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.

 

 

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
 
 

Registration Goes Live April 4 at 6pm

This is your one stop shop to register for tournaments tonight. Click the Login & Register button below to login into your account. You can then register for multiple events and pay at the end. This is an easier step rather than going to each event on the schedule page and registering.

*If you are not able to register for Players Tour events, you are not on the invite list. All players must be on invite list to register for these events. You must meet handicap requirements. All juniors that would like to play on this tour must contact the office to be added. Juniors who participated last year and are members as of today, April 4 were added to invite list already*

Update - Future Tour #14 at Blackwolf Run is FULL

Junior Members click login into your players account and register for events. You can also cancel out of events from your players account. Get familiar with your account before registration goes live.

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.

 

 
 
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