Chippewa Valley
Golf Association

2016 Hall of Fame Inductee

Steve Jensen


jensenSteve was born in Kenosha , WI on April 29, 1953. He and his family moved to Eau Claire when Steve was just  an infant.  He and his family settled in on the North Side of Eau Claire, eventually becoming North High Huskies.  He was a standout basketball and baseball player and  still ranks high among the all-time North High scoring leaders  in basketball .  

Steve started playing golf after high school when he discovered his Dad’s set of golf clubs and starting hitting shots by creating golf holes in vacant lots near the Eau Claire Airport.  

He started playing the real game of  golf at Hallie Golf Course with friends Dan Ammerman and the legendary lefty, Kim Boelke.   He soon become skilled enough to start playing  CVGA tournaments in 1971. His first tournament win occurred only three years later on a cold and blistery day at Lowes Creek Golf Course in 1974.  He finished second at Spring Valley the very next day and this competitive nature soon led to one of the most stellar CVGA careers on record. 

He won Player of the Year Honors 3 times, twice during the 70’s where CVGA giants such as Joe Springer, Rick Norman, Greg Dick, and Roy Abrameit were all in their primes and vying for the same crown.  He also won Player of the Year in both the Open Division and the Senior Division in the same year, 2005….a feat  accomplished only by him.  Some of his most memorable golf experiences  were of him qualifying for two US Mid-Amateur Championships in ‘83 and ’84 and winning the Chetek Open with a score of -13 under par in the 27 hole tournament.  Steve credits  Diz Kronenberg and Bob Yule, Jr. for teaching him many of the aspects of golf. 

In his CVGA career, he would win more than 25 times.   A deadly putter with a creative short game, “Jens” was NEVER out of a hole.   On many occasions opponents were left scratching their heads, feeling either “heartbroken” or “hustled”, and asking themselves,  “How did he do that?”.  

Steve has two children, David and Sarah, and has been married to his wife Mary, since 2002.  Steve has spent his entire career in the home remodeling business and spends his winters  in Winter Haven, FL. 

Steve still competes in the CVGA as both a Championship and Senior player and is regularly among the leaders.  A big hitter with an even bigger personality, Steve Jensen is one of the more colorful characters that still play in the  CVGA.   If younger golfers ever want to know what the CVGA was like “in the day”….look no further than Jens because if (when) he wins again, he will have won a CVGA tournament in 5 decades.  

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