Two more chapters in the Book of Aces 2022
A crazy year for holes-in-one in Wisconsin has gotten a little crazier recently. For the second time in 30 days, a golfer has recorded two aces at the same 18-hole course.
August 26, Drew Rodolphemember of the Appleton North High School golf team, hit a pair of aces in about 20 minutes at Butte des Morts Country Club.
Sixteen-year-old Rudolph used an 8-iron to hit the 167-yard fifth hole and two holes later used a 6-iron to hole the 196-yard seventh hole.
“He texted me after the first one and when he called me after the second one it took me a while to process it,” Drew’s dad said, mike rodolphea lifelong golfer who made his first ace in 2021 at the age of 46.
Drew’s holes-in-one were seen by a high school teammate and a foursome playing right behind them.
“I actually got a call from a guy in the band behind them,” Mike Rudolph told The Sweet Spot. “He said, ‘You don’t know who I am, but I just saw your son put consecutive holes. “”
July 27, Tom Boockmeier of Oak Creek made pocket aces in the same round at Meadowbrook Country Club in Racine. Boockmeier started on the back nine and hit the 17th hole, then made the turn and hit the No. 2.
But wait, there’s more.
Last Monday, Therese Pirkl and playmate Clyde Carpenter the two went holes-in-one during a round on the Pines course at Lake Arrowhead.
Pirkl, the mother of Geoff Pirkl, director of rules and competitions for the Wisconsin State Golf Association, made his ace on the fourth hole. Carpenter made his on No. 17.
The Sweet Spot, by the way, always throws a shutout.
Sanford exemption could be important for Mario Tiziani
madison native Mario Tiziani will make his ninth start of the PGA Tour Champions season this week at Sanford International in Sioux Falls, SD For the second year in a row, the former University of Wisconsin golfer has received a bye for the event hosted by the two-time champion the US Open Andy North.
Tiziani, who has finished two T-16s in his last three starts, had his best finish in 10 career starts on the senior circuit at the 2021 Sanford International when he opened 65-67 and then finished T-11.
The Sweet Spot doesn’t need a calculator or a calendar to know it’s going to be a big week for Tiziani.
After failing to qualify for the Ascension Charity Classic in St. Louis last week, Tiziani was unable to improve on his 75th place finish on the Charles Schwab Cup money list. That leaves him three weeks to break into the top 72, the qualifying limit for the first of three events in the Schwab Cup qualifiers, which begin Oct. 14 at the SAS Championship in Cary, North Carolina.
Staples’ impressive portfolio continues to grow
Andy Staples‘ the star is rising. Staples, owner and principal architect of Staples golf design and a native of Sussex, is set to begin work on a strategic plan to improve Phoenix Country Club.
Originally built in 1899 and moved to its current location in 1921, Phoenix CC has a long history of tournament play. The course hosted the PGA Tour’s Phoenix Open from 1932 to 1986 and hosted the Charles Schwab Cup Championship, the season finale of the PGA Tour Champions.
“I am beyond thrilled to be working with this historic property,” said Staples, who renovated the Tom Bendelow-designed University Club of Milwaukee (formerly Tripoli CC).
Staples is also the official architect of Olympia Fields CC in Chicago and the historic 1916 Walter Travis-designed Garden City CC on Long Island.
Fore INDR GLF arrives at Stevens Point
The extended forecast for Stevens Point calls for the highest 75 degrees at the highest just twice in the next 10 days, so The Sweet Spot resigns itself to, uh, the cold reality that it might be time to start explore our winter golf options.
We were intrigued by a new option coming to central Wisconsin in mid-November. Front INDR GLFthe “winter project” as described by the owner JT Thompson in a Facebook post, will feature four simulators with TrackMan technology, not to mention the golfing expertise of the general manager and chief pro at Bullseye Golf Club in Wisconsin Rapids.
Even better news? Thompson isn’t leaving Bullseye any time soon. He wrote that he planned to stay in his current position and would hire someone to oversee day-to-day operations at the INDR GLF facility.
Tap-in, lip-out and double circuit breakers
from Madison jerry kelly is still listed on the pitch for the Sanford International despite withdrawing from the Ascension Charity Classic after opening 69 due to illness. … from Mount Pleasant Kaylor Steger, the 2014 WIAA Division 1 men’s golf champion from Oak Creek, will kick things off for state prospects competing over the next month in the first leg of the Korn Ferry Tour qualifying school. Steger will play Tuesday through Friday at Rockwall (Texas) Golf & Athletic Club. He is the only golfer from Wisconsin to participate in the first of three weeks of Stage One qualifying across the country. … Harrison Ott of Brookfield and Thomas Longbella of Chippewa Falls qualified for the Fortinet Cup Championship, the PGA Tour Canada’s season-ending tournament. Ott is ranked 21st on the Fortinet Cup points list, while Longbella is ranked 23rd. The tournament, for the top 60 players on the points list, begins Thursday at Deer Ridge Golf Club in Kitchener, Ont. …Volunteer registration is open for the 2023 Sentry Champions Tournament, which will be held January 4-8 on The Plantation Course in Kapalua, Maui. To register, visit SentryTournamentOfChampions.com. Questions? Call (808) 665-5413 or email [email protected]