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Chippewa Valley
Golf Association

2021 Hall of Fame Inductee



Tony Rohlic, PGA

 

 Tony Rohlic was born on October 8th, 1968 in Eau Claire, Wisconsin and attended Chippewa Falls Senior High where he lettered in Basketball and Golf. Tony was first introduced to golf by his dad, Bill Rohlik, at the age of 9. A few years later Tony would start caddying for his dad in rCVGA events in which his dad played for 5 decades as a Championship and Senior player; he also served on the CVGA board of directors along the way. It was during that time of caddying for his dad and seeing the love and passion that his dad had for the game of golf that convinced Tony that golf was what he wanted to do for his profession.

After Tony graduated High School in 1987 he started playing in CVGA tournaments. He also started playing golf on a daily basis with other CVGA regulars like Bob Johnson, Matt Garber, Tom Kristo, and CVGA Hall of Famer Joe Springer who took Tony under his wing and started to teach him how to really “Play” golf and swing the club. After each summer, Tony would head south to Texas where his mom lived so he could work on his golf game. Finally in 1989 Tony started to see the fruits of his labor when he finished tied for 1st in a CVGA event at the Elks Club in Chippewa Falls. Unfortunately, Tony lost in a playoff that day but the fire for competition had been lit. In 1990 Tony won his first 2 CVGA Events and in 1991 won another 5 times including his first Major at Hillcrest Country club defeating some of the all-time CVGA greats and fellow Hall of Famers including Joe Springer, Steve Jensen, Leif Carlson, and Greg Murphy. All in all, Tony won over 20 CVGA Tournaments and finished Runner up Player of the year 3 times (all to Joe Springer).

Tony also played college golf for the Eau Claire Blugolds for 1 season where he won 3 Individual titles and helped his team win the Conference Championship in the fall of 1990.
 

Thanks to the CVGA, Tony’s love for golf only grew and in the summer of 1991, Tony decided to turn Professional to begin his dream of playing golf for a living. After a few more summers of CVGA tournaments and winters playing on the Texas mini tours, Tony was offered an Assistant Professional job working for his good friend and former CVGA winner Tom Kristo at Lost Spur Country Club in Eagan MN.

Over the next 6 years Tony would become one of the best Professional players in Minnesota winning over 40 golf tournaments, winning Assistant Player of the Year 3 consecutive years, setting 4 course records, shooting a career low score of 58, and making a Hole in one to win a car during a tournament in 1998. 1998 was also the year that Tony earned his membership as a PGA of America class A PGA Professional which would lead him to the next stage of his golf career.
 

In the year 2000 Tony applied for and was hired as the Head Golf Professional at Apache Wells Country Club in Mesa, Arizona. Tony moved to Arizona in March of 2000 and not only became the Head Golf Professional at a Country Club with over 600 members, but also soon became one of the top PGA Professional players in the Southwest Section. In 2003 Tony would accomplish the most exciting event of his Professional career. He qualified for the PGA Tour Phoenix Open by winning a 7-man playoff for 2 spots. Over the next 7 years in Arizona Tony qualify for 6 more PGA Tour events including 2 more Phoenix Opens, 3 Tucson Opens, and a Frys.com event. He would also qualify for 3 Korn Ferry Tour events during that stretch. He also won several tournaments during that time, but none as big as the Southwest Section Championship in 2005. This victory came with 2 of those PGA Tour invitations to play in the Phoenix Open and Tucson Open.
 

Tony has over 100 career victories, played in 10 PGA Tour Events, made 11 holes in one, 3 double eagles, and has set 10 course records in 3 different states. But ask Tony what his biggest accomplishment is, and he will point to his 3 children. Chase, Jordyn, and Sydney are what makes Tony the proudest. His son Chase was born in 2001 and now attends ASU Barrett’s Honors College and his twin girls, Jordyn and Sydney were born in 2005 and are Sophomores in High School where Jordyn plays volleyball and Sydney is involved in Theater and Chorus. Tony has been involved in Real Estate over the past several years but recently purchased a Retail Golf Store called Ace of Clubs East Mesa in Mesa Arizona and will be back playing and working in the golf business full time




















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