(Jim Gaugert of Harris Golf Cars & Joe Leonard)
The Stableford Classic made its debut on the WPGA tournament schedule on Tuesday morning. The one day 18-hole event brought a little different mindset to the players, as they battled it out for a nice purse and player of the year points. The plan to pile up as many points as possible with an aggressive strategy fit perfectly at Edelweiss Chalet CC. The 33 players in the field had the chance to go flag hunting, but couldn’t get overly aggressive with several penalty areas and out of bounds outlining the golf course.
The point system for Tuesday’s event would mimic the one used for the professional competition in the WPGA Las Vegas Pro-Am. Players would receive -1 pt for double bogey or worse, 0 pts for bogey, 1 pt for a par, 3 pts for a birdie, 5 pts for an eagle and 7 pts for a double eagle or better.
In the end a familiar name would keep his hot streak going on Tuesday. After tying for the title at WPGA Classic #3 just about two weeks ago, Joe Leonard was back at it. This go around he would parlay a 5-under-par 67 into 31 stableford points. The impressive round would feature six birdies and an eagle. He would hold off David Bach by three points. With his win he was able to leapfrog Mick Smith and grab the lead of the WPGA Member Player of the Year race.
In the senior division Charlie Brown would claim the top spot with 25 points.
The WPGA would like to thank our three event partners and their representatives for their great support of the day. Teaming up to make sure it was a top notch event was TaylorMade Golf, Harris Golf Cars and the Wisconsin State Golf Association.
A big thank you also goes out to WPGA President Jeff Ellingson and Edelweiss Chalet CC for hosting. The club did another nice job of making sure the players had a good day. Included in the nice touches was picking up the lunch tab with the help of PGA member Dan Hoffman. In addition, players were sent home with a little New Glarus themed parting gift.