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State Golf Round-up: State's players take on famed TPC course

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ORLANDO - All three of Wisconsin's touring pros are playing in the year's so-called "fifth major." The Players Championship began this morning at TPC Sawgrass.

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Steve Stricker of Madison was four-under-par after his first seven holes this morning, tying him for fourth place at that point. Pewaukee native Mark Wilson was one-under after 11, and Jerry Kelly of Madison was even-par after 10 holes. Roberto Castro had the mid-morning lead at minus-seven.

The senior Champions Tour is off until the Memorial Day Weekend, when the Senior PGA is scheduled at Saint Louis.

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The head of a Mequon investment firm has been named the general chairman of the 2017 U.S. Open golf tournament to be played at Erin Hills northwest of Milwaukee. James Reinhart was also the general chair for the 2011 U.S. Amateur Championship at Erin Hills. He'll be in charge of the venue's activities during the 2017 Open. That includes the management of over four-thousand volunteers who won't be recruited for another two years. Reinhart says he's proud to be a leader for the first U.S. Open to be played in Wisconsin. He said the international golf world will be impressed with the quality of the area's golf course, the hospitality of Wisconsinites, and the support and enthusiasm for the game by fans and government. Whistling Straits near Sheboygan hosted the 2004 and 2010 PGA Championships. That major returns in 2015, and the Ryder Cup will be played at Whistling Straits in 2020.

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UW-Parkside finished in a tie for 15th at an NCAA Division-Two Super-Regional golf tournament in Kenosha. The Rangers completed the three rounds yesterday with a total score of 900, 41 strokes behind first-place Central Missouri. Robby Hughey of Central Missouri was the medalist, shooting a 203. Parkside was led by Keith Buntrock and Jake Wisniewski, both tied for 36th at 223. Twenty schools and eight other individuals competed in the Super-Regional at Kenosha's Club at Strawberry Creek.

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