La Crosse County Seniors Amateur Golf Championship moving to Cedar Creek

The annual Kwik Trip La Crosse County Seniors Amateur Golf Championship is changing courses in midstream... literally.
The tournament is scheduled Saturday, July 29, at Forest Hills Golf Course in La Crosse. However, after Wednesday's deluge of rain that left boulders, logs, debris and mud on the 18-hole, historic course below Grandad Bluff, County Amateur officials have been forced to move the Seniors to The Golf Club at Cedar Creek in Onalaska.
The annual La Crosse County Women's Amateur, as presented by Pepsi-Cola of La Crosse, is also at Cedar Creek the same day as scheduled and will begin as scheduled at 7:30 a.m. The Seniors tournament begins at 10:36 a.m., with the last group leaving the tee around 1 p.m., according to Dave Cornelius, Cedar Creek general manager and PGA professional.
Cedar Creek, as well as other area courses, including Drugan's Castle Mound Country Club in Holmen, also suffered flooding and damage, although Cornelius assured County Amateur officials his course would be playable by Saturday.
"The golf course will be ready, excluding a few bunkers that have been contaminated, and will be played as ground under repair for the tournaments," he said.
Keith Stoll, general manager and PGA professional at Forest Hills Golf Course, was disappointed by the amount of damage to his course, but approached County Amateur tournament director Bob Lamb early Friday morning to offer options.
"We want the Seniors tournament to be a championship kind of tournament, not just an outing," Stoll said. "It's not fair to the players. I just don't see our course being in tournament shape by next weekend."
Stoll assured Lamb it was in the best interest of the tournament to move it to one of the other two County Amateur courses - Cedar Creek or Castle Mound.
There were conflicts with Castle Mound, as it has two major events on Saturday, so Cornelius stepped in to accommodate the Seniors tournament.
"We discussed several options, including canceling the Seniors, postponing it to Aug. 12, or 19, at Forest Hills," Lamb said. "We felt it was our best option to keep it on the same day and move it to one of the other tournament courses. Thanks to a lot of cooperation from a lot of people, we made it work."
Stoll agreed.
"If the other places can get their courses in good condition and have the availability, I don't have a problem moving it," he said. "We have to think of the players first."
Lamb and Cornelius will do a walk around early next week to determine yardages for the Seniors and Super Seniors Flights.
"Senior players, especially the Super Seniors, can be assured the course will play shorter for them," Lamb said.
Tee times for the Women's and Seniors tournaments will be published by Thursday at boblamboutdoors.com and will also be available at Cedar Creek, Forest Hills and Castle Mound.
"It looks like we have another strong field this year, and we're  happy we're able to play the tournament, despite the curveball Mother Nature threw at us," said associate tournament director Bruce Kaiser.
The 36-hole, Men's tournament is scheduled Saturday, Aug. 5, at Cedar Creek and Sunday, Aug. 6, at Castle Mound. Entry deadline is Monday, July 24.
 


Eric Haug stands tall among County Amateur golf legends

Eric Haug isn't sure if he can win his third La Crosse County Amateur title in 2017, but there's always a chance.
That's why the 1991 and 1996 champion continues to play in the best amateur tournament in Western Wisconsin.
Haug, 64, is just as determined to win as anyone in the Championship Flight field for the 27th annual La Crosse County Amateur Golf Championships as presented by Pepsi-Cola of La Crosse.
Haug, despite a couple of health issues, is a fighter, a battler, a fierce competitor. He always has been. He always will be. The 6-foot-6 former basketball star at Holmen High School and the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse is considered one of the top five amateur golfers to ever come out of the Coulee Region and continues to try and improve his game.
Haug is now enjoying retirement. He was just fitted for a new set of clubs and is getting a feel for them. Maybe he can't hit the ball as far as the "young guns" in the Greater La Crosse Area today, but you can bet the best club in your bag that he will battle until the last putt drops.
Haug won the 1991 County Am in dramatic fashion. He didn't even see the ball slip into the cup. But, he remembers the roar of the crowd as if it was yesterday. It was a 40-foot chip-in for birdie on the last hole. He also recalls the 1996 title when he defeated 18-year-old upstart Ryan Quinn with a 35-foot putt on the final hole.
"The first one for sure was the sweetest because you and the Tribune brought the tournament back after it was dropped in 1976," Haug said. "There were 700-800 people behind the 18th green when I made the shot. It was unreal. Defeating Ryan was nice, too, but that first won will always be special."
Haug realizes age and health are catching up and narrowing his chances for another coveted title. Does he still have enough gas in the tank to win?
"I have new clubs, but I also have diverticulitis and a bad back," said the affable Haug, a former UW-L golf coach. "My back feels better, but it's probably going to take a 146 total to win it.
"Realistically, can I do it? Probably not, but anything can happen," he added.
Haug, one of the top amateur players in Wisconsin during the 70's, 80's, 90's and early in 2000, admits there could be a time when he drops from Championship Flight to First Flight.
I probably will some day, but not this year. No, I won't be embarrassed by it when I have to," he said. "If the time comes when I can't break 80, I will. Right now I'm shooting between 77 and 80."
Haug, a longtime member at The Golf Club at Cedar Creek, plays regularly with his group of about 16 golfers during the week. He said he is finding the group is playing from the blue/white tees or white tees more often. Haug also admits he and many of his playing partners can no longer reach the 300-yard drive mark like the younger golfers can nowadays.
Haug, a longtime friend, whom I followed with stories in the Tribune throughout his high school, college basketball and amateur golf career, always asks how I'm doing. He was one of the first to call me when I was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer on May 8, 2015.
"The bottom line is your fighting for your life. I'm just fighting to have fun with my golf game," he said.
While Haug remains cautiously optimistic about adding another County Am title in 2017, he was quick to pick five pre-tournament favorites for this year's 36-hole event scheduled Aug. 5-6.
"Josh Dirks without a doubt. He's been close. Joe Weber won it last year and he's been around," Haug said, pausing to add three more names to the mix. "I'd like to say Willie (7-time champion Paul Williamson of Holmen, who just retired) is too old, but he keeps going, and is the only guy who can play better at our age. Conner Frawley is a good little mutt. The other guy is Jake Dunn. He has the talent to do it. I'd love to see it."

County Am enters 27th year with new twist


It has been a busy offseason for the La Crosse County Amateur Golf Championships Board.
Two proposals, including one involving a survey for Men's Championship Flight players, were among several agenda items at the Board meeting at The Golf Club at Cedar Creek in Onalaska in early January.
The topic of creating a 54-hole, and even a 72-hole Men's County Amateur, has been discussed in the past, but never pursued. The topic arose again at this year's meeting.
A 54-hole, Men's Championship Flight only event was proposed with the eventual addition of 54 holes for all Men's flights. However, before proceeding, it was decided to gauge interest by surveying the 34 Championship Flight players from the 2016 tournament. After reviewing the survey results, the Board decided there was not enough support for a 54-hole tournament, and unanimously approved to maintain a 36-hole tournament for all Men's flights.
The second proposal was the addition of a Super Seniors Flight to the annual Seniors County Amateur Championship for players age 50 and older. The Board approved a Super Seniors Low Net Division for players age 70 and older beginning this year. Super Seniors contestants would play from the forward tees. However, Super Seniors-eligible players must continue to play in the Seniors Championship Flight if their USGA index is 8.0 or less.
It was also decided to increase entry fees for the Seniors and Women's County Amateurs to $60, and to raise the Men's entry fees to $105. The $5 increase is the first since 2011.
Bob Lamb, tournament director, also named Bruce and Jackie Kaiser as associate directors. The Kaisers have been heavily involved with the County Amateur dating back to 1991 when the tournament was resurrected.
For more information about the tournament or sponsorships, contact Lamb at 608-781-4408, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or Jackie and Bruce Kaiser at 608-783-0979 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

2017 LA CROSSE COUNTY AMATEUR GOLF CHAMPIONSHIP DATES

SATURDAY, JULY 29: La Crosse County Seniors Amateur Golf Championship as presented by Kwik Trip at Forest Hills Golf Course in La Crosse, WI.
SATURDAY, JULY 29: La Crosse County Women's Amateur Golf Championship at The Golf Club at Cedar Creek in Onalaska, WI.
SATURDAY, AUG. 5: 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, WI.
SUNDAY, AUG. 6: 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, WI.



2017 should be another record year for County Amateur

Records are made to be broken and this year's 27th edition of the La Crosse County Amateur Golf Championships as presented by Pepsi-Cola Bottling of La Crosse could produce another record purse.
"It appears we are looking at a fifth straight record payout," said Bob Lamb, longtime tournament director. "We added two more supporting sponsors, our Kwik Trip Seniors Tournament continues to grow, and we expect a very large field for the 36-hole Men's County Am. Add everything together and it equals another record purse."The 36-hole, Men's County Amateur attracted 91 players for a record payout of $5,450 in 2016. Tournament officials believe it could reach near $6,000 this year with the addition of 12-15 more players.
The 18-hole Kwik Trip Seniors County Amateur drew 58 players last year and paid out a record $2,625. A new Super Seniors Flight for players 70 and older this year should produce additional players resulting in another record payout.
The Pepsi Women's County Amateur, which had 22 players, also paid out a record $980.
The Kwik Trip Seniors Amateur is Saturday, July 29, at Forest Hills Golf Course in La Crosse. The Pepsi Women's County Am is the same day, but at The Golf Club at Cedar Creek in Onalaska.
The two-day Men's County Amateur is Saturday, Aug. 5, and Sunday, Aug. 6. The first round is scheduled at The Golf Club at Cedar Creek while the final round is at Drugan's Castle Mound Country Club in Holmen.
Tournament information sheets and entry forms are available at http://www.boblamboutdoors.com/, the official website of the 2017 County Amateur, as well as on 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/
More information is available from Lamb at 608-781-4408, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or associate directors Jackie and Bruce Kaiser at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

2016 La Crosse County Men's Amateur Golf Championship as presented by Pepsi-Cola of La Crosse

2016 La Crosse County Men's Amateur Golf Championship as presented by Pepsi-Cola of La Crosse

Sunday, Aug. 7, 2016 Final-Round Results   
At Drugan's Castle Mound Country Club(Par-72)

Men's Championship Flight
Joe Weber 69-75 144
Drew Schroeder 75-70 145
Tyler Church 75-72 147
Jake Dunn 71-77 148
James DeBoer 74-75 149
Paul D. Williamson 73-78 151
Tom McClintock74-80 154
Tony Roberts 75-79 154
Devin Terry 77-77 154
Montana Stewart 78-76 154
Nate Smith 75-80 155
Brendan Smick 78-77 155
Jon Wilson 79-76 155
Bennett Hutson 79-77 156
John Anderson 77-80 157
Josh Dirks 79-78 157
Mike Drugan 77-81 158
Nick Anderson 86-72 158
Nick Tomlinson 78-82 160
Mike Bistodeau 78-83 161
Joel Preeshl 79-82 161
Bob Geary 81-81 162
Eric Olson 82-80 162
Bruce Lindseth 79-84 163
Bill Feehan 82-84 166
Mitch Gault 81-86 167
Tom Wilson 87-84 171
Rick Stewart 86-86 172
Larry Peterson 87-88 175
Eric Haug 88-87 175
Ethan Phelps 91-90 181
Jeremy Mason 92-89 181
Jim Socha 94-87 181
Andy Tomashek - WD

Men's First Flight     
Joe Loomis 80-78 158
Jim Nelson 78-81 159
Randy Olson 81-80 161
Rahn Pischke 85-76 161
Blaine Mason 78-84 162
Andrew Senn 77-88 165
Kevin Groth 84-82 166
Trevor Schultz 86-80 166
Erik Burton 84-87 171
Kelly DeMarino 87-85 172
Steve Sjolander 89-83 172
Harper Taggart 84-89 173
Nicolas Quarberg 91-86 177
Kurt Peters 86-95 181
Jeff Pigorsch 89-93 182
Herb Becker 90-92 182

Men's Second Flight    
Joe Jungen 83-83 166
Tom Desjarlais 81-86 167
Scott Knothe 84-88 172
Robert Schoen 83-90 173
Roy Brock 85-88 173
Steve Wineski 82-92 174
Joseph Nguyen 85-89 174
Randy Blank 88-87 175
Jeremy Gullickson 93-84 177
Matt Lehmann 86-93 179
Jeremiah Shimshak 91-89 180
Jeff Meyer 91-95 186
Keith Seidel 105-89 194
Ryan Schultz 100-95 195
Tom Grapes - WD

Men's Third Flight    
Leon McNutt 88-80 168
Daron L. Schmitz 85-89 174
Paul D. Franke 87-87 174
James Freng 91-83 174
Paul D. Finch 90-85 175
Tim Ratajski 89-87 176
Damian Bork 91-91 182
Scott Hackworth 91-92 183
Jack Glennie 94-92 186
Tony Mueller 94-92 186
Tony Friedl 93-94 187
Dan Breeden 93-94 187
Marv Davis 94-95 189
Greg Espenes 101-95 196 
Men's Fourth Flight    
Bob Roers 89-88 177
Monte Jacobson 97-91 188
Jim Dolesy 97-95 192
Ronald Puestow 99-93 192
Kyle Koske 97-97 194
Bill Pintz 100-96 196
Steve Crogan 101-95 196
Russ Yates 96-105 201
Tom Johnson 107-99 206
Marty J. Gora 105-102 207
Rich Schultz 99 - WD
Tom Morris 114 - WD