2018 Junior Recap Newsletter

Happy New Year! Check out the 2018 Recap Junior Newsletter. The 2019 season is just around the corner. Our 2019 Junior Membership will go live on February 4. Look for the updated 2019 tentative schedule page. Click the 2019 Schedule tab above. 




2018 Players of the Year

Girls Player of the Year:  Rachel Kauflin
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The WPGA Junior Foundation is pleased to announce Rachel Kauflin as the Junior Girls Player of the Year for 2018. Rachel won the Sherri Steinhauer, Players Tour at Lawsonia and two Junior Tour events. She was very consistent in her summer play as she finished in top 5 in 9 other events. She collected 1,350 points to hold off Lexi Meade of Eau Claire by 80 points. It was a lot closer down the stretch as Rachel held a 25 point lead going into girls WIAA State in October.  A third place finish by Rachel sealed her POY honors. Rachel is 16 years old from Wauwatosa. She will be a senior in 2019. 



 Boys Player of the Year: Piercen Hunt 
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The WPGA Junior Foundation is pleased to announce Piercen Hunt as the Junior Boys Player of the Year for 2018. Piercen started his summer off by defending his WIAA Division 1 title in a playoff. He only played in three WPGA Junior events but made them count. He won the Players Tour at Blackwolf Run and a junior tour at Rolling Meadows. He finished T4 at the WSGA State Amateur in late July and capped off his summer by winning the WSGA State Junior. He finished this event with a score of 12-under par to win by 7 shots. Piercen is a 17 year old from Hartland. He recently verbally committed to play golf for University of Illinois next fall.



Girls Future Tour Player of the Year : Payton Haugen
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The WPGA Junior Foundation is pleased to announce Payton Haugen as the Future Tour Girls Player of Year for 2018.  Her summer schedule included 12 Future Tour events. She won four events and finished in the top five in her remaining  eight events. This keeps the string of Haugen’s to win this award since 2016. Payton’s sisterMadison won this award in 2016 & 2017.
  Payton is 11 years old and from Brookfield. She totaled 457 points to hold off McKenna Nelson by 58 points.




Boys Future Tour Player of the Year : Maxwell Reis
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The WPGA Junior Foundation is pleased to announce Maxwell Reis as the Future Tour Boys Player of the Year for 2018. This is back to back  Player of Year honors for him. Max played in 10 Future Tour events where he compiled six wins. Max also competed on the Junior Tour and had one win in the 14-15 year old division.  Max is 14 and from De Pere. Brett Wieland from Milton was runner-up.


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2018 PGA Jr. League Round Up

The Legend Clubs, led by Captain Paul LoCicero, PGA competed at Midwest regional; Concludes 2018 Wisconsin season

(Beloit Club, Sept. 15-16)  The Legend Clubs, led by Head PGA Professional Paul LoCicero (The Legend at Bristlecone),  made their Midwest Regional debut this past weekend at the Beloit Club. The All Stars representing the Nebraska PGA, Iowa PGA, Minnesota PGA and Wisconsin PGA played matches in a round robin style to determine the winner with the best overall record. 

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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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