Two state colleges make coaching changes
Two new coaches are leading Wisconsin college
teams this fall.
As planned, University Ridge in Verona closed for the season on Aug. 7 for what
the University of Wisconsin Athletic Department is calling a “20-year tune-up,”
which is another way of saying all 18 greens and the practice green at U-Ridge are
being resurfaced. The course will re-open next spring.
And, as previously announced, the closure means the WIAA Girls High School Golf
Championships will be held at Madison’s Cherokee CC (Oct. 8-9) instead of U-Ridge.
The last time the WIAA girls state meet was held someplace other than University
Ridge was in 1993, when Janesville Riverside GC hosted the event. So players,
coaches and WIAA officials all have some things to learn about the new venue.
And that’s happening right now, as Cherokee CC, has opened its doors to high
school players, their families and coaches. WIAA assistant director Tom Shafranski,
who oversees high school golf, said Dennis Tiziani, Larry Tiziani and golf pro Travis
Becker have been accommodating in the scheduling of practice rounds.
“It being a private course, they have been extremely gracious and willing to open
the course all summer long,” Shafranski said. “And that has really made it a com-
fortable transition for us to Cherokee. All of the information that has come our way
has been very positive about going over there. Certainly, it’s a different course, and
one that everyone is getting accustomed to little by little.”
Shafranski made a site visit in August and deems Cherokee ready. The course has
all the practice facilities necessary, plus plenty of room for players and spectators to
get around. He said the WIAA will likely play from the tees that make up the Red
Tail Course, measuring 5,545 yards.
Taking the girls WIAA championship to Cherokee is considered a one-time detour
from University Ridge, but Shafranski said high school golf being played on private
courses is a bona fide trend in Wisconsin.
“Most of our tournaments have (traditionally) been on public courses, (but) in
recent years we have worked with a lot of private courses across the state who have
been willing to open up their facilities,” Shafranski said. “They’re outstanding
courses for WIAA tournament play, and we’re really appreciative of them doing
that. I think that really says a lot about the golf community here in Wisconsin.”
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