The History of NEWGA
The Northeastern Wisconsin Golf Association was founded at a meeting held at the Algoma Country Club in Oshkosh on September 10, 1916. The Charter Members of the Association were Riverview Country Club, Appleton; Wausau Country Club, Wausau; Algoma Country Club, Oshkosh; Tuscumbia Golf Club, Green Lake; Lakeside Golf Club, Manitowoc; Fox River Golf Club, Green Bay; and Sheboygan Country Club; Sheboygan. Riverview Country Club was the first golf club founded in Northeastern Wisconsin, having been organized on August 24, 1898. Of the seven charter members, only Wausau Country Club has retained membership continuously in their original form to date.
Through the persistent efforts of its members, other clubs came into being. Riverview encouraged interclub play, the first of which occurred on August 9, 1900 between the Riverview Club and the newly formed Algoma Country Club of Oshkosh. During the next 16 years, interclub play was encouraged by Riverview Country Club with the newly formed clubs in the area, which culminated in the formation of the Northeastern Wisconsin Golf Association in 1916.
The first president of N.E.W.G.A. was Judge H.O. Fairchild of the Fox River Golf Club of Green Bay. The first secretary was Marue Carroll, a position which Mr. Carroll held for 25 years. In 1941 Marue Carroll resigned as secretary and was immediately elected president. Dan Steinberg, Jr., of Butte des Morts Country Club, Appleton, was elected secretary in 1941, a position which he held until his death in 1966. The position of secretary was assumed by Richard Johnson of Waupaca. Marue Carroll continued to hold the position of president for 18 years and completed 43 years of service to N.E.W.G.A. in 1959, at which time he withdrew s president and was succeeded by Robert Testwuide of Pine Hills Country Club, Sheboygan. Mr. Testwuide was in turn succeeded by Alan Pick of West Bend Country Club, who was elected president of N.E.W.G.A. in 1970.
In 1973 Mr. Pick resigned as president of N.E.W.G.A. and assumed the position of Evans Caddy Scholarship Chairman. He was succeeded as president by Alan Steffen of Pine Hills Country Club, Sheboygan.
In 1976, Mr. Steffen moved to Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, and was succeeded as president by Frank Van Laanen, Oneida Golf & Riding Club, Green Bay.
In 1979 Mr. Van Laanen was succeeded by Paul Jagemann of Branch River Country Club, Manitowoc. In addition, in 1979 Mr. Johnson resigned as secretary after 13 years of service to the organization in that position and assumed the position of N.E.W.G.A. scholarship chairman. Paul Grimstad of Branch River Country Club, Manitowoc, assumed the position of secretary.
In 1982 Nic Wahl, Jr. of Oneida Golf & Riding Club, Green Bay, assumed the presidency, the position which he held until 1985.
In 1985, Richard E. Johnson was elected president. Dick had been secretary from 1966 until he was succeeded by Paul Grimstad in 1979.
In 1988, Paul Stevenson of Ridgeway Country Club, Neenah, was elected president to succeed Richard E. Johnson.
In 1991, Paul Grimstad of Branch River Country Club, Manitowoc, was elected president to succeed Paul Stevenson and James Pressentin of Oneida Golf & Riding Club, Green Bay, was elected secretary-treasurer to succeed Paul Grimstad.
In 1994, John Grey of Pine Hills Country Club, Sheboygan, was elected president to succeed Paul Grimstad.
In 1997, Steve Johnson of Waupaca Country Club was elected president to succeed John Grey.
Clint Gundrum of the West Bend Country Club succeeded Steve Johnson as president in 2002.
William LaBrake of Greenwood Hills and Stevens Point Country Club succeeded Gundrum in 2005.
In 2009, Dr. Robert Bandt of Branch River Country Club was elected President to succeed William LaBrake.
In 2011, John Falk of NorthBrook Country Club was elected President to succeed Dr. Robert Bandt and Bob Zarter of Fox Valley Golf Club was elected Treasurer to succeed James Watson.
In 2015, Bruce Weinkauf of Stevens Point Country Club was elected Secretary.
In 2016, Craig Geerts of Butte des Morts Country Club was elected President to succeed John Falk.
In 2017, William LaBrake of Greenwood Hills Country Club was elected President to succeed Craig Geerts.
From its original formation by seven clubs with a combined membership of approximately 1,100 members, N.E.W.G.A. had grown to its present organization of 29 clubs with a combined membership of over 8,700 members.