Making the Turn

Jeff Bisbee (left) accepts the 2009 Cherryland trophy from DCGA’s Randy Meyer (right).

Horseshoe Bay Hosted Senior State Amateur

Touted as one of the three biggest amateur tournaments directed by the Wisconsin State Golf Association, the Senior State Amateur took place this year at Horseshoe Bay on August 24 and 25. A total of 218 golfers teed off in the two-day, 36-hole stroke play competition in which players had to earn qualification, and be 55 years of age or older to compete.

Eight local players were among this large and competitive field:  Horseshoe Bay members, Bill Boettcher, Dick Brisch, Jack Lemkuhl, Tom Patza, and Lon Roberts as well as Idlewild members John Goettleman, and Mike Woldt; and Alpine member Dick Hartl.

Milwaukee area player Gary Menzie, representing The Bog, finished four under with two-day scores of 67 and 73 (140) to take home the tournament’s trophy. Of the local contenders, John Goettleman shot the lowest two-day gross score, tying for 64th with scores of 81 and 82. (See “Player Profile” for more information on Goettelman). Dick Brisch and Mik Woldt cracked the top 10 in the net division, both tying for 10th and shooting combined net scores of 144.

Bisbee Takes Home Cherryland Trophy

On September 12 and 13, Horseshoe Bay Golf Club played host to one of the largest Cherryland Open fields in recent history. Men and women golfers, 153 in total, competed in the two-day tournament sponsored by the Door County Golf Association.

With scores of 68 and 72 (140) Jeff Bisbee of Green Bay finished with a resounding five-stroke victory over second place Michael Johnston in the pro division. Many Door County golfers know Bisbee as the owner and operator of Bisbee Golf Club Center. Former Peninsula State Park golf pro Kurt Mantyla finished seventh with a total score of 149. Gibraltar graduate Nick Kwaterski and Horseshoe Bay’s assistant pro Pete Mogg, both tied for ninth with total scores of 151.

In the senior pro division, Randy Meyer of Idlewild Golf Course came in second after a playoff loss to Joe Arrington. Both shot a total score of 155. Another playoff decided the outcome in the amateur open division, with two golfers both shooting the same scores of 73 and 72 (145). Patrick Boyle of Meadowbrooke came out on top of Jim Doing of Hawks Landing. Summer Door County resident, Mike Frey finished just one stroke behind the leaders with scores of 73 both days (146). Gibraltar graduate, Garth Gilster and The Orchard’s Mark Basch tied for ninth, both with scores of 156.

In the amateur handicap division, net scores decided the leaders, with Mike Lettenberger of Wander Springs coming out on top with a total net score of 144. Ken Mcintyre, general manager of Horseshoe Bay, tied for third (149) while Sturgeon Bay resident, Mike Bogenschutz tied for seventh (151). Northern Door native Thomas Champeau finished eighth (152) while Idlewild’s John Goettelman came into the clubhouse in ninth place (153).

In the senior amateur division, 32 men competed with Tom Miller of Green Bay taking home the honors with a total net score of 136. Two Maxwelton Braes members finished in the top ten. Carl Podlasek finished third with a net score of 140, while Tony Arzich finished tied for ninth (147).

Sue Burlo of Sturgeon Bay finished tied for third with a net score of 153 in the ladies division, behind victor Sue Daggett of Lakeshore Golf Club. Mary Aiken, also of Sturgeon Bay came in tied for sixth with a score of 157.

“Johnny G” Set For September 27

The Eighth Annual “Johnny G” Scramble is set for Sunday, September 27 at Maxwelton Braes, with a shotgun start of 9 am. The entry fee is $60 per person and includes 18 holes of golf with cart, prizes, lunch buffet, raffles and prizes including Green Bay Packer tickets and a full set of Ping golf clubs. This four-person scramble is limited to 36 foursomes and has been a sold-out event the last seven years.

In memory of the late Johnny Gonzales, the event funds the Johnny G Scholarship Fund that provides college scholarships to children of single parent families from Gibraltar Area Schools. To date, the fund has awarded nearly $20,000 in scholarships. Interested individuals may register by contacting Tony Gonzales at 920.421.0335 or Jason Daubner at Maxwelton Braes Golf Course at 920.839.2321.

Idlewild Hosts Rocky Marth Memorial Open

The Rocky Marth Memorial Open is set for Saturday, September 26 at Idlewild Golf Course. There will be a shotgun start of 9 am. The entry fee is $60 per person, which will include 18 holes of golf, cart, lunch, raffle and prizes. Proceeds from this four-person scramble, in honor of the late Rocky Marth, will benefit the Southern Door Athletic Department. To sign up, contact the Idlewild pro shop 920.743.3334.

Idlewild’s Big Cup Tournament

The Big Cup tournament at Idlewild will take place Sunday, September 27 with an 8 am shotgun start. This is an 18-hole four-person handicapped scramble, with a minimum team handicap index of 45, and no more than one player with 9.0 or lower index. The entry fee of $50 per person includes golf, cart, lunch, and prizes. A Packer party and live music by “Stone Sober” will follow after play. To sign up, call the Idlewild pro shop 920.743.3334.