Onalaska's Church captures Lawn Care Specialists Open

HOLMEN, WI - Onalaska's Tyler Church shot a 2-under par 68 on Saturday to capture his first title in the 26th annual Lawn Care Specialists Open at Drugan's Castle Mound Country Club in Holmen.

Church (pictured), managed 70 on Friday, and finished with a two-day 138 total, one stroke better than first-day leader Paul Williamson of Holmen.
Williamson, all-time winner of the historic La Crosse County County Amateur Golf Championships with seven victories, carded a 1-under par 69 on Friday and followed with 70 on Saturday.
Holmen professional Keegan Drugan, another former winner of the La Crosse County Am, finished third with 70-71-141 and won the lowest pro title.
Other winners were: Doug Hageness, First (75-78-153), Randy Blank, Second (76-82-158), and Keith Seidel, Third (87-83-170).

LAWN CARE SPECIALISTS OPEN

At Drugan's Castle Mound Country Club
In Holmen, WI

Saturday's final results

Championship Flight
Tyler Church 70-68 - 138
Paul Williamson 69-70  -139
Keegan Drugan (PRO) 70-71 -141
Max Hosking (PRO) 72-71 - 143
Jake Dunn 73-70 - 143
Chris Mithelman 80-64 - 144
Joe DeRosa (PRO) 72-73 - 145
Matt Dunn 73-74 - 147
Andrew Steinhofer (PRO) 78-69 - 147
Joel Preeshl 70-78 - 148
Tim McCormick (PRO) 73-75 - 148
Connor Frawley 75-73 - 148
Jay Halverson 75-73 - 148
Drew Schroeder 75-73 -148
Greg Johnson 75-74 - 149
Bob Geary 76-75 - 151
Jordan Graf 78-73 - 151
Cody Dirks 76-76 - 152
Kevin Loeffler 77-75 - 152
Tony Roberts 77-76 153
Ross Wilhelm 77-79 156
Brady Strangstalien (PRO) 77-79 -    156
Nick Tomlinson 79-77 - 156
Jake Ash 82-74 - 156
Marcus Williamson 77-80  - 157
Mike Drugan 84-73 - 157
Bruce Lindseth 77-82 -159
Eric Haug 80-79 - 159
Eric Olson 80-81 - 161
Derek Iverson 81-81 - 162
Scott Erickson 83-82 - 165
Nick Anderson 81-85 - 166

First Flight
Doug Hageness 75-78 - 153

Jim Socha 78-78 - 156
Mitch Gault 80-79 - 159
Jeff Zielke 82-77 - 159
Tony Friedl 80-80 - 160
Kurt Peters 83-77 - 160
Tim Darwin 83-78 - 161
Trevor Schultz 83-79 - 162
Joe Loomis 81-83 - 164
Jim Jenkins 81-84 - 165
Paul Franke 84-83 - 167
Bjorn Berg 87-81 - 168
Joel LaPlount 86-86 - 172
Roger Martinez 86-87 - 173

Second Flight
Randy Blank 76-82 - 158
Emery Healy 78-87 - 165
Greg Espenes 82-84 - 166
Brent Staff 84-82 - 166
Dan Breeden 88-81 - 169
Tim Ratajski 85-86 - 171
Dan Leis 85-86 - 171
Thomas Grapes 85-87 - 172
Scott Hackworth 84-90 - 174
Eugene Faga 90-85 - 175
Steve Wineski 86-91 - 177
Kent Drugan 91-87 - 178
Leon McNutt 92-86 - 178
Tim Jones 86-94 - 180
Jeff Osgood 88-94 - 182
    
Third Flight                
Keith Seidel 87-83 - 170
Damian Bork 86-85 - 171
Tony Raymond 88-86 - 174
Patrick Rice 87-89 - 176
Kyle Koske 90-89 - 179
Marv Davis 88-92 - 180
Ronald Puestow 92-88 - 180
Rob Hansen 98-82 - 180
Andrew Lindseth 96-85 - 181
Larry Pierce 96-87 - 183
Steve Crogan 90-97 - 187
Bob Roers 92-97 - 189
Marty Gora 93-96 - 189
Jon Mueller 97-95 - 192
Mike Rosenau 97-95 - 192
Shawn Harper 97-96 - 193



Williamson paces Lawn Care Specialists Open

HOLMEN, WI - Paul Williamson, all-time winner of the historic La Crosse County Amateur Golf Championships, is atop the leaderboard after the first round of the 26th annual Lawn Care Specialists Open at Drugan's Castle Mound Country Club in Holmen on Friday.
Williamson (pictured), seven-time winner of the County Am, shot a 1-under par 69 on a hot, steamy day. Keegan Drugan, another former winner of the La Crosse County Am, Tyler Church and Joel Preeshl share second place with 70.
In other action, Doug Hageness leads First Flight with 75, while Randy Blank is atop the Second Flight with 76. Damian Bork leads the Third Flight with 86.
Action concludes today in the 36-hole event.

LAWN CARE SPECIALISTS OPEN

At Drugan's Castle Mound Country Club
In Holmen, WI

Friday's results

Championship Flight
Paul Williamson 69
Keegan Drugan (PRO) 70
Tyler Church 70
Joel Preeshl 70
Max Hosking (PRO) 72
Joe DeRosa (PRO) 72
Jake Dunn 73
Tim McCormick (PRO) 73
Matt Dunn 73
Connor Frawley 75
Jay Halverson 75
Drew Schroeder 75
Greg Johnson 75
Cody Dirks 76
Bob Geary 76
Ross Wilhelm 77
Kevin Loeffler 77
Tony Roberts 77
Bruce Lindseth 77
Marcus Williamson 77
Andrew Steinhofer (PRO) 78
Brady Strangstalien (PRO) 78
Jordan Graf 78
Nick Tomlinson 79
Chris Mithelman 80
Eric Olson 80
Eric Haug 80
Nick Anderson 81
Derek Iverson 81
Jake Ash 82
Scott Erickson 83
Mike Drugan 84
    
First Flight    
Doug Hageness 75
Jim Socha 78
Mitch Gault 80
Tony Friedl 80
Joe Loomis 81
Jim Jenkins 81
Jeff Zielke 82
Trevor Schultz 83
Kurt Peters 83
Tim Darwin 83
Paul Franke 84
Roger Martinez 86
Joel LaPlount 86
Tom Wilson 86
Bjorn Berg 87
        
Second Flight    
Randy Blank 76
Emery Healy 78
Greg Espenes 82
Brent Staff 84
Scott Hackworth 84
Tim Ratajski 85
Thomas Grapes 85
Dan Leis 85
Steve Wineski 86
Tim Jones 86
Dan Breeden 88
Jeff Osgood 88
Eugene Faga 90
Kent Drugan    91
Leon McNutt 92
    
Third Flight    
Damian Bork 86
Keith Seidel 87
Patrick Rice 87
Tony Raymond 88
Marv Davis 88
Kyle Koske 90
Steve Crogan 90
Bob Roers 92
Ronald Puestow 92
Marty Gora 93
Larry Pierce 96
Andrew Lindseth 96
Jon Mueller 97
Shawn Harper 97
Mike Rosenau 97
Rob Hansen 98

La Crescent's Breeden has big weekend on TRGA Tour

WXOW Channel-19 chief meteorologist Dan Breeden collected a pair of Three Rivers Golf Association VPP Group/Big Sky Cattle victories this weekend.
La Crescent's Breeden won the Men's Third Flight title in the TRGA Valley High Open at Valley High Golf Course in Houston, MN, and then capped the weekend with another victory in Third Flight at the TRGA Fox Hollow Open at Fox Hollow Golf Club in Barre Mills on Sunday.
Onalaska's Ben Socha birdied the 18th hole to edge Tomah's Trey Hewuse for the Men's Championship flight title on Sunday. Socha finished with a 3-over par 73, while Hewuse settled for a 74 and his second runner-up finish in two days.
Socha's drive on the 294-yard, par-4 fifth hole ended up 6 feet from the hole and paving the way for an eagle 2.
In other action on Sunday, Rick Stewart of Onalaska played the five par-3 holes in two-under-par and finished with 72, his best TRGA round of the season, to win Men's First Flight. West Salem's Mark Werner captured the Second Flight title with 79. Marty Gora of Onalaska defeated Holmen's Mike Fortin in a one-hole playoff in the Gold Division. Gora, Fortin and Jeff Krueger tied with 89.   
Breeden and Mark Peterson of Grantsburg, WI, tied at 84 with Breeden winning in sudden death.
Onalaska's Krista Drewiske chipped in for par on the first playoff hole to beat Terry Thomas of La Crosse in the Women's Flighted division.   
The twice postponed TRGA Valley High Open was played Saturday in near-perfect weather.
Matt Peterson of Rockford, IL, holed out from 50 yards on the opening hole for birdie to propel him to the Championship Flight title with a one-over par 72. He finished three shots better than Hewuse.
Onalaska's Bruce Lindseth won on the first hole of sudden death for the First Flight crown. His par save on the par-4, 10th hole eliminated Stewart and Randy Olson of Onalaska. All three players shot 79 in regulation.    
Tony Friedl won Second Flight easily with a 77 and a six-stroke victory over La Crosse's Joe Hunter. Roger Cram of Brownsville, MN, won the Gold Flight with 84.

TRGA VPP Group/Big Sky Cattle Fox Hollow Open

At Fox Hollow Golf Course
In Barre Mills, WI

Sunday, July 7, results

Men's Championship Flight
Ben Socha, Onalaska 35-38-73    
Trey Hewuse, Tomah 38-36-74    
Collin Hubertz, Onalaska 38-38-76    
John Percy, La Crosse 39-37-76    
Matthew Peterson, Rockford 38-41-79    
Derek Iverson, La Crosse 38-42-80    
Mark Miller, Onalaska - DQ    

Men's First Flight
Rick Stewart, Onalaska 36-36-72    
Jordan Graf, La Crescent 37-36-73    
Jeff Pigorsch, La Crosse 38-36-74    
Bill Feehan, La Crosse 39-36-75    
Matt Hoehn, Onalaska 38-38-76    
Tim Darwin, La Crosse 36-42-78    
Travis Weston, La Crosse 41-38-79    
Randy Olson, Onalaska 38-42-80    
Aaron Kupinski, La Crosse 39-42-81    
Bruce Lindseth, Onalaska 42-39-81    
Joe Loomis, La Crosse 39-42-81    
Brandon Amann, Onalaska 41-43-84    
Jacob Krause, La Crosse 41-43-84    
Curt Greeno, La Crosse 41-46-87    
Jim Nelson, La Crosse 46-41-87    

Men's Second Flight
Mark Werner, West Salem 39-39-78    
Kevin Drewiske, Onalaska 38-41-79    
Tony Friedl, La Crosse 40-40-80    
Joe Hunter, La Crosse 40-41-81    
Tyler Shrake, Onalaska 37-44-81    
Kevin Marchant, Viola 39-44-83    
Tom Desjarlais, Onalaska 45-39-84    
Jeremiah Shimshak, Holmen 43-41-84    
Bjorn Berg, La Crosse 37-49-86    
Robert Burns, La Crosse 39-48-87    
Randy Paine, Onalaska 45-42-87    
Joey Arneson, Holmen  39-50-89    
Dale Sinclair, Onalaska 42-47-89    
Dan Leis, Holmen 40-52-92    

Men's Third Flight
*Dan Breeden, La Crescent 40-44-84    
Mark Peterson, Grantsburg 45-39-84    
Rob Hansen, West Salem 44-41-85    
Nick Kleifgen, Wisconsin Rapids 44-44-88    
Jeff Miller, La Crosse 44-44-88    
Bob Roers, Onalaska 45-44-89    
Keith Seidel, Holmen 43-46-89    
Leon McNutt, Houston 39-51-90    
Patrick Rice, Fountain City 47-45-92    
Monte Jacobson, West Salem 44-49-93    
Scott Hackworth, Onalaska 51-43-94    
Bob Cagle, La Crosse 50-45-95    
Andrew Lindseth, Onalaska 47-53-100    
Larry Shingleton, La Crosse - WD    

Men's Gold Flight    
*Marty Gora, Onalaska 41-48-89    
Mike Fortin, Holmen 38-51-89    
Jeff Krueger, La Crescent 43-46-89    
Ronald Puestow, Onalaska 46-45-91    
Jim Kelly, Chaseburg 43-51-94    
Steve Crogan, Onalaska 46-49-95    
Roger Cram, Brownsville 46-51-97    
Richard Wall, Onalaska 49-50-99    
Van Loken, Onalaska 45-56-101    
Shadow Loken, Onalaska 61-50-111    

Women's Flighted
*Krista Drewiske, Onalaska 41-41-82--72
Terry Thomas, La Crosse 40-43-83--72
Terry Ziegelbauer, La Crosse 45-47-92--80
Cathi Baus, La Crosse 51-45-96--84

* Won in Sudden Death

TRGA VPP Group/Big Sky Cattle Valley High Open

At Valley High Golf Course
In Houston, MN

Saturday, July 6, results
    
Men's Championship Flight            
Matthew Peterson, Rockford 36-36-72    
Trey Hewuse, Tomah 39-36-75    
Ben Socha, Onalaska 38-38-76    
Collin Hubertz, Onalaska 41-42-83    
John Percy, La Crosse 44-42-86    

Men's First Flight        
*Bruce Lindseth, Onalaska 41-38-79    
Randy Olson, Onalaska 38-41-79    
Rick Stewart, Onalaska 43-36-79    
Jordan Graf, La Crescent 44-36-80    
Ben Korger, La Crosse 47-36-83    
Tom Desjarlais, Onalaska 44-40-84    
Matt Hoehn, Onalaska 45-39-84    
Joe Loomis, La Crosse 42-43-85

Men's Second Flight            
Tony Friedl, La Crosse 42-35-77    
Joe Hunter, La Crosse 44-39-83    
Mark Werner, West Salem 46-38-84    
Jeremiah Shimshak, Holmen 45-41-86    
Dale Sinclair, Onalaska 45-42-87    
Damian Bork, Holmen 45-43-88    
Scott Hackworth, Onalaska 44-44-88    
Robert Schoen, Holmen 45-43-88    
Robert Burns, La Crosse 48-41-89    
Joey Arneson, Holmen 47-44-91
    
Men's Third Flight
Dan Breeden, La Crescent 46-43-89    
Leon McNutt, Houston 49-43-92    
Marvin Davis, La Crosse 51-44-95    
Jeff Miller, La Crosse 52-44-96    
John Rosenow, Cochrane 47-49-96    
Bob Roers, Onalaska 50-47-97    
Bob Cagle, La Crosse 50-48-98    
Nick Kleifgen, Wisconsin Rapids 54-48-102    
Larry Shingleton, La Crosse 54-51-105    
Andrew Lindseth, Onalaska 58-50-108    

Men's Gold Flight
Roger Cram, Brownsville 44-40-84    
Steve Crogan, Onalaska 44-43-87    
Jeff Krueger, La Crescent 47-43-90    
Dave Fairey, La Crescent 48-46-94    
Mike Fortin, Holmen 48-48-96    
Richard Wall, Onalaska 53-43-96    
Shadow Loken, Onalaska 51-46-97    
Ted Knudson, La Crosse 54-46-100    
Len Huegel, La Crescent 58-47-105    
Van Loken, Onalaska 56-49-105    
Ronald Puestow, Onalaska 61-44-105

* Won in Sudden Death


Hip injury sidelines Lawn Care Specialists champion Dirks

HOLMEN, WI - Josh Dirks will miss this year's 26th annual Lawn Care Specialists Open Championship this weekend.
Dirks confirmed early Thursday that a hip injury is preventing him from playing golf until probably mid-August.
The Lawn Care Specialists Open is scheduled Friday and Saturday at Drugan's Castle Mound Country Club in Holmen, host of the 36-hole event since its inception in 1994.
"It's been tough when you love to play golf," Dirks said. "I've played in a couple of outings for work, but that's about it."
Dirks guessed he played about 55 rounds last year and only about 10 this year, including his last round two weeks ago.
Dirks, 41, said he has been dealing with the injury off and on for about a year.
"I think it's old age. What do you think?" he said with a chuckle.
Seriously, Dirks said he tried to deal with the nagging injury this spring, but was finally advised to rest it.
"The reason it's getting good, is because I haven't touched a club in two weeks," he said. "I probably won't touch a club until sometime in August."
Dirks also said the injury also will sideline him for this year's 29th annual La Crosse County Amateur Golf Championships. Dirks, a perennial favorite, tied for third place last year. This year's 36-hole event is Aug. 3-4.
Dirks carved his way to a 6-under par 64 after a 2-over 72 the first round for a 136 total in the Amateur Division of the Lawn Care Specialists Open last year.
PGA professional Max Hosking of Madison claimed the Pro Division with 68-69-137 giving Dirks the overall title in Championship Flight. Andrew Steinhofer and Holmen's Keegan Drugan, both pros, tied for third place with 139 while amateurs Jake Dunn and Connor Frawley shared fifth at 143.
Bob Geary captured First Flight honors with 149. Tim Peterson's 164 took the Second Flight crown, while Bob Roers claimed the Third Flight title with 169.
The low pro earns $4,000 based upon a minimum 10 entries. The low amateur receives a $750 gift certificate from Castle Mound. Entry fee is $75 for amateurs and $200 for professionals.
To enter, call Brook Mashak at Castle Mound at 608-526-3225.


La Crosse's Feehan third, BRF's Johnson wins Senior Tour event

KOHLER, WI - Bill Feehan (pictured) of La Crosse finished third in the Wisconsin State Golf Association Senior Tour Event No. 10 at Blackwolf Run in Kohler, WI, on Tuesday.
Feehan, carded a 3-over par 75 with 33 points in the Seniors Gross Division.
Larry Dziak of Trempealeau tied for 23rd place with 83 and 26 points. Onalaska's Jim Socha finished 27th with 84 and 25 points.
Feehan tied for fifth place in the Seniors Net Division with 69 and 39 points. Dziak shared 23rd place with 74 and 34 points, while Socha tied for 29th with 75 and 33 points.
Meanwhile, Greg Johnson, from Black River Falls, won the Super Senior Gross Division with 68 and 40 points. Onalaska's Dave Rude managed a tie for 21st place with 85 and 23 points.
Johnson made it a clean sweep by winning the Super Seniors Net Division with 64 and 44 points. Rude tied for for 30th with 76 and 32 points.