Onalaska's Skogen wins first County Am title

HOLMEN, WI - Ben Skogen (pictured) had a strategy, but wouldn't reveal it until he secured his first title in the La Crosse County Amateur Golf Championships as presented by Pepsi-Cola of La Crosse on Sunday.
Skogen, a former WIAA state champion at Onalaska High School and member of the University of Wisconsin Badgers' golf team for four years before graduating last spring, shot an even par 70 at Drugan's Castle Mound Country Club for a three-stroke victory in Championship Flight. Coupled with a 2-under par 69 at The Golf Club at Cedar Creek in Onalaska on Saturday, Skogen finished at 139, four shots lower than runner-up Jake Dunn, who actually had the best round of the day with a 2-under 68.
"My strategy?" he said laughing. "Oh, yeah. My strategy was keeping the ball in play off the tee and fairway, hitting the fat part of the greens and lagging my putts up there where I knew my putts would fall.
"But my major strategy was to play against myself and not against the other players because I've done that in the past. I just wanted to keep the pedal to the metal. Fortunately, I did that and came out on top," he added with a huge smile.
Skogen had a three-stroke lead going into Sunday's final round that delayed the morning wave of Third and Fourth Flight players by rain for 3 hours. However, the tournament was still able to finish before 5:30 p.m. Skogen's lead stretched to four strokes, but then to only two when he double bogeyed the par-5 seventh hole.
He took control with a 40-foot birdie putt on the difficult par-3, 12th hole and never looked back.
Dunn, Josh Dirks and Tyler Church, who shared third place with 144, couldn't mount large enough rallies. Paul Williamson, all-time County Am champion with seven titles, finished fifth with 77-69-146.
"I missed a two-footer for par on No. 4, and then played that seventh hole just terrible," Skogen said. "But I chipped well and made some key putts down the stretch."
He had a tricky uphill chip on the par-4, 13th hole, but knocked it less than 3 feet from the hole to save par. He also got up and down on the 15th to save par, birdied the 17th hole and finished with a bogey in front of a large crowd gathered around the 18th green.
"This is awesome. I'm a proud 2018 County Am champion," he said. "I'm glad I won this tournament."
In other action, Jim Socha won First Flight with 75 for a two-day, 152 total.
Thomas Grapes came from seven strokes down after Day 1 to capture Second Flight with 85-77-162.
Robert Schoen posted his second victory within the last eight days by winning Third Flight with 84-84-168. Schoen won the Second Flight in the Kwik Trip Seniors County Amateur at Forest Hills Golf Course in La Crosse on July 28.
Bob Roers made it look easy in Fourth Flight with identical 83s for a 166 total and a 16-stroke victory.
Carson Brock, 16, was the low junior award winner with 83-77-160.
This year's Men's County Amateur purse was $5,625 for the 86-player field.

2018 LA CROSSE COUNTY MEN'S GOLF CHAMPIONSHIP
AS PRESENTED BY PEPSI-COLA OF LA CROSSE        

Sunday's Final Results    
Drugan's Castle Mound Country Club    
In Holmen, WI    
(Par-35-35-70)        

CHAMPIONSHIP FLIGHT    
Ben Skogen 69-70 139
Jake Dunn 75-68 143
Josh Dirks 72-72 144
Tyler Church 75-69 144
Paul Williamson 77-69 146
James DeBoer 72-75 147
Joel Preeshl 74-73 147
Bennett Hutson 76-73 149
Joe Weber 74-76 150
Mark Miller 76-76 152
Connor Frawley 77-75 152
John Anderson 79-76 155
Nate Smith 83-72 155
William Sibenaller 78-78 156
Eric Olson 79-77 156
Derek Iverson 79-77 156
Nick Anderson 80-77 157
Mike Bistodeau 83-76 159
Ben Korger 80-80 160
Carson Brock 83-77 160
Rick Stewart 81-80 161
Cody Dirks 79-83 162
Tom McClintock 81-81 162
Bob Geary 86-77 163
Montana Stewart 86-77 163
Tom Walsh 84-85 169
Mitch Gault 89-83 172
Nick Tomlinson 89-87 176
Michael Drugan 81 DQ
 
(All flights other than Championship Flight par-35-36-71)
FIRST FLIGHT    
Jim Socha 77-75 152
Almann Brague 81-74 155
Bruce Lindseth 82-73 155
Joe Loomis 80-76 156
Jim Jenkins 80-80 160
Trevor Schultz 81-79 160
Tony DeRosa 80-81 161
Randy Olson 80-84 164
Jon Strangstalien 83-82 165
Matt Hoehn 82-85 167
Kelly Demarino 91-83 174
Blaine Mason 95-80 175
Matt Euler 95-87 182
 
SECOND FLIGHT    
Thomas Grapes 85-77 162
Paul Franke 78-85 163
Tony Friedl 85-80 165
Emery Healy 83-84 167
Tyler Shrake 88-80 168
Roy Brock 84-86 170
Dayne Malesytcki 90-81 171
Paul Bruha 90-81 171
Tim Peterson 93-79 172
Wesley J. Snyder 94-80 174
Steve Wineski 89-86 175
Derek Canady 93-90 183
Andy Senn 95-88 183
Damian Bork 99-87 186
Randy Blank 97-92 189
 
THIRD FLIGHT   
Robert Schoen 84-84 168
Bjorn Berg 86-87 173
Jeremiah Shimshak 94-79 173
Keith Seidel 88-86 174
Tim Ratajski 92-82 174
Greg Espenes 91-84 175
Scott Hackworth 89-88 177
Mark Millis 90-91 181
Daniel Breeden 93-89 182
Joel LaPlount 101-83 184
Bob Sciborski 94-91 185
Monte Jacobson 93-93 186
Jeff Osgood 93-95 188
 
FOURTH FLIGHT    
Bob Roers 83-83 166
Jeff Schroeder 94-88 182
Jim Dolesy 102-83 185
Richard Schultz 96-90 186
Marv Davis 98-92 190
Andrew Lindseth 96-95 191
Richard Sater 98-96 194
Marty Gora 96-98 194
Tom Johnson 97-97 194
Leon McNutt 102-97 199
Steve Crogan 100-100 200
Jack Glennie 110-91 201
Ronald Puestow 101-102 203
Jeff Krueger 106-102 208
Eric Sorenson 119-105 224
Bob Cagle 97 DNF
 


Onalaska's Skogen grabs first round lead in County Am

ONALASKA, WI - Ben Skogen is a very likable young man.
He's also a darn good golfer and leads the Championship flight in the 2018 La Crosse County Amateur Golf Championships as presented by Pepsi-Cola of La Crosse.
Skogen (pictured) is a former WIAA state champion member at Onalaska High School and member of the University of Wisconsin golf team for four years.
He shot a 2-under par 69 at The Golf Club at Cedar Creek in Onalaska on Saturday, and is in position to win his first County Am title, which he terms would be special.
"Yeah, that would be very special to put my name up there with all those other guys, but I'm still not going to put extra pressure on myself to do it," he said.
Sunday's final round is scheduled at Drugan's Castle Mound Country Club in Holmen, a course Skogen said he feels more comfortable at than Cedar.
"I really don't play Cedar that well, but I'm really happy with today's round. We'll see tomorrow," he said.
Skogen is the last player off the tee and will be joined with Saturday's first-round partner Josh Dirks and also James DeBoer, whom he has played against dating back to their junior golf and high school years.
"This is going to be special," said DeBoer after posting 72. "We played against each other quite a bit through the years and Ben is a great golfer. It's going to be fun."
Dirks, who also carded 72, feels it will take 65-66, maybe lower to defeat Skogen.
"Ben was so much fun to watch today, said Dirks, who joined Skogen and two-time champion Joe Weber in Saturday's last group. "He actually had 65-66 under his belt, but had a couple of hiccups."
Weber, an Onalaska dentist who posted 74, said he was disappointed with his round and couldn't make any putts. However, keep in mind Weber's famous words after the first round last year when he said he didn't usually play very well at Castle Mound and then went out and shot a spectacular 6-under 64 to win the title going away.
In other opening-round action, Jim Socha leads First Flight with 77, Paul Franke tops Second Flight with 78, Robert Schoen paces Third Flight players with 84, and Bob Roers has an 11-shot cushion in Fourth Flight with 83.

2018 La Crosse County Amateur Men's Golf Championship as presented by Pepsi-Cola of La Crosse

2018 LA CROSSE COUNTY MEN'S GOLF CHAMPIONSHIP
AS PRESENTED BY PEPSI-COLA OF LA CROSSE

Saturday's First-Round Results    
At The Golf Club at Cedar Creek    
In Onalaska, WI    
(Par-36-35-71)        

CHAMPIONSHIP FLIGHT    
Ben Skogen 33-36 69
James DeBoer 36-36 72
Josh Dirks 36-36 72
Joel Preeshl 38-36 74
Joe Weber 37-37 74
Jake Dunn 39-36 75
Tyler Church 38-37 75
Mark Miller 35-41 76
Bennett Hutson 36-40 76
Paul Williamson 37-40 77
Connor Frawley 42-35 77
William Sibenaller 39-39 78
Cody Dirks 41-38 79
Eric Olson 40-39 79
Derek Iverson 40-39 79
John Anderson 38-41 79
Ben Korger 41-39 80
Nick Anderson 43-37 80
Rick Stewart 38-43 81
Michael Drugan 40-41 81
Tom McClintock 41-40 81
Mike Bistodeau 40-43 83
Carson Brock 42-41 83
Nate Smith 44-39 83
Tom Walsh 43-41 84
Bob Geary 47-39 86
Montana Stewart 45-41 86
Mitch Gault 44-45 89
Nick Tomlinson 47-42 89
 
FIRST FLIGHT        
Jim Socha 40-37 77
Randy Olson 42-38 80
Joe Loomis 41-39 80
Tony DeRosa 42-38 80
Jim Jenkins 38-42 80
Trevor Schultz 43-38 81
Almann Brague 40-41 81
Matt Hoehn 38-44 82
Bruce Lindseth 42-40 82
Jon Strangstalien 39-44 83
Kelly Demarino 45-46 91
Matt Euler 46-49 95
Blaine Mason 51-44 95
 
SECOND FLIGHT    
Paul Franke 39-39 78
Emery Healy 44-39 83
Roy Brock 43-41 84
Tony Friedl 40-45 85
Thomas Grapes 43-42 85
Tyler Shrake 46-42 88
Steve Wineski 45-44 89
Dayne Malesytcki 50-40 90
Paul Bruha 43-47 90
Tim Peterson 47-46 93
Derek Canady 44-49 93
Wesley J. Snyder 49-45 94
Andy Senn 48-47 95
Randy Blank 49-48 97
Damian Bork 49-50 99

THIRD FLIGHT    
Robert Schoen 43-41 84
Bjorn Berg 41-45 86
Keith Seidel 44-44 88
Scott Hackworth 43-46 89
Mark Millis 44-46 90
Greg Espenes 44-47 91
Tim Ratajski 46-46 92
Jeff Osgood 48-45 93
Monte Jacobson 41-52 93
Daniel Breeden 43-50 93
Bob Sciborski 43-51 94
Jeremiah Shimshak 44-50 94
Joel LaPlount 51-50 101

FOURTH FLIGHT    
Bob Roers 42-41 83
Jeff Schroeder 48-46 94
Richard Schultz 46-50 96
Marty Gora 54-42 96
Andrew Lindseth 49-47 96
Tom Johnson 51-46 97
Bob Cagle 47-50 97
Marv Davis 49-49 98
Richard Sater 46-52 98
Steve Crogan 49-51 100
Ronald Puestow 52-49 101
Jim Dolesy 51-51 102
Leon McNutt 47-55 102
Jeff Krueger 50-56 106
Jack Glennie 54-56 110
Eric Sorenson 61-58 119


Sunday's pairings for Pepsi-Cola La Crosse County Amateur Championship

2018 LA CROSSE COUNTY MEN'S AMATEUR GOLF CHAMPIONSHIP   
AS PRESENTED BY PEPSI-COLA OF LA CROSSE      

Sunday's Final-Round Pairings   
At Drugan's Castle Mound Country Club - Holmen, WI  (All flights other than Championship Par-35-36-71)

Men's Third Flight - 1st Tee   
7 a.m. - Joel LaPlount, Jeremiah Shimshak      
7:09 a.m. - Bob Sciborski, Daniel Breeden
7:18 a.m. - Monte Jacobson, Jeff Osgood, Tim Ratajski
7:27 a.m. - Greg Espenes, Mark Millis, Scott Hackworth
7:36 a.m. - Keith Seidel, Bjorn Berg, Robert Schoen

Men's Fourth Flight - 10th TEE  
7 a.m. - Eric Sorenson, Jack Glennie
7:09 a.m. - Jeff Krueger, Leon McNutt
7:18 a.m. - Jim Dolesy, Ronald Puestow, Steve Crogan      
7:27 a.m. - Marv Davis, Richard Sater, Bob Cagle      
7:36 a.m. - Tom Johnson, Marty Gora, Andrew Lindseth      
7:45 a.m. - Richard Schultz, Jeff Schroeder, Bob Roers
     
SECOND FLIGHT - 10th TEE  
10:54 a.m. - Damian Bork, Randy Blank, Andy Senn    
11:03 a.m. - Wesley J. Snyder, Tim Peterson, Derek Canady
11:12 a.m. - Dayne Malesytcki, Paul Bruha, Steve Wineski    
11:21 a.m. - Tyler Shrake, Tony Friedl, Thomas Grapes    
11:30 a.m. - Roy Brock, Emery Healy, Paul Franke

FIRST FLIGHT - 10th TEE  
11:39 a.m. - Matt Euler, Blaine Mason
11:48 a.m. - Kelly Demarino, Jon Strangstalien
11:57 a.m. - Matt Hoehn, Bruce Lindseth, Almann Brague    
12:06 p.m. - Trevor Schultz, Tony DeRosa, Jim Jenkins    
12:15 p.m. - Randy Olson, Joe Loomis, Jim Socha

CHAMPIONSHIP FLIGHT - 1ST TEE  
(Par-35-35-70)
10:45 a.m. - Mitch Gault, Nick Tomlinson    
10:54 a.m. - Bob Geary, Montana Stewart, Tom Walsh    
11:03 a.m. - Mike Bistodeau, Carson Brock, Nate Smith    
11:12 a.m. - Rick Stewart, Michael Drugan, Tom McClintock    
11:21 a.m. - Ben Korger, Nick Anderson, John Anderson    
11:30 a.m. - Cody Dirks, Eric Olson, Derek Iverson    
11:39 a.m. - William Sibenaller, Paul Williamson, Connor Frawley    
11:48 a.m. - Mark Miller, Bennett Hutson, Tyler Church    
11:57 a.m. - Jake Dunn, Joel Preeshl, Joe Weber    
12:06 p.m. - James DeBoer, Josh Dirks, Ben Skogen 

2018 La Crosse County Men's Amateur Golf Championship tee times

2018 LA CROSSE COUNTY MEN'S AMATEUR GOLF CHAMPIONSHIP        
AS PRESENTED BY PEPSI-COLA OF LA CROSSE        
        
Saturday's First-Round Pairings        
At The Golf Club at Cedar Creek        
In Onalaska, WI        
(Par-36-35-71)        
        
Men's Fourth Flight - 10th Tee        
7 a.m.
Jeff Krueger
Ronald Puestow

7:09 a.m.
Richard Schultz
Jim Dolesy

7:18 a.m.        
Tom Johnson
Marty Gora
Jeff Schroeder

7:27 a.m.        
Steve Crogan
Jack Glennie
Bob Cagle

7:36 a.m.        
Andrew Lindseth
Marv Davis
Bob Roers

7:45 a.m.
Eric Sorenson
Richard Sater
Leon McNutt

Men's Third Flight - First Tee        
7 a.m.
Robert Schoen
Jeff Osgood

7:09 a.m.        
Tim Ratajski
Monte Jacobson

7:18 a.m.        
Daniel Breeden
Bob Sciborski
Keith Seidel

7:27 a.m.        
Jeremiah Shimshak
Scott Hackworth
Mark Millis

7:36 a.m.        
Joel LaPlount
Bjorn Berg
Greg Espenes
        
Men's Second Flight - 10th Tee        
11:12 a.m.    
Damian Bork
Paul Franke
Randy Blank

11:21 a.m.        
Tim Peterson
Dayne Malesytcki
Steve Wineski

11:30 a.m.        
Derek Canady
Tyler Shrake
Tony Friedl

11:39 a.m.        
Thomas Grapes
Roy Brock
Emery Healy

11:48 a.m.        
Andy Senn
Wesley J. Snyder
Paul Bruha
    
Men's First Flight - 10th Tee        
11:57 a.m.        
Matt Hoehn
Jon Strangstalien

12:06 p.m.
Kelly Demarino
Randy Olson

12:15 p.m.        
Trevor Schultz
Joe Loomis
Jim Socha

12:24 p.m.        
Bruce Lindseth
Matt Euler
Tony DeRosa

12:33 p.m.        
Jim Jenkins
Almann Brague
Blaine Mason


Men's Championship Flight - First Tee        
11:03 a.m.    
Mitch Gault
Rick Stewart

11:12 a.m.    
Bob Geary
Ben Korger
Tom Walsh

11:21 a.m.        
Mike Bistodeau
Carson Brock
William Sibenaller

11:30 a.m.    
Nick Anderson
Montana Stewart
Cody Dirks

11:39 a.m.        
Eric Olson
Joel Preeshl
Michael Drugan

11:48 a.m.        
Nate Smith
Derek Iverson
Mark Miller

11:57 a.m.        
Paul Williamson
Tom McClintock
Bennett Hutson

12:06 p.m.        
Nick Tomlinson
John Anderson
Connor Frawley

12:15 p.m.
Jake Dunn
James DeBoer
Tyler Church

12:24 p.m.        
Josh Dirks
Ben Skogen
Joe Weber