Chippewa Valley
Golf Association

2021 Hall of Fame Inductee

Brian J Paulson, PGA


A Winona, MN, native, Brian played high school golf for Winona High School from 8th Grade through his senior year, playing on the Varsity Golf Team from 9th grade on through his senior year in 1989.  Brian then attended Winona State University and played his college golf for WSU from 1989 through 1994.  While at Winona State, Brian won numerous college tournaments, including the University of Northern Iowa tournament Paulson(a Division I Tournament); which Winona State University played during Brianís first couple of years.  While playing for Winona State University, Brian played in 6 (six) National College Championships, two NCAA Division II National Championships and four NAIA National Championships.  (At the time, WSU was transitioning from NAIA to NCAA Division II and Winona State University was actually eligible for both NAIA and NCAA Division II.)  Brianís best Individual finishes in those National Championships were 3rd for NCAA Division II in 1993 at Turlock Country Club in Turlock, CA, and Runner Up for NAIA in 1994, at Tulsa Country Club in Tulsa, OK.)  For his success playing for Winona State University, Brian was elected to both the Winona State University Athletic Hall of Fame, as well as the NSIC (Northern Sun Athletic Conference) Hall of Fame. 


After college, Brian turned professional, and played for a few years seeing how far his golf game would go, with the goal of hopefully getting on the PGA Tour.  Brian played on both the CVGA and TRGA (Three Rivers Golf Association, based out of La Crosse, WI) in the 1990ís and early 2000ís, winning two CVGA Tournament of Champion titles, his first one in 1995 and his second in2002, when they were still playing 36 holes for the Tournament of Champions.  Brian also won numerous other events on the CVGA throughout those years, starting first as an Amateur during his collegiate days, and then as a professional after college. 

Brian also played on Regional Mini-Tours (Dakotas and Prairie Golf Tour, in the 1990ís) as well as numerous State Opens in Minnesota, North Dakota, Nebraska, and Iowa.  Brian also qualified and played in two Chicago Opens in the early 2000ís, which eventually turned into a Nationwide Tour (now Korn Ferry Tour) event in later years. 

Brian also placed 3rd in the Minnesota State Open back in 2001, shooting a total score of -10 for the Tournament.  Brian also took three shots at PGA Tour Qualifying School in the late 1990ís and early 2000s, unfortunately not getting through the qualifying.   In recent years, Brian has played his tournament golf in the Minnesota Section PGA events.


After trying to play a bit for a living, Brian became the Assistant Golf Professional at The Bridges (Formerly Winona Country Club).  There, Brian received his PGA Education, graduating in 2010 with his Class Ė A Membership into the PGA of America.  As a PGA Golf Professional, Brian has given numerous lessons to numerous golfers of all ability levels, men and women, and juniors.  From 2013 through 2015 Brian was also hired as the Head Menís Golf Coach for Winona State University.  Since 2015, He has been the Head Golf Professional at Westfield GC, in Winona, MN, a 9-Hole public golf course within the city of Winona, where he currently works today.


Brian married an Eau Claire, WI girl, Kathryn Wahl, in 2015. Brian and Kathryn live in Winona, MN with their two dogs, Milo and Lola.

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