McCorkle & Knapek Qualify for PGA Junior Championship

Wisconsin PGA Juniors

The 2016 WPGA Junior Championship wrapped up today at Brown Deer  & Dretzka Park golf courses. We skirted some severe weather this morning and had a little rain the last few holes of the day. Juniors from around the state are competing in the two day 36-hole event where the overall boys and girls winner will qualify into the National Junior Championship event at Wannamoisett Country Club, August 9-12, 2016 held in Rumford, Rhode Island.

It came down to the last few holes to determine the Boys 16-18 division and overall winner today at Brown Deer Park. Bennett Knapek (Hartland) finished birdie, par, par to fire a second round 1 under par 70 and hold off Matt Tuman (Wausau) by one shot. Bennett qualifies for tne National PGA Junior Championship in August with his win and also secures an invite to the 2017 Wisconsin Cup Team.

Over at Dretzka Park the Girls 16-18 division was a close race also. Taylor McCorkle (Oregon) shot a career low 4 under par 68 to jump into the lead and hold of Loren Skibba of Verona. Loren is our defending champion and went low also with a 3 under par 69. Taylor's round of 68 was good enough to hold Loren off by two shots. Gabrielle DeSombre finished in third place with a total of 147. Taylorr will represent Wisconsin at the National PGA Junior Championship in August. Taylor also secures an invite to the 2017 Wisconsin Cup Team.

Emily Lauterbach (Hartland) claimed the Girls 13-15 division with rounds of 81-76. She edged out Abby Cavaiani (Wales) who shot rounds of 89-74.

Brock Hlinak of Kaukauna led wire to wire for the win in the Boys 13-15 division. He shot a 2 under par 69 on day one and came back with a 76 in round 2. Drake Wilcox (Sheboygan) had rounds of 75-75 to fnish in second.

The Junior Foundation would like to thank Milwaukee County Parks, Dretzka Park Golf Course, Brown Deer Golf Course and all staff for hosting 340 juniors over two days. The superintendents did a fantastic job with the golf courses and the weather was great. Thanks for playing juniors.

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Meet the 2016 WPGA Interns

         (Zach Bischmann, Tim Buske, Becky Dobrzynski)

Becky is a recent college graduate from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Sport Management with a Business Administration Minor. She hopes to pursue a career in professional golf, collegiate athletics, or other professional sports. In her free time, Becky enjoys golfing, playing tennis with her family, and spending time outdoors.

Tim Buske recently completed his sophomore year at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he studies accounting and operations management. He has lived in Hartland, WI his whole life and played high school golf for Marquette University High School. In his free time, he likes to golf, hang out with friends, and go to concerts. He also juggles rings, balls, and clubs, and hopes to start a juggling club at Madison. After college, Tim aspires to work in the accounting or operations department of a sports organization.

Zach Bischmann (left) recently finished his junior year at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he is working towards a degree in communications and digital studies. Zach attended Arrowhead High School and played on the Varsity tennis team. He has extensive experience working at golf courses around the Hartland area and loves to play golf in his free time. After college, Zach plans to use his degree to pursue a career in golf administration.


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