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.