Championship golf easily within reach

Wisconsinites won’t have to travel far in 2012

Published on March 14, 2012

Wisconsin has had a front-row seat in recent seasons for some of the planet’s biggest golf events. And 2012 will be no different, as the U.S. Women’s Open Championship makes a return visit to Blackwolf Run in Kohler, July 5-8.

Since Wisconsin no longer hosts its much-loved PGA Tour event, formerly called the Greater Milwaukee Open, state golf fans have fewer opportunities to see big time professional golf on an annual basis. But the trade-off is hosting U.S. Opens and PGA Championships every couple of years. And that isn’t too bad.

However, Wisconsinites won’t have to look far to find some other top-flight tournaments this season. Consider the following array of events – including a couple major USGA events and the Ryder Cup – which are scheduled this season in states surrounding Wisconsin:

The Senior PGA Championship, presented by KitchenAid, will be held in southwestern Michigan at Harbor Shores in Benton Harbor. The tournament is scheduled for May 24-27.

The next event on the Champions Tour schedule, the Principle Charity Classic, will also be held in the Midwest. The Principle Charity Classic will be held June 1-3 at Glen Oaks CC in West Des Moines, Iowa.

The Champions Tour returns to Minnesota in August for the 3M Championship at TPC Twin Cities in Blaine, Minn. The tournament is scheduled for Aug. 3-5.

And the U.S. Senior Open Championship will also be held in Michigan. Olin Browne will defend his 2011 title at Indianwood G&CC in Lake Orion, Mich. The dates are July 12-15.

The John Deere Classic returns that same week to the Quad Cities area, where Wisconsin’s Steve Stricker will try to win the tournament for the fourth year in a row. The John Deere Classic will be played at TPC Deere Run in Silvis, Ill., July 12-15.

In addition to the U.S. Women’s Open and U.S. Senior Open, some other United States Golf Association championships will visit the Midwest in 2012. The U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship will be held Sept. 8-13 at Conway Farms GC in Lake Forest Ill. And the U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship will be held Aug. 6-12 at The Country Club of Ohio in Cleveland.

Likely the most viewed golf event of 2012 will be the Ryder Cup, and this year it will be held right outside Wisconsin’s borders. The 39th Ryder Cup matches will be held Sept. 25-30 at Medinah CC in the Chicago area.

To coincide with the big event at Medinah, the Junior Ryder Cup will also be held near Chicago in September. The Junior Ryder Cup pits juniors from the United States against a team of top European junior players. The event will be held Sept. 24-25 at Olympia Fields CC.

Aside from the U.S. Women’s Open at Blackwolf Run, the closest the LPGA Tour will come to Wisconsin this season is the Jamie Farr Toledo Classic, Aug. 9-12 at Highland Meadows GC in Sylvania, Ohio.

Finally, many future professional golfers will play American Junior Golf Association tournaments in 2012. The AJGA schedule features dozens of events across the Midwest in 2012. 

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