Russ Hiser Foundation comes through for junior golfers again

Russ Hiser Memorial

All sixth, seventh and eighth grade students in the School District of La Crosse are eligible for free golf at Forest Hills Golf Course and Walsh Golf Center this year.
That's right. It's "FREE GOLF," thanks to the Russ Hiser Foundation.
The program also includes free golf lessons and etiquette training at Forest Hills. However, students must pass a basic skills test to be eligible for free golf.
"Each kid will go through an individual test," said Keith Stoll, PGA pro and general manager at Forest Hills. "It's very basic, simply a skills and fundamentals test."
Once golfers pass the test, they receive a card entitling them to free golf at Forest Hills or Walsh's.
For those juniors who do not pass the test or who are not ready to take the test, clinics will be offered to help them get golf course ready, according to Stoll. The first clinic filled quickly. Future clinic dates will be posted at, or on June 19.
Stoll said juniors without clubs can also use junior clubs housed in a new middle school clubhouse/storage unit at Forest Hills.
LA CROSSE COUNTY AMATEUR: Competitors are reminded that entries open on Thursday, June 15, for the 27th annual La Crosse County Amateur Golf Championships. Information sheets and entry forms can be found at
WSGA MATCH PLAY QUALIFIERS: Five players from the La Crosse area qualified for the annual Wisconsin State Golf Association Match Play Championship this year.
Joel Preeshl, a member at the La Crosse Country Club in Onalaska, led all entrants in the Match Play Qualifier No. 4, at Lake Arrowhead Golf Club in Nekoosa, WI, recently. Preeshl carded an even-par 72.
Montana Stewart, also from the La Crosse Country Club, tied for fifth place with 75. Drew Schroeder and Tony Roberts, also members at the La Crosse Country Club, along with Eric Olson from Drugan's Castle Mound Country Club in Holmen, shared 12th place with 79 and also gained spots in the championship.
Ted Brown Thunder and Lael Hall, both from Skyline Golf Club in Black River Falls, failed to qualify with 90 and 99, respectively.
ANYTIME FITNESS OUTING: The second annual Anytime Fitness of La Crosse "Putt for Pets" golf outing and fundraiser is scheduled July 22, at Forest Hills.
Entry fee is $240 per foursome, including 18 holes of golf with carts. All proceeds benefit the Coulee Region Humane Society.
For more information, contact Mike Fisher at 608-519-5990.
WSGA SENIOR TOUR: Greg Johnson, from Skyline Golf Club tied for 12th place in the WSGA Senior Tour Event No. 10, at The Club at Strawberry Creek in Kenosha, WI.
Johnson finished in a three-way tie for 12th place and earned 27 points in the Senior Gross Division. Jim Socha, a member at The Golf Club at Cedar Creek in Onalaska, tied for 17th place with 83 and managed 25 points.
Johnson snared a tie for 19th place in the Net Division with 75 and 33 points. Socha tied for 22nd place with 76 and 32 points.
MOORE OUT OF U.S. OPEN: Ryan Moore withdrew from the 2017 U.S. Open Championship because of an injury.
Moore, who was fully exempt and has competed in 10 U.S. Opens, will be replaced in the field by Michael Putnam, of University Place, WA, the first alternate from the Columbus, OH, sectional qualifying site.
Putnam, a 34-year-old, shot 70-66--136 at Brookside Golf & Country Club and The Lakes Golf & Country Club on June 5. He is playing in his fifth U.S. Open.

Stricker, Mickelson, Cink grouped together first two days of U.S. Open

Steve Stricker, Phil Mickelson and Stewart Cink are grouped together for the first two days of the 117th U.S. Open Championship at Erin Hills in Erin, WI, next week.
Stricker, from Madison, WI, Cink, of Duluth GA, and Mickelson, from Rancho Santa Fe, CA, leave the No. 1 tee at 2:20 p.m. On Thursday, June 15. Their tee time on Friday, June 16, is 8:35 a.m., on hole No. 10.
Jordan Niebrugge, from Mequon, WI, and the only other entrant with Wisconsin ties, kicks off the four-day event from the first tee at 6:45 a.m., Thursday along with Talor Gooch, of Choctaw, OK, and Kevin Dougherty, from Murrieta, CA. The threesome starts at 12:30 p.m., from hole No. 10 on Friday.

June 15-18, 2017At Erin Hills in Erin, WI.
All Times CDT

Thursday (June 15), hole No. 1 / Friday (June 16), hole No. 10
6:45 a.m. / 12:30 p.m. – Jordan Niebrugge, Mequon, Wis.; Talor Gooch, Choctaw, Okla.; Kevin Dougherty, Murrieta, Calif.
6:56 a.m. / 12:41 p.m. – Andres Romero, Argentina; Brice Garnett, Gallatin, Mo.; TBD
7:07 a.m. / 12:52 p.m. – Yusaku Miyazato, Japan; J.T. Poston, St. Simons Island, Ga.; Aaron Rai, England
7:18 a.m. / 1:03 p.m. – David Lingmerth, Sweden; Paul Dunne, Republic of Ireland; Haotong Li, Chinese Taipei
7:29 a.m. / 1:14 p.m. – (a) Stewart Hagestad, Newport Beach, Calif.; Chez Reavie, Scottsdale, Ariz.; Gene Sauers, Savannah, Ga.
7:40 a.m. / 1:25 p.m. – Brandt Snedeker, Nashville, Tenn.; Alex Noren, Sweden; Tyrrell Hatton, England
7:51 a.m. / 1:36 p.m. – Rafa Cabrera Bello, Spain; Thomas Pieters, Belgium; Brooks Koepka, West Palm Beach, Fla.
8:02 a.m. / 1:47 p.m. – Gary Woodland, Delray Beach, Fla.; J.B. Holmes, Campbellsville, Ky.; Jason Kokrak,Charlotte, N.C.
8:13 a.m. / 1:58 p.m. – Russell Knox, Scotland; (a) Scott Gregory, England; Martin Laird, Scotland
8:24 a.m. / 2:09 p.m. – Kevin Kisner, Aiken, S.C.; Billy Horschel, Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.; Branden Grace, South Africa
8:35 a.m. / 2:20 p.m. – Webb Simpson, Charlotte, N.C.; Ernie Els, South Africa; Lucas Glover, Tequesta, Fla.
8:46 a.m. / 2:31 p.m. – Tyson Alexander, Gainesville, Fla.; (a) Christopher Crawford, Bensalem, Pa.; Max Greyserman, Boca Raton, Fla.
8:57 a.m. / 2:42 p.m. – Matthew Campbell, Rome, N.Y.; Garrett Osborn, Birmingham, Ala.; (a) Walker Lee, Houston, Texas

Thursday (June 15), hole No. 10 / Friday (June 16), hole No. 1
6:45 a.m. / 12:30 p.m. – TBD; Ted Potter Jr., Ocala, Fla.; Daniel Chopra, Sweden
6:56 a.m. / 12:41 p.m. – Shugo Imahira, Japan; TBD; Matthew Wallace, England
7:07 a.m. / 12:52 p.m. – Charley Hoffman, San Diego, Calif.; Jason Dufner, Auburn, Ala.; Hideto Tanihara, Japan
7:18 a.m. / 1:03 p.m. – Jeunghun Wang, Republic of Korea; Thomas Aiken, South Africa; Bradley Dredge, Wales
7:29 a.m. / 1:14 p.m. – (a) Scott Harvey, Greensboro, N.C.; Jamie Lovemark, San Diego, Calif.; Michael Putnam, University Place, Wash.
7:40 a.m. / 1:25 p.m. – Brian Harman, Sea Island, Ga.; Tommy Fleetwood, England; Bud Cauley, Jupiter, Fla.
7:51 a.m. / 1:36 p.m. – Hideki Matsuyama, Japan; Rickie Fowler, Murrieta, Calif.; Jon Rahm, Spain
8:02 a.m. / 1:47 p.m. – Lee Westwood, England; Ross Fisher, England; Graeme McDowell, Northern Ireland
8:13 a.m. / 1:58 p.m. – Danny Willett, England; Zach Johnson, Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Angel Cabrera, Argentina
8:24 a.m. / 2:09 p.m. – Matt Kuchar, Sea Island, Ga.; Francesco Molinari, Italy; Patrick Reed, Houston, Texas
8:35 a.m. / 2:20 p.m. – Martin Kaymer, Germany; Jordan Spieth, Dallas, Texas; Dustin Johnson, Myrtle Beach, S.C.
8:46 a.m. / 2:31 p.m. – (a) Joaquin Niemann, Chile; Stephan Jaeger, Germany; Joel Stalter, Luxembourg
8:57 a.m. / 2:42 p.m. – Daniel Miernicki, Portland, Ore.; (a) Sahith Theegala, Chino Hills, Calif.; TBD

Thursday (June 15), hole No. 1 / Friday (June 16), hole No. 10
12:30 p.m. / 6:45 a.m. – Jack Maguire, St. Petersburg, Fla.; Corey Conners, Canada; Ben Kohles, Sea Island, Ga.
12:41 p.m. / 6:56 a.m. – Eddie Pepperell, England; Chan Kim, Gilbert, Ariz.; TBD
12:52 p.m. / 7:07 a.m. – Jhonattan Vegas, Venezuela; Yuta Ikeda, Japan; Sean O'Hair, Chadds Ford, Pa.
1:03 p.m. / 7:18 a.m. – Andrew Johnston, England; Brian Stuard, Jackson, Mich.; George Coetzee, South Africa
1:14 p.m. / 7:29 a.m. – Marc Leishman, Australia; Pat Perez, Scottsdale, Ariz.; Si Woo Kim, Republic of Korea
1:25 p.m. / 7:40 a.m. – Russell Henley, Charleston, S.C.; (a) Scottie Scheffler, Dallas, Texas; Harris English, Sea Island, Ga.
1:36 p.m. / 7:51 a.m. – Bubba Watson, Bagdad, Fla.; Adam Scott, Australia; Sergio Garcia, Spain
1:47 p.m. / 8:02 a.m. – Henrik Stenson, Sweden; Charl Schwartzel, South Africa; Louis Oosthuizen, South Africa
1:58 p.m. / 8:13 a.m. – Jimmy Walker, Boerne, Texas; Justin Thomas, Goshen, Ky.; Paul Casey, England
2:09 p.m. / 8:24 a.m. – Jason Day, Australia; Justin Rose, England; Rory McIlroy, Northern Ireland
2:20 p.m. / 8:35 a.m. – Steve Stricker, Madison, Wis.; Stewart Cink, Duluth, Ga.; Phil Mickelson, Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.
2:31 p.m. / 8:46 a.m. – Ryan Brehm, Traverse City, Mich.; John Oda, Honolulu, Hawaii; Jonathan Randolph, Oxford, Miss.
2:42 p.m. / 8:57 a.m. – (a) Mason Andersen, Chandler, Ariz.; Derek Barron, Tacoma, Wash.; Roman Robledo, Harlingen, Texas

Thursday (June 15), hole No. 10 / Friday (June 16), hole No. 1
12:30 p.m. / 6:45 a.m. – Wade Ormsby, Australia; Oliver Bekker, South Africa; Kyle Thompson, Greenville, S.C.
12:41 p.m. / 6:56 a.m. – Brandon Stone, South Africa; Troy Merritt, Meridian, Idaho; TBD
12:52 p.m. / 7:07 a.m. – Satoshi Kodaira, Japan; Daniel Summerhays, Fruit Heights, Utah; Alexander Levy, France
1:03 p.m. / 7:18 a.m. – William McGirt, Moore, S.C.; Keegan Bradley, Woodstock, Vt.; Kevin Na, Las Vegas, Nev.
1:14 p.m. / 7:29 a.m. – (a) Brad Dalke, Oklahoma City, Okla.; Wesley Bryan, Augusta, Ga.; Brendan Steele, Idyllwild, Calif.
1:25 p.m. / 7:40 a.m. – Nick Flanagan, Australia; Richie Ramsay, Scotland; Bryson DeChambeau, Clovis, Calif.
1:36 p.m. / 7:51 a.m. – Daniel Berger, Jupiter, Fla.; Roberto Castro, Atlanta, Ga.; Bill Haas, Greenville, S.C.
1:47 p.m. / 8:02 a.m. – Adam Hadwin, Canada; Emiliano Grillo, Argentina; Cheng-Tsung Pan, Chinese Taipei
1:58 p.m. / 8:13 a.m. – Scott Piercy, Las Vegas, Nev.; Shane Lowry, Republic of Ireland; Jim Furyk, Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.
2:09 p.m. / 8:24 a.m. – Matthew Fitzpatrick, England; Peter Uihlein, Jupiter, Fla.; Byeong Hun An, Republic of Korea
2:20 p.m. / 8:35 a.m. – Kevin Chappell, Fresno, Calif.; (a) Maverick McNealy, Portola Valley, Calif.; Bernd Wiesberger, Austria
2:31 p.m. / 8:46 a.m. – Xander Schauffele, San Diego, Calif.; Trey Mullinax, Birmingham, Ala.; (a) Cameron Champ, Sacramento, Calif.
2:42 p.m. / 8:57 a.m. – Sam Ryder, Longwood, Fla.; (a) Alex Smalley, Wake Forest, N.C.; Andy Pope, Orlando, Fla.
(a): amateur


Cardinal Stritch rides high with Onalaska's Church

Tyler Church and Cardinal Stritch University of Milwaukee had quite a run this spring.
Church, a sophomore from Onalaska High School, led his team to the Chicagoland Collegiate Conference championship in April. He also got off to a fast start in the NAIA National Championship at TPC Deer Run in Silvis, IL, recently.
Church shot a 1-under 70 for a third-place tie in the opening round. More important, Strich had a four-shot lead after Day 1.
Unfortunately, weather wreaked havoc on Stritch as well as all the other teams. Church shot 77 the second day, but the Wolves maintained their lead despite heavy storms. Church's two-round, 70-77-147 was still good enough for a tie for sixth place.
Church dropped into a tie for 12th place in the individual standings with a 75 for a 222 total after 54 holes as Stritch's lead stretched to 13 strokes heading into the final round.
However, the Wolves couldn't withstand a 20-degree drop in temperature and one inch of rain on the final round. The lead evaporated and Stritch finished second to Grand View University.
Church's 85 was tossed out in the team total. He settled with a 307 total and a tied for 32nd place.
Church finished third in the prestigious 2016, 36-hole La Crosse County Amateur Golf Championships and has already committed to this year's County Am, which is expected to draw a record field and a record purse.
WSGA BESTBALL: Church and his partner, Mitch Wittman of Fox Valley Golf Course, advanced to the second round of the Wisconsin State Golf Association Bestball Championship at Brown County Golf Course in Oneida, WI, on Saturday.
Church and Wittman tied for 16th place with a 6-under 139 in the stroke play portion of the four-day event. They won their first match before bowing out in the second round.
Montana Stewart and Jim Walkley, members at the La Crosse Country Club in Onalaska, tied for 18th with 140, but lost their first-round match.
Four other La Crosse area teams also competed in the event, but failed to qualify for match play.
Lee Reinke of Shorewood Golf Club, and Bennett Hutson from the La Crosse Country Club tied for 32nd place with 144, while James Deboer and Joel Preeshl, also from the La Crosse Country Club, carded 145 for a tie for 36th place.
Drew Schroeder of the La Crosse Country Club and his partner, Eric Olson from Drugan's Castle Mound Country Club in Holmen, shared 51st place with 148. Jim Socha of Onalaska and his son, Ben, tied for 53rd place with 149.
DATE CHANGE: Be sure to check our golf calendar each week.
We were notified earlier in the week that the R. Scott Bjorge CPC Golf Classic has been rescheduled to June 14, "due to circumstances beyond our control," according to a news release.
COUNTY AM ENTRIES: Players looking to enter the 2017 County Amateur can circle June 15, as the opening date.
Entry forms and information can be found at boblamboutdoors, the official site of the County Am.
SOCHA SIXTH: Jim Socha, a member at The Golf Club at Cedar Creek in Onalaska, tied for sixth place in both the gross division and low net division in the recent WSGA Senior Tour Event No. 9 at University of Milwaukee Golf Club in Milwaukee, WI.
Socha shot 80 in the gross division and collected 28 points. He managed 35 points in the low net division with 72.
HUTSON FAILS TO QUALIFY: Hutson failed to gain one of the 11 qualifying spots in the WSGA Match Play Qualifier No. 3 at Mascoutin Golf Club in Berlin, WI.
Hutson shot a 10-over par 82, but is the first alternate if someone withdraws.

Dirks returns for TRGA Castle Mound Open on Sunday

HOLMEN, WI - Josh Dirks seeks his second victory in a row at The Three Rivers Golf Association VPP Group/Big Sky Cattle Castle Mound Open on Sunday.
However, Dirks will have strong competition with a top-notch field of 21 players in Championship Flight at Drugan's Castle Mound Country Club in Holmen, WI.
Dirks won last year's event with an even-par 72. Par may not be good enough this year. among other favorites are pro Keegan Drugan, Tom McClintock, who won in 2012 and 2014, and Jake Dunn, the 2015 champ. Also, don't count out Paul Williamson, a seven-time winner of the La Crosse County Amateur Golf Championships.
Sunday's field features 95 players in eight flights.
Tee times begin at 7:30 a.m., with the final tee time 1 p.m.

TRGA VPP Group/Big Sky Cattle Castle Mound Open

At Drugan's Castle Mound Country Club
In Holmen, WI
Sunday, June 11, pairings

Men's Championship
7:30 a.m. - Graf, Jordan, La Crescent, MN; Roberts, Tony, West Salem, WI.
7:40 a.m. - Peterson, Matthew, Rockford, IL; Cayler, Dave, Holmen, WI; Williamson, Marcus, Holmen, WI.
7:50 a.m. - Dunn, Matt, Galesville, WI; Preeshl, Joel, Onalaska, WI; Drugan, Keegan, Holmen; Leis, Jeremy, Caledonia, MN.
8 a.m. - Friedl, Evan, La Crescent; Litsheim, Jack, La Crosse; Hewuse, Trey, Tomah, WI.
8:10 a.m. - Dunn, Jake, Galesville, WI; Frawley, Connor, Holmen; Smith, Nate, Duluth, MN.
8:20 a.m. - Speltz, Ricky, Winona, MN; Dirks, Josh, La Crosse; Drugan, Michael, Holmen.
8:30 a.m. - Williamson, Paul, Holmen; Roth, Austin, Viroqua, WI; McClintock, Tom, Onalaska, WI.

Men's First Flight
8:40 a.m. - Phelps, Ethan, Holmen; Fremstad, Arne, De Soto, WI.
8:50 a.m. - Darwin, Tim, La Crosse; Olson, Randy, Onalaska; DeRosa, Tony, Onalaska.
9 a.m. - Lindseth, Bruce, Onalaska; Feehan, Bill, La Crosse; Loomis, Joe, La Crosse.
9:10 a.m. - Evenson, Tom, Middleton, WI; Franke, Steve, La Crosse; Schmalzriedt, Damon, La Crosse.
9:20 a.m. - Hewitt, Cole, Viroqua, WI; DeMarino, Kelly, La Crosse; Stewart, Rick, Onalaska.

Men's Second Flight
9:30 a.m. - Peterson, Mark, Grantsburg, WI; Brovan, Troy, Rochester, MN.
9:40 a.m. - Feldner, Mike, Germantown, WI; Shimshak, Jeremiah, Holmen.
9:50 a.m. - Pigorsch, Jeff, La Crosse; Johnson, Derek, La Crescent; Hoehn, Matt, Onalaska.
10 a.m. - Drugan, Brennan, Holmen; Osgood, Jeff, Holmen; Desjarlais, Tom, Onalaska, WI
10:10 a.m. - Hageness, Doug, Eau Claire; Knothe, Scott, La Crosse; Schoen, Robert, Holmen.

Women's Flighted
10:20 a.m. - Oliver, Megan, Holmen; Olson, Sher, La Crosse.
10:30 a.m. - Baus, Cathi, La Crosse; Ziegelbauer, Terry, La Crosse.

Women's Championship
10:40 a.m. - Lenz, Lynn, La Crosse.

Men's Gold
10:40 a.m. - Luce, Bob, Stoddard, WI; Frei, John, Holmen.
10:50 a.m. - Stapleton, Tony, Tomah; Wall, Richard, Onalaska.
11 a.m. - Rice, Patrick, Fountain City, WI; Knudson, Ted, La Crosse; Loken, Van, La Crosse.
11:10 a.m. - Shingleton, Larry, La Crosse; Taylor, Paul J., La Crosse; Kelly, Jim, Chaseburg, WI.
11:20 a.m. - Puestow, Ronald, Onalaska; Huegel, Len, La Crescent; Cram, Roger, Brownsville, MN.
11:30 a.m. - Fairey, Dave, La Crescent; Sanchez, David, Holmen; Gora, Marty, Onalaska.

Men's Fourth Flight
11:40 a.m. - Berg, Bjorn, La Crosse; Banse, Mitchell, Caledonia.
11:50 a.m. - Huegel, Mike, Winona; Davis, Marvin, La Crosse; Bork, Damian,     Holmen.
Noon - Hackworth, Scott, Onalaska; Feldner, Don, De Soto, WI; Kleifgen, Nick, Wisconsin Rapids, WI.
12:10 p.m. - Cagle, Bob, La Crosse; Schultz, Rich, La Crosse; Gilbertson, Jim, Durand, WI.
12:20 p.m. - Hansen, Rob, West Salem; DeYoe, Michael, La Crosse; Crogan, Steve, Onalaska.

Men's Third Flight
12:30 p.m. - Leis, Dan, Holmen; Smieja, Tim, Galesville; Roers, Bob, Onalaska.
12:40 p.m. - Sciborski, Bob, La Crosse; Hunter, Joe, La Crosse; Friedl, Tony, La Crosse.
12:50 p.m. - Werner, Mark, West Salem; Burns, Robert, La Crosse; Breeden, Dan, La Crescent.
1 p.m. - Jacobson, Monte, West Salem; Seidel, Keith, Holmen; Paine, Randy, Onalaska.

Englebert aces No. 7 at Forest Hills

Chuck Englebert knows what club to use on the 117-yard, seventh hole at Forest Hills Golf Course.
Englebert, from La Crosse, scored another hole-in-one with his trusty 9-iron recently. He aced the same hole with the same club on Nov. 10, 2016.