Menomonee Falls native Mark Wilson won his fifth PGA Tour title on Sunday as dusk shrouded the course in La Quinta,California. It was his third title in 13 months, a feat shared only by fellow Wisconsinite Steve Stricker. Mark’s win moved him into second place in the FedEx Cup points standings, just ahead of Stricker and third on the Tour’s money list, just behind Stricker.
Some members of the golf world are asking the question “Is Mark Wilson the most underrated golfer on the Tour?” We will let that debate to the folks who know what they are talking about, but in the eyes of the MACC Fund, he is our favorite player on the Tour – for good reason. One of the first things that Mark did when he joined the Tour in 2004 was to create a program with his friend and then marketing/business manager, Eddie Erkmanis, called “Making a Mark Fore MACC.”
A mathematics major at the University of North Carolina where he was an All-American and won the Ben Hogan Award for the sport’s top student athlete in 1997, Mark and his wife Amy have donated $220,000 to the MACC Fund through this program. They give a donation for every “cut” he makes and more for every Top 10, 20 and 30 finish. Their gifts have ranged from $5,000 in 2004 to $40,000 in 2011, his record year on the Tour where he won two tournaments and had three Top 10 finishes. Mark and Amy have given more to the MACC Fund than any other athlete in the MACC Fund’s 35-year history.
It is easy to see why he is the MACC Fund’s favorite on Tour and a valued member of the MACC Fund’s Honorary Athletic Board. In addition to his great program, he is also the Honorary Chairman of the Lake Country Charity Invitational featuring many of the area’s finest high school teams. Sponsored by Hartland’sArrowheadHigh Schoolunder the watchful eye of tournament director Tom Tallmadge, the school’s legendary former golf coach, the Invitational will be played atErinHillson April 28.ErinHillshosted the U.S. Men’s Amateur in 2011 and will host the U.S. Open in 2017. Despite a busy Tour schedule, Mark always makes time to play a round in the summer with some of the Invitational’s top fund-raising teams never forgetting his days as a high school golfer for Wisconsin Lutheran High School where he was a state champion as a freshman.
Congratulations and thanks to Mark and Amy and your great family. Thanks for taking the MACC Fund along on the Tour and thanks for your “Gift of Hope through Golf.”
John Cary, Executive Director