Paige Spiranac, John Daly coming to Geneva National

Paige Spiranac, the social media personality/golf instructor — just Google her if you aren’t familiar with the name — came to the Geneva National Resort last summer to help open the resort’s putting course.

She’s coming back again this year, and she’s bringing John Daly with her.

Paige Spiranac

Paige Spiranac poses for a Geneva National Resort promotion for the opening of its putting course in 2022.

The Beauty and the Beast Celebrity Charity Match — it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out which is which — is scheduled for June 5 on the Gary Player Course.

The event will be open to spectators. A grounds pass costs $15, which includes a round on the putting course, called the Dance Floor. For $105, you can purchase an inside-the-ropes pass, which allows access to the match from within the gallery ropes (on tee boxes, in the fairways and on the green fringes). To purchase tickets, visit

But that’s not all. Two lucky sweepstakes winners will get to cart-caddie for Spiranac and Daly for nine holes. To enter the sweepstakes, visit

All proceeds from ticket sales will benefit the Special Operations Warrior Foundation and Heart of a Lion.

Registration opens for Drive, Chip and Putt

Registration opens Tuesday for Drive, Chip and Putt, the skills competition that gives juniors a chance to experience the Augusta National Golf Club, home of the Masters Tournament.

Local DC&P qualifiers will be held at 12 Wisconsin courses between May 21 and Aug. 3. Qualifiers move on to regional competition, with a chance to advance to the 2024 national finals held the day before the Masters.

In 2022, nearly 1,300 Wisconsin juniors competed and two advanced to the finals: Addie Lupton of Waunakee in the girls’ 7-9 division and Alex Kim of Elm Grove in boys’ 14-15. Lupton is 9 and Kim is 15. They will be joined by 78 other national finalists at Augusta National on Wednesday, April 5.

To register, visit

Local qualifying sites: Geneva National Resort, May 21; Eau Claire Golf & Country Club, June 12; Whistling Straits, June 17; Rolling Meadows, June 19; The Oaks, June 26; Beloit Club, July 10; Merrill Golf Club, July 10; Edgewood Golf Course, July 11; Reedsburg Country Club, July 18; Irish Waters Golf Course, July 19; The Legend at Merrill Hills, July 25; Yahara Hills Golf Course, Aug. 3.

Steve Stricker’s mind-blowing stats

Steve Stricker’s best stretch of scoring on the PGA Tour arguably occurred during the 2010 John Deere Classic, when he played the first three rounds at par-71 TPC Deere run in 25-under (60-66-62). He won the second of his three consecutive JDC titles that year.

What he did Friday and Saturday en route to victory in the Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai was pretty impressive, too. Yes, it’s the PGA Tour Champions. Shorter courses. Kinder hole locations. We get it.

Still, over a 32-hole stretch — from No. 1 in the second round through No. 14 in the third — Stricker was 19-under, with 17 birdies and an eagle. His average score on those holes was 3.44.

For the entire 54-hole tournament, he made just two 5s.

Tap-ins, lip-outs and double-breakers

Matt Taken is the new head PGA professional at the Wisconsin Club in Milwaukee. Taken moves over from Tuckaway Country Club in Franklin. … U.S.. Ryder Cup captain Zach Johnson named Davis Love III as one of his assistant captains for the 2023 Ryder Cup, scheduled for Sept. 29-Oct. 1 at Marco Simone Golf & Country Club in Rome, Italy. Johnson previously appointed Stricker as an assistant captain. … Sussex-based Prestwick Golf Group made the National Golf Foundation’s list of the Top 100 Businesses in Golf. The list includes companies that deliver products and services primarily targeted to commercial golf and conduct all or a majority of their business within the U.S.

Gary has covered golf in Wisconsin since 1980 and is a multiple award winner in the GWAA writing contest. He was inducted into the WSGA Hall of Fame in 2017 and joined Wisconsin.Golf in 2018 after a distinguished career at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

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