The Tournament of Champions, which unofficially kicks off the tournament season in Wisconsin each year, dates to 1959 and has a rich history, with 14 members of the Wisconsin Golf Hall of Fame on its list of champions.

No one appreciates that history more than Tom Halla, who on Monday became the first five-time winner of the tournament at Sheboygan Riverdale Country Club.

“The Tournament of Champions is a very meaningful event for me,” said Halla, who made seven birdies en route to a 4-under 66 and a three-shot margin of victory. “It takes me back in time to come back here and I look forward to it as much as any tournament I play in.”

It was at the Tournament of Champions where Halla was introduced to legendary teaching professional Manuel de la Torre, who won the tournament in its second year in 1960. Halla had listened to audiotapes of de la Torre’s lessons but had never met him.

“I can tell you it’s the one and only time in my life I was star-struck,” said Halla, a 50-year-old amateur who manages the Naga-Waukee War Memorial Golf Course in Pewaukee. “I thought of Manuel the whole day today.”

Halla’s fifth victory in the event broke a tie with the late Mark Bemowski, a four-time winner.

Defending champion Brian Theit and Riverdale member Ed Huberty Jr. shot matching 69s to tie for second place. Two-time T of C champion Todd Schaap won the senior division with a 70.

The Tournament of Champions is open to players who won tournaments in Wisconsin the previous year.

“The history of golf is so rich and means so much,” Halla said. “To have an event that’s over 50 years old and for them to make the effort every year to honor champions, you have to support events like that. It’s a celebration of golf.”


Pos Flt Name 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out # # # # # # # # # In Total
    Blue Par 4 3 4 4 3 4 5 3 4 34 4 3 4 4 4 5 3 5 4 36 70
    Blue Hcp 7 # 3 # # 5 1 # 9   # # 6 # 8 4 # 2 #    
1 B Halla, Tom 3 3 5 3 3 4 5 4 3 33 4 3 5 3 3 4 3 4 4 33 66
2 A Theit, Brian 4 4 4 3 2 5 5 3 4 34 4 3 4 4 5 4 2 5 4 35 69
3 A Huberty Jr., Ed 4 3 5 3 3 4 5 3 3 33 4 3 4 4 5 4 3 5 4 36 69
4 B Schaap, Todd 4 2 4 4 2 4 6 3 4 33 4 4 5 4 5 4 2 5 4 37 70
5 A Bendsten, Ben 3 4 4 4 3 4 5 3 5 35 4 3 4 3 4 4 4 5 4 35 70
6 A Staehler, John 5 3 5 3 2 5 5 3 4 35 4 2 5 3 4 4 4 5 4 35 70
7 B Chambers, Tom 5 3 4 4 3 4 5 3 4 35 5 3 4 4 4 4 4 5 3 36 71
8 A Larson, Curt 4 4 4 3 4 5 5 3 4 36 4 3 4 5 4 5 2 5 4 36 72
9 B Romo, Ramiro 5 4 4 3 4 4 5 3 4 36 4 3 5 4 4 4 3 5 4 36 72
10 B Crinzi, Bill 5 3 5 5 3 3 4 3 5 36 4 3 4 3 5 5 3 5 4 36 72
11 A Taken, Matt 4 3 4 4 3 4 5 4 4 35 4 3 5 3 5 5 3 5 4 37 72
12 A Zehren, Christopher 5 3 4 4 4 4 5 3 4 36 4 3 4 4 4 4 4 5 4 36 72
13 A Loftus, Michael 3 3 5 3 4 4 5 3 4 34 5 3 5 4 4 4 3 5 5 38 72
14 B Ullenberg, Dave 4 3 4 3 3 5 6 3 4 35 4 3 4 3 4 5 4 8 3 38 73
15 A Carpenter, Shannon 4 4 5 4 3 4 6 3 5 38 4 2 5 4 6 4 3 3 4 35 73
16 B Zarek, Paul 4 3 5 4 3 4 5 4 4 36 4 3 5 3 5 6 3 4 4 37 73
17 A Fall, Jonathan 4 2 4 3 2 5 6 4 4 34 5 3 5 3 5 5 3 5 5 39 73
18 A Schwarz, Jake 4 3 5 4 3 5 6 4 5 39 4 3 5 5 3 4 3 4 4 35 74
19 A Malinger, Kyle 4 3 5 4 4 4 6 3 4 37 4 3 5 3 4 5 4 5 4 37 74
20 B Kamakian, Kai 5 2 5 3 3 5 6 4 4 37 4 3 5 4 4 4 3 5 5 37 74
21 A Bielawski, Mike 4 3 5 3 3 4 7 4 4 37 4 4 4 4 5 4 3 6 4 38 75
22 A Isken, Chad 5 3 5 4 3 4 5 4 4 37 4 4 4 4 5 4 3 5 5 38 75
23 B Ladwig, Mike 5 3 4 3 3 4 5 3 5 35 5 3 4 4 5 4 3 6 6 40 75
24 B Beaumont, Tom 5 3 4 4 5 4 6 4 5 40 4 3 5 4 5 4 3 5 3 36 76
25 B Flipse, Dennis 4 3 5 4 4 4 5 4 4 37 4 4 5 4 4 5 3 6 4 39 76
26 A Raml, Kyle 5 3 5 6 4 5 5 3 3 39 2 4 4 4 4 4 4 6 5 37 76
27 A Miller, Josh 4 4 5 3 3 5 6 2 5 37 5 4 5 5 5 5 3 5 3 40 77
28 B Komassa, Tom 4 3 5 3 3 5 7 3 5 38 4 4 5 5 4 5 4 5 4 40 78
29 A Lange, Tony 4 3 5 4 4 5 6 3 5 39 5 3 4 4 5 5 3 6 4 39 78
30 B Foley, Dave 5 4 6 3 3 5 5 3 4 38 5 3 4 4 6 5 3 6 4 40 78
31 B Hansen, Bruce 6 2 6 4 3 4 5 4 4 38 3 4 5 5 5 5 2 6 5 40 78
32 A Pearson, Caleb 4 3 4 5 4 5 6 3 4 38 5 3 5 4 4 5 2 7 5 40 78
33 B Haines, John 4 4 5 4 5 5 6 3 4 40 4 4 6 4 4 6 3 5 3 39 79
34 B Chopp, Tim 5 4 5 4 4 4 5 2 7 40 5 3 5 4 5 4 4 5 4 39 79
35 B Richards, Jesse 5 3 3 3 3 6 6 4 4 37 4 3 5 5 4 5 4 7 5 42 79
36 B Greb, Mike 5 4 5 4 4 5 7 3 4 41 4 3 5 5 5 4 4 6 3 39 80
37 B Grusuynski, Steve 4 3 6 3 5 4 5 3 4 37 6 3 5 4 5 5 5 6 4 43 80
38 A Hirt, Chris 4 3 5 4 4 5 6 3 4 38 4 3 4 4 5 5 7 5 5 42 80
39 A Doherty, Ryan 4 3 5 5 3 4 7 3 4 38 4 4 5 5 5 4 4 6 5 42 80
40 B Djurich, Branko 5 3 5 5 3 4 6 4 5 40 5 4 4 5 6 5 3 5 4 41 81
41 B Cosson, Mike 5 3 6 5 3 5 6 4 5 42 4 4 4 4 4 6 3 6 4 39 81
42 A McCabe, Andrew 5 4 5 5 5 4 7 4 4 43 4 3 4 4 4 5 4 5 5 38 81
43 B Miller, Guy 6 4 5 4 3 6 6 4 4 42 4 2 6 3 5 5 3 6 5 39 81
44 B Wolter, Steve 5 3 5 3 3 5 6 5 4 39 4 3 6 5 5 5 3 5 6 42 81
45 A Hounsell, Josh 4 3 6 4 4 4 6 4 5 40 5 4 4 5 5 5 4 5 5 42 82
46 B Silkey, Chuck 5 3 4 5 4 5 8 4 4 42 4 4 5 3 5 5 3 6 5 40 82
47 A Doherty, Evan 4 3 5 5 4 7 6 3 4 41 4 4 8 3 6 5 3 5 4 42 83
48 A Korth, Mike 4 5 5 4 4 5 5 4 4 40 5 4 7 6 4 5 4 6 3 44 84
49 B Huberty Sr., Ed 5 3 6 5 3 5 6 3 5 41 5 4 6 4 4 6 3 6 5 43 84
50 B Schoneman, Mark 6 3 4 4 4 6 7 3 4 41 5 4 4 4 5 6 4 6 5 43 84
51 B Frei, Tom 4 3 5 5 4 4 7 4 4 40 5 4 4 5 5 6 3 7 5 44 84
52 B Hoitink, Kim 4 4 6 4 5 6 6 4 5 44 5 3 5 4 5 5 3 6 5 41 85
53 B Doherty, Joe 6 3 5 3 5 5 6 5 3 41 6 3 6 6 5 5 4 6 4 45 86
54 B Pantel, Steve 5 5 5 4 4 6 6 4 5 44 5 3 4 4 5 5 4 6 6 42 86
55 B Johnson, Scott 5 3 6 4 4 5 6 5 4 42 5 3 6 5 7 5 4 6 4 45 87
56 B Haas, Gene 6 4 4 5 3 6 7 4 4 43 6 3 6 4 5 6 4 6 4 44 87
57 B Gordon, Tom 6 4 6 4 3 5 6 3 6 43 5 3 6 4 6 5 4 6 5 44 87
58 B Bawden, Stu 4 3 5 6 4 6 7 3 5 43 5 5 6 5 5 5 4 6 5 46 89
59 B Richards, George 5 4 6 4 4 5 7 4 6 45 6 3 4 4 6 5 5 6 6 45 90
60 B Scerpella, Matt 5 4 6 5 5 5 7 3 4 44 5 4 6 5 4 5 4 6 7 46 90
61 B Markos, Harry 5 3 7 4 4 4 8 6 4 45 4 6 5 5 5 5 4 6 6 46 91
62 B Molenda, Andy 5 4 6 4 3 9 8 4 4 47 5 4 6 4 6 6 2 6 6 45 92
Pos Flt Name 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out # # # # # # # # # In Total
    Blue Par 4 3 4 4 3 4 5 3 4 34 4 3 4 4 4 5 3 5 4 36 70
    Blue Hcp 7 # 3 # # 5 1 # 9   # # 6 # 8 4 # 2 #    
1 B Schaap, Todd 4 2 4 4 2 4 6 3 4 33 4 4 5 4 5 4 2 5 4 37 70
2 B Chambers, Tom 5 3 4 4 3 4 5 3 4 35 5 3 4 4 4 4 4 5 3 36 71
3 B Romo, Ramiro 5 4 4 3 4 4 5 3 4 36 4 3 5 4 4 4 3 5 4 36 72
4 B Crinzi, Bill 5 3 5 5 3 3 4 3 5 36 4 3 4 3 5 5 3 5 4 36 72
5 B Ullenberg, Dave 4 3 4 3 3 5 6 3 4 35 4 3 4 3 4 5 4 8 3 38 73
6 B Zarek, Paul 4 3 5 4 3 4 5 4 4 36 4 3 5 3 5 6 3 4 4 37 73
7 B Kamakian, Kai 5 2 5 3 3 5 6 4 4 37 4 3 5 4 4 4 3 5 5 37 74
8 B Ladwig, Mike 5 3 4 3 3 4 5 3 5 35 5 3 4 4 5 4 3 6 6 40 75
9 B Beaumont, Tom 5 3 4 4 5 4 6 4 5 40 4 3 5 4 5 4 3 5 3 36 76
10 B Flipse, Dennis 4 3 5 4 4 4 5 4 4 37 4 4 5 4 4 5 3 6 4 39 76
11 B Komassa, Tom 4 3 5 3 3 5 7 3 5 38 4 4 5 5 4 5 4 5 4 40 78
12 B Foley, Dave 5 4 6 3 3 5 5 3 4 38 5 3 4 4 6 5 3 6 4 40 78
13 B Hansen, Bruce 6 2 6 4 3 4 5 4 4 38 3 4 5 5 5 5 2 6 5 40 78
14 B Haines, John 4 4 5 4 5 5 6 3 4 40 4 4 6 4 4 6 3 5 3 39 79
15 B Chopp, Tim 5 4 5 4 4 4 5 2 7 40 5 3 5 4 5 4 4 5 4 39 79
16 B Richards, Jesse 5 3 3 3 3 6 6 4 4 37 4 3 5 5 4 5 4 7 5 42 79
17 B Greb, Mike 5 4 5 4 4 5 7 3 4 41 4 3 5 5 5 4 4 6 3 39 80
18 B Grusuynski, Steve 4 3 6 3 5 4 5 3 4 37 6 3 5 4 5 5 5 6 4 43 80
19 B Djurich, Branko 5 3 5 5 3 4 6 4 5 40 5 4 4 5 6 5 3 5 4 41 81
20 B Cosson, Mike 5 3 6 5 3 5 6 4 5 42 4 4 4 4 4 6 3 6 4 39 81
21 B Miller, Guy 6 4 5 4 3 6 6 4 4 42 4 2 6 3 5 5 3 6 5 39 81
22 B Wolter, Steve 5 3 5 3 3 5 6 5 4 39 4 3 6 5 5 5 3 5 6 42 81
23 B Silkey, Chuck 5 3 4 5 4 5 8 4 4 42 4 4 5 3 5 5 3 6 5 40 82
24 B Huberty Sr., Ed 5 3 6 5 3 5 6 3 5 41 5 4 6 4 4 6 3 6 5 43 84
25 B Schoneman, Mark 6 3 4 4 4 6 7 3 4 41 5 4 4 4 5 6 4 6 5 43 84
26 B Frei, Tom 4 3 5 5 4 4 7 4 4 40 5 4 4 5 5 6 3 7 5 44 84
27 B Hoitink, Kim 4 4 6 4 5 6 6 4 5 44 5 3 5 4 5 5 3 6 5 41 85
28 B Doherty, Joe 6 3 5 3 5 5 6 5 3 41 6 3 6 6 5 5 4 6 4 45 86
29 B Pantel, Steve 5 5 5 4 4 6 6 4 5 44 5 3 4 4 5 5 4 6 6 42 86
30 B Johnson, Scott 5 3 6 4 4 5 6 5 4 42 5 3 6 5 7 5 4 6 4 45 87
31 B Haas, Gene 6 4 4 5 3 6 7 4 4 43 6 3 6 4 5 6 4 6 4 44 87
32 B Gordon, Tom 6 4 6 4 3 5 6 3 6 43 5 3 6 4 6 5 4 6 5 44 87
33 B Bawden, Stu 4 3 5 6 4 6 7 3 5 43 5 5 6 5 5 5 4 6 5 46 89
34 B Richards, George 5 4 6 4 4 5 7 4 6 45 6 3 4 4 6 5 5 6 6 45 90
35 B Scerpella, Matt 5 4 6 5 5 5 7 3 4 44 5 4 6 5 4 5 4 6 7 46 90
36 B Markos, Harry 5 3 7 4 4 4 8 6 4 45 4 6 5 5 5 5 4 6 6 46 91
37 B Molenda, Andy 5 4 6 4 3 9 8 4 4 47 5 4 6 4 6 6 2 6 6 45 92

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