I was born and raised in Dayton, Ohio. I hacked it around on the golf course during my early years, but never took the game seriously until I got into the workforce. My wife and I moved to Wisconsin about 20 years ago. When our daughter, Rachel, was born in 2002, I left a successful sales career to become a stay-at-home dad. Staying home with the kids was great (Kevin was born in 2005), but it left a big gap in my brain where all that work stuff used to be. One thing I did to fill that mental void was start focusing on my golf swing. Trying to improve my golf game moved up very high on my priorities list.
In 2001, I talked three buddies into flying out to Mesquite, Nevada for a three day golf trip. We had so much fun that we invited a few more guys the next year. What is now known as the Kauflin Invitational was off and running! The trip has grown into a large scale operation with 40 to 50 participants each year. What started with a love for golf, and an equal interest in hanging out with my buddies, turned into a passion for planning the perfect golf trip. I handle every detail involved with organizing the trip and have gotten very good at it over the years. One of my favorite parts of the planning is getting to know the general managers, pros, and staff at each course that I work with. I make their jobs as easy as possible, and that effort is reflected in how my group is treated.
I have worked hard at the game and am now sporting a solid, single-digit handicap. Not only have I become more involved with local WSGA events and state tournaments, but my daughter is also a very active competitive golfer. Rachel has been involved with The First Tee of Southeastern Wisconsin since she was five years old and now spends her summers competing. Being able to share my passion with her has been one of the true gifts the sport has given me. The last few years I have made a lot of contacts in the Wisconsin golf community, and I want to use those connections to help create a special trip for you and your group.
So why did I start Wisconsin Golf Trips? I believe Wisconsin’s footprint in the world of golf destinations will increase dramatically over the next few years. My goal has always been to get WGT up and running by the U.S. Open in 2017 being held at Erin Hills. The world will get to see how incredible Erin Hills has turned out, and will realize how close Whistling Straits and Blackwolf Run are on the map of Wisconsin. And then golfers will hear about the Sand Valley project scheduled to open to the public in 2017 in the central part of Wisconsin, and then groups looking for the next “new place” to go will be looking at Wisconsin.
Allow me use my knowledge and experience to plan the ultimate Wisconsin golf trip for you. I have the course contacts, lodging research, and transportation options all lined up. All you have to do is tell me what kind of trip you are looking for, and I will make it happen. Your big advantage is this company is all me. You know who to call when you have a question, who to ask when you want to hear about a specific course, and who to get help from if an issue arises while you are on your trip.
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