(Drew Ringelstetter, Ben Rudolph of Premier Golf & Utility Vehicles & Glen Murray)
The Wisconsin PGA continued their countdown to the end of the tournament season with the always fun Premier Golf & Utility Vehicles Pro-Assistant on Monday. Over 100 players from throughout the Wisconsin Section made their way to central Wisconsin to enjoy SentryWorld. The players were treated to a first class experience from start to finish. From the fantastic course conditions to the inclusive on-course amenities, the players were definitely impressed.
From a competition side it would mark the third straight year that the field faced some cool temperatures and gusty winds. The combination of the two gave the players all they could handle as they looked to tame the 2023 U.S. Senior Open host course.
The traditional division of play would feature 53 teams vying to add their names to the coveted 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 18 other teams, which featured two professionals working for the same company or facility, regardless of their PGA classification.
Navigating the large field and taking home the win in the primary division was the Geneva National Resort duo of Glen Murray and Drew Ringelstetter. The twosome would card a 4-under-par 68 in the four-ball stroke play format. Their card would include six birdies and just two bogeys. A hot start by Ringelstetter would lead way over the course of the first twelve holes. With the holes dwindling, Murray would make key pars on the challenging par-4 13th and the par-3 16th. A final par on the difficult par-4 18th would seal the deal for the team.
Their score was good enough to win by one shot over the Pine Hills CC team of John Wallrich and Drew Otto and Ringelstetter’s other Geneva National team, led by Charlie Brown.
The win marks the second time in five years that a Geneva National squad has taken home the victory. In 2018 Bryan Brotchie and Charlie Brown would earn the win.
In the second division of play it was the Westmoor CC squad of Vince Pulizzano and Molly Braid getting the win with a 2-under-par 70. Their card would include six birdies also. The score was good enough to hold off the Golf Galaxy team of Brian Brodell and Mark Voeller by one shot.
The WPGA would like to express our appreciation to Premier Golf & Utility Vehicles for title sponsoring the event for the seventh straight year. With their help the section was able to roll out a terrific day for the attendees.
In addition to our title sponsor the WPGA would like to thank Bushnell Golf and the PGA Tour for being on board as supporting partners for the day.
A great deal of gratitude also goes to everyone at SentryWorld. The experience that the course has created is definitely top notch. It will be an exciting year in 2023 as the club hosts both the U.S. Senior Open and The Suter Ward Group at Morgan Stanley Wisconsin State Open