Dells Junior Championship


                (Marty Swab & Kyle Wille)                   (Caylie Kotlowski, Rachel Kauflin, Grace Suter)

Write-Up Provided By: Rick Pledl                    Click for complete results

The Dells Junior Championship was added to the Wisconsin PGA Junior Foundation schedule this season to entice young golfers from all over the Midwest to travel to central Wisconsin for two days of competition and summertime fun.

          Then, consider this week’s inaugural Dells Junior Championship a success on all counts, as the boys overall title was determined in a playoff won by Kyle Wille of Edgerton, and Rachel Kauflin of Wauwatosa won the girls championship going away. And one more thing: Summertime showed up right on cue for the final round, held in balmy, upper 80-degree conditions on Tuesday.

          This first Dells Junior Championship, held at Wild Rock GC and Trappers Turn, was added to an already crowded summer schedule in Wisconsin, so the event competed for the state’s top junior players. Qualifying events were also held this week for the Wisconsin State Amateur Championship and an American Junior Golf Association tournament, but 80 players still showed up in the Dells.

          Wille, who recently turned 18 and is playing his last summer of junior golf, said he chose to play the Dells Junior Championship because it fit in his schedule, which recently included an international trip.

          “I went to Puerto Rico for 10 days on a mission trip with my church, and I just got back,” Wille said Tuesday afternoon. “I’ve only been back for four days, and I didn’t trust my game enough to try for the State Amateur.”

          After an up and down first round Monday at Trappers Turn – featuring two double bogeys, an eagle and just six pars – Wille found more consistency Tuesday at Wild Rock. After his only blemish of the day, a triple-bogey 7 on the par-4 12th hole where he had tree trouble, Wille found himself four strokes behind Marty Swab of Menomonee Falls with four holes to play.



Cup Matches Results

The 22nd Annual Cup Matches concluded today at The Classic at Madden's in Brainerd, MN. This annual event showcases 12 boys and 12 girls from Wisconsin against Team Minnesota in a Ryder Cup team-type event that started back in 1998. Team MN led 7.5 to 4.5 after day one of four ball matches. Team Minnesota won 10.5 points of a possible 12 points in the girls singles to give team MN an overall total 21-15. This makes four straight wins for Team Mn. Team Wisconsin leads the overall series 12-10-1. Players are selected off the Player of the Year points list from the previous year. 

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The Junior Foundation would also like to thank some people for making this event great. A big thank you to the sales reps that donated tee gifts to each player. Thanks to Ted Robbins and Tom Cranwell for donating Titleist golf balls, gloves and  hats, Ron McPherson from Antigua for donating the team golf shirts each day, and Ron Hurab for donating an RJ Shepherd umbrella and Devant towel to each player. These guys make this event a great experience for all players.

We would also like to thank the amazing staff at The Classic at Madden's for making this event great. 


Baranczyk & Beckman Win Junior Championship

  (Jacob Beckman & Ezekial Boos)                                  (Caylie Kotlowski, Mallory Swartz, Jo Baranczyk)

Write-Up Provided By: Rick Pledl           Click for entire Junior Championship results

The largest junior golf tournament in the state of Wisconsin was held in Milwaukee this week, and although the Wisconsin PGA Junior Championship welcomes youths up to 18 years old, the two medalists fall well short of that number.

            Overall girls champion Jo Baranczyk of Green Bay is 16 years old, while boys champ Jacob Beckman won’t hit that number until August. Both are members of the high school class of 2021, but they played like veterans this week in Milwaukee.

            One more thing they have in common: They stayed away from big numbers in the WPGA Junior.

            “That’s kind of been my main goal moving into the season is to stay away from high numbers and I did that both days here,” said Beckman, who did put up one double bogey during the tournament. “I also made six birdies yesterday and four birdies today – so make some birdies and stay away from the big numbers and don’t get down on yourself.”

            Beckman shot par both days (71-72) to finish at 143 for the tournament for a one-stroke victory on the overall boys competition.

            All girls in the field and the Boys 13-15 age division played Brown Deer Park GC on Wednesday and Dretzka Park GC on Thursday. Players in the Boys 16-18 division, including Beckman, played the courses in the opposite combination, and the champion thinks he caught a break.

“I think I got the benefit of the doubt,” Beckman said. “I think Brown Deer played a little easier yesterday than it did today, but I played really good golf.”

Beckman had to finish strong to stay ahead of fast-closing Jack Lutze of Brookfield, who opened with a 75 at Dretzka and closed with a 69 at Brown Deer to finish at 144. Jamozzy Skenadore of DePere finished third overall with scores of 74-71–145.

Baranczyk also avoided big numbers on her way to girls medalist honors, but that doesn’t mean she stayed out of trouble. Baranczyk was, by her own admission, “all over the place” in Thursday afternoon’s closing round at Dretzka, but she scrambled her way to a manageable 2-over 74 to go with her opening 71. She finished at 145 for an eight-stroke win.



Baranczyk & Hunt Capture First Major

       (Piercen Hunt, Josh Teplin, Drew Sagrillo, Cam Huss)                                        (Jessica Guiser, Jo Baranczyk, Mallory Swartz)


Write-Up Provided By: Rick Pledl                      Click for Lake Arrowhead Results page

For Wisconsin juniors, the opportunity to play the Lake Arrowhead Invitational in Nekoosa is its own reward, as spots in the championship field are reserved for the top players from last year’s WPGA Junior Foundation points list and others selected entirely on merit.

But the real prize – two of them, actually, for one boy and one girl – is the chance to play in the 2019 PGA National Junior later this summer. The medalists at this year’s Lake Arrowhead Invitational, Piercen Hunt and Jo Baranczyk, earned those two exemptions Tuesday afternoon on the Lakes Course at Lake Arrowhead. Both Hunt and Baranczyk played the National PGA Junior last season, and both were keen to get back this year.

            “Last year was amazing,” Baranczyk said of her 2018 PGA Junior experience, where she missed the cut. “It was incredible to watch (the other competitors) play. I played with a top-20 girls player in the country, and it’s just a different kind of golf. I really hope I’ll be able to do better this year. I had a rough time last year, but I feel more comfortable now.”

            Hunt said he considered playing the WSGA State Match Play Championship this week instead of the Lake Arrowhead Invitational, but he chose the latter for one reason only – that PGA National Junior exemption.

One more boy and girl from Wisconsin will earn berths in the national championship next week at the WPGA Junior Championship in Milwaukee, but Hunt said he’s playing the Western Junior next week instead, so this week was his one chance to get into the national event, where he has made the cut twice.  “I really looked at this tournament like I have to play it,” Hunt said.          


Meet the 2019 WPGA Summer Interns

(Jazz Tulda, Ed Swab, Brady LeMonds, Brent Ogden, Faith Krause, Claire Parker)

Meet our 2019 Interns

Claire recently graduated from The University of Alabama with degrees in Electrical Engineering and Mathematics and minors in Physics and Economics.  After playing golf at Edgewood High School of the Sacred Heart in Madison, WI, Claire spent a few summers working with the Balance and Believe Foundation and promoting junior golf in the Madison area.  In the fall of 2019, she will be attending The University of Pennsylvania Law School and hopes to pursue a career in energy law. 

Faith Krause just finished up her sophomore year at Minnesota State-Mankato where she majors in Marketing with a Communication Studies minor. She also plays collegiate golf for Mankato State.  Faith lives in Franklin, WI where she played four years of high school golf. She enjoys playing golf and spending time with family and friends. After college Faith hopes to pursue a job in sports marketing.

Brady LeMonds recently finished his freshman year at Xavier University where he majors in Business Analytics. Brady lives in Wauwatosa, WI where he played high school golf at Marquette University High School. Brady loves to play golf, go fishing and hanging out with friends.

Brent Ogden is new this year for the Wisconsin PGA. Brent is going to be a sophomore at UW-Whitewater, majoring in sports marketing. He has a passion for basketball and golf, he hopes to do something  relating to sports for his future career.

Ed Swab has been helping at Junior events for many years. He retired after 17 plus years at Kohl’s this spring and has joined the staff to take on an official role in helping with tournaments this summer. Ed is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati and enjoys golf, volleyball, and movies.

Jazz Tulda is returning for his third year with the Wisconsin PGA as a Junior Golf Coordinator. Jazz recently graduated from UW-Stout with a degree in Golf Enterprise Management. Jazz still loves taking naps or playing golf in his free time. Jazz plans to have a career in tournament directing for one of the sections of the PGA.



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