It was another action-packed Monday as the WPGA’s first 18-hole stroke play event of the year took place on the Trevino Course at Geneva National Resort and Club. For the fifth straight year the day featured the same format and offerings, with the Assistant Professional Stroke Play and Memorial Classic taking place simultaneously during the morning. The annual stroke play events were graciously sponsored by the Wisconsin Golf Sales Association and Rolex.
In total the day brought together 98 golf professionals and salespeople to enjoy a great day of competition, golf, and camaraderie. The assistant professional contest would feature 32 players and also double as seeding for the year-long Assistant Match Play. The Memorial Classic would include 41 other WPGA professionals in their own stroke play event, with 25 salespeople joining along for a morning of golf.
When added up there were nine different contests taking place throughout the day. Included in the list were two separate stroke play events, a optional bonus pool for any professional playing on Monday morning, match play seeding for the assistants, a one net best ball event with the professional/salespeople groups, and three different skin games. On top of that the assistant professionals would play their first round of matches in the afternoon.
During the day the participants would face swirling winds and tough conditions as the Trevino Course would put up a good fight. Ending up on top of the leaderboard in the Assistant Professional Stroke Play was Ozaukee CC Assistant Professional Jake Wisniewski. The former UW-Parkside golfer would post an even-par 72, good enough for a one-shot win over Tim Schroyer. For Wisniewski the key to the round was his par-5 play, as he’d birdie all four of them. Three of the four would help him erase a bogey on the previous hole. For the win Wisniewski took home the $730 first place prize and earned the no. 1 seed in the Assistant Match Play.
In the Memorial Classic it would be Craig Czerniejewski picking up the win. His first WPGA 18-hole stroke play win since back-to-back victories in the Head Pro Classic in 2015 and 2016. On this challenging day the Oak Creek native would only card one bogey to go along with fifteen pars and two birdies. His 1-under-par 71 however would be matched by last year’s champion Jim Schuman. With the title on the line a hole-by-hole playoff would determine the victor. The extra golf would be short lived though as Czerniejewski would make a solid par on the par-4 1st to claim the title.
A big thank you goes out to all the Salespeople for their support of the day. The WIGSA has been a great supporter of the Wisconsin Section and the event is a perfect collaboration between the two associations. The WPGA would also like to express our appreciation to Rolex for their sponsorship of the day.
The WPGA would also like to convey our gratitude to Geneva National Resort and Club and their staff for putting on a great show for all the attendees. From a nicely conditioned golf course to a terrific lunch spread, the club had it all covered.