Becky is our Head Golf Professional and Event Coordinator. She manages the golf shop staff, starters, rangers and golf car attendants. She also helps with merchandising, preparation and implementation of golf/non-golf outings, as well as league management.
What is her background? What did she do before Pleasant View Golf Course?
Becky grew up in Middleton. A year before beginning high school, Dewey Stendahl started the Middleton High School Girls Golf Program. She played golf for MHS for four years, graduated, and began college at UW-Madison. There she studied Consumer Science with an emphasis in Personal Finance. After college she worked at M&I Bank and eventually left to work at NSI, a division of West Bend Mutual Insurance Company. Becky worked at NSI for ten years in IT and Product Configurations. In 2015, she started working at PVGC in a full-time management position.
How did Pleasant View Golf Course come into Becky's life?
Becky started golfing at Pleasant View when she was 14 years old, after choosing to pursue golf at the high school level, contrary to volleyball, at the advice of her brother, Ben (who is a volleyball coach). She began working at PVGC in high school, starting in the golf shop. She remembers using color-coded paper tee sheets and which color represented each day of the week (if you know her, you’re not surprised by this). She later began working in the Food & Beverage Department, gaining experience in the bar and on the beverage cart. Becky continued to work at PVGC part-time through college. She also stayed involved in the MHS Girls Golf Program throughout college by volunteering as a coach. Becky eventually took over the MHS Girls Golf Program in 2013. Since then, the program has two state titles, two state runner-ups, as well as many former players who have gone on to play at the NCAA Division 1 college level. Upon taking a full-time management position for PVGC in 2015, she began running the Food & Beverage Department and coordinating non-golf events. Over the last few years she has gained experience in all golf course operations; teaching lessons and running women’s ‘Chip & Sip’ lesson programs, running golf outings, etc.. Becky recently has decided to pursue her passion in the golf industry further by enrolling in PGA schooling. She is now about half way done!
Aside from working at Pleasant View Golf Course, what are her other interests/passions?
Becky’s passion is coaching, mentoring, and building relationships with her high school golfers. Her goal is to impact their lives in a positive way and teach them more than just the game of golf. She also enjoys spending time with her family (husband Gary, weiner dog Gretel, parents, brother and his girlfriend and nieces and nephew). Her parents are super supportive of PV and they are always helping with tournaments and supporting her goals/career. She also likes taking trips with family and friends. Her favorite vacation spot is Door County. She devotes a lot of time to the Golf Coaches Association of Wisconsin, where she is the Treasurer. In addition, she recently got into working out and leading a healthy lifestyle.
What does she feel is Pleasant View Golf Course’s most unique characteristic?
Becky feels that having 27 holes plus a par 3 course and the diverse terrain (not many other courses have all that) is one of the most unique characteristics of Pleasant View. Additionally, the history of PVGC sitting atop “Goat Hill” is another unique characteristic. She misses the old goat statue that used to sit outside the old clubhouse.
Where does Becky see Pleasant View Golf Course going in the future?
Becky hopes to continue promoting golf to women. She would like to expand her women’s ‘Chip & Sip’ lesson programs to inspire more women to play golf and teach them that golf can be enjoyed by all. She sees PVGC continuing to maximize its potential and evolve. She is always looking for new ideas and opportunities to improve PVGC.
If she could choose three people to be in her foursome who have influenced her passion for golf the most, who would they be and why?
Becky would definitely have Dewey Stendahl in her foursome. He was her elementary school phy ed teacher and high school golf coach. He was quite possibly the kindest, quietest, most influential person in her life. He started the MHS Girls Golf Program in 1994 and was her mentor for coaching. She can’t say enough about him. She wishes he was still alive and able to play some cross-country golf with her at Pleasant View.
The second person in her foursome would be her brother, Ben White. He was the first person to encourage her to pursue golf. Without him pushing her to golf instead of volleyball, who knows where she would be now. With him being a boys volleyball coach at Middleton, he helped mentor her in coaching as well. She always looked up to him, especially recently in his battle with cancer. His strength is an inspiration.
The third person joining Becky in her foursome would be Jeff Kenas. They taught junior lessons together at Pleasant View 20+ years ago, he was the Varsity Girls Golf Coach at Middleton prior to Becky taking over the program, and they still have remained close friends. He continues to mentor Becky in coaching, golf, and in life.
What's in her golf bag?
Becky uses a Sun Mountain Speed Cart push cart because she feels that walking is important and a great way to burn some calories. Her golf bag is a Titleist Players 4 Stand Bag, purple and black, very stylish! Her Woods are a combination of Titleist and TaylorMade. She uses a Titleist TS1 Custom 10.5 Driver with a Mitsubishi Fukuki 45 gram A-Flex shaft. She had it cut 1” short for her height. This is her favorite club in her bag. She also has a Titleist 917F2 Fairway Wood that is a 16.5 Degree loft and has a Diamana 50 gram Ladies Flex graphite shaft. Another Fairway Wood she uses is a TaylorMade M2 5HL 21 Degree loft with a 55 gram Senior Flex graphite shaft. Becky enjoys her Titleist 818 H1 25 Degree Hybrid with a 60 gram Senior Flex graphite shaft for the longer par 3’s. Her irons (5-9, P, A) are TaylorMade M6’s with Fujikura A-Flex shafts. Her wedges include a Titleist SM6 56 Degree S Grind Vokey and a Titleist SM7 60 Degree S Grind Vokey. Becky’s putter is a Titleist Scotty Cameron GOLO 5 33” 2 Degree Flat with a Matador Red grip.
I enjoyed seeing her “extras” in her bag as well. I found a very cool Pleasant View vintage head cover; an Orange Whip training aid to get the muscles going; some alignment sticks; Titleist Players gloves and FJ rain gloves, multiple to match all conditions; Titleist Cart Mitts for the cold days; a Bushnell Pro2 Range Finder; Martini Tees; PVGC Medicated SPF30 chapstick; Bug Soother to keep the gnats and mosquitos away; a PuttOut training tool; Women’s FootJoy slip-on golf shoes; a groove cleaner; a permanent marker for keeping score; towels, probably more than necessary; a PVGC Bag Tag; Altoids, wintermint flavor; a valuables pouch; ball markers, the Cardinal State Champs one is her favorite; a repair tool, hot pink with a PV logo ball marker; and golf balls...MANY! Becky plays Titleist ProV1 #5 personalized golf balls with ‘BDUBS’ imprints. Good thing she pushes her bag on her push cart and doesn’t carry it...there’s a lot in that bag!
What does the future hold for her? What are Becky's aspirations?
Becky’s goal is to finish her PGA schooling and to become a PGA Golf Professional. In addition, she would like to continue to coach golf and help make Pleasant View the best it can be.
Is there anything that she misses about “old Pleasant View?” What does she not miss?
She misses the 16th hole from the old 18-hole course. This hole is now a combination of Lake 6 and 7. Becky also misses the fake gator in the pond on what is now Lake 8. She misses the old clubhouse and the goat statue that used to be outside it. PSA...if any one knows the whereabouts of the old goat statue, please let us know, Becky wants it! She doesn’t miss the trees that used to be in the middle of the fairways on Prairie 1 and Woods 6 as they seemed to always get in her way.
Do her co-workers have any nicknames for her? If so, what are they?
Bdubs, B-Dizzle, Beck, Elsa, Queen B, Rebecca