Rocky Sperka - 2017 State Am

Rocky Sperka tracks his tee shot during the 2017 Wisconsin State Amateur.

Since the late Mark Bemowski garnered the last of his five consecutive Wisconsin State Golf Association Senior Player-of-the-Year honors in 2013, Paul Zarek of Burlington and Kevin Cahill of Waukesha have established themselves as the over-50 amateur golfers to beat in Wisconsin over the last five years.

Until now. Add Rocky Sperka of New Berlin to the list.

Sperka, 56, the runner-up to Cahill in the 2017 WSGA Senior Player of the Year race, topped him for the honor this year. Sperka, who won the WSGA Senior Match Play Championship and tied for second behind Zarek at the WSGA Senior Amateur, dominated the senior ranks with 1,207.50 points — 275 points ahead of Cahill (932.50) and 277 points in front of Zarek (930).

Four-time WSGA player of the year Bob Gregorski of Menasha was fourth with 907.50 points. Verona's Jim Doing rounded out the top five with 800 points.

"There's a lot of really good senior amateur players in this state that I enjoy competing against, and to play well and beat those guys from time to time is a great honor," Sperka said in a story on the WSGA website. "I was able to do that a few times this year, so I'm pleased by that."

Sperka's summer began slowly during June. After losing 1-up to eventual champion Michael Bielawski in the first round of the WSGA Match Play Championship at Blackhawk Country Club in Madison, Sperka missed the cut at the Ray Fischer State Amateur Tournament at Janesville Riverside and finished back in the pack at the WSGA Senior Bestball Championship.

However, things changed at the WSGA Senior Match Play at the River Club of Mequon. Sperka shot 71 in the qualifying round to finish second and then pulled out a pair of 2-and-1 victories and won a 21-hole marathon over former University of Wisconsin golfer Jocko Rueth of Waukegan, Illinois, before rolling to a 6-and-5 win over Osseo's Scott Semingson in the semifinals and a 7-and-5 victory over Gregorski in the finals — the largest margin of victory in the finals in the 17-year history of the WSGA's senior match-play event. 

Sperka made the cut at the Wisconsin State Amateur and finished tied for third behind co-champions Eddie Terasa of Waukesha and Jim Schuman of Wauwatosa at the WSGA/WPGA Summer Showdown on Aug. 13. Two weeks later, he placed second at the WSGA Senior Amateur at Thornberry Creek at Oneida, taking a share of the lead after an opening 69 but closing with a 76 and bogeying the final hole to finish as runner-up to Zarek by one shot.

By that point, though, Sperka had the Senior Player-of-the-Year title virtually wrapped up. He finished fifth at the WSGA Mid-Amateur and tied for 14th at the WPGA State Senior Open where Cahill finished tied for sixth and earned a season-high 150 points to slip past Zarek in the battle for second place.

Meanwhile, McFarland's Tom Everson, 67, earned the distinction of WSGA Super-Senior Player of the Year for over-60 golfers with 935 points — well ahead of runner-up Robert Yurasovich of St. Francis (502) and Stu Grendahl of Madison (500). Everson won super-senior divisions of three WSGA Senior Tour events, including the Senior Tour Championship at Wild Rock Golf Course in Wisconsin Dells where he tied three others for first, and the WSGA Super-Senior Match Play Championship, topping Yurasovich 2-and-1 in the final. 

The Super-Senior points standings includes the late Mark Bemowski of Mukwonago, who died Sept. 21 at age 72 of complications from pancreatic cancer. The four-time WSGA player of the year and eight-time WSGA senior player of the year finished in the top 10 in the super-senior divisions of three WSGA Senior Tour events in May and June before his condition took a turn for the worse.


WSGA Seniors

 Rank  Player EventsPoints
 1
 Brown Deer Park Golf Course
91,207.50
 2
 The Legend Clubs
11932.50
 3
 Grand Geneva Resort & Spa
8930.00
 4
 North Shore Golf Club
9907.50
Top four golfers qualify for 2019 Nelthorpe Cup Team    
 5
 Hawks Landing Golf Club
5800.00
 6
 Currie Park Golf Course
17704.17
 7
 Hawks Landing Golf Club
12702.50
 8
 Westmoor Country Club
8515.83
 9
 Osseo Golf Club
19443.00
 10
 Naga-Waukee Golf Course
13314.67
 11
 Meadowbrook Country Club
6310.00
 12
 Watertown Country Club
7300.00
 13
 Westmoor Country Club
12266.25
 14
 Oneida Golf & Country Club
4263.33
 15
 Grand Geneva Resort & Spa
10247.91
 16
 Wisconsin Club
8230.00
 17
 Tuckaway Country Club
13200.00
 18
 
SentryWorld
5188.75
 19
 Maplecrest Country Club
4185.00
 20
 Drugan's Castle Mound Country Club
18181.25
 21
 
The University Club of Milwaukee
1170.00
 22
 Hartford Golf Club
11150.00
 23
 Minocqua Country Club
2140.00
 24
 Maple Bluff Country Club
6135.00
 25
 Naga-Waukee Golf Course
4130.00
 T26
 Rolling Meadows Golf Course
1125.00
 T26
 Washington County Golf Course
16125.00
 T26
 
Oneida Golf & Country Club
1125.00
 T26
 Washington County Golf Course
11125.00
 T26
 
Thornberry Creek at Oneida
3125.00
 31
 Evergreen Country Club
6121.67
 T32
 River Club of Mequon
2113.33
 T32
 
Johnson Park Golf Course
6113.33
 34
 
Ridgeway Country Club
5108.75
 35
 The Bog
1100.00
 36
 The Golf Course at Branch River
495.00
 37
 North Shore Country Club
692.08
 T38
 
NorthBrook Country Club
190.00
 T38
 
The Golf Club at Cedar Creek
190.00
 40
 
SentryWorld
1085.42
 T41
 North Hills Country Club
883.75
 T41
 Hawks Landing Golf Club
1083.75
 43
 Geneva National Golf Club
980.50
 44
 
The Golf Club at Cedar Creek
280.00
 45
 Whitnall Park Golf Course
478.75
 46
 
Brown Deer Park Golf Course
969.66
 47
 The University Club of Milwaukee
367.08
 48
 Hon-E-Kor Golf & Country Club
265.00
 49
 The Bog
163.33
 50
 
Merrill Golf Club
160.00
 51
 Wanaki Golf Course
1758.33
 T52
 
Oakwood Park Golf Course
455.00
 T52
 Grand Geneva Resort & Spa
955.00
 54
 University Ridge Golf Course
251.67
 T55
 
North Hills Country Club
450.00
 T55
 Bull's Eye Country Club
950.00
 T55
 
Racine Country Club
650.00
 T55
 Whitnall Park Golf Course
150.00
 T55
 
Whitnall Park Golf Course
350.00
 T55
 
Racine Country Club
650.00
 61
 
Naga-Waukee Golf Course
947.50
 62
 
River Club of Mequon
1241.25
 T63
 
Troy Burne Golf Club
240.00
 T63
 Naga-Waukee Golf Course
240.00
 T63
 Greenwood Hills Country Club
940.00
 T63
 Naga-Waukee Golf Course
140.00
 T63
 
Tanglewood Greens
340.00
 68
 
Morningstar Golfers Club
838.75
 69
 
The Golf Club at Cedar Creek
436.25
 T70
 
Monroe Golf Club
135.00
 T70
 Maple Bluff Country Club
135.00
 T70
 
St. Germain Golf Club
435.00
 T70
 Maplecrest Country Club
135.00
 T70
 The Golf Club at Cedar Creek
435.00
 T70
 
Brighton Dale Links
135.00
 T76
 
Oconomowoc Golf Club
130.00
 T76
 
Bull's Eye Country Club
330.00
 T76
 
Whitnall Park Golf Course
230.00
 T76
 
Chaska Golf Course
230.00
 T76
 Whitnall Park Golf Course
230.00
 T76
 
Whitnall Park Golf Course
230.00
 82
 Brown Deer Park Golf Course
328.75
 T83
 Whitnall Park Golf Course
1325.00
 T83
 Whitnall Park Golf Course
225.00
 T83
 Whitnall Park Golf Course
225.00
 T86
 Brown Deer Park Golf Course
122.50
 T86
 North Shore Country Club
222.50
 T86
 
North Hills Country Club
322.50
 T89
 Mascoutin Golf Club
320.00
 T89
 Greenfield Park Golf Course
120.00
 T89
 Blackhawk Country Club
120.00
 T89
 Grand View Golf Club
420.00
 T89
 Oakwood Park Golf Course
320.00
 T89
 Quit Qui Oc Golf Club
120.00
 T89
 
Pleasant View Golf Course
820.00
 T96
 
Blackhawk Country Club
115.00
 T96
 
Ozaukee Country Club
115.00
 T96
 
North Hills Country Club
115.00
 T96
 
North Hills Country Club
115.00
 T100
 Greenfield Park Golf Course
110.00
 T100
 
Wisconsin Club
110.00
 T100
 
Reid Golf Course
110.00
 T100
 
La Crosse Country Club
210.00
 T100
 
La Crosse Country Club
110.00
 T100
 
Reid Golf Course
110.00
 T100
 
Hartford Golf Club
210.00
 107
 Brighton Dale Links
128.75
 T108
 
Whitnall Park Golf Course
117.50
 T108
 Currie Park Golf Course
17.50
 T108
 Drugan's Castle Mound Country Club
67.50
 T111
 
Rolling Meadows Golf Course
45.00
 T111
 
Cherokee Country Club
15.00
 T111
 Naga-Waukee Golf Course
35.00
 T111
 Greenfield Park Golf Course
25.00
 T111
 
Cherokee Country Club
15.00
 T116
 
Peninsula State Park Golf Course
13.75
 T116
 
Morningstar Golfers Club
33.75
 T116
 
Glacier Wood Golf Club
13.75
 T116
 
Oakwood Park Golf Course
13.75
 T116
 
Morningstar Golfers Club
63.75
 121
 
Wanaki Golf Course
43.00
 T122
 
Whitnall Park Golf Course
12.50
 T122
 
Currie Park Golf Course
32.50
 T122
 
Morningstar Golfers Club
12.50
 125
 
Naga-Waukee Golf Course
61.67
 126
 
Stevens Point Country Club
21.25

WSGA Super-Seniors

 Rank  Player EventsPoints
 1
 
McFarland, WI
6935.00
 2
 Saint Francis, WI
3502.50
 3
 
Madison, WI
2500.00
 4
 Hilton Head Island, SC
1400.00
 5
 Kiel, WI
13363.33
 6
 
Waukesha, WI
9358.33
 7
 
Green Bay, WI
8275.00
 8
 
DePere, WI
9255.00
 9
 Racine, WI
3252.50
 10
 Wrightstown, WI
7211.25
 11
 Greenfield, WI
2207.50
 12
 Fond du Lac, WI
2200.00
 13
 
Lake Villa, IL
11183.75
 14
 Hazelhurst WI
3180.00
 15
 
Brodhead, WI
5165.00
 16
 Madison, WI
6147.50
 T17
 
Mukwonago, WI
1137.50
 T17
 
Hales Corners, WI
1137.50
 19
 
Waukegan, IL
5135.00
 20
 
Appleton, WI
11130.83
 21
 Green Bay, WI
2130.00
 22
 
Waukesha, WI
4125.00
 23
 
Muskego
4121.67
 24
 Muskego, Wisconsin
2107.50
 25
 
Winthrop Harbor, IL
3105.00
 T26
 Fond du Lac, WI
1100.00
 T26
 
Waukesha, WI
1100.00
 T26
 
Greenfield, WI
6100.00
 T26
 
Green Bay, WI
1100.00
 30
 
Marinette, WI
695.00
 31
 Hartland, WI
792.50
 32
 
Theresa, WI
1383.34
 33
 
Merrill, WI
878.33
 34
 North Lake, WI
175.00
 35
 
Madison, WI
967.50
 36
 Racine, WI
663.75
 37
 Wauwatosa, WI
860.00
 38
 
Hartford, WI
359.17
 T39
 
Madison, WI
157.50
 T39
 
Lac du Flambeau, WI
157.50
 T39
 
Madison, WI
157.50
 42
 Madison, WI
1355.00
 43
 Madison, WI
652.08
 T44
 
Lindenhurst, IL
150.00
 T44
 
Prairie du Chien WI
350.00
 T44
 Brookfield, WI
750.00
 T44
 Green Lake, WI
650.00
 T44
 
Wauwatosa, WI
950.00
 T49
 
McFarland, WI
840.00
 T49
 
Cedarburg, WI
1040.00
 51
 
Madison, WI
732.50
 52
 
Brookfield, WI
1431.25
 53
 
Milwaukee, WI
1230.00
 T54
 
Madison, WI
125.00
 T54
 
Milwaukee, WI
225.00
 T54
 
Bayside, WI
225.00
 T54
 
Madison, WI
125.00
 58
 Mequon, WI
1321.25
 T59
 
Mequon, WI
120.00
 T59
 Franklin, WI
120.00
 61
 
Platteville, WI
616.25
 T62
 
Greendale, WI
415.00
 T62
 
Mequon, WI
515.00
 T64
 Greenfield, WI
312.50
 T64
 
Wauwatosa, WI
412.50
 66
 
Milwaukee, WI
411.67
 67
 Mukwonago, WI
310.00
 68
 Menasha, WI
17.50
 T69
 Haines City, FL
125.00
 T69
 
Kohler, WI
15.00
 71
 
Platteville, WI
32.50
 72
 
Cambridge, WI
41.25

rob@killarneygolfmedia.com

Rob started covering the Wisconsin golf scene in 1987 at the Wisconsin State Journal in Madison & has been the only reporter covering all levels of state golf. He joined Killarney Golf Media in Sept. 2015 & helped launch Wisconsin.Golf in Jan. 2016.