2017 Assistant Professional of the Year - Scott Walecki
The 2017 WPGA Assistant Professional of the Year is Dretzka Park GC’s, Scott Walecki. He is being recognized for his contributions to the game, to his facility and to the WPGA Section.
The University of Wisconsin-Parkside graduate is currently a level three apprentice in the PGA PGM Education Program. Prior to earning his non-member head professional position last winter, he spent time at both Currie Park GC and Oakwood Park GC in the Milwaukee County Parks system.
It was an exciting year of firsts for Walecki as he took over the Dretzka Park GC operation from long-time professional, Hanc Spivey. The Muskego native was charged with overseeing the entire operation which included golf, food and beverage and the handling of all staff in both areas. He also spearheaded a complete makeover of the golf shop, which took six weeks to complete and came in right at budget. The makeover helped Walecki drive merchandise sales to an impressive level.
He also was able to make great strides in the area of junior golf as he organized and created his very own PGA Junior League from junior golfers in the Milwaukee County Parks system. This included being captain of all three teams and organizing the matches for the 40 juniors that participated. He also was able to create a late season league called the Milwaukee Cup, Girls for Golf Day and his own junior golf lesson program at Dretzka Park GC.
His work even caught the eye of Fox 6 News, as his junior golf efforts were featured on both their morning show and primetime news.
“I'm truly honored, humbled and blessed to be recognized for this award,” Walecki said. “It goes to show that with excellent mentors, dedication and hard work, one can achieve this amazing award. This is not the end, it is only the beginning for me and I will use this achievement to keep moving forward in the golf business.”
Table of Contents1 - Background / Process
2 - 2017 Golf Professional of the Year - Michael O'Reilly, PGA
3 - 2017 Teacher of the Year - David Roesch, PGA
4 - 2017 Assistant Professional of the Year - Scott Walecki
5 - 2017 Youth Player Development Award - Bob Feller, PGA
6 - 2017 Horton Smith Award - Danny Rainbow, PGA
7 - 2017 Player Development Award - Jeff Ellingson, PGA
8 - 2017 Bill Strausbaugh Award - Joel Weitz, PGA
9 - 2017 Private Merchandiser of the Year - Vince Pulizzano, PGA
10 - 2017 Public Merchandiser of the Year - Andrew Barrett, PGA
11 - 2017 Resort Merchandiser of the Year - Jim Lombardo, PGA
12 - 2016 OMEGA Player of the Year - Ryan Helminen, PGA
13 - 2016 OMEGA Senior Player of the Year - Jim Schuman, PGA
14 - 2016 OMEGA Assistant Player of the Year - Andrew Troyanek
15 - 2017 Honorary Member - Ron Hurab
16 - 2017 Honorary Member - Thor Lundgren