Sparta's Erickson finishes in 14th place tie in State Amateur

RIVER HILLS, WI - Sparta's Austin Erickson finished in a tie for 14th place in the Wisconsin State Golf Association 119th State Amateur Championship at the Milwaukee Country Club in River Hills, WI, on Thursday.
Erickson posted a 5-over par 75 to finish with a 13-over 293 over the four days.
Thomas Longbella, from Chippewa Falls, cruised to a 10-stroke victory with a final round 69 and for a four-round 1-under 274.
Onalaska's Joe Weber shot 76 for an 18-over 298 and four-way tie for 28th place. Ben Skogen, two-time defending La Crosse County Men's Amateur champion, posted an uncharacteristic 85 to finish in a four-way tie for 57th place with 307.
Shaun Borre of La Crosse shared 73rd place with a final round 82 and 314 total.


Sparta's Erickson moves into 9th place tie in State Amateur

RIVER HILLS, WI - Sparta's Austin Erickson moved up six spots into a 6-way tie for ninth place entering the final round of the Wisconsin State Golf Association 119th State Amateur Championship at the Milwaukee Country Club in River Hills, WI, on Thursday.
Erickson carded 2-over par 72 on Wednesday for a three-day 73-73-72--218 total.
Thomas Longbella, from Chippewa Falls, leads the event after shooting fired 69 for a 205 total and a six-shot lead.
Onalaska's Ben Skogen, two-time defending La Crosse County Men's Amateur champion, dropped into a tie for 29th place after posting his highest round of the tournament with 77 for a three-day 75-70-222 total. Onalaska's Joe Weber is also tied for 29th place with 74-73-75--222.
Shaun Borre of La Crosse, is in 73rd place with 75-77-80--232.
 

Glanton, Blackburn, Garmany receive PGA of America awards

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – The PGA of America has announced its National Award recipients for 2020.
Ronny Glanton, PGA, the head professional at Sherrill Park Golf Course in Richardson, Texas, is the recipient of the 2020 PGA Golf Professional of the Year Award. This is the highest annual honor given to a PGA of America professional, awarded for qualities of leadership, strong moral character and a substantial record of service to the PGA and the game of golf.
*The Horton Smith Award was renamed the PGA Professional Development Award in 2020.
Dana Garmany, PGA, a Southwest PGA Section Member and Executive Chairman of Troon® in Scottsdale, Arizona, is the recipient of the inaugural PGA Golf Executive of the Year Award. The honor bestows special recognition for performing outstanding services in an executive management position, while possessing qualities of leadership, vision, courage, moral character and a substantial record of service to the Association and the game.
Mark Blackburn, PGA, a 14-year PGA Member in the Alabama-NW Florida Section and Director of Instruction at Greystone Golf & Country Club in Birmingham, Alabama, is the recipient of the 2020 PGA Teacher & Coach of the Year Award for his “outstanding services as a golf teacher, innovator and coach.”

Glanton, Blackburn and Garmany lead a group of 12 PGA Professionals and one PGA Section in winning the PGA of America’s 2020 National Awards.
“This year’s National Awards winners are proven leaders and innovators in the game and business of golf, and the PGA of America salutes their accomplishments and passion for the sport,” said PGA President Suzy Whaley. “These 2020 recipients represent the best of the Association and inspire our nearly 29,000 PGA Professionals to reach new heights every day, as they strive to grow the game and drive our profession to a new standard of excellence.”
Whistling Straits/Black Wolf Run in Kohler, Wis., was named the Destination Award winner.

SOURCE: PGA of America


No on-site spectators allowed at 2020 U.S. Open this fall

LIBERTY CORNER, N.J. – In partnership with the state of New York, the USGA announced today that due to ongoing health and safety concerns from the COVID-19 pandemic, the 120th U.S. Open Championship, scheduled Sept. 14-20 at Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, N.Y., will be conducted without spectators on-site.   
“Following months of consultation and scenario planning with local and state health officials, we have jointly decided that hosting the U.S. Open without spectators will provide the best opportunity to conduct the championship safely for all involved,” said Mike Davis, CEO of the USGA. “We will miss the excitement of the fans and what their presence brings to the championship. We look forward to welcoming them again to future U.S. Opens.”  
“We have come a long way in the fight against COVID-19, and I am so proud of New Yorkers, who rose to the occasion and bent the curve,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo said. “I am pleased to welcome the USGA for the U.S. Open Championship at Winged Foot Golf Club this September, and while the tournament will look different this year with no fans and enhanced safety protocols, this event is a welcome sight for sports fans across the country and will help restore a sense of normalcy as we build back better than before.”  
The USGA announced on April 6 that the 120th U.S. Open, which was scheduled to be held June 18-21 on Winged Foot’s West Course, had been postponed to Sept. 17-20, and it announced in June that the championship would be conducted without traditional qualifying.
“This will not be a typical U.S. Open in several respects,” said John Bodenhamer, the USGA’s senior managing director of Championships. “Would it have been easier to simply cancel or even move the 2020 championship rather than play it in what has been the epicenter of the virus in our country? Possibly. But all of us at the USGA know how much the U.S. Open matters, and we weren’t willing to give up on playing it at Winged Foot Golf Club so easily. We are very proud to give our competitors and champions a platform to chase their dreams. Their perseverance motivates us, in a year when such tenacity means so much.”
Tickets purchased directly through the USGA will be automatically refunded to the method of payment used to purchase the tickets. Additional information on U.S. Open ticket refunds can be found on  the USGA website.  
All fans seeking a greater connection to the championship are encouraged to join the recently launched Victory Club, the first-ever fan club dedicated to the U.S. Open. Membership is free and fans can celebrate the U.S. Open all year long with virtual experiences, engaging content and exclusive offers. The Victory Club will offer more access to the championship than ever before.
Fans will also be able to follow the championship by watching on NBC/Golf Channel, downloading the U.S. Open app, following @usopengolf on social media and downloading the USGA streaming app for connected devices.

SOURCE: USGA

Onalaska's Skogen jumps into 9th place in State Amateur

RIVER HILLS, WI - Onalaska's Ben Skogen (pictured) vaulted from 45th place all the way up to a six-way tie for ninth place after the second round of the Wisconsin State Golf Association 119th State Amateur Championship at the Milwaukee Country Club in River Hills, WI, on Tuesday.
Thomas Longbella, from Chippewa Falls, leads the 72-hole event with a 4-under par 69-67--136.
Skogen, the two-time defending La Crosse County Men's Amateur champion, opened with 75 on Monday before his even-par 70 on Tuesday for a 145 total.
Meanwhile, Sparta's Austin Erickson is tied for 15th place with 73-73--146. Onalaska's Joe Weber shares 23rd place with 74-73--147, while Shaun Borre of La Crosse is tied for 54th place with 75-77--152.
Sparta's Scott Erickson and Tomah's Trey Hewuse missed the cut with 169 and 170, respectively.