It was another great day for golf as the Wisconsin PGA four-player pro-am series made its annual stop at Destination Kohler on Monday. This year’s event would bring together 29 teams to enjoy the always fun and challenging Irish Course at Whistling Straits. It would mark the fourth year in the past nine that the Pete Dye design has hosted a Wisconsin PGA pro-am. Lending some key support and helping make it an even better event was title partner Vince Suter and The Suter Ward Group at Morgan Stanley.
On the competition side of things, it’d be a battle to see who could go the lowest in the two-net better ball team event. The format is always littered with net birdies and net eagles. However, this go around would feature a little higher scores, as the wind would certainly add to the challenge.
Coming out on top and using some local knowledge was the foursome of Mike Aschenbach, Scott Nelson, Nick Zellmer and Ryan Isherwood. Aschenbach, the head PGA professional at Whistling Straits, would help lead his crew to 18 net birdies over the course of the day. The handicap strokes for the team certainly were key but the foursome also came up big on the holes where they didn’t receive any strokes. Combined they’d make eight natural birdies on holes that didn’t involve handicap strokes. The impressive performance would lead them to a 17-under-par 127 total. It would be good enough to hold off the John Bailey led team by two shots.
The win would also deliver Aschenbach and company an invitation to the Oliphant Golf Management Pro-Am Championship in October. Grabbing the final two spots were the foursomes led by Gunnar Stapp and Josh Grisa.
In the low pro event it’d be another PGA professional from Whistling Straits that would lead the way. David Bach would card three birdies and an eagle en route to a 4-under-par 68.
The low senior pro game would see Michael Crowley come out on top with an even-par 72.
In addition to the three main contests the day would also feature some fun proxy contests on the par 3s for the amateurs. Taking home some great prizes via adidas Golf and Tito’s were;
#3 – Nick Zellmer, #6 – Nick Zellmer, #11 – Tim Halverson, #13 – Chuck Garbedian
Helping to make this pro-am the best it could be were our four event partners. Vince Suter and The Suter Ward Group at Morgan Stanley would lead the way as the presenting partner. Providing some additional support were the American Family Insurance Championship, Tito’s Vodka and adidas Golf. A big thank you goes out to all of them for their contributions.
The WPGA was again fortunate to be able to utilize Destination Kohler as one of our host sites. It was another showcase of why the resort is a bucket list stop for many golfers. Our appreciation goes out to everyone at Destination Kohler for making sure our participants had a great day.