TRGA Forest Hills Open set for Sunday

A new champion will be crowned in the Championship Flight at the annual Three Rivers Golf Association VPP Group/Big Sky Cattle Forest Hills Open on Sunday.
Eight players compete for the title in the Men's Championship Flight field. Onalaska's Ben Skogen won the 2016 title with a sparkling 2-under par 69 on the historic Forest Hills Golf Course 18-hole layout below Grandad Bluff in La Crosse.
Despite bogeys on the 16th and 17th holes, Skogen held off runner-up Troy Dobbe by one stroke. Jason Pendleton and Bruce Simones shared third place with 72, while Drew Schroeder rounded out the top five with 73.
Simones, a member at Forest Hills, is the only top five finisher returning this year.

TRGA VPP Group/Big Sky Cattle Forest Hills Open

At Forest Hills Golf Course
In La Crosse, WI
Sunday, Aug. 18, pairings

Men's Gold
7:30 a.m. - Huegel, Len, La Crescent, MN; Taylor, Paul J., La Crosse; Fortin, Mike, Holmen.
7:40 a.m. - Wall, Richard, Onalaska; Rice, Patrick, Fountain City, WI; Stapleton, Tony, Tomah, WI.
7:50 a.m. - Loken, Van, La Crosse; Knudson, Ted, La Crosse; Puestow, Ronald, Onalaska.
8 a.m. - Gora, Marty, Onalaska; Shingleton, Larry, La Crosse; Fairey, Dave La Crescent.

Men's Fourth Flight
8:10 a.m. - Lewis, Michael, West Salem, WI; Crogan, Steve, Onalaska.
8:20 a.m. - DeYoe, Michael, La Crosse; Miller, Jeff, La Crosse; Schultz, Rich, La Crosse.
8:30 a.m. - Sciborski, Bob, La Crosse; Davis, Marvin, La Crosse; Jacobson, Monte, West Salem.

Men's Third Flight
8:40 a.m. - Gilbertson, Jim, Durand, WI; Cagle, Bob, La Crosse.
8:50 a.m. - Hunter, Joe, La Crosse; Seidel, Keith, Holmen.
9 a.m. - Roers, Bob, Onalaska; Drewiske, Kevin, Onalaska; Huegel, Mike, Winona, MN.

Men's Second Flight
9:10 a.m. - Leis, Dan, Holmen; Werner, Mark, West Salem.
9:20 a.m. - Schoen, Robert, Holmen; Drugan, Brennan, Holmen.
9:30 a.m. - Fernandes, Felix, La Crosse; Friedl, Tony, La Crosse; Desjarlais, Tom, Onalaska.

Men's First Flight
9:40 a.m. - Ketterhagen, Tyler, Onalaska; Ewing, Michael, Holmen.
9:50 a.m. - Weiss, Chris, La Crosse; Loomis, Joe, La Crosse; Darwin, Tim, La Crosse.
10 a.m. - Stewart, Rick, Onalaska; Lindseth, Bruce, Onalaska; Olson, Randy, Onalaska.

Women's Flighted
10:10 a.m. - Baus, Cathi, La Crosse; Ziegelbauer, Terry, La Crosse.

Women's Championship
10:20 a.m. - Drewiske, Krista, Onalaska; Dunnum, Chelsea, Middleton, WI.

Men's Championship
10:30 a.m. - Peterson, Matthew, Rockford, IL; Brom, Chris, Apple Valley, MN.
10:40 a.m. - Simones, Bruce, La Crosse; Roth, Austin, Viroqua, WI; Dunn, Matt, Galesville, WI.
10:50 a.m. - Fremstad, Arne, De Soto, WI; Drugan, Michael, La Crosse; Preeshl, Joel, Onalaska.


Miller wins TRGA River Run Open

SPARTA, WI - Mark Miller shot 73 to capture the Three Rivers Golf Association VPP Group/Big Sky Cattle River Run Open at River Run Golf Course in Sparta, WI.
Miller's 1-over par round was two strokes lower than Tom McClintock.
Other Men's flight winners were: Tom Evenson, 76, First; Mark Werner, 79, Second; Keith Seidel, 79, Third; Bob Roers, 80, Fourth; and John Frei, 88, Golf.
Cathi Baus won the Women's Flighted crown with a low net 72.

2017 TRGA VPP Group/Big Sky Cattle River Run Open

At River Ruun Golf Course
Sparta, WI
Aug. 12, results

Men's Championship Flight
Miller, Mark 38-35 73     
McClintock, Tom 39-36 75
Feehan, Bill 40-36 76          
Frawley, Connor 38-41 79      
Graf, Jordan - WD             

Men's First Flight     
Evenson, Tom 39-37 76
Stewart, Rick 38-40 78
Hoehn, Matt 40-39 79     
Darwin, Tim 40-40 80     
Desjarlais, Tom 42-42 84
Drugan, Brennan 55-50 105      

Men's Second Flight     
Werner, Mark 40-39 79
Hageness, Doug 41-40 81
Schoen, Robert 45-41 86
Paine, Randy 42-45 87          
Friedl, Tony 44-44 88         
Hunter, Joe 46-45 91          
Breeden, Dan 45-47 92

Men's Third Flight     
Seidel, Keith 40-39 79
Burns, Robert 41-41 82
Smieja, Tim 43-47 90      
Sciborski, Bob 42-49 91      
Cagle, Bob 45-47 92          
Peterson, Tim 47-47 94

Men's Fourth Flight
Roers, Bob 42-38 80
Jacobson, Monte 40-44 84
Hackworth, Scott 42-45 87
Crogan, Steve 48-42 90         
Davis, Marvin 48-43 91         
Huegel, Mike 48-43 91          
Miller, Jeff 45-49 94          

Men's Gold Flight
Frei, John 45-43 88     
Rice, Patrick 42-47    89
Wall, Richard 42-48 90
Fortin, Mike 42-50 92     
Kelly, Jim 44-49 93         
Cram, Roger 54-47 101      
Puestow, Ronald 51-50 101          
Loken, Van 48-63 111          
Stapleton, Tony 48-71 119      

Women's Flighted     
Baus, Cathi 45-48 93 - 72     
Ziegelbauer, Terry 51-53 104 - 81          


Wilber Memorial a gem of an outing

Here we go again, another Linda and Harold Wilber Memorial Golf Outing at Trempealeau Mountain Golf Club in Trempealeau, WI.
It's one of the most popular outings of the year in the Coulee Region. I never miss it and you shouldn't either.
I go way back to Trempealeau Mountain with close ties to Harold. In fact, Harold, Steve Franke, another close friend of Harold, and I played before the course even opened. No clubhouse, no hole flags, just a new, budding course.
Today, Trempealeau Mountain Golf Club is one of the area's finest public layouts. Harold and Linda have gone to greener fairways, but the course and the tournament continue to live on, thanks to their sons, Erik and Jimmy, and club manager Kendra.
This year's 8-inch cup, two-person scramble is scheduled Sunday, Aug. 13. Our youngest son, Evan, and I were one of the first to enter because we know how quickly tee times become available.
Consider what you get.
* Golf and cart.
* Tee prizes.
* Practice balls.
* Events on every hole.
* 4 drink tickets per 2-person team.
* A great meal after play.
The cost? Only $40 for members and $60 for non-members. Compare that with other golf outings and you will find it's the "real deal."
The reason?
That's the way Harold, Linda, Jimmy, Erik and Kendra want it to be... a day to remember Harold and Linda, renew old acquaintances and meet new friends.
I can't wait.
Call 608-534-7417 to reserve your tee time, but don't delay!
FOREST HILLS UPDATE: Holes No. 13 and No. 14 are open again at Forest Hills Golf Course in La Crosse.
Par returns to par-71 for men and par-72 for women.
For tee times, call 608-779-4653.
JOHNSON TIES FOR 5TH: Greg Johnson of Black River Falls, WI, tied for fifth place in the Wisconsin State Golf Association Senior Tour Event at the Watertown Country Club in Watertown, WI, recently.
Johnson shot a 6-over 76 with 30 points.


McClintock leads TRGA players into River Run Open

SPARTA, WI - A small field enters the Three Rivers Golf Association VPP Group/Big Sky Cattle River Run Open on Saturday, but you can bet the competition will be tight.
Tom McClintock, this year's winner of the Kwik Trip La Crosse County Seniors Amateur Golf Championship, headlines the five-player Championship Flight at River Run.
Bruce Simones won last year's title, but didn't enter this year.
A total of 42 players begin play at 7:30 a.m.

TRGA VPP Group/Big Sky Cattle River Run Open

At River Run Golf Club
In Sparta, WI
Saturday, Aug. 12, pairings

Men's Championship
7:30 a.m. - Feehan, Bill, La Crosse; Graf, Jordan, La Crescent, MN.
7:40 a.m. - Smith, Nate, Duluth, MN; McClintock, Tom, Onalaska; Frawley, Connor, Holmen.

Men's First Flight
7:50 a.m. -  Drugan, Brennan, Holmen; Hoehn, Matt, Onalaska.
8 a.m. - Loomis, Joe, La Crosse; Stewart, Rick, Onalaska.
8:10 a.m. - Evenson, Tom, Middleton, WI; Desjarlais, Tom, Onalaska; Darwin, Tim, La Crosse.

Men's Second Flight
8:20 a.m. - Breeden, Dan, La Crescent; Werner, Mark, West Salem.
8:30 a.m. - Friedl, Tony, La Crosse; Paine, Randy, Onalaska.
8:40 a.m. - Hunter, Joe, La Crosse; Schoen, Robert, Holmen; Hageness, Doug, Eau Claire, WI.

Women's Flighted
8:50 a.m. - Baus, Cathi, La Crosse; Ziegelbauer, Terry, La Crosse.

Men's Gold
9 a.m. - Stapleton, Tony, Tomah, WI; Cram, Roger, Brownsville, MN.
9:10 a.m. - Fortin, Mike, Holmen; Wall, Richard, Onalaska; Loken, Van, La Crosse, WI
9:20 a.m. - Kelly, Jim, Chaseburg, WI; Frei, John, Holmen; Puestow, Ronald, Onalaska, WI

Men's Fourth Flight
9:30 a.m. - Davis, Marvin, La Crosse; Roers, Bob, Onalaska.
9:40 a.m. - Miller, Jeff, La Crosse; Rice, Patrick, Fountain City.
9:50 a.m. - Crogan, Steve, Onalaska; Hackworth, Scott, Onalaska; Jacobson, Monte, West Salem.

Men's Third Flight
10 a.m. - Peterson, Tim, Onalaska; Smieja, Tim, Galesville, WI; Burns, Robert, La Crosse.
10:10 a.m. - Seidel, Keith, Holmen; Sciborski, Bob, La Crosse; Cagle, Bob, La Crosse.

2 local teams qualify for Net Partners Championship

Onalaska's Kevin and Krista Drewiske, along with Emery Healy and Kevin Schumacher qualified for the Wisconsin State Golf Association Net Partners Championship at the end of the season.
The Drewiskes paced the Net Partners Tournament No. 7 at Lake Arrowhead Golf Club in Nekoosa, WI, with 124 recently.
Healy, from Galesville, and Schumacher, from Holmen finished third with 120.
Mike Bistodeau of Holmen and his partner, Ronald Puestow of Onalaska just missed on qualifying with 117 and fifth place.
La Crosse's Tom Fischer and Steve Wineski finished 33rd with 94, while Onalaska's Jon Mueller and Westby's David Schultz tied for 34th place with 90.
SENIOR TOUR NO. 14: Greg Johnson of Black River Falls tied for second place in the WSGA Senior Tour Event No. 14 at SentryWorld in Stevens Point, WI. Johnson shot an even-par 72 with 36 points in the Senior Gross Division.
Bistodeau tied for fourth with 74 and 35 points. Michael Drugan of Holmen and Jim Socha of Onalaska were in a group of players in 10th place with 77 and 31 points.
Johnson also finished runner-up in the Seniors Net Division with 68 and 40 points. Socha tied for third with 69 and 39 points, while Bistodeau finished in a group for sixth place with 70 and 38 points.
Dave Rude of Onalaska tied for third place in the Super Senior Gross Division with 75 and 34 points. Onalaska's Rick Stewart shared seventh place with 76 and 32 points.
Rude tied for seventh in the Super Seniors Net Division with 68 and 41 points. Stewart tied for 15th place with 71 and 37 points.
SENIOR TOUR NO. 16: Johnson finished second and Drugan tied for third in the WSGA Senior Tour Event No. 16 Low Gross Division at Bull's Eye Country Club in Wisconsin Rapids, WI. Johnson fired a 1-under 71 with 37 points. Drugan had 72 with 36 points.
Bistodeau managed a 14th place tie with 77 and 31 points.
Johnson shared fourth place in the Seniors Low Net Division with 67 and 41 points. Drugan tied for 20th place with 72 and 36 points, while Bistodeau tied for 27th with 73 and 35 points.
Stewart tied for 26th place in the Super Senior Low Gross Division with 82 and 26 points. Puestow was 52nd with 95 and 15 points.
Puestow tied for 33rd place with 73 and 35 points in the Super Seniors Low Net Division. Stewart grabbed 49th place with 76 and 32 points.