The irascible legendary baseball manager Leo Durocher must be turning over in his grave. He made the phrase “Nice guys finish last” famous. Well, Mark Wilson is a nice guy and he finished FIRST! He won his third PGA Tour title on Sunday. It wasn’t easy. He played 36 holes due to a rain out earlier in the tourney. He won by two strokes after saving par with a 12-foot putt on the par 3 17th hole and then got a birdie on the par five 18th hole.
Mark Wilson is a great golfer, but he is also a genuinely “nice guy.” He is a graduate of Wisconsin Lutheran High School in Wauwatosa and the University of North Carolina where he was a Mathematics major and received the Walter Hagen Award for excellence in athletics and academics. He has supported the MACC Fund since he went on the PGA Tour in 2004 through his “Making a Mark Fore MACC” program. He and his wife Amy donate for every cut he makes as well as additional funds for every top 10, 20 and 30 PGA Tour finish.
Mark is also the Honorary Chairman of the Lake Country Charity Invitational held each year in April. The Invitational is hosted by the outstanding Hartland Arrowhead Golf Team and features many of the area’s top high school teams whose excellence on the course extends to fund raising efforts to help the MACC Fund help kids. Mark plays 9 holes each with two of the top fund raising teams each summer giving the kids a chance to play with one of the Tour’s “nice guys!”
Mark said he was inspired to help the MACC Fund while hearing the “$50 to the MACC Fund” for Bucks 3-pointers when he attended Bucks games with his dad. He said he always hoped to some day use his golfing skills to help kids with cancer. He certainly has. He has contributed $180,000 to the MACC Fund through his unique program. Mark is a valued member of the MACC Fund’s Honorary Athletic Board. He and his wife’s donations comprise the largest amount of money given to the MACC Fund during its 34 years by a professional athlete. It is also interesting to note that Mark is a “self-employed contractor.” He has no guaranteed contracts. If he is in a slump, so are his finances.
The Sony Hawaiian Open win was Mark’s third PGA victory. It gives him a chance to play in the Masters in April as well as other major events. Congratulations to Mark, his wonderful wife Amy who walked hand in hand with him to the scoring tent after his win, his sons Lane and Cole and his very special parents Les and Jeanie who raised a great son who became a great golfer and an even better person.
It couldn’t happen to a nicer guy. I hope Leo is resting better again.
John Cary, Executive Director
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