Chippewa Valley
Golf Association

2018 Hall of Fame Inductee

Mark Sperling


Mark was born on Nov. 20th,1961 in Albany, New York but grew up in River Falls where he excelled as a Junior State and CVGA player.  Mark’s backyard in River Falls backed up to a football field and it was there that he began his self-taught golf career.  In 1979, he earned 2nd place at the Wisconsin State Junior Masters.

Mark attended River Falls High School where he qualified 3 times for the WIAA State Tournament and finished 4th as an individual and 4th as a team in 1980, and 3rd as a team in 1979.  In addition to golf, Mark lettered 2 years in wrestling at River Falls High School.

After High School, Mark worked with Craig Palmer at River Falls Country Club to further sharpen his golf game.  Mark attended Phoenix College and Steven F. Austin University in Nacogdoches, Texas where he played golf all four years finishing 2nd as a team in 1985 at the NCAA Division II Tournament.

Mark’s first CVGA victory came at Whitehall in 1980.  He would follow that victory with an astounding 41 more wins making him  2nd in all-time CVGA wins. His greatest achievement occurred  in one weekend 1988, shooting 91 (-11) at Chetek and the next day firing a 98 (-7) at Bloomer (these were the days of the 27 hole tournaments) .  In 1995, 2011, and 2012 Mark was CVGA Player of the Year and finished Runner-up in 2006 and 2008. 

On the state level, Mark won the 1987 WSGA Match Play at Kenosha Country Club; in 1993, at the Eau Claire Country Club, Mark finished  runner-up in the State Match Play, and in 2011, Mark also won the prestigious Minnesota Mid-Am.  In 1987, Mark was the 5th medalist in the United States Public Links Championship.

Mark has worked in the mortgage business since 2008.  He and his wife Patricia have three children and live Lakeville, MN.  His sons Tanner and Brandon play regularly the CVGA, and his daughter, Nicole, is currently in Medical School.  

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