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.



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:  

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: 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 to find a qualifier near you! Call our office at 414-443-3570 or ask your local PGA Professional for more information.


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