It’s time to acknowledge the gall of the House of Stricker on a golf course, for it has been a sight to behold these last two months. The family is enjoying a collective run, punctuated by the patriarch capturing the most handsome prize in senior golf in a manner that was equal parts impeccable and impudent.

Steve Stricker registered a resounding six-stroke victory Sunday in the 40th U.S. Open Championship, shooting a cautious 1-under 69 on the Warren Golf Course at Notre Dame. At 19-under 261, Stricker, 52, set the championship record for lowest aggregate total after establishing new scoring marks after 36 and 54 holes.

He tied the record for margin of victory with Gary Player (1987) and Fred Funk (2009). The triumph, emotional and redemptive after losing in a playoff to Kelly the week prior, was, most importantly, fulfilling because Stricker got to share the win with his wife, Nicki, who caddied for him, and with his daughters, who walked every step of those glorious 72 holes.

“Having them here,” Stricker said on the 18th green as the sun still glittered above, “really made this week special. It’s like a family affair on tour for us this year, and it’s been a lot of fun.”

Fun because, as older daughter Bobbi said, “we are on a roll.”

Yes, all of them.

In May, just weeks after Steve won his first major at the Regions Tradition, Bobbi, who just completed her sophomore season for the University of Wisconsin women’s golf team, enjoyed her career-best finish in the Big Ten Championship with a share of 38th place.

Then Isabelle – she goes by Izzi – might have given her dad an avenue for returning to Augusta National Golf Club next year when she won a local qualifier of the Drive, Chip & Putt Championship at the Oaks Golf Club in Madison in late June. Should it be any surprise that she scored the maximum 60 points in the putting discipline?

She’ll next compete in a sub-regional, and if all goes well, the regional, the last hurdle to clear for a visit to the home of the Masters.

But maybe dad will get there first. He might eschew the year’s final two senior majors and make his next start at the John Deere Classic, where he has won three of his 12 PGA Tour titles. He was still wrestling with the decision Sunday night.

“He’s playing well enough,” Nicki said. “A win and we go back to the Masters.”

Nicki was savoring this win as much or more than her husband. Steve said she took the playoff loss at the American Family Insurance Championship in Madison – a PGA Tour Champions event that Steve hosts – harder than he did.

Nicki revealed the reason on Sunday. Steve had asked her to help him read the potential 8-foot winning putt on the final hole. Nicki is no slouch as a golfer. She played four years for the University of Wisconsin women’s team and finished fourth in the 1991 Big Ten Championship. Her father, Dennis Tiziani, was the Wisconsin men’s golf coach for nearly 30 years and has been Steve’s swing coach longer than that.

Steve Stricker and his wife/caddie, Nicki, celebrate his 46-foot chip-in on No. 12 during the final round. (USGA/Chris Keane)

When Steve missed the putt and then lost to Kelly in the playoff, Nicki felt responsible. “I had never been in that situation before,” she said. “I didn’t help him. This definitely makes up for that.”

Bobbi and Izzi saw the next day how disappointed their parents were, which made Sunday’s proceedings that much sweeter.

“It was so cool. I was so happy that they got to experience that together,” said Bobbi, 20. “I mean, I don’t think they won one together since when they first went out on tour.”

That would have been before Bobbi was born. Nicki surrendered the bag when she was pregnant with Bobbi, but they did, in fact, win together last September on the PGA Tour Champions at the Sanford International, as Nicki has more often in recent months been the caddie of choice.

When the girls ventured onto the 18th green after their dad putted out to seal this victory, Izzi, 13, wiped away a few tears. She hugged dad first, but she hung onto mom a bit longer. “I didn’t think I was going to cry, but I couldn’t help it,” she said, able to smile a bit later. “I know it just meant so much to them.”

Crying is OK. Dad has famously broken down after each of his 12 wins on the PGA Tour and now after this, his first USGA championship title. “I knew that was going to happen eventually,” Steve said as he clutched the Francis D. Ouimet Memorial Trophy.

Of all the wins in his career, Stricker said winning the national championship, 50-and-older division, means the most to him because, “I’ve always held USGA events to a higher standard. “I’ve had a chance to win a few U.S. Opens and I kind of faded away on the last day, so this is very special.”

Of course, nothing is more precious than the family celebration that the four were going to enjoy. Their big plan was to drive home to Madison Sunday night. Those Strickers know how to party. “But we’ll all be smiling,” Bobbi said.

It’s been quite a whirlwind for the House of Stricker. Dad couldn’t have been happier because he’s shared it with Nicki and their girls. Three hugs beats a six-shot win.

The family is, indeed, rolling.

“Yeah, you know, we love golf, and we all play it,” Stricker said. “My wife plays a lot. My daughters are getting into it more and more all the time. And they see the work ethic that I put in and Nicki puts in, too. She works at her game very hard. So I think it kind of runs downhill, runs downhill to the kids, and they see that work ethic and they, too, want to get better. They want to perform in tournaments.

“But they see what I go through. They enjoy being out here. I enjoy having them out here. It brings us all together.”

Could any reward be sweeter?

Dave Shedloski is an Ohio-based writer whose work appears regularly on USGA digital channels.

Source: usga.org

You’re Invited to Our SWEET 16!

Next week is an exciting week here at The Oaks! Not only is it our 16th birthday next week, but we’re also celebrating the 4th of July.

To celebrate our Sweet 16,  we will be taking $16 off our 18 hole rate before 2:00 from July 1-July 7!

🇺🇸 4th of July! 🇺🇸

Looking for the perfect way to spend your 4th of July Weekend?

We’ve got you covered!

Rain check? No worries!

We hope to see you!

Join Us Friday, June 21 for National Selfie Day!

Take a picture on the golf course and post it on Facebook for a chance to win a FREEround of golf!

🚨🏌️ Don’t Forget to Tag Us!  🚨🏌️

*Winner will be chosen Monday, June 24. The round will be valid Monday-Thursday anytime, and Friday-Sunday after 2 p.m. Golf Car included. 

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AN EVENT FOR A GREAT CAUSE.

This year, proceeds from the event will benefit the Badger Honor Flight. Badger Honor Flight is a regional affiliate of the national Honor Flight Network. The purpose of the Honor Flight Network is to ensure that WWII, Korean, Vietnam, and terminally ill veterans from any war have the opportunity to see the memorials that have been erected in their honor.

The Honor Flight Network provides all amenities to the veterans, including all transportation, meals and lodging. Everything is free to the veterans because of how much they have sacrificed for this great country already. The only money veterans need is if they want to buy a souvenir for themselves.

There will also be hole prizes, including a hole in one opportunity for a free vacation, valued up to $10,000, prizes for the top finishing teams and a raffle for prizes.

THE DETAILS:

Date: Friday, June 28th

Where: The Oaks Golf Course, 4740 Pierceville Rd, Cottage Grove, WI 53527

Time: 12pm Shotgun Start

Price: $380 per foursome // $95 for single golfers without a full team (If you’re an individual looking for a team, please email ebo@madcitysportszone.com)

Includes:

18-Holes with GPS golf cart
practice balls
discounted replay certificate
raffle prizes and dinner after golf

Titelist Thursdays are Here…

A Titleist product expert will be available on consecutive Thursdays to conduct club fittings, offer product trials, and answer questions.

 

• Get fit for Titleist metals, irons or wedges

• Try the entire Titleist golf club lineup

• Have your Titleist product questions answered

• Hit shots with Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf balls

• Data collected with Trackman ball flight monitor

• Walk-ups welcome or reserve an appointment

Ready to Sign Up?

Sign up online at: https://www.titleist.com/fitting/appointments. If you have questions, please contact the golf shop at 608.837.4774 ext. 4.

Book a Tee Time!

Skip the hassle of calling. Book your tee time online at no additional cost!

MARK YOUR CALENDARS!

Dad’s get a FREE Oaks hat if they tee off before 4 p.m on Father’s Day, June 16!

Dad’s Day is on the Way!

Sunday, June 16 is the day we stop and thank Dad for all that he does! Because you know, behind every great Dad is a great kid! 😉

Some of you may have even been introduced to this great game by your Dad. So, what’s better than the gift of golf? Look no further — we’ve got all you need!

Check out these sweet gifts for Dad this Father’s Day:

Best Dad Bundle

2 Rounds of golf valid anytime with cart and a $25 gift card (Valid June 17, 2019 – June 1, 2020).

ON SALE FOR $135.78!

Price includes tax.

BUY NOW!

LASER LINK GS1 SLOPE

“The GS1 Slope Laser Rangefinder is the ultimate measurement tool for golf.  Distance to any target on the golf course at just the touch of a button.  But that’s not all — slope measurements and slope compensated distance are yours as well.” Learn more by clicking HERE.

ON SALE FOR $199! (originally $289)

Price includes shipping.

BUY NOW!

LESSON PACKAGE

Two 45-minute lessons with PGA Director of Golf Shaun Finley

ON SALE FOR $99!  (Originally $130)

BUY NOW!

GIFT CARDS

Want to give Dad some flexibility? Our gift cards are the perfect gift.

Gift Cards ranging from $25 to $250 are available in our Online Store!

A physical gift card will be mailed via USPS.

BUY NOW!

SHOP OUR ONLINE STORE:

MARK YOUR CALENDARS!

Dad’s get a FREE Oaks hat if they tee off before 4 p.m on Father’s Day, June 16!

Dad’s Day is on the Way!

Sunday, June 16 is the day we stop and thank Dad for all that he does! Because you know, behind every great Dad is a great kid! 😉

Some of you may have even been introduced to this great game by your Dad. So, what’s better than the gift of golf? Look no further — we’ve got all you need!

Check out these sweet gifts for Dad this Father’s Day:

Best Dad Bundle

2 Rounds of golf valid anytime with cart and a $25 gift card (Valid June 17, 2019 – June 1, 2020).

ON SALE FOR $135.78!

Price includes tax.

BUY NOW!

LASER LINK GS1 SLOPE

“The GS1 Slope Laser Rangefinder is the ultimate measurement tool for golf.  Distance to any target on the golf course at just the touch of a button.  But that’s not all — slope measurements and slope compensated distance are yours as well.” Learn more by clicking HERE.

ON SALE FOR $199! (originally $289)

Price includes shipping.

BUY NOW!

LESSON PACKAGE

Two 45-minute lessons with PGA Director of Golf Shaun Finley

ON SALE FOR $99!  (Originally $130)

BUY NOW!

GIFT CARDS

Want to give Dad some flexibility? Our gift cards are the perfect gift.

Gift Cards ranging from $25 to $250 are available in our Online Store!

A physical gift card will be mailed via USPS.

BUY NOW!

SHOP OUR ONLINE STORE:

Many thanks to our active and retired military personnel.

Don’t forget to book ahead for Memorial Day weekend!

Memorial Day Weekend is usually the unofficial start of the summer season, and it’s a great opportunity to get out on the golf course!

MEMORIAL WEEKEND SPECIAL

[ Friday – Monday ]

18-holes with GPS Golf Car:
Before 2 p.m. – $59+tax
After 2 p.m. – $49+tax
After 4 p.m. – $29+tax

*This special is only valid by bringing in the email or booking online.

What’s “6-AFTER-6”?

Starting Memorial Day Weekend, Our “6-After-6” deal is back featuring deep discounts to families and children who would like to play a faster and less expensive round of golf starting after 6pm.

The standard rate for 9 holes at the course is $29, but 6-After-6 will cost only $10 for adults, and $8 for children 17 and younger. Prices will include a cart as well as special kid friendly tees and scorecards.

Our course has a unique design that makes 6-After-6 convenient for players. The first six holes loop back to the parking lot, making life easier when shepherding a family on-and-off the course. 

As a bonus, players will also have the option of playing #7, a challenging par three ranging from 55 yards to 150 yards. Most families should be able to play the six or seven hole “course” in about two hours.
Starting after 6pm also means there will usually be fewer people on the course, taking the pressure off beginners or children just learning the game! 

 *Must mention the program when you check in.

Titelist Thursdays are Here…

A Titleist product expert will be available on consecutive Thursdays to conduct club fittings, offer product trials, and answer questions.

• Get fit for Titleist metals, irons or wedges

• Try the entire Titleist golf club lineup

• Have your Titleist product questions answered

• Hit shots with Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf balls

• Data collected with Trackman ball flight monitor

• Walk-ups welcome or reserve an appointment

Ready to Sign Up?

Sign up online at: https://www.titleist.com/fitting/appointments. If you have questions, please contact the golf shop at 608.837.4774 ext. 4.

MOMS GOLF FREE!

Mark your calendars, because Moms golf for FREE on Mother’s Day (Sunday, May 12)!

Titelist Thursdays are Here…

A Titleist product expert will be available on consecutive Thursdays to conduct club fittings, offer product trials, and answer questions.

• Get fit for Titleist metals, irons or wedges

• Try the entire Titleist golf club lineup

• Have your Titleist product questions answered

• Hit shots with Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf balls

• Data collected with Trackman ball flight monitor

• Walk-ups welcome or reserve an appointment

Ready to Sign Up?

Sign up online at: https://www.titleist.com/fitting/appointments. If you have questions, please contact the golf shop at 608.837.4774 ext. 4.

INTERESTED IN PLAYING IN OUR SPRING SCRAMBLE AT OUR SISTER COURSE, KESTREL RIDGE?

May 19th – 9:00am Shotgun Start

LOOKING TO JOIN A LEAGUE?

Although are leagues are full here at The Oaks, we do have spots open at our sister course, Kestrel Ridge!

 

MOMS GOLF FREE!

Mark your calendars, because Moms golf for FREE on Mother’s Day (Sunday, May 12)!

 How do you secure your tee time? Call in advance to reserve your tee time at (608) 837-4774, or you can book online starting May 5!

Our sister course, Kestrel Ridge, will be hosting a Mother’s Day Brunch, and you are invited!

Click below to take a peek at what’s on the Menu.

To RSVP, please 920.623.4653 ext 12.

Book a Tee Time!

Skip the hassle of calling. Book your tee time online at no additional cost!

Titelist Thursdays are Here…

A Titleist product expert will be available on consecutive Thursdays to conduct club fittings, offer product trials, and answer questions.

 

• Get fit for Titleist metals, irons or wedges

• Try the entire Titleist golf club lineup

• Have your Titleist product questions answered

• Hit shots with Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf balls

• Data collected with Trackman ball flight monitor

• Walk-ups welcome or reserve an appointment

Ready to Sign Up?

Sign up online at: https://www.titleist.com/fitting/appointments. If you have questions, please contact the golf shop at 608.837.4774 ext. 4.