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.
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
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.
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
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
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.
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.