Chippewa Valley
Golf Association

2021 Hall of Fame Inductee

Ed Severson, PGA



Ed Severson was born July 14th, 1958 in Waycross, GA to parents Duke & Sharron Severson. Raised in Eau Claire, Edís golf career started at Lowes Creek Golf Course at age 13. Sharron introduced Ed to the game of golf after the family purchased Lowes Creek Golf Course in 1972. Edís first instructors were Diz Kronenberg, father Duke (3 CVGA wins), PGA pro Paul Lehman and Stu North. Ed grew up at Lowes Creek Golf Course learning all aspects of the golf business including teaching, grounds keeping and customer relations. In 1972 Ed participated in CVGA junior tournaments and joined Hillcrest Country Club to play alongside fellow golfers from Memorial High School. At Memorial, Ed and the Old Abes finished 7th in the 1975 WIAA State Boys Tournament in Janesville and 2nd in the 1976 WIAA State Tournament at Lawsonia. In college, Ed competed for 3 seasons with the UWEC Blugolds including the first ever appearance in the 1977  NCIA National Championship. In 1982, after graduating from UW-Stout with a B.S. in Industrial Education Ė Ed, Duke & Sharron purchased Hallie Golf Course. Ed was the Director of Golf for Hallie Golf Course from 1982-2002. At this time Ed was the Electronics teacher at North High School and the Husky Boys Golf Coach. From 2000-2005 Ed, his brother John, and sister Jill owned and operated Coudrey Riverside Golf Course in Radisson Wisconsin.


From 1984 Ė 2002 Ed was the Vice President of the CVGA under strong recommendation from mentor and fellow Hall of Famer Art Tangen. Art also advised Ed to gain Class A professional status with the PGA of America. Ed and brother John held this status from 1990-2002. In 2016, Swede Swensen wanted to retire from his senior CVGA chairman position. At this time Ed accepted the position of Senior Chairman and Executive Officer which he still holds today.


Ed competed in multiple CVGA junior Tournaments, 5 WI State Open Championships, 4 CVGA Wins including 1982 Chetek Open, 1987 Hallie Open, 1988 & 1995 CVGA Tournament of Champions. Edís golf legacy in the Chippewa Valley include son, DJ Severson playing in several CVGA Junior and WSGA events, winning the 2009 Hallie Open, and thus creating the only 3 generational winners in CVGA history.  DJ went on to play  for the University of Dubuque Menís Golf Team. Daughter, Holli playing alongside her brother in several CVGA Junior and WSGA events, earned a 4-year scholarship to the North Dakota State University and their Womenís Golf Team. Ed mentored 2 PGA of America members; Tom Eisenhuth and Adam Long. Ed educated hundreds of students on the love for the game of golf starting at the age of 16 until current. Ed married Emily (Beguhn) in 1979. They have 2 children, DJ and Holli, and 4 grandchildren. 

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