This is Connor’s second season as the First Assistant Golf Professional. Connor’s role involves assisting Becky, the Head Golf Professional, in running the Golf Department. Connor trains staff for each position in the Golf Department; including, Golf shop Attendants, Cart Attendants, Rangers, Starters, etc. Connor oversees all golf shop activity, he assists with golf outings, and he also teaches lessons. If you call the golf shop, it will most likely be Connor’s energetic voice that will be there to help you.
What is his background? What did he do before Pleasant View Golf Course?
Connor grew up in Middleton. He went to West Middleton Elementary School, Glacier Creek Middle School, and graduated from Middleton High School. Connor grew up playing sports, excelling in basketball and golf. He enjoyed playing goalie for his youth soccer team as well. He also tried his hand at football, playing for the freshman team, only until he realized he was afraid of being tackled. In high school, Connor was the captain of his basketball team, “...but not for his playing abilities”, he says. His friends used to make fun of him for his mature demeanor when conversing with the referees. One of the highlights of his high school career was his golf team winning state in 2011. After high school, Connor went on to study Broadcast Journalism and Sports Management at the University of Minnesota. In college, Connor worked for the Big Ten Student U Network. You may recognize Connor’s voice as he was the “play-by-play guy” for all the Big Ten Student U sporting events during his time there. Toward the end of his senior year in college, Connor had an internship with the Minnesota Twins where he worked in their broadcasting division for the 2015 MLB regular season. After graduating, he took a job in the Madison area with Intercom Communications, where he managed and edited on-air radio commercials.
How did Pleasant View Golf Course come into Connor's life?
Connor has been around Pleasant View GC for the majority of his life. He grew up just ten minutes down the road from Pleasant View GC and started playing when he was just four years old. He was a part of Pleasant View GC’s Junior Golf Program and played at Pleasant View GC while on the Middleton High School Golf Team. During Connor’s job search after college, he came across a job posting for a First Assistant Golf Professional for the Madison golf courses. Connor reached out to Jeremy, asking for his opinion on this position. At that time, Jeremy decided to make Connor Pleasant View GC’s First Assistant Golf Professional.
Aside from working at Pleasant View Golf Course, what are his other interests/passions?
Connor enjoys watching televised sports, reality shows and playing video games. He is also recently engaged and is currently doing a lot of wedding planning. Connor enjoys golfing with friends and playing pickup basketball as well. In the winter time he enjoys relaxing at home and hanging out with his cat, Tiger.
What does he feel is Pleasant View Golf Course’s most unique characteristic?
Connor feels that Pleasant View GC provides a challenging round and tests the endurance of our golfers. He feels that the undulation of our course offers a uniqueness for the golfers.
Where does Connor see Pleasant View Golf Course going in the future?
Connor feels that Pleasant View GC will continue to integrate new technology and keep striving to make the best product possible, so that it’s as seamless as possible for our clientele.
If he could choose three people to be in his foursome who have influenced his passion for golf the most, who would they be and why?
Connor would have Tiger Woods in his foursome because he grew up watching him play and he has been one of Connor’s biggest inspirations throughout his life. He even named his cat after him!
He would also include his dad, Jay Wipfli, in his foursome. His dad inspired Connor’s interest in golf at a young age and encouraged Connor’s participation in sports throughout his life. Overall, his dad played a large role in shaping him as a person as well.
The last person Connor would include in his foursome would be his younger brother, Brett. Connor said that it has been rewarding to see Brett grow up and he enjoys golfing and spending time with Brett. Brett also works at Pleasant View GC in the Golf Department. I’m not sure how he feels about having his older brother as his supervisor, but they always seem to get along and have fun together.
What's in Connor's golf bag?
Connor has a black Titleist Players bag. He uses a Titleist 917 D2 9.5 degree Rogue Max, Multi Axial 65 gram stiff shaft driver. He has a Titleist 915F 15 degree 3 wood with a 70 gram Diamana stiff shaft. He also uses a Titleist 818H 19 degree hybrid with an 85 gram Fujikura Atmus HB shaft. He also uses a Titleist 4 - 46 degree, T100 forged with a True Temper Tour white AMT 5300 shaft. He uses the following Titleist Vokey wedges: 52 degree SM7 08F, 56 degree SM7 10S, and 60 degree SM5 07S. His putter is a 35" Taylormade Spider X. He also uses a Bushnell rangefinder and a Titleist Players glove. In his bag he also carries sunscreen, athletic tape, Biofreeze, tees, and Titleist Pro V1x golf balls with the “CW” logo. He likes to keep his bag light, he says.
What does the future hold for Connor? What are his aspirations?
Connor plans to get married next year and eventually start a family. He wants to continue to work at Pleasant View GC and grow the game of golf with the local youth.
Do his co-workers have any nicknames for him? If so, what are they?
“C”, “Connie”, “C-Wip”, and Schwabie likes to call him “Ketchup” because Connor doesn’t like ketchup and apparently that’s funny to Schwabie.