2018 Scholarship Winners Announced
The Wisconsin PGA Junior Foundation is proud to announce the 2018 scholarship winners. Thirty two individuals were awarded scholarships totaling $30,000. We congratulate all the applicants for their great accomplishments.
Tony Coleman Scholarship $1,250 (One boy and One girl recipient)
Derek Vaillancourt of Fort Atkinson 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.
Mari Suokko - $750
Ashley Hofmeister - $750
Sarah Busey - $500
Alex Brandt - $500
Reagan Beyer - $500
Terry Noel Scholarship ($1,000)
Amy Holzer of Hartford 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.
American Family Insurance Scholarship - $2,500 (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 will be played at University Ridge on June 23-25. 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 – Chloe Crusan of Greenville - $2,500
Boys Winner – Jack Polick of Kenosha - $2,500
New for 2018 – 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.
Winner – Chloe Day of Beloit - $2,000
Winner – Grace Stippich of Delafield - $2,000
High School Senior Scholarships
Ryan Schuelke - $750
Erin Ericson - $750
Lorenza Martinez - $750
Rory Gierhart - $750
Tyler Leach - $750
Sydney Brandt - $750
Kyle Loose - $750
Markie Ash - $750
Zachary Shawhan - $750
Rohan Nangia - $500
Robert Johannes - $500
Madison Bowers - $500
Joshua Johnson - $500
Zachary Mindel - $500
Bailee Bussan - $500
Jed Baranczyk - $500
Daniel Dunn - $500
Kid to Kid Scholarship ($1,000)
Hallie “Speedy” Kent of Mequon was awarded the Kid to Kid Scholarship for $1,000. 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 ($1,750)
Erika Priebe of Appleton was awarded the Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic Scholarship for $1,750. 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 5-8.
Kevin Dunn Memorial Scholarship ($1,000)\
Emily Balding of Brookfield was awarded the Kevin Dunn Memorial Scholarship for $1,000. 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.
21st Annual Cup Matches
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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 Trappers Turn GC for making this event great. Thanks to Owned Todd Nelson, Host Professional Cameron Laufenberg, PGA/Director of Sales Bob Gander, Director of Golf Patrick Steffes and Superintendent Jordan Mock for hosting us.
Raab & Baranczyk Capture First Major
(Sean Murphy, Matthew Raab, Tyler Leach) (Jo Baranczyk, Courtney Matschke, Emily Lauterbach)
Write-Up Provided By: Rick Pledl Click for Lake Arrowhead Results Page
Mattew Raab considers himself to be a straight driver of the golf ball. Meantime, the Lakes Course at Lake Arrowhead is known for its narrow, heavily wooded fairways. This is called a recipe for success.
Raab, a 17-year-old from Hartland, hit all the fairways he needed to on Monday for a one-stroke win at the Lake Arrowhead Invitational in Nekoosa. Raab shot a final-round 73 Monday to go with his 74 Sunday on the Pines Course, good for a 147 total. Tyler Leach of Spring Valley, the first round leader, finished second (71-77–148).
The Boys Division was essentially decided on the par-5 17th hole Monday afternoon, where both Raab and Leach hit their tee shots wide right. Both shots ended up a few feet into the woods, but Raab clearly had a better chance to escape. Raab chipped out, leaving about 230 yards to the green. He hit a 4-iron over the green from there and failed to get up, recording a bogey-6.
Leach wasn’t so fortunate, as his attempted escape from the woods clipped a couple branches, leading to more trouble. “I got pretty unlucky on that hole,” Leach said. “Where (the tee shot) ended up, I had a tree in front of my ball so I couldn’t chip out straight sideways. I had to try to thread the needle and go forward. I thought if I hit a hard shot it would fly right through there. I don’t know what I hit, but it kicked back into the long stuff by maybe a foot, so I had to take an unplayable (lie).
“That was what probably lost it for me – making a (double- bogey) there.”
Raab admitted he was trying to keep track of the scoring on the final holes. Problem was, walking off the 17th green, he got his numbers wrong. “At that point I thought Tyler and I were tied,” Raab said. “I didn’t know I was beating him by one. “We both made par on 18, and I thought we were going to a playoff.”
Then Raab found out he had won the tournament. He got off to a fast start on front nine Monday, reeling off three birdies in his first seven holes. He made four bogeys on the back nine for his 1-over finish. Matthew admitted the Lake Arrowhead courses set up well for him.
“I’m a pretty straight driver of the golf ball, so it’s good to come to a tight course,” he said.
There was a tie for third place in the Boys Division at 149. Sean Murphy of Middleton shot 78-71) and Jack Lutze of Brookfield shot 73-76.
In the Girls Division, 14-year-old Jo Baranczyk held on to win by a single stroke. Baranczyk, who lives in Green Bay, took the lead with a first-round 73 on the Pines Sunday before finishing with an 80 Monday for a 153 finish.
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News & Updates
- The Junior Calendar mailing is out for delivery. You should be receiving it shortly.
The 2018 Junior Calendar is available online HERE.
- Junior memberships go out in bunches through the mail based on what kind of membership you registered for. This process could take a few weeks before you receive your membership gift. If you have sibling members, one of them might receive the packet before the other sibling. They might not come at the same time in the mail.
- The Junior Tour event at Whistling Straits on June 29th will continue to be a lottery drawing for players to get into this event. Juniors will have 24 hours from when registration starts (April 4th 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 10th. 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.
New Presenting Sponsors on the Junior Tour
The WPGA Junior Foundation is proud to introduce The Balance & Believe Foundation as our new presenting sponsor. This sponsorship encompasses all 43 junior events we have scheduled for 2018.
Founded in 2007, in Madison, WI, the Balance & Believe Foundation’s mission is to “Promote junior golf, while providing a platform for kids to give back to the community.” As a result they started running a series of events for junior golfers in the spring and fall called the Bucket of Hope Series and collected, in a bucket, causes the participants thought could use help from the Foundation. Five years ago The Junior Foundation joined forces with The Balance & Believe Foundation to continue the Bucket of Hope Junior Tour events. Since then at each Bucket of Hope Junior Tour event a portion of the player entry fee is donated to the UW Carbone Cancer Center in Madison.
You can view Balance & Believe Foundation website Here.