- June 15, 2018
- 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
- Brown Deer Park Golf Course 7625 N Range Line Rd, Milwaukee, WI 53209
The SWIS District Optimist International Junior Golf qualifier was held on June 15, 2018 at Brown Deer Golf Course in Milwaukee, WI. Although rain and lightning greeted the golfers as they arrived, we were only delayed 30 minutes due to weather. By the time the first group teed off, the rain had stopped. We had 31 golfers total, 28 from the SWIS district and 3 out of district players, including one that flew in from Boston, MA that morning to play. OI gave us 14 qualifying spots, 2 for each age group. We actually qualified 15 kids from our event as 2 were out of district qualifiers. Out of district qualifiers do not use one of the spots given to us by OI. The only age group we did not use both spots was the youngest boys division as we had only 1 player compete.
To move on, a golfer must shoot the qualifying score or better given to us by OI and have a spot available. The low score for the day was 74 by the Boys 16-18 year old winner Lukas Heckmann. The low score for girls was in the Girls 15-18 year old division by Jordan Hamlesky with a 78. Jordan is the person that flew in from Boston, as she missed their local qualifier. Thanks go out to Golf Pro Andy Barrett and his staff at Brown Deer Golf course for hosting our event. Thanks also go out to our wonderful volunteers that helped myself and co-chair Tom Carls pull off this event. Those volunteers are Marcia Hebbring, Laura Ciletti, Jerry Mislang and his two grandsons, Bob Wenzel, Del Kreuser, and Larry Podolske.
Due to a morning cancellation in the youngest girls group, we were able to group the 3 remaining golfers together and have 1 scorer walk with them. This meant Larry did not have to score, so he could return home and rest up to wear his second hat in the club, Kernel of the Popcorn wagon, as he had to step in to man the wagon that night. With the delay in start time, it would have been tight for him to do both jobs. Although the numbers are not where we would like them in terms of kids, seeing them play, the fun they are having, the sweet swings most have, and the politeness and manners of these kids, is the reason we do this. Who knows, maybe someday we could see one of them on a pro tour.
The Optimist International Junior Golf Championships is one of the largest and best-known junior golf tournaments in the world. Each year, more than 600 golfers participate in THE OPTIMIST. Optimists have been involved in the sport of junior golf for more than 30 years by holding local, regional and international tournaments. More than 5,000 golfers compete in official Optimist District qualifying tournaments like this one. The best of these golfers, along with international golfers from around the glove, advance to the annual Optimist International Junior Golf Championships. Former champions and top finishers of the Optimist International Junior Golf Championships include:
- Lexi Thompson
- Beth Bauer
- Jonathan Byrd
- Jason Day
- Bill Haas
- Brittany Lincicome
- Jeff Overton
- Stacy Prammanasudh
- Jennifer Rosales
Junior Golf Chair: Todd Paulus
2018 Southern Wisconsin District Qualifier
for Optimist International Junior Golf
Junior Golfers participate in a District Qualifier like this one in order to play in the Optimist International Junior Golf Championships in July in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. A limited number of golfers in each age division will advance to the championships provided they shoot the minimum qualifying score.
Golf Course: Brown Deer Park Golf Course, Milwaukee, WI
Date: Friday, June 15, 2018
Tee times start at 11:00 am
Age Divisions Offered: BOYS 10-11, 12-13, 14-15, 16-18 / GIRLS 10-12, 13-14, 15-18
Registration Fee: $75.00 payable online or by enclosing a check payable to Menomonee Falls Optimist Club with your registration form.
Registration Deadline: June 8, 2018