Golf ace Lindmark is coach, manager, proud alumnus

Golf ace Bill LindmarkBill Lindmark, a 1981 graduate of UW-Green Bay, is and always has been a top-flight golfer. He played for the Phoenix in his college days, set the Shorewood course record, earned designation as a PGA teaching professional and even played in several PGA Tour events.

Looks like his players are following in their coach’s footsteps.

Lindmark is head coach of a Phoenix men’s golf team that is arguably off to the best start in school history. Last month the Phoenix won a second consecutive tournament (the Kaiser Invitational in North Dakota). They set a school 36-hole record with a collective 14-under-par performance.

That was only a little better than their coach’s performance earlier in the month. Lindmark was in contention for the title at the Wisconsin State Senior Open, held at Mascoutin Golf Course in Berlin, Wis. He shot a two-day score of 71-73—144 to take second place in the over-50 event. Lindmark, who seems to be getting better with age — he finished sixth at the event two years ago — said he entered the tournament after some prodding from the men’s golf team members. “I’m glad I shot well. If I hadn’t, I probably never would have heard the end of it,” he said.

Lindmark returned to campus last January as manager of the Shorewood Clubhouse. He had previously been manager at Shorewood from 1996 to 2001. Over the years he has held management and ownership positions with the nearby Woods Golf Club in Green Bay. As a player, Lindmark competed three times in the Greater Milwaukee Open, has played in PGA club professional tournaments, and still holds the Shorewood Golf Course nine-hole record (a 29 he shot in 1999).

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