WI Juniors at National PGA Junior Championship
(photos curtesy of Piercen Hunt)
The WPGA Junior Foundation had three junior boys and three girls play at the 42nd National Junior PGA Championship this past month. Abby Cavaiani, Mia Seeman and Taylor McCorkle competed on July 18-21 at The Country Club of St. Albans, Lewis and Clark Course. Abby Cavaiani make the cut in the 144 player field and finished T40. Cavaiani the Missouri State commit had rounds of 74-73-76-70. Abby continued her great play after the National Junior Championship as she just won the Morgan Stanley Tour Championship and the SentryWorld Classic events this past week.
Piercen Hunt, Bennett Knapek and Lucas Heckmann just finished up at the boys championship on July 31- August 3 at The Country Club of St. Albans, Lewis and Clark Course. Arrowhead High School teammates Hunt and Knapek were both able to make the cut. Bennett finished T65. Piercen Hunt had a great event as he finished T14. He fired rounds of 72-70-72-69 to finish 5-under par.
Great playing juniors! Way to represent Wisconisin golf!
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Morgan Stanley Tour Championship Results
(Alexis Thomas, Abby Cavaiani, Sarah Busey) (Brock Hlinak, Jack Blair, Jed Baranczyk)
Write-Up Provided By: Rick Pledl
The best players on this year’s Wisconsin PGA Junior gathered at The Bog Sunday and Monday for the Morgan Stanley Tour Championship, an invitation-only championship. Neither Abby Cavaiani nor Brock Hlinak were able to repeat their stellar performances from Sunday’s first round, which left them leading the girls and boys divisions overnight, respectively, but both of them walked away with the victory.
For the 17-year-old Cavaiani, who lives in Wales, this tournament went according to her recent form. Cavaiani, who has taken a commanding lead in the junior girls player-of-the-year points race this summer, also won the girls title at the WPGA Junior Championship in June. This time, Cavaiani shot a strong opening round of 73 Sunday at The Bog and followed it up with a 76 on Monday to win the girls competition with a 149 total. Alexis Thomas of Middleton (75-78–153 finished second, and Sarah Busey of Racine made up ground with second-round 74 to finish third at 154. Cavaiani made six bogeys on the front nine and seven overall Monday, but she offset them nicely with three birdies. She closed the book on her pursuers with her final birdie of the day, jarring a 35-foot putt from off the green on the par-4 16th hole. In fact, Cavaiani’s pace on her long putts was exceptional down the stretch, allowing her to save par several times with timely lags to tap-in range. “My speed was pretty good all day,” said Cavaiani, who has one year of school left at Kettle Moraine high school but has already committed to Missouri State. “I think that took some of the stress off me on some of the shorter putts.” Cavaiani said she had a Bible verse going through her head Monday: “You will reap if you do not give up.” And that’s exactly how things ended up. “Today I just told myself not to give up, not to give in,” she said afterward. “Stay in the moment.”
Meantime, Hlinak won the boys division thanks largely to his opening 68 on Sunday, which he called “the best round I ever played in my life.” He held a two-stroke lead over Mason Gardner of Waupaca overnight, but that lead disappeared in a blur of bogeys early Monday.
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We have had several events with weather this summer and have rescheduled all of them. Below are the rescheduled dates and the new deadlines for them. If you are registered for a rescheduled event and cannot play you need to contact us to receive a refund by the deadline date.
Players that were already registered in these events will automatically be put into the new event date. Keep in mind registrations will re-open for these events. If you missed the deadline before and would like to play you may now register for these new event dates.
Date: Monday, July 31
Event: Tour Edge Series - Whitnall Park
Deadline Date to register or cancel is now July 24
Date: Monday, July 31
Event: Junior Tour - Pleasant View GC
Deadline Date to register or cancel is now July 24
Date: Thursday, August 3
Event: Par 3 - Missing Links
Deadline Date to register or cancel is July 26
Date: Monday, August 7
Event: Junior Tour - Oshkosh CC
Deadline Date to register or cancel is July 31
Not to be for Team Wisconsin
The 20th Annual Cup Matches concluded today at Troy Burne GC in Hudson, WI. 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 12 points during singles matches to Team Wisconsin's 12 to win the cup with a total of 19.6 - 16.5. This makes back to back wins for Team Minnesota. Team Wisconsin leads the overall series 12-8-1. 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 Troy Burne GC for making this event great. Thanks to Head PGA Professional Dave Tentis, Superintedent Mitch Fossy and Owner Gary Sauer for hosting us.
WPGA Scholarship Winners Announced
The 2017 scholarship winners are listed below. Please submit the attached form so we can start the process of paying your college.
The Wisconsin PGA Junior Foundation is proud to announce the 2017 scholarship winners. Thirty individuals were awarded scholarships totaling $25,000. We congratulate all the applicants for their great accomplishments.
Tony Coleman Scholarship $1,250 (One boy and One girl recipient)
Jack O’Brien of Racine and Mikayla Hauck of Cottage Grove were both 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.
Hallie Hancock, UW Eau Claire - $800
Sydney Maule, Luther College - $800
Ryan Busey, Tulane - $600
Abby Chase, Quinnipiac - $600
Rachel Hernandez, UW Stout - $600
Madeline McCue, UW Whitewater - $600
Mari Suokko, Ferris State - $600
Terry Noel Scholarship ($1,000)
Rhea Nangia of Brookfield was awarded the Terry Noel Memorial Scholarship for $1,000. 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
Regan Beyer, Oshkosh - $800
Tyler Trupke, DePere - $800
Samuel Kachelek, Men. Falls - $800
Samuel Chapman, Racine - $600
Joshua Hentrich, Lancaster - $600
Karli Breiling, Onalaska - $500
Sarah Busey, Racine - $500
Ben DeStefanis, Men. Falls - $500
Megan Dowd, Waukesha - $500
Tyler Johnson, Wales - $500
Faith Krause, Franklin - $500
Jessica Kuzniewski, Waukesha - $500
Jacob Michel, Lodi - $500
Kurt Vanderheyden, Green Bay - $500
Jordan Wachowiak, Fountain City - $500