In the Clubhouse - The Wisconsin Golfer Podcast

In the Clubhouse - The Wisconsin Golfer Podcast is your home for conversations with the movers and shakers in Wisconsin golf. We take you behind the scenes and introduce you to the people who make golf in Wisconsin so special. In the Clubhouse is brought to you by the Wisconsin State Golf Association, Wisconsin’s largest golf community. For more information on the WSGA, visit
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Dec 12, 2016

Jason Kauflin is an avid golfer who recently launched Wisconsin Golf Trips to connect his passion for planning the perfect golf trip with the opportunity to help other golfers discover the world class golf destinations across Wisconsin. Jason is an active supporter of the Wisconsin golf community as a member of the Wisconsin State Golf Association, carrying a single digit handicap index, and as a parent of a participant in The First Tee of Southeastern Wisconsin.


Nov 4, 2016

Bill Linneman is the director of rules and competitions for the Wisconsin State Golf Association. In that role, he oversees the WGSA's tournament schedule and USGA qualifying events. Bill is also responsible for the WSGA's rules education programs and training of WSGA volunteers and tournament officials. Bill previous served as the director of course rating, and is celebrating his 25th year with the WSGA.


Oct 5, 2016

In his role with the United State Golf Association, Tyler Riggin actively promotes, communicates and represents USGA core programs at the grass roots level of golf, serving as a conduit of information to support, foster and strengthen mutually beneficial relationships with state and regional golf associations and USGA Committee Members. Tyler is a regular visitor to Wisconsin, assisting at USGA qualifying tournaments and lending an additional set of hands at other local tournaments, including WSGA championships and college events. Prior to the USGA, Tyler served as Director of Competitions for the Pennsylvania Golf Association and as Director of Handicapping and Course Rating for the Golf Association of Philadelphia.


Sep 12, 2016

Dr. Michael Hurdzan, Dana Fry and Ron Whitten are the design minds behind Erin Hills, site of the USGA's 2017 U.S. Open Championship. The three architects were recently in Wisconsin for a media preview day, where we had a chance to catch up with them about the history of Erin Hills, preparations for the championship and their perspectives on Wisconsin golf.


Sep 1, 2016

Jeff Hall is the Managing Director of Rules and Open Championships for the United States Golf Association. In that role with the USGA, he oversees the conduct of the competition for the U.S. Open Championship, U.S. Women's Open Championship and U.S. Senior Open Championship. Jeff was recently in Wisconsin for a media preview day at Erin Hills, where they are getting ready for the 2017 U.S. Open Championship. 


Aug 5, 2016

Nick Nelson is the champion of the 115th Wisconsin State Amateur Championship sponsored by West Bend Insurance. A native of Decorah, Iowa, Nick captured his second WSGA championship last week, following up on his 2015 win at the WSGA Match Play Championship sponsored by TaylorMade with a win at the State Amateur at North Shore Golf Club. Nick recently finished up an impressive career on the Marquette University golf team, where he was a two time All-BIG East selection and holds the sixth best scoring average in Marquette history.



Jul 18, 2016

A native of St. Francis, Wisconsin, Gary D'Amato has covered Wisconsin sports for more than 35 years. Prior to the Journal Sentinel, he worked for the Freeport Journal-Standard in Illinois and Racine Journal Times before being hired by the Milwaukee Journal in 1990. He has served as golf writer since 1992 and has covered 26 Masters and more than 75 major championships. Gary is a three-time National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association sportswriter of the year in Wisconsin and has authored or co-authored seven books.


Jul 5, 2016

A native of Pewaukee, Wisconsin, Erika excelled as a junior player, finishing runner up for the Wisconsin PGA Junior Tour Player of the Year award and qualifying for the high school state tournament all fours year. After high school, Erika earned golf and academic scholarships to Valparaiso University in Indiana, where she was twice named Horizon League Player of the Week, and now possesses the second-lowest career scoring average. During school, Erika served as president of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee and worked as a PJ Boatright intern for the Wisconsin State Golf Association. Erika's passion for golf led to her first position as an Assistant Golf Professional at Ozaukee Country Club in Mequon, where her responsibilities included directing the junior golf program, tournament operations, and event planning. Erika currently serves as the Player Development Coordinator for the Wisconsin PGA Section. In that role, she administers PGA Growth of the Game initiatives such as PGA Junior League, Drive, Chip and Putt, and Get Golf Ready.


Jun 20, 2016

Steve Bailey is the head men's golf coach at Marquette University. A native of Virginia Beach, Coach Bailey recently completed his sixth year as the head coach at Marquette after spending five years as an assistant coach and associate head coach at Northwestern University. Prior to Northwestern, Steve worked for the American Junior Golf Association, where he had various roles in communications, public relations and tournament operations. His success at Marquette has included winning the Big East Championship and the Big East Coach of the Year award in 2015, leading seven players to All-Big East honors and 20 players to All-Academic status.


Jun 6, 2016

Eric Steimer is the championship manager for the 2017 U.S. Open Championship at Erin Hills. As the United States Golf Association’s championship manager for the 2017 U.S. Open Championship. His responsibilities include coordinating host site, community and media relations, securing accommodations for championship guests, overseeing the volunteer program, supporting the development of the master site plan and permitting efforts, and assisting in the development of the public safety plan, which includes parking, transportation, security, fire and medical operations.


May 31, 2016

In his role as executive director, Rob oversees the WSGA’s relationship with over 360 member courses, 40,000 individual golfing members, and a tournament schedule of 70 events. A native of West Bend, Wisconsin, Rob came to the WSGA after spending eight years with the American Junior Golf Association and serving as their vice president of player services. Rob is also a proud graduate of the University of Wisconsin.