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.
2019 Cup Team Announced
2019 Minnesota – Wisconsin PGA Junior Cup Matches
The Classic at Madden’s – Brainerd, Minn.
Thursday, June 27 – Friday, June 28
This is a two-day event featuring 48 of the best high school golfers across Minnesota and Wisconsin. The format includes four-ball matches on the first day and singles matches on the last day. The Minnesota-Wisconsin PGA Junior Cup Matches has been ongoing between the two PGA Sections since 1998 with Wisconsin holding the all-time lead 12-9.
2019 Cup Team Roster - Team Wisconsin
|Rachel Kauflin - Wauwatosa, WI||Piercen Hunt - Hartland, WI|
|Lexi Meade - Eau Claire, WI||
Brock Hlinak - Kaukauna, WI
|Emily Lauterbach - Hartland, WI||Matthew Raab - Hartland, WI|
|Jessica Guiser - Hartland, WI||Jack Lutze - Brookfield, WI|
|Elise Hoven - Grafton, WI||Cameron Huss - Kenosha, WI|
|Jo Baranczyk - Green Bay, WI||Danny Sanicki - Men. Falls, WI|
|Mallory Swartz - Franklin, WI||Lukas Heckmann - Middleton, WI|
|Anouska Siva - Brookfield, WI||Sean Murphy - Middleton, WI|
|Holly Murphy - Lake Geneva, WI||Zak Kulka - Beaver Dam, WI|
|Annie Balduzzi - Onalaska, WI||Zach Walsh - Elm Grove, WI|
|Katherine Meier - Middleton, WI||Drake Wilcox - Sheboygan, WI|
|Sarah Balding - Brookfield, WI||Austin Thyes - Sheboygan Falls, WI|
Balding Places Third at Drive, Chip and Putt Finals
Sarah Balding (Brookfield, Wisconsin) competed at the Drive, Chip and Putt National Finals this past Sunday, April 7th at Augusta National Golf Club. The entire competition aired live on The Golf Channel. Sarah, Wisconsin's lone finalist, was among nine other 14-15 year old females in the final age group to compete. The competition begins with the Driving skill, followed by Chipping, with Putting on the 18th green at Augusta to round the finals out. After hitting her first drive outside of the grid, Balding rallied and fired one down the right side. Local, Sub-Regional and Regional qualifying follows a different scoring structure. At the National Finals, you hit two drives, two chips and end with a 30-foot putt and a 15-foot putt--in that order. After each skill, you are ranked compared to the nine other finalists. For more on the National Finals format visit here:https://www.drivechipandputt.com/gallery/how-it-works#00000169-f4f5-d57a-abef-fdf50ee20000
After the driving skill, Sarah was ranked 3rd out of the ten finalists in her age group. Chipping put her in a tie for fifth, and then she putted strongly to put her back into third place overall. Great job Sarah! The full leaderboard can be found here: http://www.drivechipandputt.com/finals/leaderboard. In addition to testing her skills at golf's holiest of places, Sarah got to enjoy meeting PGA and LPGA Tour Professionals and attending the Monday practice round with her family. PGA Professional Chuck Wood of Oconomowoc Golf Club served as her caddie for event.
2019-2020 Drive, Chip and Putt Registration is open! Go to https://www.drivechipandputt.com/ to find a qualifier near you! Call our office at 414-443-3570 or ask your local PGA Professional for more information.
Registration Opens on April 3 for Junior Members
|Junior Members click login into your players account and register for events. You can also cancel out of events from your players account. Get familiar with your account before registration goes live.|
This is your one stop shop to register for tournaments tonight. Click the Login & Register Now button above to login into your account. You can then register for multiple events and pay at the end. This is an easier step rather than going to each event on the schedule page and registering.
*If you are not able to register for Players Tour events, you are not on the invite list. All players must be on invite list to register for these events. You must meet handicap requirements. All juniors that would like to play on this tour must contact the office to be added. Juniors who participated last year and are members as of today, April 2 were added to invite list already*
Events & Updates
The Junior Foundation has a few updates for the 2019 season.
- The Junior Tour event at Whistling Straits on July 14th will continue to be a lottery drawing for players to get into this event. Juniors will have 24 hours from when registration starts (April 3rd at 6 p.m.) to register. Everyone that registers during this time will be put into a pending status and your credit card will not be charged. The lottery drawing will be random and will take place on April 8th. Once the lottery takes place the selected entries will be charged on credit card you registered with. Second, the tournament will Only be open to boys & girls ages 14-18. This golf course is very difficult and we have had issues with pace of play in the 13 & under division in years past. *Juniors who could not play in the reschedule in 2018 at The Irish Course will have priority to register, these juniors MUST register in the lottery drawing and will then be entered into the event.
- We are happy to announce that Balance & Believe is back as the presenting sponsor for the Junior Tour. We will look to partner with B&B for the Bucket of Hope events and pick out other charities that an event will specifically help. Look for more information this spring before events start in June.
- We continue to bring new sites to the tours. The following sites were added to the Junior Tour for 2019 - Green Bay CC, New Richmond GC, Irish Waters GC, Trappers Turn, Wild Rock GC, Reid GC, Lake Ripley GC, Tanglewood Greens, Racine CC, Sand Valley - The Sandbox, Cherokee CC, Kettle Moraine GC, Brighton Dale Links, House on the Rock, Northern Bay Resort and Bristol Ridge.
- We are excited to announce a new 36-hole event on our schedule. The Dells Junior Championship will take place on July 1-2 at Wild Rock GC & Trappers Turn. American Family Insurance will be the sponsor and the Junior Foundation will administer the tournament. This event will be open to any juniors ages 12-18 and hopes to attract the top juniors from around the Midwest.
- Sand Valley will host our first ever Par 3 Junior Championship. This event will be played at the Sandbox course on July 24. This event will be open for juniors ages 14-18.