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Chippewa Valley
Golf Association

2015 Hall of Fame Inductee



Joe Springer

 

Joe Springer was born in Elmwood, Wisconsin, just a short distance from Durand where he graduated from high school in 1969.  While in high school he participated in basketball, football, and golf.  Joe walked on at UW-Madison his freshman year but then transferred to UW Stout to pursue the dream of being a receiver on the football team.

 

The first CVGA tournament Joe played was in the summer of 1970 at the Bloomer Memorial Golf Course.   The first not being memorable, Joe didnít break 40 on any of the nines in the 27-hole tournament, but that was to change quickly.  Thousands of range balls later, Joe became a dominant player throughout the 70ís, racking up victories at most of the courses, most notably Hillcrest in í74 and Hallie in í75.

 

His game continued to improve and his dreams became bigger; that is until October 8, 1975.   It was on that day he was in an automobile accident between Durand and Elmwood.  It left his body with multiple fractures and twisted body parts.  After an entire winter of healing and rehab, Joe was back on the golf course in the spring of í76.  He won the second tournament he entered and got back to winning CVGA tournaments.

 

What followed in the next decades was a career in the CVGA that will never be equaled: 100 tournament wins, 16 Player of the Year awards, 6 Tournament of Champions victories! "Never seen before or since!",  says Bob Yule, "Don Johnson and I used be in the running for trophies back then. We referred to those years as BJ, 'Before Joe'.  That guy was really good!"

 

A little quirky ...... eccentric?  Maybe, but inarguably, there will never be another player like Joe Springer on the Chippewa Valley circuit.

 

Joe shares his time between Eau Claire in the summer and Beaver Creek, Colorado in the winter where he is an expert downhill skier and a member of the Ski Patrol.




















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