Guiser & Kulka Claim Tour Championship
Sponsored by The Suter Group
(Jamozzy Skenandore, Drake Wilcox, Zak Kulka) (Sarah Balding, Jessica Guiser, Elise Hoven)
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Sporting a UW-Green Bay golf bag and a matching Phoenix polo shirt, Zak Kulka looked and played like a veteran Monday morning in the final round of the Morgan Stanley Tour Championship.
The tournament, which invites the top players from the Wisconsin PGA Junior Foundation Tour, has been held at Washington County GC in Hartford the last two seasons.
Kulka, an 18-year-old from Beaver Dam, is set to join the Phoenix in a month or so for his first college practices. But he has a couple more junior events to complete first, and he played like a man among boys on the back nine Monday to win one of them. "It’s fun to finally win one; I’ve never won a big tournament before,” Kulka said Monday. “I’m glad I broke through.” Kulka took control with a 32 on the inward nine thanks to five birdies and just one bogey. He shot a final-round 69.
Players in the final group of boys weren’t the only ones to have trouble on Washington County’s large, contoured putting surfaces. Just ask girls medalist Jessica Guiser of Hartland, who won despite missing several short putts in the final round. “My putting could definitely use some improving,” Guiser said afterward when asked to assess her play in the tournament. “I had a couple three-putts and missed a couple short putts, but other than that I played pretty well. Guiser shot 76 Monday to go with her opening 71 to finish at 3-over 147. She finished two strokes clear of Sarah Balding of Brookfield (74-75–149). Elise Hoven of Grafton finished third (78-73–151).
2019 Scholarship Winners
The Wisconsin PGA Junior Foundation is proud to announce the 2019 scholarship winners. Thirty four individuals were awarded scholarships totaling $35,000. We congratulate all the applicants for their great accomplishments.
Tony Coleman Scholarship $1,250 (One boy recipient)
Derek Vaillancourt of Fort Atkinson was awarded the Tony Coleman Memorial Scholarship for $1,250. Tony was the PGA General Manager and COO for Bishops Bay Country Club from 1994-2013. He led the facility from its development into the first rate operation it remains today. Tony was a 36 year member of the PGA. Tony’s passion for golf was most evident when working with a junior golfer wishing to excel in the game. This scholarship was made possible by the generous support of the Coleman family, friends, Bishops Bay CC members and the membership of the Wisconsin PGA.
Chloe Crusan - $1,000
Lorenza Martinez - $1,000
Alex Brandt - $1,000
Michael Spengler - $1,000
Kailey Godfrey - $500
Sarah Busey - $500
Nathan Kroll - $500
Terry Noel Scholarship ($1,250)
Annie Balduzzi of Onalaska was awarded the Terry Noel Memorial Scholarship for $1,250. Terry was a tribute to golf, but more importantly a tribute to respect and love of mankind and the ability to spread happiness with his kindness and constant smile. Terry was first and foremost a loving husband, brother, uncle, and friend to all he met. Terry was also a proud Army veteran from the Vietnam era, serving most of his time in Germany and at The Presidio in San Francisco, CA. Finally, Terry was an avid, passionate golfer who spread his goodwill on the course and off.
High School Senior Scholarships
Aubrie Torhorst - $1,000
Bree Borgen - $1,000
Sophia Dooman - $1,000
Alexandra DeGroot - $1,000
Grace Westerman - $1,000
Max Kachelek - $750
Bonnie Jin - $750
Evan Thomas - $750
James Johnson - $500
Connor Kolb - $500
Joe Guerrera - $500
Matthew Raab - $500
Steven Sanicki - $500
Daniel Sanicki - $500
Emma Egbert - $500
Zachary Bernhardt - $500
Lillian Sheppard - $500
Austin Thyes - $500
Kid to Kid Scholarship ($1,250)
Max Schmidtke of Sheboygan was awarded the Kid to Kid Scholarship for $1,250. This scholarship will be awarded based on three qualities: showing a solid history of giving back to the community, integrity and sportsmanship. This scholarship funds were raised by the generous donations of golfers throughout the state. Marty Swab, WPGA Junior Foundation member raised the money by collecting donations at area golf courses and out in the community. A great candidate for this scholarship would show a history of giving back, always having a good attitude towards other people and should be a graceful winner or loser. The last two criteria will be decided by the tournament staff so you will have to show yourself out on the golf course.
Thornberry Creek LPGA Scholarship ($2,250)
Reagan Beyer of Oshkosh was awarded the Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic Scholarship for $2,250. The WPGA Junior Foundation has teamed up with the Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic to offer this scholarship. Thornberry Creek has brought a new LPGA tour event to Wisconsin. The winner of this scholarship will be invited to receive their award during the final round of the Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic. The event will be played at Thornberry Creek on July 4-7.
Kevin Dunn Memorial Scholarship ($1,250)
Vincent Omernik of Custer was awarded the Kevin Dunn Memorial Scholarship for $1,250. Family and friends were the most important parts of Kevin’s life and he shared his passion for golf with them wholeheartedly. In his youth, his summers were mostly spent at area golf courses. He caddied at Westmoor C.C. and honed his golf skills through tournaments such as the Junior Masters at Johnson Park and as a member of the Waukesha South High School golf team. While many of his childhood friends continued to be close golf buddies, he also forged new friendships as both a player in state tournaments and club events at Muskego Lakes C.C., and also as a junior golf spectator. He was an active member of an online golf forum and participant in the 2011 Morgan Cup which extended his circle of golf comrades throughout the U.S. and abroad. Golf was a major piece of his family life – he taught his wife Mary and daughter Grace the game he loved. They enjoyed many hours playing and practicing together that will always be cherished. He often said the most joy he ever experienced from golf was spectating at his daughter’s junior, high school and college events. He was particularly proud that he had attended all but a handful of Grace's many tournaments.
American Family Insurance Scholarship - $3,000 (One boy and One girl recipient)
The WPGA Junior Foundation has teamed up with the Steve Stricker American Family Insurance Foundation to offer these two scholarships. American Family Insurance has brought a new PGA Champions Tour event to Wisconsin. The event was played at University Ridge on June 21-23. As part of the event the Steve Stricker American Family Insurance Foundation is making charitable donations to groups around the state and the WPGA Junior Foundation was chosen to receive some of these funds.
Girls Winner – Markie Ash of Waupaca - $3,000
Boys Winner – Nathan Koch of Franksville - $3,000
Balance and Believe Scholarship - $2,000 (Two recipients)
The Balance & Believe Foundation, based in Madison, WI, was formed in 2014 by Derek Schnarr to help promote junior golf, teach life lessons, and focus on community service. These three pillars of the Foundation come together in the Foundation's mission statement - Promoting junior golf, while providing a platform for kids to give back to the community. Over the past four years the Foundation has used this event, previously called the Michael Luedtke Memorial Golf Outing, to raise the necessary funds to support the multitude of programs in the Madison area they are involved with. The programs range from the Food Pantry and Resource Center at Falk Elementary School, to the Snack Pack program at Olson Elementary School, B&B36 program, Longest Day of Golf, and the B&B Community, Michael Luedtke, and Dick Wilson Memorial Scholarships.
Girls Winner – Lillian Knetter of Madison - $2,000
Boys Winner – Jack Anderson of Brookfield - $2,000
Dells Junior Championship
(Marty Swab & Kyle Wille) (Caylie Kotlowski, Rachel Kauflin, Grace Suter)
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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)
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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.