Chippewa Valley
Golf Association

2021 Hall of Fame Inductee

Mark Barstad



Mark Barstad was born on March 19th, 1962 in Eau Claire WI.  He grew up on the west side and attended Memorial High School.  Mark or “Barney”,  first started playing golf on the front lawn of Randall Elementary School.  He, along with childhood friend Bob Tietz, would make holes around oak trees, etc to create a golf course.  Soon after that, Mark’s step Dad, John Mills, would play in a dance band on barstadFriday nights at Hillcrest Country Club in Altoona  and receive a family golf membership as payment.  Bob Tietz had already joined as a junior member and would play and mentor Mark as he began to play real golf at Hillcrest.  It was at Hillcrest that Mark was introduced to what the CVGA was, as they hosted one of four, 2 day major tournaments.  He was a fore caddy on hole number 7 at the Hillcrest Open in 1974.  Players Joe Springer, Rick Norman, Greg Dick, Steve Jensen, Mark Sippel, club pro Paul Lehman and others captured his attention.  Legendary city athlete Diz Kronenberg agreed to have Mark caddie for him, as his love for the game of golf grew.  It was also an incredible time for Memorial High School golf as the Old Abes won the State Championship in 1974 and 1977.  Looking up to players like Greg Dick, Jeff Michealson, Tom Kristo, Ed Severson, and Dave Marquardt only fueled his enthusiasm for the game of golf.  Mark’s dream was to one day qualify to play in the CVGA Tournament of Champions.

Mark lettered in football and golf in high school.   The Old Abes golf team won the Big Rivers Conference Championship 1978; team members were Dave Marquardt, Craig Murphy, Dieter Murphy, Steve Kristo, and Mark.  After high school Mark put his golf interests on hold and chased his dream of playing college football.  He attended UWEC and was a 4-year starter as a defensive back for the Blugolds  playing for legendary coach Link Walker.  The ’81 and ’83 Blugolds were WSUC Conference Champions.  The ’84 Blugolds compiled a 31-10 record, the best 4 year won/loss record in the university’s 100 plus year history.  Players Jess Cole, Lee Weigel, Ken Heffel, Jeff Wilson, Mike Molnar, Bart Mattson, and many others were contributors to the Blugold football campaign from 1981-84.  Mark’s 12 career interceptions (3 in one game) are tied for 8th all-time.

After football, Mark started playing CVGA tournaments with limited success.  He played for 25 years and only got as close as a 5th place finish (Ojibwa) in any tournament.  For many years, Mark played with Mark Sippel, Steve Jensen, and Steve Alf.  In 2008, at the age of 46, Mark captured the Osseo Open Championship to win his first CVGA tournament.  He then won the next two CVGA Tournaments (Cadott, Lake Wissota) to win 3 in a row.  In 2012, Mark won the CVGA Tournament of Champions chipping in on the 36th hole to edge out Julian Ramirez and Joel B. Johnson by one stroke.  In 2016, he won his second Tournament of Champions edging out 1999 T of C Winner George Smith, Minnesota Gopher Thomas Campbell, and Kyle Scanlon by one shot.  Also, in 2016, he was CVGA Amateur of the Year.  That year he also won the CVGA Senior Tournament of Champions at Cadott, sharing that title with Mark Sippel and Jim Green.  Mark became the second player to win both Tournament of Champions  and the Senior Championship (Bob Yule, Jr. was the other), and the only person to win both in the same year.  Mark has been the CVGA Open Division Chairman since 2013, and is also the CVGA Treasurer.  He was the Assistant Golf Coach for the ECM Old Abes from 2013-2019. In the 6 years as assistant coach, he was fortunate to watch the Old Abes make 5 trips to the state tournament.  Mark is a Territory Manager for Certainteed Corp.  He has 3 children (Jenay, Kaylin, and Carter) and 5 grandchildren.  He resides in Eau Claire, WI and still enjoys playing competitive golf.

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