Onalaska's Church, Skogen in hunt for State Am title
OCONOMOWOC, WI - Tyler Church and Ben Skogen, both from Onalaska, are two shots off the pace heading into the final 36 holes of the Wisconsin State Golf Association State Amateur Championship at the Oconomowoc Golf Club in Oconomowoc, WI. Church fired a 1-over par 71 on Tuesday for a 139 two-day total. Skogen managed 73 on Tuesday, coupled with his 66 opening round for his 139 total and a three-way tie for fifth place. Jacob Michel of Lodi, WI, Eddie Wajda of Brookfield, WI, and Phillip Johnson of Colgate, WI, are the co-leaders at 137. Samuel Anderson of Stoughton, WI, is alone in fourth place at 138. Holmen's Drew Schroeder and Jim Walkley of Onalaska are in a large group tied for 43rd place with 147. Onalaska's Joe Weber is tied for 60th place with 149. Among those missing the cut were Tomah's Trey Hewuse III (152), Holmen's Mike Drugan (154) and Sparta's Ethan Schmitz (154).
Onalaska's Skogen tied for lead in State Amateur
OCONOMOWOC, WI - Ben Skogen of Onalaska, shot a sparkling 4-under par 66 for a first-round tie with Phillip Johnson of Colgate, WI, in the opening round of the Wisconsin State Golf Association State Amateur Championship at the Oconomowoc Golf Club in Oconomowoc, WI, on Monday. Skogen fired 35-31-66 heading into today's second round of the 72-hole tournament. Tyler Church, also from Onalaska, is in a three-way tie for fifth place with 68. Holmen's Drew Schroeder is in a group tied for 26th place with 71, while Onalaska's Joe Weber, last year's winner of the La Crosse County Amateur Golf Championships, is another shot back at 72. Jim Walkley of Onalaska and Sparta's Ethan Schmitz are in a group tied for 74th place at 75, while Tomah's Trey Hewuse III and Holmen's Mike Drugan are deadlocked in 93rd place with 77. Only the low 70 scores and ties advance after today's round.
New champion awaits TRGA Hiawatha Open
TOMAH, WI - There is one sure thing about Sunday's Three Rivers Golf Association VPP Group/Big Sky Cattle Hiawatha Open. A new champion will be crowned in Men's Championship Flight. Eric Olson won the 2016 title with a 2-over par 74. However, Olson is not among the six players entered this year at Hiawatha Golf Club in Tomah, WI. A total of 55 players begin play at 8 a.m., with the final group in the Men's Gold Division leaving the first tee at 11:20 a.m.
TRGA VPP Group/Big Sky Cattle Hiawatha Open
At Hiawatha Golf Club In Tomah, WI Sunday, July 16, pairings
Men's First Flight 8:40 a.m. - Groth, Kevin, La Crosse; Greeno, Curt, La Crosse; Weiss, Chris, La Crosse. 8:50 a.m. - Loomis, Joe, La Crosse; Ketterhagen, Tyler, Onalaska, WI; Hoehn, Matt, Onalaska. 9 a.m. - Olson, Randy, Onalaska; Evenson, Tom, Middleton, WI; Stewart, Rick, Onalaska.
Men's Second Flight 9:10 a.m. - Feldner, Mike, Germantown, WI; Werner, Mark, West Salem, WI. 9:20 a.m. - Paine, Randy, Onalaska; Brovan, Troy, Rochester, MN. 9:30 a.m. - Schoen, Robert, Holmen; Desjarlais, Tom, Onalaska; Pigorsch, Jeff, La Crosse.
Men's Third Flight 9:40 a.m. - Burns, Robert, La Crosse; Friedl, Tony, La Crosse. 9:50 a.m. - Hunter, Joe, La Crosse; Roers, Bob, Onalaska. 10 a.m. - Jacobson, Monte, West Salem, WI; Breeden, Dan, La Crescent, MN.
Men's Fourth Flight 10:10 a.m. - Berg, Bjorn, La Crosse; Peterson, Tim, Onalaska. 10:20 a.m. - Miller, Jeff, La Crosse; Feldner, Don, De Soto, WI; DeYoe, Michael, La Crosse. 10:30 a.m. - Lewis, Michael, West Salem; Kleifgen, Nick, Wisconsin Rapids, WI; Crogan, Steve, Onalaska; Bork, Damian, Holmen.
Men's Gold 10:40 a.m. - Kelly, Jim, Chaseburg, WI; Fairey, Dave La Crescent. 10:50 a.m. - Puestow, Ronald, Onalaska; Taylor, Paul J., La Crosse; Mike, Fortin, Holmen. 11 a.m. - Wall, Richard, Onalaska; Huegel, Len, La Crescent; Knudson, Ted, La Crosse. 11 a.m. - Frei, John, Holmen; Shingleton, Larry, La Crosse; Rice, Patrick, Fountain City, WI 11:20 a.m. - Loken, Van, La Crosse; Cram - Roger, Brownsville, MN; Stapleton, Tony, Tomah.
Weber, Skogen lead Coulee Region players into WSGA State Amateur
OCONOMOWOC, WI - The 116th annual Wisconsin State Golf Association State Amateur Championship kicks off Monday, and the four-day, 72-hole event has plenty of local flavor in the 156-player field at the par-70 Oconomowoc Golf Club. It begins with Joe Weber and Ben Skogen, two members from the La Crosse Country Club in Onalaska. Both players finished in a three-way tie for 18th place last year and are expected to make strong runs again in 2017. Weber went on to win his first La Crosse County Amateur Golf Championships jacket a few weeks later. Skogen, a member of the University of Wisconsin men's golf team, also had a strong 2017 spring season. Coulee Region players joining Weber and Skogen in this year's field are Trey Hewuse III of Tomah, WI, Tyler Church of Onalaska, Holmen's Drew Schroeder, who finished runner-up to Weber in last year's County Am, Jim Walkley of Onalaska, and Michael Drugan of Holmen. You can follow daily updates right here at boblamboutdoors.com. PICK THE WINNERS: Do you like to predict champions? Well, boblamboutdoors is now featuring interesting polls thanks to the TM Group. Our current fishing poll will change to "Who will win the Kwik Trip Seniors County Am late next week. Do you have a player in mind? And then comes the prestigious 36-hole Men's County Am. That is guaranteed to be a dandy! Check for daily updates. SENIORS FRIDAY: WOW! Seniors 62 and over receive special privileges every Friday in July at Forest Hills Golf Course in La Crosse. Senior rates all day... 9 holes - $14 walking, $23.50 w/cart or 18 holes - $19 walking $35 w/cart. Stop by Grandad's after your round for $2 draft beers. Get out and play! LAWN CARE SPECIALISTS OPEN: Max Hosking won the professional portion of the 24th annual Lawn Care Specialists Open at Drugan's Castle Mound Country Club in Holmen on Saturday. Hosking's 36-hole score was 135. Josh Dirks captured the Amateur title with a 140 and a one-hole sudden death playoff. Other flight winners were: Troy Brovan, First; Dan Leis, Second; and Steve Crogan, Third.
Dirks headlines Lawn Care Specialists Open
HOLMEN, WI - Josh Dirks returns to try and defend his title in the 24th annual Lawn Care Specialists Open Championship at Drugan's Castle Mound Country Club in Holmen. The 36-hole event begins Friday and finishes on Saturday. A total of 43 players have entered the Championship Flight field which includes a guaranteed $2,500 payout to the first-place professional and a $750 gift certificate to the amateur winner.
FRIDAY'S TEE TIMES Name Flight Tee Time Jack Litsheim Champ 12:39 Marcus Williamson Champ 12:39 Chuck Haug Champ 12:39 Scott Semingson Champ 12:48 Dave Cayler Champ 12:48 Greg Johnson Champ 12:48 William Sibenaller Champ 12:57 Matthew Dunn Champ 12:57 Joel Preeshl Champ 12:57 Kevin Loeffler Champ 12:57 Andy Tomashek Champ 1:06 Montana Stewart Champ 1:06 Paul Zarek Champ 1:06 Eric Haug Champ 1:06 Eric Olson Champ 1:15 Connor Frawley Champ 1:15 Drew Schroeder Champ 1:15 Nick Tomlinson Champ 1:15 Jay Halverson Champ 1:24 Tony Roberts Champ 1:24 Paul Williamson Champ 1:24 Michael Drugan Champ 1:24 John Anderson Champ 1:33 Tom McClintock Champ 1:33 Erik Metille (Pro) Champ 1:33 Mike Bistodeau Champ 1:33 James DeBoer Champ 1:42 Nate Smith Champ 1:42 Nick Anderson Champ 1:42 Strangstalien Brady (Pro) Champ 1:42 Trey Hewuse Champ 1:51 Keegan Drugan (Pro) Champ 1:51 Jake Dunn Champ 1:51 Scott Erickson Champ 1:51 Chris Mithelman Champ 2:00 Joe DeRosa (Pro) Champ 2:00 Tyler Church Champ 2:00 Ross Wilhelm Champ 2:00 Andrew Steinhofer (Pro) Champ 2:09 Max Hosking (Pro) Champ 2:09 Jordan Elsen (Pro) Champ 2:09 Josh Dirks Champ 2:09 Name Flight Tee Time Steve Sjolander 1ST 1:51B Harley Schlachter 1ST 1:51B Jon Strangstalien 1ST 1:51B Dylan Loken 1ST 1:51B Terry Thienes 1ST 2:00B Jim Jenkins 1ST 2:00B Troy Brovan 1ST 2:00B Ryan Westlund 1ST 2:00B Trevor Schultz 1ST 2:09B Matt Euler 1ST 2:09B Jim Socha 1ST 2:09B Joe Loomis 1ST 2:09B Tony DeRosa 1ST 2:18B Bruce Lindseth 1ST 2:18B Tim Darwin 1ST 2:18B Tom Wilson 1ST 2:18B Name Flight Tee Time Marv Davis 2ND 1:06B Rick Gorsett 2ND 1:06B Joel LaPlount 2ND 1:06B Tony Raymond 2ND 1:15B Scott Hackworth 2ND 1:15B Greg Espenes 2ND 1:15B Dan Breeden 2ND 1:15B Keith Seidel 2ND 1:24B Eugene Faga 2ND 1:24B Tim Jones 2ND 1:24B Dan Leis 2ND 1:24B Don Nontelle 2ND 1:33B Steve Wineski 2ND 1:33B Randy Blank 2ND 1:33B Thomas Grapes 2ND 1:33B Tim Peterson 2ND 1:42B Doug Painter 2ND 1:42B Mike Feldner 2ND 1:42B Tom Desjarlais 2ND 1:42B Name Flight Tee Time Bob Millis 3RD 12:30 Mike Rosenau 3RD 12:30 Eberhard Bosse 3RD 12:30 Patrick Rice 3RD 12:30B Ronald Puestow 3RD 12:30B Kyle Koske 3RD 12:30B Jay Hagen 3RD 12:39B John Frei 3RD 12:39B Jack Glennie 3RD 12:39B Robert Pugh 3RD 12:39B Bob Roers 3RD 12:48B Marty Gora 3RD 12:48B Steve Crogan 3RD 12:48B Leon McNutt 3RD 12:48B Jon Mueller 3RD 12:57B Rich Schultz 3RD 12:57B Steven Fellenz 3RD 12:57B Damian Bork 3RD 12:57B