recently underwent an update and the pro-am was a terrific chance for players to see all the changes that were made.