by John Radovan
This year’s WPPA Golf Tournament was held on August 9 at Hawks Landing Golf Club in Madison and hosted by the Madison Professional Police Officers’ Association (MPPOA). This was the first time in many years that the MPPOA has hosted this event. Our goal was to put on a competition where golfers from all skill levels could participate and have a fun time. We also decided to donate all raffle proceeds that were not needed to cover costs to charity. We chose to donate these proceeds to the Dane County Advocates for Battered Women, which runs the Battered Women’s Shelter of Dane County.
As is always the case for a golf tournament, the one thing you hope for is good weather. While none of the scattered thunderstorms that were forecast materialized, it did become very windy that day, with 20-30 mph winds. Hawks Landing is not a course that is easy to play on a windy day, which the scores showed.
Only one golfer out of the 165 who participated was able to break 80 – Ted Balistreri from Madison Police Department (retired), who shot a 77. Most golfers shot a higher score than their average from past WPPA tournaments. This caused the rounds to take a little longer than expected. Even with the tough conditions, it seemed that it was an enjoyable event. Pictures from the event can be seen on the WPPA’s web site.
Thanks to some hard work on the part of some MPPOA members, who searched out raffle prizes and generous buying of raffle tickets, we are able to donate $3,045 to charity. Hopefully, we’ll see everyone at next year’s WPPA Golf Tournament, which will be held in Marshfield and hosted by the Wood County Deputy Sheriffs’ Association.