Onalaska's Hubbard withstands nerves to win first Women's County Am

ONALASKA, WI - "I was just so nervous the last hole. I realized I actually had a chance to win."
Sydney Hubbard, 18, won the first huge tournament of her budding career - the 2017 La Crosse County Women's Amateur Golf Championship at The Golf Club at Cedar Creek in Onalaska on Saturday. It wasn't easy as she nearly blew a four-shot lead on the final hole, but still finished with an impressive 76.
I ended with a quad (quadruple bogey), but I was able to hold on," said Hubbard, 18, a recent Onalaska High School graduate who is attending the University of Sioux Falls on a scholarship this fall.
Courtney Bergum finished one stroke behind Hubbard, who was pleased she was able to hold on despite the incredible pressure of playing in the most prestigious women's tournament in the Coulee Region.
"On 18, I was behind a tree and was 128 yards away," said Hubbard reliving the hole. I hit it short into the bunker, but we couldn't find it. I hit my next ball over the green, then got back on and finally ended with an 8."
While it may not have been a pretty finish, Hubbard said she will certainly return in 2018 to try and defend her title.
"Oh, yes. I'll be back, she said with a big smile.
Incidentally, she won a $150 gift certificate and large Championship Flight plaque.
Barb Hegenbarth won Women's First Flight with 87, while Diane C. Pintz captured the Second Flight title with 91. It was Pintz's second women's title.
"I was really excited after my first one," she said. "I had 2-3 drinks and went home early. Not this year! I'm going to enjoy it."


Saturday July 29, 2017                    
The Golf Club at Cedar Creek (Par 71)                    
CHAMPIONSHIP FLIGHT                    
Sydney Hubbard 36-40 76        
Courtney Bergum 40-37 77        
Monica Rohe    44-39 83        
Lynn Lenz 39-48 87        

FIRST FLIGHT                    
Barb Hegenbarth 43-44 87        
Julie Espenes 45-44 89        
Jean Marie Weissenberger 47-43 90        
Krista Drewiske 48-45 93        
Cathi Baus 45-50 95        
Lynda Johnson 49-50 99        

SECOND FLIGHT                    
Diane C. Pintz 46-45 91        
Linda Payne    48-47 95        
Sue Moore 46-49 95        
Terry Ziegelbauer 47-49 96        
Sue Rieland    53-48 101        
Sher Olson 54-56 110        
Vicky Helfrich 58-53 111        
Sue Mathison 61-71 132        
Shirley Olson WD