Fab Four: Weiss, Wieland brothers golf 626 holes in a single day for charity

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By: 
Rob Reischel
From left, Brett Wieland, Kade Wieland, Alex Weiss and Luke Weiss recently combined to play more 600 holes of golf in one day to raise money for the Wisconsin PGA Junior Foundation. /Photo submitted

Alex Weiss, a 15-year-old from Middleton, started the fun several years ago.

Two years ago, his pal Brett Wieland of Milton who’s also 15, joined the party.

And this year, little brothers Luke Weiss (12) and Kade Wieland (11), came to the festivities.

In the end, the Wisconsin PGA Junior Foundation did the most celebrating.

This Fabulous Foursome teamed up on Aug. 24 and played more than 600 holes of golf on one day at Oak Ridge Golf Course in Milton. The quartet raised money for the Wisconsin PGA Junior Foundation, and that total currently at $4,642.

“The Wisconsin Junior PGA Foundation (holds) junior golf tournaments for kids of all ages and provide scholarships for kids that wouldn’t otherwise be able to participate in these events,” Alex Weiss recently told Wisconsin.Golf. “We have played in the Wisconsin Junior PGA tournaments for many years and it’s been an incredible experience for us, especially during COVID-19.”

Brett Weiland agreed.

“They also provide college scholarships for kids that decide to play college golf,” Weiland said of the Wisconsin Junior PGA Foundation. “Their mission statement is to promote the game of golf by providing positive opportunities, enjoyment, and education to Wisconsin junior golfers and their families.”

Alex Weiss began golfing 100 holes on a single day as a fundraiser for The First Tee of Southeast Wisconsin several years ago. Brett Weiland began doing something similar at Hansen Park Golf Course in Milwaukee during the summer of 2018.

Last year, Alex and Brett teamed up and played a whopping 145 holes for charity at Bishops Bay Country Club in Middleton.

This year, Alex and Brett targeted 200 holes on a single day, while their younger brothers — Luke Weiss and Kade Wieland — aimed for 100 holes. The group decided to play at Oak Ridge, which is owned by the Weiland’s parents Andrea and Kirk.

“This year, given how busy golf courses have been, we decided that the easiest way the boys could achieve 200 holes was if they played on a slower day like a Monday and played at Oak Ridge,” said Andrea Wieland, who is also the women’s golf coach at UW-Whitewater. “We would be able to tell everyone else that checked in that the boys were playing 200 holes as fast as they could, so to let them play through.  

“We let the kids drive their own carts — distancing was better and they played faster that way. It worked out perfect.”

It sure did.

The boys teed off at 5:20 a.m. with glow balls. They played the first hole together, but then branched off so the older boys could go faster.  

They played nine holes with glow balls, then were off to the races once daylight hit.

The older boys averaged about 30 minutes per nine holes early on, while the younger boys averaged about 40-45 minutes per nine.

One of the highlights of the day came at 7:50 a.m., when Kade Wieland notched his first career hole in one. Kade used a 5-iron at the 155-yard, No. 4 for his memorable shot.

“They knew it was a good shot and should be close, but when Kade went up there to see how close it was, it was in the hole,” Andrea Wieland said. “Screams and shouts could be heard all around.”

The heat was brutal throughout the day and the temperature rose to 93 degrees.

The younger brothers completed 100 holes at 1:52 p.m. and played one more hole to say they hit 101. 

“Since they both had a tournament the next day, they didn’t want to push it,” Andrea Wieland said. 

The older brothers completed 150 holes at 2:28 p.m. and suddenly set 240 holes as their new goal.

At one point, they played speed golf and finished 18 holes in a remarkable 29 minutes, 38 seconds.

“It was pretty interesting to watch,” Andrea Wieland said. “They were driving the cart close to the green and tees, but also sprinting onto the green and literally hitting the ball and driving off while it’s still in the air.”

The bad news is they were wiped out. 

They reached their goal of 200 holes at 5:29 p.m. and eventually finished with 212 holes.

“They were practically crawling at that point,” Andrea Wieland said. “They could hardly make sentences.”

In all, the Fab Four completed an extraordinary 626 holes. And they compiled a day no one will ever forget.

If you’d like to donate to the efforts of the Weiss and Wieland brothers, you can mail a donation to: WPGA Junior Foundation/11350 W. Theo Trecker Way/West Allis, WI  53214

 

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