County Am defending champion Weber silences young guns

HOLMEN, WI - Forget about the "young guns" of the La Crosse County Men's Amateur Golf Championship as presented by Pepsi-Cola of La Crosse. Joe Weber has plenty of bullets in his own holster.
Weber, a West Salem dentist, was hot as a pistol at Drugan's Castle Mound Country Club in Holmen on Sunday, firing birdie after birdie to the oohs and aahs of more than 100 fans following the last group. In the end, it was all Weber, the defending champ. Weber, 33, shot a blistering County Am record 6-under par 64 for a 36-hole, 135 total to beat 20-year-old Tyler Church by three strokes. Jake Dunn, 30, finished third with 142, and then 22-year-old Ben Skogen fourth at 143 and Drew Schroeder, 21, fifth at 145.
Church and Dunn each shot 2-under 68 and Skogen 3-under 67, but it wasn't enough. Sunday, despite a 95-minute rain delay before the back nine, belonged to Weber, who tallied 7 birdies, 10 pars and 1 bogey on his memorable scorecard.
"The first one was special last year, but this title, the way I did it, was even more special," Weber said moments after his victory.
Weber, a member of the La Crosse Country Club, was not only pleased with his second straight victory, but also proud of his name being emblazoned on the prestigious County Am traveling trophy again.
"That feels real good," he said with a big smile.
Other winners among the 95-player field were:
First Flight - Trevor Schultz, a member at Forest Hills Golf Course in La Crosse, 154.
Second Flight - Tom Desjarlais, from The Golf Club at Cedar Creek in Onalaska, 163.
Third Flight - Monte Jacobson, Fox Hollow Golf Course in Barre Mills, 171.
Fourth Flight - Joel LaPlount, Drugan's Castle Mound Country Club, 167.