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Local Golf
October 17, 2017


Fuel Yourself Before Hitting The Course
It is prime golf season here in the Midwest. I hope you are enjoying the game and getting out to different golf courses in the area.
PING JUNIOR SOLHEIM CUP A STEPPING STONE TO GREATNESS
As the Solheim Cup approaches, young girls on both sides of the Atlantic focus on the American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) points list.
SOLHEIM CUP VOLUNTEERS
Every golf fan understands that a successful Solheim Cup is made up of two elements: players and spectators. During that magical week in August, the city of Des Moines will host 24 of the best women golfers in the world.
Meet Your Local PGA Professional
Danny Rainbow, Director of Golf at SentryWorld - Stevens Point, WI
20th PGA Junior Cup Matches
Minnesota won its second straight PGA Junior Cup Matches on June 30th in Hudson, WI at Troy Burne Golf Club 19.5-16.5 over Wisconsin.
2018 DRIVE, CHIP AND PUTT CHAMPIONSHIP
The WPGA, along with the Junior Foundation, will be hosting 6 local qualifiers and one sub-regional for juniors to advance to the National Drive, Chip and Putt Championship.
Josh Carroll, PGA
Director of Golf, The Golf Courses of Lawsonia in Green Lake, WI
The American Family Insurance Championship At University Ridge Golf Course In Verona, WI
The University of Wisconsin's home golf course, University Ridge, is also home to the PGA Champions Tour's American Family Championship. Now in it's second year, everything about the showcase event is bigger and better.
The First Tee Of South Central Wisconsin
The First Tee of South Central Wisconsin's mission is impact the lives of young people and their families by providing educational programs for youth that build character, instill life-enhancing values, and promote healthy choices through the game of golf.
American Family Children's Hospital - Real Kids. Real Stories. Real Transformations.
As one of the primary charity beneficiaries of the PGA Champions Tour's American Family Championship at University Ridge, the American Family Children's Hospital in Madison is flourishing and expanding, providing more and more critical opportunities to families and (more specifically) to children in need.
A Look Into The Mind Of University Ridge Superintendent Phil Davidson
Golf courses you love wouldn't be so lovable without great superintendents, and great superintendents are artists, masters at drawing the most beauty out of the natural canvas of each hole.
A Conversation With University Ridge General Manager Mike Gaspard
Mike has been at the University of Wisconsin's Home Course, University Ridge, for 10 years now, an integral part of the changes and improvements made over that decade.
A Talk With Tournament Director, Nate Pokrass
As the second annual PGA TOUR Champions American Family Insurance Championship approaches, Tee Times spent a few minutes with Nate Pokrass, tournament director.
Thoughts From Defending Champion Kirk Triplett
The Champions Tour players trek to Madison, WI for the second year in a row, and try to unseed the reigning American Family Insurance Champion Kirk Triplett.
STEVE STRICKER AMERICAN FAMILY INSURANCE FOUNDATION
When a hometown sports hero and a local company with deep philanthropic roots come together, great things are bound to happen.
Stable, Experienced Management And 36 Holes Makes Solheim Cup Preparation Easy For Des Moines Golf And Country Club
Hazeltine membership made huge sacrifices for the 2016 Ryder Cup. Their golf course was closed for an entire season while the golf course was re-grassed.
Iowa's Only Pete Dye Golf Courses Will Host The Solheim Cup Matches
Pete Dye, the architect who designed the golf courses at Des Moines Golf and Country Club, is a member of the Golf Hall Of Fame. Mr. Dye (as he is respectfully referred to by in-the-know golf people) has ten golf courses in Golf Digest's Top 100.
The Wisconsin Golf Hipster
I golfed in Wisconsin before it was cool. I can say I was a local when Blackwolf first appeared on the black and white pages of Golf Digest's news and notes in the mid-90s. And before Tiger teed it up at the GMO
Gail Perla Leads Nearly 1,000 Volunteers For The American Family Insurance Championship
When spectators arrive for the second PGA TOUR Champions American Family Insurance Championship, they will be greeted by nearly 1,000 friends - enthusiastic volunteers united in their goal to make the fan and player experience special.
47th Annual Lombardi Golf Classic
For 47 years, celebrities from the sports and entertainment fields hit the links for the fight against cancer at the annual Vince Lombardi Golf Classic.
Meet Your Local PGA Professional
Chuck Wood
Head Golf Professional, Oconomowoc Golf Club

Support Junior Golf On Your Car
Since early 2007 Wisconsin golf enthusiasts have been able to wear their affection for the game on their bumpers.
Lessons Learned By The Executive Director Of The Wisconsin Section PGA
Joe Stadler, the Executive Director of the Wisconsin Section PGA, remembers being totally unsure what he should do upon graduating from UW Stevens Point in 1989.
Meet Your Local PGA Professional
Scott Evans, PGA Head Golf Professional
The Bull at Pinehurst Farms

SOLHEIM CUP EVENTS A TO Z
The Solheim Cup started as three days of women's match play golf. The biennial competition has become a weeklong entertainment extravaganza where fans are truly engaged.
Solheim Cup 101
The driving force behind the Solheim Cup was a Norwegian-American golf club manufacturer (PING) Karsten Solheim. The inaugural event was held in 1990 and on subsequent even number years until 2002, alternating years with the Ryder Cup.
The American Family Insurance Championship Returns With Lofty Expectations
Tournament host Steve Stricker makes his playing debut, other changes planned to create even stronger fan appeal.
PSYCHIC - ROBOT CADDIE
The Psychic came home from the golf course in a grumpy mood. His weekly Saturday morning game, that normally takes four hours or just a little over, had turned into a 5-hour marathon.
Wisconsin's Junior Golf Explosion An Interview with Wisconsin's Director of Junior Golf
When you're the father of 3,000 boys and girls, summers tend to get a bit hectic. As Wisconsin's Director of Junior Golf, Andy Landenberger plays proud papa to dozens of kids who experience Wisconsin's great outdoors through the game of golf.
EARL THOMAS Grateful Stars And Stripes Honor Flight Recipient Tells His Story
Stars and Stripes Honor Flight is the Milwaukee-area hub of the National Honor Flight Network. Their mission is to fly WWII veterans, Korean War veterans, and terminally ill veterans of any conflict on a one day, all-expenses-paid trips to Washington DC to visit their memorials and experience a full day of honor and thanks.
Chris Garrett - Golf Nomad Has Found His Niche With The Solheim Cup
For the past 25 years Chris Garrett has been running golf events. The native of Chester, California attended the University of Michigan where he earned a degree in sports management and communications. With school behind him, Chris found a job as an intern for the Michigan Section of the PGA.
The Solheim Cup Comes To West Des Moines
The Solheim Cup comes to Iowa battle for the PING prize on the prairie! Iowa sports fans are pro sports starved! Golf is their salvation.
Ontal Golf - Corporate Wellness Programs Hit A Hole In One!
Russ Gorman left the corporate world as most know it 25 years ago. He was tired of traveling, and as a former college golfer and coach, he wanted to do something related to the game.
PSYCHIC - PLAYING GOLF KEEPS PEOPLE HEALTHY
The Psychic moves the shower control further into the red. He relaxes with his chin resting on his chest as he allows the, almost-too-hot, water to massage his neck, his upper back, his shoulders.
WHO WILL REPLACE THE KING OF GOLF?
A tear rolls down the Psychic's cheek... then another. Fellow golfers, great athletes from different sport, Presidents and common folk pay tribute to Arnold Palmer on the Golf Channel.
ARNIE
Arnold Palmer passed away on September 26. He was 87 years old. To paraphrase Rudyard Kipling, Palmer truly walked (and golfed) with presidents and kings but didn't lose the common touch.
PSYCHIC - GOLF ON TELEVISION - Superstars And Familiar Courses Spell TV Success!
The Psychic watched the final putt drop in the Women's Olympic golf competition on CBS. He had a deflated feeling! The Psychic was pulling for one of his favorite golfers, the little girl from Arkansas, Stacy Lewis, to win a medal.
Law Of Diminishing Returns
Here's the American Dictionary's definition of the Law of Diminishing Returns: "The tendency for a continuing application of effort or skill toward a particular project or goal to decline in effectiveness after a certain level of result has been achieved."
PSYCHIC - EQUIPMENT
As the setting sun causes the few cumulus clouds to turn a pinkish orange, the Psychic throws his golf clubs in the trunk of his car, then slams the trunk!
PSYCHIC - GOLF IN THE FUTURE
The Psychic carefully adjusts his turban as the mist, clouding the interior of his crystal ball, begins to dissipate. The Psychic, who is computer literate and owns an iPhone, places his digital devices in sleep mode as he falls under the trance that allows him to see the future.
THE PSYCHIC SAYS: "WITH HELP FROM THE PGA AND USGA, KIDS WILL KEEP GOLF'S PIPELINE FLOWING!"
The Psychic has spent the last month staring into the crystal ball seeking answers to the question, "What external causes will increase the number of junior golfers and influence them to play more rounds."
The Dad Golf Workout
Tour pros have a well defined pre-round routine. You've probably seen the videos with a ticker counting down the minutes as they prepare for their round on the range, with a specific series of chips, putts, bunker shots, irons and drivers.
Arrogance
This is a pretty good topic for a golf column. It would be a good topic for any column. Arrogance is probably the most shocking quality that I encounter.
THE PSYCHIC SAYS, "BABY BOOMERS GOLF THEIR WAY INTO THE SUNSET!"
Instead, the Psychic sees 10,000 Baby Boomers reaching age 65 every day for the next 10 years. He sees these "active seniors" playing golf along with other physically and mentally stimulating activities well into their 90's.

Golf Psychic Reads His Crystal Ball And Proclaims, "Golf Is Trending Toward An Upward Cycle!"
Let me introduce you to The Golf Psychic. During the 2016 golf season the Psychic will peer deeply into his crystal ball for visions into golf's future.
Ageless Artist Sets Another Record
During the 2015 MGA Senior Amateur Championship held at Deacons Lodge in Breezy Point, MN, Bud Chapman set another record; proving that he is still a MOVER & SHAKER in Minnesota Golf.
A Conversation with Rees Jones, "The Open Doctor"
As you'll see in the pages of this month's issue, we are featuring a couple "casino courses" that were original designs by the legendary Rees Jones. Our Will Brogan recently interviewed Jones, the highlights of which are detailed here in this article.
A Golf Partnership Paving A New Way
Many business professionals who are involved in today's struggling golf business are trying to find a way to get out. Bucking this trend, two local business partners and family members, Gary Sauer and Chris Sauer, have found themselves in the business of acquiring golf properties!
Dave Tentis' Thoughts On The 2014 PGA Championship
Dave Tentis, Woodbury resident and Minnesota native, has qualified to play in the PGA Championship, August 7-10, at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, KY.
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A Pool Hall Owner's Lessons Are The Building Blocks For The RTJ Golf Trail
This segment of Minnesota Golf History will look at the son of a small town Minnesota pool hall owner who has become one of the biggest movers and shakers in the world of golf course development and ownership.
Allen Wronowski - One On One With PGA Of America President Allen Wronowski
During Ryder Cup week, PGA President Allen Wronowski was gracious enough to share his thoughts on a variety of matters with Tee Times Magazine. Of course, the next time the Ryder Cup will be contested in America, it will be held at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minnesota.
Bud Chapman - One Picture Is Worth 1,000 Words!!
You probably know Bud Chapman as the artist who created the Infamous 18, those wonderful paintings of "fantasy" golf holes.

When asked about Bud's paintings, Pete Dye, the world-famous architect said: "Bud's innovative thinking certainly influenced many designers to make the contours a little steeper and the bunkers a little deeper and generally to think outside the box with new designs, and, in that way Bud made a great contribution to the game."
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Pete Dye, The Marquis de Sod: A Conversation With A Legend
Even in his late eighties, Pete Dye is still going strong designing and building golf courses. His career dates back to the early 1960's when he and his wife, Alice, co-designed what was then known as El Dorado Country Club, a modest nine-hole course outside of Indianapolis.
Golf Clubs That Grow - Acculength Golf Clubs
Kids grow like weeds and since quality junior golf clubs cost as much or more than a new bike, parents often have their children learn the game with clubs that don't fit. "Let's get the clubs a little too big she will grow into them by next season...
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Golfweek's Dan Mirocha: On The Phone & In The Field
In a world of "Do-ers" and "Don't-ers," Golfweek Associate Editor/Writer and Minnesota native Dan Mirocha is a Grinder. After having paid his way through college and graduating from the University of Minnesota with a degree in both Broadcast and Print Journalism, after serving exciting and impressive internships at both the WCCO and KARE networks- the tenacious Mirocha found himself searching in vain for writing opportunity, while simultaneously working full-time as financial recruiter, stringing freelance high school sport stories and waiting tables at the now defunct KFAN Restaurant.
History Of The Golf Car
The first gas-powered golf cars appeared just after Word War II and were used primarily for the disabled. With the development of the electric golf car by Merle Williams' Marketeer Company in 1951, the race began to build a better mousetrap. Two additional companies began production of electric golf cars in 1954: LEKTRO and E-Z-GO.
What Does It Take To Be A "Senior" Golfer?
It's Not Blue Hair, Hearing Aids Or A Cadillac

The question has come up..... How old is a senior golfer? The definition is not as easy as qualifying for Medicare. Here's how it works...

No 401k But Great Benefits
A close friend once said, "The trouble with doing nothing is that you never know when you are finished." Most seniors don't want to get too serious about a job. In an informal pole, of recently retired people indicated that the following would make up a perfect retirement job:
Leaderboard - Harry Wisdom
When Harry enrolled at the University of North Dakota in the early 1960's, it hadn't crossed his mind that he was going to be a career military man. At the time he was focused on paying his way through school on a baseball scholarship and if that didn't work out, finding a well paying job in banking.
Get Your Kid Swinging & Smiling
Dr. Bob Rotella, sports psychologist to the PGA stars once wrote, "It's the role of a parent (or spouse) to provide opportunity and encouragement, not teach the backswing! Leave the teaching to your local PGA Golf Professional." As a PGA pro and parent, let me give you five tips for creating a passion for the game in your youth.
Hybrid Nation - Getting A Grip On Senior Golf
The answer is hybrid clubs, graphite shafts, larger grips, and preventive medicine. The question is, "What are the four key growth areas in the senior golf industry?"
Playing Golf At 50....Like A 40 Year Old!
As I sit here writing this article, Angel Cabrera just won the 2009 Masters Tournament. While I don't have a particular favorite golfer, I do confess I was rooting for Kenny Perry to become the oldest ever to win a Major.
Mission Of The First Tee
What is The First Tee? The First Tee is an extremely well organized, well funded, international youth development organization supported by the leading organizations in golf. The First Tee is more than a youth initiatives or junior golf programs. It is more than a golf program for underprivileged kids.


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