Wickenburg Ranch Member Wins 2020 Troon Putting Challenge

As a part of the August Troon Player Development month for 2020, golfers from all over the world honed in their putting skills and participated in the Troon Putting Challenge. Golfers submitted their completed Scorecard to their Troon-affiliated Coach or Director of Instruction.

In the end, with the final score of 57 (!!!), Marcy Oelhafen, a golf member at Wickenburg Ranch Golf & Social Club in Wickenburg, Arizona, is the champion and the recipient of a $250.00 gift card from Callaway Golf! Her scorecard (seen below), saw her get off to a blazing start as she knocked in each of her first 10 putts within three and six feet, made 12 putts total and sealed the deal putting four balls within five feet from 30 and 45 feet out!

Marcy and her husband Bill have been proprietary golf members at Wickenburg Ranch since October of 2017. She was born in New York and has lived in and has Minnesota, Wisconsin, Boston and Philadelphia over the years.  Her favorite hole at Wickenburg Ranch is number 14. Her and Bill competed with at Troon Cup last December at Indian Wells Golf Resort and are looking forward to heading up to Pronghorn for the next Troon Cup.


Marcy Oelhafe's official Troon Putting Challenge Scorecard | finishes with a final score of 57 with Brad Bachman on hand to sign off as a witness

The rewards don’t stop there! All the coaches involved with the Troon Putting Challenge this August participated with one-another as well. The coach with the most participants in the challenge received a Nike fitness kit. With 29 total participants over the month at Troon North Golf Club, Ryan Mahoney was named the winner!

Ryan is a Class A PGA Teaching Professional and has worked at Troon North for the past eighteen years. Most of that time has been spent teaching and coaching the game to players of all abilities in various capacities. Including private and group lessons, clinics, camps, and golf schools. Ryan, alongside Director of Instruction, Doug Hammer is in charge of the Troon North Junior Academy which, consists of their junior clinics, summer and winter camps, Elite-Masters year long program, Ping Junior Interclub team and PGA Junior League. Under Ryan’s guidance, Troon North’s Junior Academy has become one of Arizona’s premiere junior programs for kids of all abilities to learn, develop, and grow their passion for the game of golf. Ryan has been recognized as one of US Kids Golf Top 50 Coaches, Honorable Mention over the past several years as well as one of the top junior coaches in the Southwest PGA Section.

Ryan’s philosophy is simple and easy to comprehend, he does not teach one method but emphasizes on creating a swing that will provide consistency. Ryan feels that focusing on preparation, progressive learning and having fun, are the keys to being successful at golf.

A special thank you to all participants and coaches who joined Troon in this challenge as well as many other great opportunities for Player Development Month!