David Roesch's accomplishments as a teaching professional in 2017 were best reflected in the honors earned by the golfers he tutors.
Whitefish Bay's Jack Schultz was named Wisconsin State Golf Association Amateur of the Year. Waukesha's Kevin Cahill was named WSGA Senior Player of the Year. Wales' Abby Cavaiani was named Wisconsin PGA Junior Girls Player of the Year.
Combined with the countless other accomplishments of golfers who sought out Roesch as an instructor, it made the former University of Wisconsin golfer a logical choice as the repeat winner of the 2018 WPGA Teacher of the Year Award. The honor is given to a WPGA member who has shown excellence in the area of instruction and player development.
“I’ve been fortunate to turn my passion for golf into my life’s work,” Roesch said in a statement. “Winning this award back to back years and receiving recognition from my colleagues is truly an honor. I am grateful for the opportunity to help my students improve their skills, achieve their goals and enjoy the game of golf.”
Roesch, a former mini-tour golfer who made headlines in 2004 after shooting a first-round 68 at the U.S. Open, recently finished up his eighth season as a full-time instructor. He gives lessons at Storm’s Golf Range, The Legend Clubs and his indoor studio in Menomonee Falls. His teaching resume includes instruction certifications from US Kids and Trackman.
The Milwaukee native has continued to fine tune his craft by teaching players of all abilities while offering those students the latest range of technology to help improve their games. Once again in 2017, he set a personal record on lessons given as he topped the 1,700 mark of one hour lessons during the calendar year.
Roesch, a 2016 inductee into the WSGA Hall of Fame, continues to hold his own on the golf course, too. He tied for sixth at the Wisconsin PGA Professionals Championship at Bull's Eye CC in Wisconsin Rapids in September, one month after going into the final round of the Wisconsin State Open one shot off the lead only to struggle to an 81 and fade into a 17th-place finish.
Chris Hoel of the Wisconsin PGA contributed to this report.