The fight for the Wisconsin PGA Player of the Year title was back front and center on Monday at the Russ Darrow Automotive Group Classic. The third one-day WPGA classic of the year would feature a trip to The Bull at Pinehurst Farms.
The challenging layout would give the field of forty-three WPGA professionals quite the battle throughout the day. Adding to the difficulty was swirling gusty winds.
Going out early in the tee time wave and using his local knowledge to try to tame The Bull was Chad Sandee. The self-employed PGA teaching professional at The Bull was able to catch fire on the back nine en route to a 3-under-par 69. He was able to pile up four birdies between no. 10 and 16. The score would turn out to be the only one in red numbers for the day. Finishing three shots back at even-par were Ryan Helminen and Andy Hansen.
Finding success at a course you know well can sometimes be a tough thing to come by. For Sandee though his familiarity with The Bull has helped deliver him multiple WPGA wins. In 2019 the Sheboygan native was also able to win the WPGA Assistant Professional Spring Stroke Play at the Jack Nicklaus design.
In the over 50 crowd Kurt Mantyla would lead the way. He’d card a 1-over-par 73 to get the job done.
The WPGA would like to thank the Russ Darrow Automotive Group, the PGA Tour and Hole-In-One USA for lending their support to Monday’s event. It is truly appreciated.
Also deserving of recognition was The Bull and their staff. The course was in terrific shape and everyone at the facility provided plenty of help throughout the day.