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Special Awards

Annually the Wisconsin PGA honors several golf professionals throughout the section for their great accomplishments on and off the course.

  • Golf Professional of the Year – One of the highest honors – recognizing overall excellence and outstanding service as a WPGA Professional. Click Here to view the application.
  • Teacher of the Year – Bestows special recognition on outstanding teaching and coaching practices. Click Here to view the application.
  • Youth Player Development Award – Recognizing excellence in junior golf and youth development. Click Here to view the application.
  • Assistant Professional of the Year – Click Here to view the application.
  • Bill Strausbaugh Award – Presented to a PGA Professional who by their day-to-day efforts have distinguished themselves by mentoring their fellow PGA Professionals in improving their employment situations and continuing contributions to professional education. Click Here to view the application.
  • PGA Professional Development Award – The award is designed to give special recognition to an individual PGA Professional for outstanding and continuing contributions to professional education. Click Here to view the application.
  • PGA Player Development (Growth of the Game) – Click Here to view the application.
  • Patriot Award – This award goes to a PGA Professional who embodies patriotism and shows dedication to the men and women who have served in the United States Armed Forces. Click Here to view the application.
  • Merchandisers of the Year (Private, Public & Resort) – Click Here to view the application.
  • Players of the Year (Member, Senior & Assistant)

After a professional is nominated it is his or her choice as to whether to submit materials for consideration. Materials are generally due by early December. The materials are then reviewed by a different sub-committee for each award. The WPGA Past President then takes their feedback and finalists are determined. Once the finalists have been selected, their materials are forwarded on to the finalist committee made up of the District Directors, Independent Directors and WPGA Executive Director. The finalist committee then votes on their top choice for each award. Once all the votes have been compiled, the winners are notified in February and the information is released to the general public a week or two later. The winners are then recognized for their accomplishment at the Spring Meeting awards ceremony.

 

The Bob Hornung Sr. Trophy awarded to the Golf Professional of the Year.

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Get To Know The Pro

Employer – Edelweiss Chalet CC
Position – General Manager
Elected to PGA Membership – 2006

Hometown – Mount Horeb, WI
Current Residence – Mount Horeb, WI
Other Accreditations – Completed Carpentry Apprenticeship 1995

Awards & Honors  2006 WPGA Assistant Golf Professional of the Year, 2015 WPGA Bill Strausbaugh Award, 2017 WPGA Player Development Award

Important past work experiences – 5 years as an assistant professional under Todd King, PGA, Deer Valley Golf Course

Favorite quote – “Always do what you’ve always done and you will always get what you’ve always gotten.”

Favorite homemade meal – Fettuccini Alfredo

Favorite way to spend free time / hobbies / personal interests – I love to cook our family meals. I really enjoy golfing.

Dream foursome and venue – My buddy Mark, Tiger and David Feherty playing Augusta.

Golf Superstitions – I am not a fan of a #3 golf ball.

What is the best thing to come out of the 2020 pandemic?
Personally, I am very proud of how resilient my 3 kids were to the constant changes that 2020 produced. They have had a great attitude throughout and have made the best of it.

Professionally, I am proud of how our Edelweiss CC staff came together this year to create a safe environment for our members and customers. What I will remember the most is that none of my co-workers tested positive while hosting a record number of rounds of golf. It tells me how serious they took their responsibility of safety.

What are you most looking forward to in 2021?
I am hopeful that my kids will be able to get together and play with their friends. I know that they miss those connections and bonds.

Comments or Thoughts
Due to the insurmountable difficulties 2020 presented our industry I believe that all golf professionals are deserving of this award. To receive this honor this year I am truly humbled. I am grateful to the mentors and leaders that have guided me in my career and I can only hope to pay it forward as well as they did.

Get To Know The Pro

Employer – Beloit Club & Ironworks Golf Academy
Position – Director of Instruction
Elected to PGA Membership – 2008

Hometown – Holmen, WI
Current Residence – Sun Prairie, WI
College – San Diego Golf Academy

Other Accreditations
Sam PuttLab Level 3 Certified Coach and V1 Pro Certified Coach, Certified Titleist, Ping, Taylor Made, and Callaway Club Fitter

Awards & Honors
2009 WPGA Assistant Golf Professional of the Year, 2015 & 2019 WPGA Teacher of the Year, 2020 WPGA Youth Player Development Award, 2016 Golf Digest State Top Teacher, 2020 GRAA Top 100 Growth of the Game Teaching Professional, 2 time Top 100 Club Fitter with Ping, 3 time Top 100 Club Fitter with Titleist

Work Experiences – I started in the business at Cherokee CC in 1999 as an Assistant Golf Professional and worked my way up to the Head Golf Professional in 2010. I held this position through 2015. In 2016 I took the job as Director of Instruction and Club Fitting for the Beloit Club. In 2018 the Beloit Club management team started the Ironworks Golf Academy, where I act as the Director of Instruction and Club Fitting. We handle all player development programs at the Beloit Club, The Ironworks Golf Lab, and numerous partner facilities around the state

Favorite quote – “The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.”  Walt Disney

Favorite homemade meal – Any type of meat on the grill

Favorite way to spend free time / hobbies / personal interests – Family trips, Fishing, and Working out

Dream foursome and Venue – My Dad, Son, and Daughter at Augusta

What is the best thing to come out of the 2020 pandemic?
The pandemic has taught us all a great deal for better and for worse. I really enjoyed spending more time with my family during the lock down. On the professional side I had to step outside the box and create new programs that allowed us to stay in contact with our students. Most of these programs will continue when this Pandemic is over.

What are you most looking forward to in 2021?
I am most looking forward to self-improving my leadership skills with my team, and putting more effort into them, so they can continue to improve.

Comments or Thoughts
I am honored to be selected as the Wisconsin Section Teacher of the Year. I would like to thank my fellow peers for the nomination and the awards committee for the selection. I have been blessed with some of the greatest mentors, students, and team members. From the bottom of my heart I would like to say thank you to everyone who has influenced me personally and professionally.

Get To Know The Pro

Employer – Tuckaway CC
Position – Assistant Golf Professional
Elected to PGA Membership – 2011

Hometown – Patterson, CA
Current Residence – Saint Francis, WI
College – Arizona State University B.S. Agribusiness, PGA PGM

Important past work experiences
Tuckaway Country Club (3 years+), Milwaukee Country Club (4 years), Meadowbrook Country Club (3 years), Pinnacle Peak Country Club (6 years)

Favorite quote – “I always wanted to be somebody, but now I realize I should have been more specific.”  Lily Tomlin

Favorite homemade meal – Chicken Adobo, Lumpia and Sweet Rice.

Favorite way to spend free time / hobbies / personal interests
I love to spend time with my wife Jacqueline and twin girls Madeleine and Abigail.

Dream foursome – Padraig Harrington, Adam Scott, Boo Weekley.

What is the best thing to come out of the 2020 pandemic?
To say this was a difficult year is of course an understatement. However, the challenges that we faced as golf professionals allowed us to create and innovate in order to make all of our operations run as normal as possible. After a year of dealing with those obstacles, I’m confident that every part of our business will be fully prepared moving into 2021.

What are you most looking forward to in 2021?
Like most people, I’m looking forward to the possibility of returning to pre-2020 conditions across every facet of life. While that is certainly going to take more time, at least there is a light at the end of the tunnel and it doesn’t feel like it’s a train this time.

Comments or Thoughts
It is an honor to win this award considering the amount of qualified assistant golf professionals in the state. I want to thank my family for their tremendous support as well as the efforts of my co-workers that help make Tuckaway run consistently every day.

Get To Know The Pro

Employer – Oconomowoc GC
Position – Head Professional
Elected to PGA Membership – 1985

Hometown – Gladstone, MI
Current Residence – Nashotah, WI
College – Lawrence University

Other Accreditations – PGA Certifications in Teaching and Coaching; Player Development; Operations; General Management

Awards & Honors
2003 WPGA Private Merchandiser of the Year 2015 & 2019 WPGA Player Development Award 2016 WPGA Teacher of the Year 1992 & 1993 North Florida SW Chapter PGA Professional Development Award 1994 North Florida SW Chapter Golf Professional of the Year

Past Work Experiences – Ten years spent at River Wilderness Yacht and Country Club, FL where I lived the everyday life of the PGA Tour vicariously through my neighbor, friend, and Tour Professional, Paul Azinger. Experiences and anecdotes that I pass on to my students to this day.

Favorite quote – “If you treat an individual as him is, he will remain how he is. But if you treat him as if he were what he ought to be, he will become what he ought to be.”  Goethe

Favorite homemade meal – My wife Susan’s chicken divan is divine!

Favorite way to spend free time / hobbies / personal interests – The Blues… Live! Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, The Jimmy’s, The Danny Miller Band, Bryan Lee, and Pinetop Perkins among many others.

Dream foursome and venue – Donald Ross, Bobby Jones, Professor Bill Bremer (my college advisor who steered my toward a golf profession) playing at Whistling Straits. The Jimmy’s have a post round jam in the Irish barn…

Golf Superstitions – The number 13 shouldn’t wig me out, but does…

What is the best thing to come out of the 2020 pandemic?
Many families have rediscovered the greatest game that man has ever played.

What are you most looking forward to in 2021?
Personally: live music…any Bluesfest, anywhere USA! And a Diners, Drive Inns, and Dives road trip.
Professionally: watching the continued growth of my students.

Comments or Thoughts
I am very humbled, yet proud that I am able to give back to the game that has given me so much.

Get To Know The Pro

Employer – GOLFTEC Wisconsin
Position – Franchise Owner
Elected to PGA Membership – 2005

Hometown – Madison, WI
Current Residence – Jackson, WI
College – Ferris State University

Other Accreditations – Pilot for 24 years

Awards & Honors
2012 WPGA Teacher of the Year, 2018 WPGA Bill Strausbaugh Award, 2018 Ferris State University Distinguished Alumni, 2018 Ferris State University Bill Strausbaugh Award, 2012 and 2018 recipient of Golf Digest Best Teacher in America.

Past Work Experiences
I began working in the golf industry in Wisconsin when I was 12. I was a caddie at Nakoma GC, I’ve worked for nearly every Country Club in Madison, Cherokee, Blackhawk and then I worked at University Ridge. I worked for JW Marriott in Phoenix. The WPGA and the golf industry has been VERY good to me and my family.

Favorite quote – “Hope. That is what it is all about. It doesn’t matter what the statistics say, it doesn’t matter what science says because everyday something happens that “wasn’t supposed to”. Miracles happen! Having hope doesn’t make you naive, it doesn’t make you oblivious to your situation. Hope simply gives you strength to fight. Hope gives you a reason to believe. Hope gives you a chance to defy the odds and know that you can be that 1 in a million because after all, it has to be someone, so why can’t it be YOU!”  From my late wife, Melissa.

Favorite homemade meal – Eating together as a family….doesn’t matter what the meal is.

Favorite way to spend free time / hobbies / personal interests – Flying, hunting, fishing, watching my kids grow up and being married. I’m lucky I have gotten to love 2 women in my life.

Dream foursome – It’s going to be a 6-some, but we will keep pace. Melissa, our kids, Brenda, and her late husband, Rich.

What is the best thing to come out of the 2020 pandemic?
Golf thrived! Professionally, we never laid off an employee and we paid them when we were shut down. Personally, I’ll never forget being at home with my kids for an extra 2 months….it was hard but we made memories!

What are you most looking forward to in 2021? Simplicity

Comments or Thoughts – I love what I do, and I am LUCKY to do it.

Get To Know The Pro

Employer – Washington County GC
Position – Head Professional
Elected to PGA Membership – 2011

Hometown – Hartford, WI
Current Residence – Hartford, WI
College – Morehead State University

Past Work Experiences
Washington County GC – 2013- present
Naga-Waukee War Memorial GC – 2000-2013

Favorite quote – “As you walk down the fairway of life you must smell the roses, for you only get to play one round.”  Ben Hogan

Favorite homemade meal – Bourbon Chicken

Favorite way to spend free time / hobbies / personal interests – Hanging out with the family and my dog. Working around the farm. Mowing the grass, swimming, hiking, camping, love all outdoor activities.

Dream foursome and Venue – Myself, My Father, Tiger Woods and Ben Hogan at Augusta National.

Golf Superstitions – I’m superstitious on not being superstitious.

What is the best thing to come out of the 2020 pandemic? People’s love of golf and all outdoor activities, are the highlights.

What are you most looking forward to in 2021?
Taking everything that went well in 2020 and making it even better this time around.

Get To Know The Pro

Employer – Harris Golf Cars
Position – Sales Representative
Elected to PGA Membership – 1987

Hometown – Madison, WI
Current Residence – Lake Geneva, WI
College – University of Wisconsin Madison
Other Accreditations – PSIA Certified Ski Instructor

WPGA Awards & Honors
1991 Junior Golf Leader, 1995 Resort Merchandiser of the Year, 2001 Golf Professional of the Year, 2001 & 2004 Bill Strausbaugh Award

WPGA Tournament Golf – 1987 Assistant Professional Stroke Play Champion and 2012 Senior Professional Stroke Play Champion

Other Awards, Honors & Committees
1983 Elected Co-President of the University of Wisconsin Student Body, 1983 Selected Homecoming King at the University of Wisconsin, 1992-1996 Wisconsin PGA Board of Directors, 1996-2014 Lake Geneva YMCA Board of Directors, 2001 Ski Instructor of the Year at Grand Geneva (Great Hobby), 2002-2005 Wisconsin PGA Junior Golf Foundation Committee Chairman, 2003-2006 Wisconsin PGA Tournament Policy Board, 2007-2010 Wisconsin PGA Junior Golf Foundation Committee, 1992-2021 Lake Geneva YMCA Emcee for major fundraiser (Over 2 Million Dollars Raised), 4 Year Letter Winner for University of Wisconsin Golf Team, 1984-1998 Qualified for 5 GMO’s, 1987 – 2013 Qualified for 6 National PGA Events, 1985 – 2012 Qualified for 7 Nelthorpe Cup Matches, 2 Time Regional US Open Qualifier, and 2015 – Qualified for the USGA United States Senior Open.

Past Work Experiences
Blackhawk Country Club 1975 – 1983, Oakcrest Tavern Bartender/Cook/Server 1978-1983, Tripoli Country Club (Currently known as the University Club of Milwaukee) 1984-1987, Monona Golf Course 1988, Hillmoor Golf Course 1989 – 2007, JLG Consulting 2007-2010, Harris Yamaha Golf Cars Sales Manager 2011 – Present.

Favorite quote – If you can be anything, be KIND.

Favorite homemade meal – Good old fashion Hamburger on the grill (Grilled Onions, Lettuce, Tomato, Pickle, on Caramelized Bun) Sweet Corn and a salad.

Favorite way to spend free time / hobbies / personal interests – Skiing and teaching skiing, Playing golf and teaching golf, Hanging out with family and our dog, Wasting time organizing the garage.

Dream foursome and venue – My children Austin, Alex, and Annie. Pebble Beach or wherever we can play that day.

Golf Superstitions – Too many to mention. I’m a nut case…..but I am getting better as I get older.

What is the best thing to come out of the 2020 pandemic? I am very passionate about the Golf Industry and Ski (Snow sports) Industry. Golfing and Skiing are two recreational activities that brought great peace to many people that needed to have a distraction to the pandemic. Playing Golf and Snow sports were almost a form of therapy. I witnessed true appreciation (from golfers and skiers/snowboarders) for the opportunity to participate, people were patient, respectful, and appreciative. A fellow professional shared a story with me…….one of his customers told him, “I am truly happy for you and seeing your course filled with golfers, I know how hard you work and how much your business means to you. I just want to say…….I am happy for you. THANKS for all you do.” This fellow pro and I, just looked at each other and smiled. It’s a Great Game.

What are you most looking forward to in 2021? I truly love sharing time with others that love the game of golf, and love the snow sports industry. I want to introduce more young people (and families) to the great hobbies of playing golf and skiing/snowboarding.

One Good Comment or Thought – The World is filled with good people. Continue to share kindness, enthusiasm, and generosity. I learned from the best. (My wife Jeri, Sean Toulon, Mike Schnarr, Mike Muranyi, Dennis Tiziani, Steve and Margo Bull.)

Get To Know The Pro

Employer – Rivermoor GC
Position – Head Professional
Elected to PGA Membership – 2007

Hometown – Calimesa, CA
Current Residence – Williams Bay, WI
College – California State University, San Bernardino – B.S. in Kinesiology

Past Work Experiences
11 1/2 years at Geneva National as 1st Assistant (4 1/2), & Head Professional (7)

Favorite quote – “Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to become angry.”

Favorite homemade meal – Carnitas Tacos

Favorite way to spend free time / hobbies / personal interests – Lots of travel, my goal is to play golf in all 50 states. I truly love observing & studying ocean life, Killer Whales especially, and would love to be able to spend more time around them in the wild.

Dream foursome and Venue – My Dad, my Brother, and my beautiful wife at Old Head in Ireland.

Golf Superstitions – The only thing would be the type of ball marker I use. I have a few favorites, an 1899 Morgan Silver Dollar, an SOWF coin, and several different Challenge coins.

What is the best thing to come out of the 2020 pandemic? I saw a rebirth in the love for playing golf. There are so many folks that I talked to and saw, that either started playing golf this year, or took it back up since it was a safe activity to participate in during this pandemic.

What are you most looking forward to in 2021? Definitely looking forward to having more group activities where we can connect socially with each other. I have some very dear friends in this state that I look forward to seeing more often than we could in 2020. I look forward to continuing to grow the programs and events that we have at Rivermoor GC to help our Military Veterans.

Best describe what it means to win this award? Being awarded something like this is tremendously humbling, because it takes so many people to help make this happen. The connection that was birthed between the Special Operations Warrior Foundation (SOWF) and the membership at Geneva National is truly special and I hope lasts long after me. My fellow professionals that have help contribute to the cause, I will forever be indebted to them and thank them so much. There are a lot of really good causes to support in our country, and many different options to choose from in regard to helping our nation’s military veterans. The SOWF is amongst the most efficient in how they use the monies available to them and have a truly passionate leadership group committed to fulfilling promises made to our soldiers and their families.

Get To Know The Pro

Employer – Ozaukee CC
Position – Head Professional
Elected to PGA Membership – 2007

Hometown – Neenah, WI
Current Residence – Grafton, WI
College – Ferris State University

Awards & Honors
2010 Illinois PGA Assistant Professional of the Year

Past Work Experiences
Head Professional – North Shore Country Club – Mequon
1st Assistant Professional – Ivanhoe Club in Mundelein, Illinois

Favorite quote – “The most rewarding things you do in life are often the ones that look like they cannot be done.” Arnold Palmer

Favorite homemade meal – Steak and Potatoes

Favorite way to spend free time / hobbies / personal interests – In my free time I enjoy playing golf for fun as well as anything my boys William and Jack like to do. My wife and I wish we could travel more but that is on the list for when we have a bit more time on our hands.

Dream foursome and venue – My Father, Arnold Palmer, Charles Finch at Cypress Point

Golf Superstitions – The golf bag needs to work with the headcovers. There needs to be a color story, a presentation that brings the bag and the clubs together. If it’s not looking right, I need to change it up.

What is the best thing to come out of the 2020 pandemic?
Personally, the time with my family as we really came together as we had more time for one another.
Professionally, it was rewarding to provide a safe place for our members and guests and provide a sense of normalcy during a time that was anything but normal.

What are you most looking forward to in 2021?
Personally, I am looking forward to competing in the Nelthorpe Cup in August.
Professionally, I am excited to see the growth and maturity in my professional staff this year. We have been together for 3 years and I am excited to see the level of service we can provide.

Best describe what it means to win this award?
I take great pride in this award and it is a reflection of my staff’s hard work and commitment to our membership. Each professional believes they do the best they can and I could not be prouder of the team I have working with me at Ozaukee. This award may have my name on it, but it belongs to all of us as well as my mentors that have helped me along the way.

Get To Know The Pro

Employer – The Oaks GC
Position – Director of Golf
Elected to PGA Membership – 2008

Hometown – Watertown, WI
Current Residence – Cottage Grove, WI
Colleges – Coastal Carolina University & UW-Eau Claire

Awards & Honors
2010 WPGA Public Merchandiser of the Year

Past Work Experiences
Director of Golf at The Oaks since 2017, General Manager/Head Golf Professional at Watertown Country Club from 2012-2016, Head Golf Professional at The Oaks from 2005-2011. Other previous Assistant Golf Professional positions held at Watertown CC, The Hideaway (La Quinta, CA) and Palm Valley CC (Palm Desert, CA).

Favorite quote – “You never fail until you stop trying.”  Albert Einstein

Favorite homemade meal – Anything from the grill during the summer.

Favorite way to spend free time / hobbies / personal interests – Outside of work, spending time with my wife Erin and our children (Nolan (9) and Emma (7)) is a top priority! We love to get out to spend time outside and going on adventures. Watching sports (on TV and in person) is always a favorite of mine. I am a big UW Badgers, Packers, and Duke basketball fan.

Dream foursome – My son Nolan, Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus

Golf Superstitions – I only play with a #20 golf ball. I was elected to PGA membership on May 20th and my wedding anniversary is September 20th.

What is the best thing to come out of the 2020 pandemic?
I think 2020 has taught us how we can adapt and change during difficult circumstances (both at home and here at the course). In addition, from a facility standpoint, it’s been enjoyable to see many individuals taking up the game or getting back into the game of golf.

What are you most looking forward to in 2021?
Personally – I am hopeful we can get closer to “normal” so we can do many of the activities (going on trips, being with friends, etc.) without having any health concerns. Professionally – I am looking forward to seeing golf continue to maintain the positive growth from 2020. It would be great to see many of the individuals who took up the game or got back into the game continue forward playing in 2021 and beyond.

Best describe what it means to win this award?
On behalf of myself, my family and The Oaks Golf Course, it is truly an honor to be selected for the Merchandiser of the Year. I know we have so many deserving professionals in our Section and I am humbled to receive the award.

Get To Know The Pro

Employer – Sand Valley
Position – Director of Golf
Elected to PGA Membership – 2012

Hometown – Lancaster, PA
Current Residence – Rome, WI

Favorite quote – “We don’t have to be superstars or win championships…. All we have to do is learn to rise to every occasion, give our best effort, and make those around us better as we do it.” John Wooden

Favorite homemade meal – Cheesesteak Egg Rolls

Favorite way to spend free time / hobbies / personal interests – I enjoy spending my free time outside participating in any type of sporting activity. Maintaining dominance over incoming interns and staff on the ping pong table!

What is the best thing to come out of the 2020 pandemic?
How some COVID specific operational changes will last past the pandemic as a result of the positive outcome.

What are you most looking forward to in 2021?
Watching the recreation of the Lido Course and the continued development at Sand Valley.

 

It proved to be another unstoppable year for Scottsdale resident Jim Schuman. The Madison native who splits his time between Wisconsin and Arizona, was able to double dip and win both awards for the fourth straight season. He remains the only WPGA professional to win both honors in the same year. The winning margin in each award was again decisive and proved that the 57-year-old is still at the top of his game.

In the member race the highlights were led by a seventh WPGA Match Play Championship. He would once again navigate his way through a lineup of tough opponents and cap it off with a hard fought 22-hole victory over Ryan Helminen in the finals.

Another highlight would come at his home course as he would lead the group of WPGA professionals at the 100th Suter Ward Group at Morgan Stanley Wisconsin State Open. His tie for thirteenth overall would earn him the low WPGA professional honors for the second straight year.

In total the two events helped him compile 700 of 912.5 points that he earned throughout the year.

Other solid performances would also come at the Hornung’s Classic (T2) and the WPGA Professional Championship (T10).

In the senior race he would use the aforementioned finishes as an accessory to some very impressive performances in events reserved for seniors only. Those performances included a third straight year of winning both the WPGA Senior Stroke Play and Match Play Championships. He also would finish second at the Wisconsin State Senior Open after coming up just one shot short of a playoff.

“Yeah, it was really great,” Schuman said after his year ending Match Play win. “It means a lot, especially at the end of this year.”

The member honor is Schuman’s seventh overall (2001, 02’, 11, 17’, 18’, 19, 20’) and the senior accolade is his sixth in a row.

In his first full season as a Wisconsin PGA affiliated associate Josh Grisa was able to make an immediate impact in WPGA tournaments. The Merrill native showed that his game stacked up just fine with the best assistant professionals in the state. Over the course of the season his consistently good play would deliver him the player of the year honor.

Two major championships would provide the backbone of his point total. He would earn 540 of his 680 points at the 100th Suter Ward Group at Morgan Stanley Wisconsin State Open (low assistant professional) and the National Car Rental Wisconsin Assistant PGA Professional Championship (T5). Combined with nice finishes at the Hornung’s Classic and Assistants Match Play he would hold off second place finisher Evan Wartgow by 10 points.

“Winning this honor is right up there in my golf accomplishments,” Grisa said. “It ranks near how I played my final year at UW-Stout. It was great we were able to have a season of competing in tournaments.”

Adding a cherry on top of the year, Grisa would team up Dan Hastreiter in late August to win the Premier Golf & Utility Vehicles Pro-Assistant title. The coveted crown does not count towards the assistant professional race but it is one of the most sought victories in the section.

Grisa is the second straight assistant professional from Destination Kohler to win the OMEGA Assistant Player of the Year award. David Bach of Whistling Straits was able to accomplish the feat last year.