Paul Williamson is the odds-on favorite to win the annual Kwik Trip La Crosse County Seniors Amateur Golf Championship on Saturday.
Williamson already has four Seniors titles under his belt, including last year's sudden death victory over Tom McClintock. Wlliamson also is the all-time Men's champion with seven titles.
This year's 18-hole tournament is also at The Golf Club at Cedar Creek in Onalaska, home courses for both Williamson and McClintock.
According to a poll at boblamboutdoors.com, Williamson has a 32 percent chance to win. Joe Loomis, three-time champ, has a 12 percent chance as well as two-time winner Michael Drugan. McClintock is seeking his first Seniors title and is a 9 percent pick as well as Bruce Simones with one victory. Rahn Pischke, who lost to Simones in sudden death in 2014, is a 6 percent favorite.
Other contenders for the title are three-time champion Pete Kohnert and two-time titlists Mike Bistodeau and Jim DeBoer, Sr.
The tournament is usually held at Forest Hills Golf Course in La Crosse, but was moved to Cedar Creek due to major flood damage at Forest Hills.
However, Dave Cornelius and tournament director Bob Lamb have shortened the yardage at Cedar Creek to accommodate all flights. Rather than playing at 5,220 yards at Forest, it will only play 20 yards longer, or 5,240 yards at Cedar Creek for the new Super Seniors Flight for players 70 and above. Tees will play at 5,910 yards at Cedar Creek for Seniors Championship, First and Second Flights compared to 5,729 yards at Forest Hills.
2017 KWIK TRIP SENIORS COUNTY AMATEUR GOLF CHAMPIONSHIP
Saturday July 29, 2017
The Golf Club at Cedar Creek
SUPER SENIORS FLIGHT
David M. Seymour