The Sweet Spot: Weekly Notes from the Wisconsin Golf World
“The sweet spot” is a new weekly column of news and notes written by Gary D’Amato of Wisconsin.Golf. Stop by every Monday for the latest in golf and email Gary at [email protected] with the latest news.
Milwaukee hosts the annual meeting of the PGA of America
Just over two months after a successful Ryder Cup in Whistling Straits, Wisconsin is set to host another major PGA of America event.
This time it’s the 105th PGA Annual Meeting, scheduled for November 2-5 at the Wisconsin Center in Milwaukee.
More than 200 members of the PGA of America, including delegates from the 41 Sections, board members and officers, will attend the session, where committees present reports and honor the 2020 PGA Player of the Year. The 2020 annual general meeting was canceled due to the corona pandemic.
A highlight will be the induction of six contributors into the PGA of America Hall of Fame on November 3rd, including Albert “Al” Waltrous, a member of the first two US Ryder Cup teams.
The Wisconsin Section representatives at the convention will be voting delegates Jeff Ellingson of the Edelweiss Chalet Country Club in Neu Glarus and Michael O’Reilly von Kohler Golf, Managing Director Joe Stadler and outgoing WPGA Secretary Mark Völler. The WPGA will elect a new secretary at its annual meeting on Monday, who will also attend.
“Every PGA member is invited to take part,” said Stadler. “I don’t know how many there will be from across the state, but we promoted it.”
Jim Richerson, the President of PGA of America and the former Golf Director and General Manager at Kohler Co., will chair the meeting.
Crowley and Cantwell earn spots in the 2022 Senior PGA Championship
Michael Crowley of Fox Point, the Morningstar Golfers Club chief pro, finished T-16 in the Senior PGA Professional Championship on Sunday and qualified for the KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship 2022.
Tim Cantwell of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., and formerly Brookfield, also finished T-16 to advance to the Senior PGA Championship, which will be played May 26-29 at Harbor Shores Golf Club in Benton Harbor, Michigan.
Crowley (70-71-71-71) and Cantwell (69-70-68-76) finished the Wanamaker Course at the PGA Golf Club in Port St. Lucie, Florida with 4 under 283. Both earned $ 4,003.
Paul Claxton von, by chance, Claxton, Ga., won the title in a playoff over Mark Mielke of Atlantis, Florida after they both finished regular play at 13-under 274. Claxton made $ 26,000.
The top 35 finishers reached the Senior PGA Championship. Missing the cutoff by a single line was Madison’s Jim Schuman, the instructor at Blue Mound Golf & Country Club. Schuman finished T-37 and is the eighth replacement for the Senior PGA.
Wolf Mantyla of Wauwatosa, the professional teacher at the Naga-Waukee War Memorial Golf Course, finished T-46. Mantyla has won both the WPGA Senior Match Play Championship and the WPGA Senior Professional Championship this year.
Other awards for Whistling Straits
No. 7 on Pfeifenstrasse
Whistling Straits was a leader across multiple categories in a recent money.co.uk study of global bucket list courses. A total of 53 publicly available courses around the world were analyzed for a number of key factors.
The Straits ranked seventh among the “ultimate” bucket list courses in America, behind Bethpage Black, Pebble Beach, Bandon Dunes (Bandon Trails), Kiawah Island Resort, Pinehurst No. 2 and TPC Sawgrass (Stadium).
The Kohler Co. course ranked 23rd on the global list. It also ranked fifth in number of Instagram posts and sixth in Facebook check-ins.
Tap-ins, lip-outs and double breakers
Bernhard Langer on Sunday because the oldest winner in the history of the PGA Tour Champions (64 years 1 month 27 days) by hitting Doug Barron in a playoff at the Dominion Energy Charity Classic in Richmond, Virginia. It was Langer’s 42nd victory on the Champions Tour, the second most of all time Hale Irwin (45). … Tess Hackworthy of Madison shot a 73 final round and finished T-106 in the LPGA / Symetra Tour Qualifying Tournament Stage II in Venice, Florida.