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Men's and women's golf classes for 2017 come with plenty of success
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Reinke Signs Five Newcomers with Strong Accolades for 2017

Courtesy: Green Bay Athletics
Release: November 16, 2016
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GREEN BAY, Wis. ( – Director of Men’s and Women’s Golf for the Green Bay Phoenix, Lee Reinke, is incredibly excited to announce and welcome three new additions on the women’s side and two on the men’s side to his rosters for the 2017-2018 season. All five of his incoming recruits are from the state of Wisconsin. Each of them come in with numerous high school and Junior accolades and achievements.

Joining the Phoenix in the fall of 2017 will be current high school women's standouts Leah Hansen (Denmark, Wis.), Ashley Kulka (Beaver Dam, Wis.) and Lori Meyer (Freedom, Wis.). On the men's side, Reinke will add Ben Gilles (Madison, Wis.) and Max Pasher (Mequon, Wis.). 

Leah Hansen comes to the Phoenix as a three-sport athlete out of Denmark, Wis., boasting 11 varsity letters in her four years. She was a captain on the softball and golf teams. Hansen was ranked ninth in the state of Wisconsin for girls basketball her junior year. Academically, she has been named to the Honor Roll all four years of high school as well.

Reinke on Leah: Leah is a three sport athlete who decided to play college golf and I couldn’t be happier to have her. Leah brings tenacity, hard work and a winning attitude to the program and again I am excited that she decided to stay close to home and become a Green Bay Phoenix. 

Other accolades: First Team All-Conference (So., Sr.); Academic All-State (Jr., Sr.); Second Team All-Conference (Fr., Jr.); Team MVP (Jr., Sr.); Recognized for 200+ hours of community service

Lori Meyer from Freedom, Wis., holds five records in her high school for golf, including the 9 and 18 hole scoring records. Meyer was named First-Team All-Conference and MVP all four years of her high school career.  She also was ranked in the top-15 of junior players in the state this past summer.

Ashley Kulka will bring another seven high school golf records to the Phoenix, also with 9 and 18 holes scoring records for Beaver Dam High School. Kulka was the first girl in Beaver Dam High School history to win the WIAA Division 1 Girls State Golf Tournament. She won an astounding 14 of the 26 events she competed in her junior and senior seasons.  

Other accolades: WIAA Division I State Champion (Jr.); Third-Place at WIAA Division I State Tournament (Sr.); GCAW Academic All-State (So., Jr., Sr.); First Team All-State (Jr., Sr.); First Team All-Conference (Fr., So., Jr., Sr); Conference Golfer of the Year (Jr., Sr.); Holds school record in 9-hole round (33) and 18-hole round (71)

Reinke on Lori and Ashley: Both Ashley and Lori have been ranked in the top five in their class throughout their high school careers and each of them know how to win. Their desire to win individually and as a team will help push our program to new heights in the future. I am very excited that they have both decided to stay close to home and become a Green Bay Phoenix.

“I am thrilled to announce that Ben Gilles from Madison Edgewood and Thomas “Max” Pasher from Mequon Homestead have each signed National Letters of Intent to attend the University Wisconsin-Green Bay in 2017,” Reinke said.

Still with his senior season ahead of him, Ben Gilles comes to the Phoenix currently ranked sixth in the state for the 2017 golf class. With a second-place team finish last year at the WIAA Division II State Golf Tournament, Gilles is hungry for the golf season to come back and get on the course again.

Reinke on Ben: Ben reached out to me shortly after I was named Men’s Head Golf Coach and I have been following his career ever since. Ben is currently ranked in the top 10 in his class in the state and is determined to get even better as he enters the next phase of his golfing career. Ben’s hard work and passion for the game will be a great fit for our program.

Other accolades: Conference Golfer of the Year (Jr.); First Team All-Conference (So., Jr.); First Team All-City (So., Jr.); Third-Team All-State (So., Jr.)

Rounding out the men’s side this year will be Thomas “Max” Pasher. Pasher was named to the honorable mention all state team his junior year as well as Second Team All-Conference. He is very involved in the community and his school, he will be receiving his school’s merit award for the fourth time this year. This award is presented to a student who dedicates at least 10-plus hours to volunteer work as well as 10-plus hours to sports, all while upholding the schools Honor Code.

Reinke on Max: Max comes from a high school program that this year has produced two Division 1 scholarship golfers and is ranked among the best in the state. Max possesses a lot of power and strength along with an outstanding passion for practice and competition and will be a great fit for our program.

Other accolades: WIAA All-State Honorable Mention (Jr.); Second Team All-Conference (Jr.); Honorable Mention All-Conference (So.)


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