Balding Wedges Her Way from Whistling Straits to Augusta National

written by: Wisconsin.golf's Gary D'Amato

HAVEN — Sarah Balding waited four hours Saturday at Whistling Straits for her age division to begin competition in the Drive, Chip & Putt Regional Finals, so what was another few minutes for a playoff with a trip to the famed Augusta National Golf Club?
 

The freshman at Brookfield Central outlasted Shannyn Vogler of Sherrard, Ill., 38-17 in the playoff to win the 14-15 age division and advance to the Drive, Chip & Putt National Finals. Balding, the only Wisconsin golfer in the regional competition to advance, said she knew Vogler from previous competitions, which made the playoff nerves a little easier to handle.

 

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Headed "Strait" to the Drive, Chip and Putt Regional

On Saturday, September 8th, 96 boys and girls ages 7-15 will tackle Wisconsin’s very own Whistling Straits with hopes of completing the last leg of qualifying towards the Drive, Chip and Putt National Finals at Augusta National.

The field includes the Sub-Regional qualifiers from the Minnesota PGA, Wisconsin PGA and Illinois PGA. This means kids from North Dakota, Canada, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Iowa are making the trip to the home of the 2020 Ryder Cup. With 96 boys and girls in the field, that gives each age and gender division 12 contestants—the contestant with the highest overall point total in his or her age group will advance to the National Finals on April 7, 2019—the Sunday before the start of Masters Week.

For national Drive, Chip and Putt Results, please visit: www.drivechipandputt.com/results. From there, you can filter by qualifying stage, state and zip code to narrow your search.

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Lutze & Meade Win Tour Championship

        
       (Cameron Huss, Jack Lutze, Brock Hlinak)                   (Madeline Koenig, Lorenza Martinez, Lexi Meade)

Write-Up Provided By: Rick Pledl    

Jack Lutze of Brookfield and Lexi Meade of Eau Claire both put together two consistent rounds of golf this week to win their respective divisions at the Morgan Stanley Tour Championship, the final major event on the Wisconsin PGA Junior Foundation schedule this summer.

Lutze and Meade were both in the lead following the first round Wednesday and held on for victory.

Lutze opened with a round of 68 on Wednesday, which he said was his career-low score. He followed with a 1-under-par 71 Thursday to finish at 139 and win the boys competition by a single stroke over Brock Hlinak of Kaukauna, who shot 70-70–140. Cameron Huss of Kenosha finished third among boys (72-73–140).

Meade recorded rounds of 73-74–147 to win the girls title by six shots over Lorenza Martinez of Menomonee Falls (78-75) and Madeline Koenig of Wales (75-78), who tied for second at 153.

 

 

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.

College Scholarships
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

The 21st Annual Cup Matches concluded today at  Trappers Turn in Wisconsin Dells, 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 8 to 4 after day one of four ball matches. Team Minnesota held onto win 12.5 points in singles matches to keep the cup for the third consecutive year. The final point total was 20.5-15.5 for Team Minnesota. Team Wisconsin still leads the overall series at 12-9-1. 

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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.

 
2018  Cup Team Roster
Mia Seeman – Milton, Speedy Kent – Mequon , Lorenza Martinez – Men. Falls, Jo Baranczyk – Green Bay, Emily Lauterbach – Hartland, Erika Priebe – Appleton, Abby Cavaiani – Wales, Lexi Meade – Eau Claire, Courtney Matschke – Franklin, Holly Murphy – Lake Geneva, Elise Hoven – Grafton, Rachel Kauflin – Wauwatosa  
 
Jed Baranczyk – Green Bay, Tyler Leach – Spring Valley, Brock Hlinak - Kaukauna, Clayton Tribus - Madison, Zak Kulka – Beaver Dam, Lukas Heckmann - Middleton, Austin Schnell – Two Rivers, Ryan Schuelke - Manawa, Elliott Nielsen – Fond du Lac, Matthew Raab - Hartland, Tyler Cleaves - Kaukauna
 
 
 
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