Jan. 19, 2010
Madison, Wis. - University Ridge Golf Course has been selected as the site of the 2015 Wisconsin Professional Golf Association (WPGA) State Open. The announcement came Tuesday by Joe Stadler, Executive Director of the Wisconsin PGA.
“After reviewing the qualifications of University Ridge Golf Course, the WPGA Tournament Policy Board felt that the facility, (UW) Athletics Department, and the Madison area would be a fabulous fit for this great championship,” Stadler wrote in a letter of confirmation. He indicated it would be the first time for the event to visit the Madison area since it was held at Maple Bluff with Eddie Terasa winning the tournament in 1995.
The Wisconsin State Open began in 1919, and has been held every year but two during World War II. The elite courses of the state such as Blue Mound Golf and Country Club, Milwaukee Country Club, Blackwolf Run and The Bog have all held past tournaments.
Golf fans will recognize past champions as current PGA members Jerry Kelly and Steve Stricker. Past Badger champions include Ben Walter (1994, 1997, 2005), Jon Turcott (2003, 2006), Dan Woltman (2007, 2009), Mario Tiziani (2002) and David Roesch (2004). Current UW head coach Jim Schuman won the tournament in 1996 and 1999.
The 2009 Wisconsin State Open won by Woltman was played Aug. 17-19 at Blackwolf Run near Kohler, Wis. The 2010 event will be held Aug. 23-25 at The Legend at Bristlecone near Waukesha. No dates have been set for the 2015 event at University Ridge.
Wisconsin Associate Athletic Director John Chadima who oversees the golf programs and University Ridge saw this announcement as a validation that the changes made in the course in 2008 make it worthy of elite championships.
“We lengthened the course and made it a strategic setup for golfers of all levels,” Chadima said. “This commitment by the Wisconsin PGA confirms the improvements we made truly make University Ridge Golf Course one of the elite collegiate courses as well as one of the best in the state.”
University Ridge Golf Course is the official home course of the University of Wisconsin men's and women's golf teams. Located at 9002 County Road PD, Verona, Wis., the course features a fairly wide-open front nine followed by an undulating back nine that offers holes cut into extremely deep woods. Construction was completed in 2008 at 585-acre University Ridge Golf Course on a $3.1 million project to extend the length of the course in order to remain competitive. Opened in 1991 with a championship distance of 6,888 yards, the course has to been lengthened to 7,259 yards to accommodate the longer hitting players and to attract some major tournaments including NCAA national and regional tournaments.
University Ridge has played host to both the Big Ten men’s and women’s conference championships (women’s will be held April 23-25, 2010), as well as the 1998 NCAA Division I Women’s Golf Championship. It annually hosts the WIAA state boys and girls championships as well as a number of other tournaments and outings. In 2005 it was named by Golf Digest as the sixth-best collegiate golf course in America. This past year Golfworld ranked University Ridge 49th among the top 50 public courses in the nation.