John Concannon, Publicity
This month the IMGA golfer of the month is none other than our six time club champion, Jack Lehmkuhl; (he also placed second five times in club championship competition).
Jack grew up in the small town of Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, located about 40 miles north of Green Bay. He was always active in sports growing up and was the quarterback, defensive back and place kicker on his high school football team. As captain of the team during his junior and senior years, the team went undefeated. He was also an excellent baseball and softball player and after high school was an excellent bowler averaging between 190–200. He developed the gift of gab as a licensed bartender at the age of 15 in a bar his parents owned. Those social skills would serve him well in later life in his sales career. As an aside, that bar today is owned by Mike Woldt, a lifelong friend and current Sun Lakes resident.
He passed up a possible scholarship to Michigan State in favor of some life experiences as he did not have any career goals upon graduating from high school. He soon decided that higher education was a necessity in life and enrolled at the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh, earning a degree in Business Administration. While in school, Jack met and married his wife, Kay, a union that produced a son, Tom and a daughter, Dana.
Jack started his business career with Procter and Gamble and rose through the ranks. He developed and headed up a P&G Sales Recruiting Program at the University of Wisconsin, Madison for 21 years. He was very active in golf in Wisconsin and became V.P. of the Wisconsin Public Links Association. After 28 years at P&G, he was offered a package and retired at the young age of 52. In the mid ‘80s, Jack was encouraged to visit Arizona by a longtime friend and Sun Lakes resident, Jim Mealey and the memories of that visit stuck in the back of his mind. He and Kay had vacationed frequently in Florida and after a particularly hot and humid round of golf Jack asked Kay if she might consider moving to Arizona and get away from the humidity and the bugs; and the rest, as they say, is history. They moved to Sun Lakes in 1994 settling in Ironwood where they celebrated their 20th anniversary in Sun Lakes on December 13, 2014.
Jack and Kay are both avid golfers and have the unique distinction of both scoring aces during the same round, he on No. 15 and Kay on No. 17. A friend of theirs who researched the situation determined that the odds of that happening are one in 19 million. Now that is unique!
These days Jack works three days a week at A-1 Golf Carts using his sales experience developed during his years at P&G. In addition Jack is an active biker. The next time you see Jack, say hello. You will receive a strong handshake and a broad smile. He says he has no reason not to smile living the active and successful life to date.