Strong picked for golf hall

ESCANABA – Tom Strong, a native of Ontonagon who compiled a notable career in golf, has been selected to the Wisconsin State Golf Association Hall of Fame.

Strong, who turns 55 Sunday, is the son of Dr. Tom and Flossie Strong. His late mother is a member of the U.P. Sports Hall of Fame and a four-time U.P. Ladies Golf Association champion.

Tom Strong won the Wisconsin State Amateur title in 1994. He was director of the Greater Milwaukee Open (GMO) from 1987-98 and granted an exemption to Tiger Woods for his first professional golf tournament in 1996.

Strong is currently director of standards for the PGA Tour and lives in St. Augustine, Fla.

He is former director of business affairs for the PGA Tour and ran the World Golf Championship-Bridgestone Invitational in Akron, Ohio (1998-2007).

Strong is the fourth Upper Peninsula native to join the WSGA. Previous enshrinees are brothers Dennis and Larry Tiziani of Ironwood, in 1989 and 2009, respectively, and Syd Wells of Menominee in 2012. Larry Tiziani has served as Strong’s swing coach.

Strong’s mother and Wells were long-time rivals in Upper Peninsula golf tournaments. “It’s kind of strange that I’m going in just after Syd,” Strong told the Milwaukee JournalSentinel for a story Sunday.