West Allis, Wis. – The Wisconsin PGA is pleased to release its 2020 tournament schedule, which features over 40 different events and qualifiers that stretch throughout the state of Wisconsin. The events kick off in early March with our WPGA Las Vegas Pro-Am and will wrap up in mid-October with the final in-state event, the Fall Pro-Pro Scramble. The tournament schedule will once again offer a wide range of competitions for both WPGA professionals and amateurs.
Wisconsin State Open Series
The calendar of events will once again be highlighted by the major championships, which includes the three event Wisconsin State Open series and four WPGA Championships.
Helping bring together some of the top professional and amateur golfers with ties to the state, the 2020 State Open series will again have a terrific lineup. The series starts off on June 16-17 as the 24th Wisconsin State Women’s Open makes its first appearance at The Legend at Brandybrook. UW-Madison golfer Tess Hackworthy will be looking to win her fifth straight title and take sole ownership of the record for most Wisconsin State Women’s Open wins. Following up the Women’s Open will be the 100th playing of the Morgan Stanley Wisconsin State Open on August 17-19. The centennial championship will visit the host site of the first ever Wisconsin State Open, as Blue Mound G&CC hosts for the sixth time overall. The contest will revert back to a 156 player field for 2020 and the Seth Raynor design will be the lone host course. It will be quite the year for Blue Mound G&CC as they will also host the Junior Ryder Cup five weeks after the State Open. State Open participants should take note that an expanded 204 player field size will again appear in 2021. Wrapping up the series will be the 36th Wisconsin State Senior Open on September 8-9. The 50 and over crowd will make the trip to Nakoma GC in Madison, as the championship visits the club for the second time. The host facility was originally set to host in 2019 but deferred one year after a course drainage project was executed by the club this past fall.
WPGA Professional Championships
In addition to the always popular State Open series, WPGA professionals will have their eyes set on playing great at the four WPGA Professional Championships. These WPGA professional only events get underway in mid-May with the 53rd playing of the WPGA Match Play Championship. 2017 State Open host, North Shore Country Club in Mequon, will play host to the first two days of the event on May 18-19. For the third straight season the host site will hold the qualifying round and first three rounds of match play on those two days. Then the final eight will branch off to play the quarterfinals, semifinals and final match by stated deadlines, at sites mutually agreed upon by both players in each match. Players will be given approximately five weeks to complete the round, with the goal of the champion being crowned by September 1. Next up on the calendar will be a stop at Morningstar Golfers Club for the National Car Rental WAGPA (Assistants) Championship and WPGA Senior Professional Championship. For the fifth straight season the two events will share a venue and overlap a day. The assistants will be faced with the task of playing all 36 holes on Monday, July 20, while the seniors will play back to back rounds on the 20 and 21. The club will be hosting each event for the second time and it is a good bet that fireworks will fly once again. In each of the previous events at the club the winner was able to put up a 9-under-par 63 round (2003 WAGPA Champ -Jason Samuelian, 2011 Senior Champ – Eddie Terasa). Finally the WPGA Professional Championship will pack up and head to the northeast for the first time since 2013. The 36-hole championship will venture to Green Bay Country Club for the first time ever, and take place on Monday-Tuesday, September 14-15.
What Changes Are in Store for 2020 – Formats, Dates, Policies?
In 2020 the American Family Insurance Championship will not have open qualifying. The PGA Tour Champions event will be one of two invitational style events on the 2020 PGA Tour Champions schedule. The past four years the WPGA was fortunate to be able to conduct the pre-qualifier and event qualifiers for the championship.
For the first time ever the WPGA Pro-Assistant will make an appearance in August. The annual event will shift to Monday, August 31st and take place at Pine Hills Country Club. The spot on the 2020 calendar was simply produced by a late Labor Day and the fact there are five Mondays in the month of August.
Shorts will be allowed at all WPGA sanctioned events.
The maximum field size for all WPGA Pro-Ams will be 29 teams.
After having a two-course event in 2019 the 2020 Morgan Stanley Wisconsin State Open will feature a 156 player field and take place on one 18-hole facility, Blue Mound G&CC.
Plenty of Pro-Ams to Enjoy
The very popular WPGA four-player pro-am series will again provide plenty of playing opportunities for professionals to tee it up with their members or customers. The series will feature nine events in total, offering a great mix of traditional and modern venues.
Back after a one-year hiatus Geneva National GC kicks off the schedule with a visit to the Trevino Course on April 27. The series will then head to the north from mid-May until mid-June, with featured stops at Oneida G&CC, Trappers Turn GC and hidden gem North Shore GC in Menasha. On the docket for the summer will be trips to Tuckaway CC, Nakoma GC, the River Course at Blackwolf Run and Janesville CC. These eight “regular season” pro-ams will lead into the Oliphant Golf Management Pro-Am Championship for the fifth straight year. Throughout the season the top finishing teams will earn an invite to the Links Course at The GC’s of Lawsonia, as they try to earn the coveted champion trophies on October 5.
In addition to the four-player pro-am series the schedule will again feature two pro-ladies tournaments. Since expanding to two yearly sites in 2016, the events have produced several sell outs and offered a chance to have both an East and West site. This year the spring site will visit Hawks Landing GC on Tuesday, May 26 and the summer site will take place at Hidden Glen GC on Monday, August 24.
Registration for the majority of WPGA events will start on March 9, with the State Opens and WSGA/WPGA Summer Showdown opening on April 1. To see the complete 2020 schedule please visit – https://wisconsin.pga.com/schedule/