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


Saturday July 28, 2018        
The Golf Club at Cedar Creek            
            
SECOND FLIGHT            
7:32 A.M.            
Shirley Olson        
Connie Bruns        
Sher Olson        

7:40 A.M.            
Linda Payne        
Diane C. Pintz        
Terry Ziegelbauer        

FIRST FIGHT            
7:48 A.M.            
Sue Moore        
Terry Thomas        

7:56 A.M.            
Cathi Baus        
Jean Marie Weissenberger        
Krista Drewiske        

CHAMPIONSHIP FLIGHT            
8:04 A.M            
Lynn Lenz        
Courtney Bergum        

8:12 A.M.            
Jo Bistodeau        
Barb Hegenbarth        
Sydney Hubbard       


2018 KWIK TRIP SENIORS COUNTY AMATEUR GOLF CHAMPIONSHIP

               
Saturday July 28, 2018            
Forest Hills Golf Course                
La Crosse, WI                
                
SUPER SENIORS                
8 A.M.                
William Burke            
Ronald Puestow            
                
8:08 A.M.                
Marty Gora            
Jack Glennie            
                
8:16 A.M.                
Richard Sater            
Michael DeYoe            
Don Koepnick            
                
SECOND FLIGHT                
8:24 A.M.                
Steve Crogan            
Rich Schultz            
                
8:32 A.M.                
Tom Johnson            
Felix Fernandes            
                
8:40 A.M.                
Bob Cagle            
Edward Przytarski            
Marv Davis            
                
8:48 A.M.                
Bob Roers            
Leon McNutt            
Robert Schoen            
                
8:56 A.M.                
Monte Jacobson            
James Freng            
Bob Sciborski            
                
FIRST FLIGHT                
9:04 A.M.                
Scott Hackworth            
Greg Espenes            
                
9:12 A.M.                
Randy Blank            
Robert Burns            
                
9:20 A.M.                
Herb Becker            
Thomas Grapes            
Tony Friedl            
                
9:28 A.M.                
Chuck Moore            
Paul Bruha            
Steve Sjolander            
                
CHAMPIONSHIP FLIGHT                
9:36 A.M.                
Kelly DeMarino            
Rahn Pischke            
Jim Socha            
                
9:44 A.M.                
Bruce Lindseth            
Chris Weiss            
Jim Jenkins            
                
9:52 A.M.                
Rick Stewart            
Tom Walsh            
Mike Bistodeau            
                
10:00 A.M.                
Larry Peterson            
Tom Wilson            
Bill Feehan            
                
10:08 A.M.                
Donald Colburn            
Bruce Simones            
Pete Kohnert            
                
10:16 A.M.                
Michael Drugan            
Paul Williamson            
Tom McClintock            

What a difference a year makes

Flashback to July 19, 2017.
Strong storms, coupled with more than 7 inches of rain, moved through the Coulee Region.
Flooding was prevalent in several communities as streams and rivers overflowed. Golf courses, including Forest Hills in La Crosse, felt the brunt of the torrential rain.
The annual Women's and Seniors County Amateurs were scheduled for July 29. The 36-hole Men's County Am was set for Aug. 4-5.
The Kwik Trip La Crosse County Seniors Amateur was to be played at its normal host site, Forest Hills. However, after the downpour that left boulders, logs, debris and mud on several holes on the historic course below Grandad Bluff, County Am officials, including myself, were forced to move the Seniors to The Golf Club at Cedar Creek in Onalaska. Much of Cedar Creek also was under water after the storm, but it drained much more easily than some other courses.
The Women's County Am was scheduled at Cedar Creek, but Dave Cornelius, Cedar Creek general manager and PGA professional, assured me his course could accommodate the 56-player Seniors field, too.
Cedar Creek and other area courses, including Drugan's Castle Mound Country Club in Holmen, site of the final day site for the Men's County Am, also felt the impact of the storm but were playable.
Keith Stoll, general manager and PGA professional at Forest Hills, approached me at that time to say his course just wasn’t in tournament shape to host the Seniors County Am.
"We want the Seniors tournament to be a championship kind of tournament, not just an outing," he said.
There were conflicts with Castle Mound, as it had two major events the same day as the Seniors and Women's County Amateur.
Other options also were discussed, including canceling the Seniors event, or postponing it to Aug. 12 or Aug. 19 at Forest Hills. It was finally decided the best option was to keep it on July 29 and move it to Cedar Creek.
Thankfully, the County Am added the 27th chapter to its history book.
Now, move ahead one year.
After working weeks to clear debris and repair immediate minor damage to keep the course open in 2017, Forest Hills also underwent a face-lift of sorts. A newer, larger dike and containment area behind the 14th tee were built early this year, with crews removing almost 7 feet of silt from behind the dike that had burst during the storm.
A 3-foot deep gully and waterway that the storm also created between the 12th and 15th fairways was repaired. Springs had already caused problems in the area for years, according to Stoll.
Work crews placed 1,000 feet of 4-inch drainage pipe and 100 feet of 8-inch drainage pipe in the area, then it was seeded.
All La Crosse area courses had a poor start to the golf season this year because of the weather, but things are slowly returning to normal, including Forest Hills.
"Grass is growing and will take some time, but there are no washouts," Stoll said recently. "Hopefully, July treats us much better than last year."
Stoll said the original dike that was built about 40 years is protected well now.
"The contractor brought it back to what it was, actually expanding it to hold more water," he added.
Forest Hills, the former private La Crosse Country Club, was returned to the City of La Crosse when the club built its own private course east of La Crosse. Forest Hills was managed by companies or individuals for the city until KemperSports assumed control in 2009.
"Lots of things haven't been done for years," said Stoll, adding that the city and KemperSports signed a 10-year management contract last spring.
Like many other Coulee Region courses this year, Forest Hills suffered some winterkill, but I personally played it a few times so far and it's ready for the Seniors County Am.
"Like all courses, it's constant work," Stoll said. "It's just how many
days we get without rain. It's been an extreme year, heat and rain, heat and rain."

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Seniors, Women's County Amateur entry deadline July 16

Entries are approaching quickly for the 28th annual La Crosse County Amateur Golf Championships.
Entry deadline for the Kwik Trip Seniors County Amateur at Forest Hills Golf Course in La Crosse and the Women's County Amateur as presented by Pepsi-Cola of La Crosse at The Golf Club at Cedar Creek in Onalaska is Monday, July 16. Both tournaments are scheduled on Saturday, July 28.
Meanwhile, entry deadline for the Men's County Am as presented by Pepsi-Cola of La Crosse is Monday, July 23. The 36-hole event is set for Aug. 4-5.
Entry forms are available at http://www.boblamboutdoors.com/, the official website of the 2018 County Amateur, as well as all three participating golf course websites:
* Drugan's Castle Mound Country Club - http://www.drugans.com/golf/
* Forest Hills Golf Course - http://www.foresthillsgolf.org/
* The Golf Club at Cedar Creek - http://www.cedarcreekonalaska.com/
Entries must be mailed to:
La Crosse County Amateur Golf Championships
W5415 Timber Creek Trail
La Crosse, WI, 54601
Entries may also be hand delivered to:
Bob Lamb at W5415 Timber Creek Trail.
For more information, contact tournament director Bob Lamb at 608-781-4408, or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Buzz getting louder for La Crosse County Amateur Golf Championships

The buzz is building for the 28th annual La Crosse County Amateur Golf Championships as presented by Pepsi-Cola of La Crosse.
"How many more guys do you think we'll get for the Men's County Am?," is a very popular question.
"How many do you expect for the Seniors, especially the Super Seniors?," is also popular.
"Will the Super Seniors play from the gold tees?," is a very common question.
"Are they still having the Women's County Am?," has been asked more than once, too.
First things first.
Overall, more players will be eligible to compete because of an increase in memberships at local courses, especially Drugan's Castle Mound Country Club in Holmen. In particular, the 36-hole Men's County Am is expected to easily eclipse the 100-player level.
Meanwhile, the Super Seniors is also expected to attract more players in its second season as part of the Kwik Trip Seniors County Am, which has also shown growth the last few years.
Yes, the Super Seniors will play from the forward tees at Forest Hills Golf Course in La Crosse.
And, despite low entries the past several years, the Women's County Am as presented by Pepsi-Cola of La Crosse, will once again be played at the Golf Club at Cedar Creek in Onalaska.
The Super Seniors Low Net Division is for players age 70 and older, who play from the gold tees. However, Super Seniors-eligible players with a USGA index of 8.0 or less must continue to play in the Seniors Championship Flight from the white tees.Entry deadlines are July 16, for the Seniors and Women's tournaments, and July 23, for the Men's 36-hole event. "I've heard from quite a few of our older members that they're going to play in the Super Seniors this year," said Keith Stoll, PGA pro and general manager at Forest Hills.
Super Seniors Low Net Division gold tees are 5,240 yards compared to 5,729 yards from the white tees for Championship and Flighted players.
"The older players like it because the gold tees give them a real chance," Stoll said.
"They say, 'We have a chance now,'" Stoll added.

Tournament dates
* SATURDAY, JULY 28: Kwik Trip La Crosse County Seniors Amateur Golf Championship at Forest Hills Golf Course in La Crosse.
* SATURDAY, JULY 28: La Crosse County Women's Amateur Golf Championship as presented by Pepsi-Cola of La Crosse at The Golf Club at Cedar Creek in Onalaska.
* SATURDAY, AUG. 4: La Crosse County Men's Amateur Golf Championship as presented by Pepsi-Cola of La Crosse at The Golf Club at Cedar Creek in Onalaska.
* SUNDAY, AUG. 5: La Crosse County Men's Amateur Golf Championship as presented by Pepsi-Cola of La Crosse at Drugan's Castle Mound Country Club in Holmen.
Entry forms are available at http://www.boblamboutdoors.com/ as well as on the websites of all three participating golf courses:
* Cedar Creek - http://www.cedarcreekonalaska.com/
* Forest Hills - http://www.foresthillsgolf.org/
* Castle Mound - http://www.drugans.com/golf/
For more information, contact tournament director Bob Lamb at 608-781-4408, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or associate directors Jackie or Bruce Kaiser at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..