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KemperSports Salutes Frequent Fairways Program Finishers

KemperSports Frequent Fairways, a loyalty program designed to reward golfers for playing more golf at our properties in Chicagoland, New Jersey, the Mid-Atlantic and Texas, is back again this year. The concept is simple. With each participating course you play, you’ll earn increasing rewards like ProV1 golf balls, a golf cart reward and a custom-logoed hat. Reach the needed course threshold in your region and you can receive this year’s top reward, a brand new Vokey SM10 wedge courtesy of our friends at Titleist.

We’re excited to congratulate and celebrate the golfers below, who have all made their way through the entire program in their respective region to earn themselves a new Vokey SM10 wedge. We invite you to learn more about them and their experience in this year’s program below, and if you haven’t already done so, join the Frequent Fairways program in your region to start earning rewards today.

Mike Winters
Frequent Fairways Chicagoland

How did you first hear about the Frequent Fairways program?
Cantigny’s (home course) Head Golf Professional Matt Tullar first mentioned the program to me and in 2022 I signed up.

Why did you decide to participate again this year after participating in 2022?
I had so much fun in 2022, but unfortunately missed out doing it in 2023. This year, I felt it would be similar or even better in 2024. The new Vokey wedge certainly was this year’s main selling point.

What have you enjoyed most about the Frequent Fairways program?
It’s so much fun playing different courses. For me, it’s like a scavenger hunt looking for a new gem or looking forward to playing a course for the second time.

Did you know about all the participating courses before joining the program?
Yes, I did and it was my mission to play them all. I’m an avid golfer and take my son with me all the time.  For us, it’s a father-son Frequent Fairways day. I definitely would have never visited or played some of the great courses like Deerpath or Winnetka had it not been for this program, and I’m really glad I did.


Matt Baugh
Frequent Fairways Chicagoland

How did you first get into golf? 
My Uncle Ed bought me a set of clubs and would take me to the driving range and the course when I was getting started. The following year, I participated in summer camps as a middle schooler, which I continued. I’ve played casually ever since.
How did you first hear about the Frequent Fairways Chicagoland program?
I was signed up to receive marketing emails from Titleist, and they sent out a communication detailing the program for Chicagoland.
What excited you most about the program?
I was most excited to have an excuse to get out and play some new courses that I had not played before, but the rewards were what pushed me over the edge to fully engage in the program.
What have you enjoyed most about the program?
Finding courses other than those I usually play and now knowing that I can now take friends and family to when they visit.
Who is in your dream foursome?
Me, Max Homa, Scottie Scheffler and my buddy Erich.


Paul Barry
Frequent Fairways Mid-Atlantic

How did you first get into golf?
My dad introduced me to it when I was a kid. We lived on a golf course, so I could go practice at the driving range and putting green whenever I wanted to, which was great!
How did you first hear about the Frequent Fairways Mid-Atlantic program?
I took my son to play at Timbers at Troy and we saw the sign about the program there. We thought it would be a great way to get out and play some different courses and we had a great time doing it.
What excited you most about the program?
My son is getting into golf now as a kid just as I did, so this gave us a great opportunity to get out and play together while discovering some new courses.
What have you enjoyed most about the program?
The courses that we played as part of the program were nice and in great shape. The staff we interacted with at the courses were also very welcoming and helpful.
Who is in your dream foursome?
It would be with my son and our two favorite players, Tiger and Jordan Spieth.

Chris Zonghetti
Tour of the Turnpike

How did you first get into golf? 
I first got into golf by playing with my father-in-law and my brother-in-law. I had played a few times before ever meeting them and playing with them. I started picking it up in my downtime during the pandemic, however, I really give them the credit for truly getting me into the game, teaching me, practicing with me, and watching it regularly. Now I have the bug and try to play anywhere and everywhere when given the opportunity!
How did you first hear about the Tour of the Turnpike program?
I first heard about the Tour of the Turnpike through my local course (Skyway in Jersey City, NJ). They were promoting the program and provided me with more info about the challenge. At the time, I only had one wedge in my bag and thought this would be a good opportunity to not only play different courses throughout New Jersey but also add another needed club to my bag!
What excited you most about the program?
What excited me most about the program was the ability to go and play other courses I had never even heard of in addition to being able to travel the state and go to places I’ve never been to previously. I was able to meet and play against a lot of good golfers by playing in the program.
What have you enjoyed most about the program?
What I have enjoyed the most from the program has been playing a mix of courses. The courses offered in the program ranged in difficulty and tested my ability to consistently play good golf.
Who is in your dream foursome?
Scottie Scheffler, Tiger Woods, Michael Jordan and myself! 


James Paduano
Tour of the Turnpike

How did you first get into golf?
I first got into golf at a young age through my father. Growing up in New York on Long Island, he would bring me to the practice greens when playing the local public courses. I would observe, learn and develop my short game with him. Even now, it’s one of the strongest aspects of my game. There was a hiatus in my teens and early twenties, since my schools didn’t have a golf team and I played other varsity sports to stay active. After a stint in the hospitality industry, I joined a sales organization in the Wine and Spirits business. It was there I rediscovered my love for golf. Hosting outings, entertaining clients and enjoying the weekends further developing my skills. It was a great escape from the high pace and pressure of sales, both mentally and physically. I am truly thankful for my father’s introduction to such a wonderful sport, even if it was an excuse to play every weekend while watching me. I plan to implement similar strategies with our first!

How did you first hear about the Tour of the Turnpike program?
I learned of the Tour of the Turnpike program through (General Manager) Stephen Mills at Skyway Golf Course prior to the program launching. Skyway is a second home living in Hudson County. It’s a beautiful yet challenging track, nestled in the urban environment of Jersey City, New Jersey.

What excited you most about the program?
As someone who doesn’t have a country club membership, it was a unique opportunity to experience playing public courses that are not only of high quality, but also earn rewards for playing the game that I love. These rewards were very generous and with a grand prize like a new Titleist Vokey SM10 Wedge, it really motivated me to take the Tour.

What have you enjoyed most about the program?
I really enjoyed the exploration aspect of the program, getting to experience courses that I may not have played due to the comfortability of the normal rotation. I discovered new favorites, met some fantastic people on staff and playing partners, and appreciated the sense of achievement as I collected the stamps to fill my card.

Who is in your dream foursome?
I hate to be cliche but I would have to start with Tiger Woods since I grew up watching him transform the game and gain widespread popularity. Seve Ballesteros holds a special place in my heart. A truly amazing gentleman, beloved golfer and prime example of exceptional bunker play… I do my best to emulate it with mixed results… since I am there pretty often. Bobby Jones, as one of the greats in the early days and one of the masterminds behind Augusta National. What an opportunity to hear his stories and thank him for a great start to April every year!


Todd Thurston
Tour of the Turnpike

How did you first get into golf?
I was introduced to golf by my brother-in-law, maybe 25 years ago, so I started quite late in my 40s. I had absolutely no idea what I was doing the first few times out, but I was able to keep up, and fell in love with the game right away.

How did you first hear about the Tour of the Turnpike program?
I’ve played a KemperSports course in New Jersey several times (Skyway), so I guess they had my email address. I got a random email from them in April, and thought it looked interesting enough to give it a go.

What excited you most about the program?
I was intrigued by the courses on the list, only one of which I had ever played (again, Skyway), but all of which were relatively close to home. Of course, having the chance to earn a beautiful wedge at the end was fairly motivating, along with the other swag… love the hat!

What have you enjoyed most about the program?
The courses turned out to be very enjoyable to play, all very well managed, and each one quite unique from the others. Most are courses I would probably never have gotten to without the impetus of the Tour.

Who is in your dream foursome?
Well, I have to say my two regular playing partners, friends for 40+ years, along with any fourth who is no better at golf than me, and who plays for the fun of the game.


Will Tatum
Tour of the Turnpike


How did I get into golf?
Like so many of us, I got into golf playing with my father. I started playing when I was 15 years old and it has taken me 40 years to get this bad at golf!

How did I hear about Tour of the Turnpike?
I first heard about Tour of the Turnpike by email.

What excited you most about the program?
What doesn’t excite me? Do I need an excuse to play more golf and new courses? Prizes?!?! For playing golf?!?!?! 

What have you enjoyed most about the program?
Honestly, I played all six courses with one of my best friends. Golf is great, prizes are great, but spending time with people you love is something money cannot buy. I think that is the thing people who do not play golf don’t understand.

Who is in your dream foursome?
I am most curious about famous people who have discovered golf and are hooked. First choice would be me joined by Justin Timberlake. Steph Curry and Samuel L. Jackson. Katt Williams would be my alternate. If it were professional golfers, I would want to play with Tommy Fleetwood, Kevin Kisner and Viktor Hovland.


Tony Kochnitcharski
Tour of the Turnpike

How did I get into golf?
I picked up golf as something to do under lockdown for COVID during 2020. A couple close friends and I decided to try it out and we immediately fell in love with it. We started our golf journeys together and now live in separate states, so it’s fun to get together over golf trips and see how each other’s game has progressed.

How did I hear about Tour of the Turnpike?
I heard it from a friend of mine as we were playing Skyway Golf Course in New Jersey. He saw the advertisement in the clubhouse and brought it up to me. I immediately signed up and tried to complete it as fast as possible since I am in need of a new wedge.

What excited you most about the program?
The new wedge for completion was the initial draw of the program for me but I quickly noticed that Ireally enjoyed venturing out and playing courses that I normally would not have played otherwise.

What have you enjoyed most about the program?
Similar to above, I enjoyed traveling around upper New Jersey and playing new courses that I normally would not have done. The various rewards that were spread out were the cherry on top.

Who is in your dream foursome?
This is a tough question as there are many people that come to mind. I think Tiger Woods, Charles Barkley, and Travis Kelce would be my finalists. A good mix of talent and fun.


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