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Monroe program gets up close and personal with PGA players
Photo submitted The Mike Muranyi Junior Golf Foundation sent nine Monroe youth golfers to Kohler Monday for a tour of Whistling Straits, the PGA Championship golf course. Jake Ritschard, Emma Oxenreider, Dana Starck, Payton Sawdey, Carter Sawdey, Alex OBrien, Nick Baumann, Tanner Thompson and Jack Rogerson made the trip.
MONROE - Nine golfers from the Mike Muranyi Junior Golf Foundation and Monroe Country Club had a chance to learn from the best in a PGA Championship golf clinic Monday in Kohler.

The nine golfers from Monroe left early Monday morning for Whistling Straits. The golfers attended a trick shot presentation and then had a one and a half hour golf clinic. The golfers ate lunch and then watched professionals tee off and putt several holes. They were also given the chance to get autographs.

"It was a once in a lifetime experience and special," said Emma Oxenreider, 14, who will be a freshman. "I learned a lot about golf. I just learned that if you apply yourself and keep trying, you can succeed."

The nine Monroe golfers were among about 100 at the clinic that was through invitation only.

"It was a good experience," Mike Muranyi said who started the Muranyi Junior Golf Foundation this year to promote golf in Green County. "I think it opened some eyes to the kids to see what the real players are like hitting balls."

The foundation paid $120 of the $220 memberships for each of the 20 junior golfers to have one-year memberships and golf instruction at the Monroe Country Club. Muranyi is a former Wisconsin State Open champion, player of the year, match play champion, Senior Wisconsin PGA champion and Wisconsin Senior Open champion. He also played in the Senior U.S. Open.

"We are trying to get them more experiences to get them to see what it's like to play golf," Muranyi said.

Jacob Ritschard, 11, who will be a sixth grader at Monroe Middle School, enjoyed the experience. Ritschard has been golfing for six years. He was able to get autographs from Anthony Kim and Fredrik Andersson Hed of Sweden.

"It was fun," Ritschard said. "I learned a lot about golf."

The 92nd PGA Championship tees off today.