Playoff at Lake Arrowhead Invitational
(Mikayla Hauck, Megan Growt, Kayla Priebe) (Christopher Colla, Emmet Herb, Jacob Michel)
The last WPGA Junior Foundation Major of the year ended at Lake Arrowhead on August 11. The juniors played The Pines course the first day and The Lakes course on day two for this 36-hole event. The juniors enjoyed great weather both days.
For the first time in tournament history we had a three way playoff in the girls division. Kayla Priebe (Appleton), Mikayla Hauck (Cottage Grove) and Megan Growt (De Pere) all tied with a score of 159. The three players went to extra holes. All the players made par on hole #1 on the Lakes Course. The girls then went onto play the 9th hole, which is a par 5. Kayla made a 15 foot birdie putt on the second playoff hole (#9) to win! Mikayla and Megan needed to break the tie between them because the winner of the Invite receives and exemption to the Cup Team in 2016. Since Kayla graduated this year and will not be able to play in 2016 the exemption goes to the second place girl. Mikayla and Megan played three more playoff holes before Mikayla made a birdie on hole #1 to break the tie for second place.
The boys division was just as close. Emmet Herb (Middleton) lead after round round one with a 3-under par 69. He then went on to shoot 75 in round two to hang onto the win. He held off Christopher Colla (Fond du Lac) by one shot and Jacob Michel (Lodi) by two shots.
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Congrats to former WPGA junior Jordan Niebrugge
The WPGA Junior Foundation would like to congratulate Jordan Niebrugge on his great finish at The Open Championship! Its awesome to see a former junior have such great success!
In 2007, a junior golfer from Mequon was winning the 12-13 year old division in a WPGA Junior Tour event. Check out the results from that event here. Jordan Niebrugge was battling the likes of Charlie Danielson and Zach Gaugert in a fierce 12-13 year old division. The senior at Oklahoma State University has been playing great golf since he was 12. On July 20, 2015 he finished T6 at The Open Championship with the likes of Spieth, Rose and Garcia. Its been a amazing journey for Jordan over the past 9 years from playing in junior events to playing in Majors. Some of you might have seen him on TV accepting his medal for low amateur at The Open. He was not only the low amateur but his total of 277 was the lowest 72-hole total by an amateur in Open History! Jordan also competed in the 2014 Masters Tournament as an amateur by winning the U.S. Public links event in 2013.
We all look forward to seeing what's in your bright future.
Photo courtesy of The Open Championship
See the final results from The Open
See more from ESPN article here on Jordan
Make it 3 Straight for Team Wisconsin
The WI/MN Cup Matches finished day two singles matches today at StoneRidge GC in Stillwater, MN. This event consists of 12 boys and 12 girls from each state to represent their section in a Ryder Cup team event. Team WI lead 7.5 to 4.5 after day one of four-ball matches. They went onto win 15 of 24 matches in the singles matches to claim the Cup with a final score of 23-13. Team Wisconsin holds the overall series lead now at 12-5-1.
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The Junior Foundation would also like to thank the sales reps that donated tee gifts to each player. Thanks to Ted Robbins and Tom Cranwell for donating Titleist golf balls and hats, Michael Chase for donating Footjoy gloves and socks, Matt Flaten for donating the team Adidas 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.
2015 WPGA Scholarship Winners Announced
The Wisconsin PGA is proud to announce the 2015 scholarship winners. Twenty individuals were awarded scholarships totaling $14,300. We congratulate all the applicants for their great accomplishments.
Matthew Miller of Monroe was 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.
Peyton Gunnison, Hartland - $800
Hallie Hancock, Eau Claire - $650
Nicholas Heyrman, Colgate - $850
Nicole Isaacson, Racine - $650
Steffen Lake, Madison - $500
Isaac Quella - Appleton - $500
High School Senior Scholarships
David 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.
Blake Anderson , Mequon - $500
Abby Chase, Beaver Dam - $850
Jackson Eversoll, McFarland - $800
Molly Field, Marshfield - $850
David Foster, Elm Grove - $900
Ryan Frank, De Pere - $500
Samuel Kuzniewski, Waukesha - $500
Caroline Lake, Madison - $650
Madeline McCue, Milton - $650
Nate Oehrlein, Sun Prairie - $500
Casey Posda, Oak Creek - $900
Mikayla Smith, Appleton - $500
Skibba & Church Victorious at Jr. Champ
The Junior Championship is in the books for the 2015 season. We had a thrilling end to determine the boys player who will represent Wisconsin at the National PGA Junior Championship is August. Adam Miller(Lodi) and Tyler Church (Onalaksa) each finished with a 36-hole total of 145. The playoff ensued on hole 18, when that could not decide it they played hole 10, then hole 11 and that was the final hole. Tyler made a 25 foot birdie putt to end the playoff and move on to the National Junior Championship.
The younger boys division and girls played over at Dretzka Park for round two. Tyler Cleaves (Kaukauna) went wire to wire to win the Boys 13-15 division with rounds of 74-73. He finished 5th in the overall Boys 13-18 division.
Loren Skibba (Verona) captured the girls overall title with rounds of 76-71 to edge the 2014 Player of the Year Mikayla Hauck (Cottage Grove) by two shots. Skibba's 1-under par round in round two was the difference. Sarah Busey (Racine) edged Maria Seeman (Milton) by one shot to win the Girls 13-15 division. Sarah had rounds of 84-75.
We wish Loren and Tyler the best as they represent Wisconsin at the National Championship on August 3-6 at Miramont CC in Texas.The Junior Foundation would like to thank Milwaukee County Parks, Dretzka Park Golf Course, Brown Deer Golf Course and all staff for hosting 350 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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