Joe Weber of Onalaska fired a seven-under-par 65 to take the first-day lead at the WSGA Mid-Amateur Championship, being played at The Legend at Bergamont in Oregon, Wis. The two-day event, being played Sept. 11-12, is a statewide 36-hole championship open to amateur players age 25 and older. Jim Walkley of Onalaska and Jake Dunn of Trempealeau both fired two-over 74s, good enough for shares of 22nd place. Other local golfers and their first-round scores include: Michael Drugan of Holmen, 76. Tony Roberts of West Salem, 77. Montana Stewart of Onalaska, 79. Marcus Williamson of Holmen, 86. Weber is a two-time winner of the La Crosse County Amateur Golf Championship. Last week, he fell short of qualifying for the USGA Mid-Amateur Championship, to be played in October in Atlanta.
Local golfers fail to qualify for USGA Mid-Am
A pair of local golfers failed to advance out of the USGA Mid-Amateur qualifier, held Sept. 7 at Washington County Golf Course in Hartford, Wis. Two-time La Crosse County Amateur Golf Championship winner Joe Weber of Onalaska finished at 1-under-par 71. The three golfers who advanced - Sam Weber of Hartland, Jim Lemon of Verona and Charles Waddell of Chicago - all carded five-under 67s. The other local golfer who attempted to qualify was Montana Stewart of Onalaska (78).
The USGA Mid-Amateur Championship is planned for October in Atlanta.
A number of local golfers are playing in the WSGA Mid-Amateur Championship, being played Sept. 11-12 at The Legend at Bergamont in Oregon, Wis. WISCONSIN STATE OPEN: A number of local golfers also participated in the Wisconsin State Open, held Aug. 14-16 at North Shore Country Club in Mequon. Among those making the cut were Keegan Drugan of Holmen, who finished the 72-hole tournament in a tie for 27th with a nine-over 297, and Joe DeRosa of Onalaska, who tied for 51st at 307. Drugan and DeRosa are both professionals. Local golfers who failed to make the 36-hole cut were amateurs Tyler Church of Onalaska, and Weber. Former Onalaska High School and University of Wisconsin standout Jeff Kaiser, a golf professional in Madison, tied for eighth with a two-over 290. Maxwell Hosking of Madison won his first State Open title, finishing with a five-under-par 283.
Tomah's Hewuse wins TRGA Championship
ONALASKA, WI - Trey Hewuse of Tomah, WI, won the annual Three Rivers Golf Association VPP Group/Big Sky Cattle year-end championship at The La Crosse Country Club in Onalaska on Sunday. Hewuse shot 76 at the Bridges Golf Club in Winona, MN, on Saturday and then followed with a sparkling 68 on Sunday for a 144 total. Joel Preeshl was a distant second-place finisher with 152, while Matt Dunn and Michael Drugan shared third at 153. Bruce Lindseth won First Flight with 152, and Tony Friedl outlasted Doug Hageness in sudden death for the Second Flight crown after tying at 168. Third Flight honors went to Bob Roers with 173, while Jeff Miller captured Fourth Flight with 174. Patrick Rice won the Gold Flight with 178. In women's action, Lynn Lenz won Championship Flight with 165, while Cathi Baus notched the Flighted Division victory with a low net 142.
Men's Championship Hewuse, Trey 76-68 144 Preeshl, Joel 77-75 152 Dunn, Matt 81-72 153 Drugan, Michael 77-76 153 Roth, Austin 82-75 157 Smith, Nate 80-77 157 Dobbe, Troy 77-81 158 McClintock, Tom 82-79 161 Miller, Mark 79-85 164 Feehan, Bill 83-83 166
Men's First Flight Lindseth, Bruce 80-72 152 Stewart, Rick 80-78 158 Olson, Randy 81-78 159 Brovan, Troy 82-81 163 Loomis, Joe 80-85 165 Evenson, Tom 88-79 167 Hoehn, Matt 90-78 168 Desjarlais, Tom 92-84 176
Men's Second Flight * Friedl, Tony 86-82 168 Hageness, Doug 84-84 168 Werner, Mark 86-86 172 Seidel, Keith 89-89 178 Leis, Dan 93-88 181 Schoen, Robert 88-96 184 Breeden, Dan 95-90 185 Paine, Randy 96-90 186
Men's Third Flight Roers, Bob 89-84 173 Jacobson, Monte 92-88 180 Hunter, Joe 93-88 181 Drewiske, Kevin 95-87 182 Huegel, Mike 95-88 183 Hackworth, Scott 93-90 183 Smieja, Tim 96-89 185 Peterson, Tim 95-90 185 Sciborski, Bob 97-93 190
Men's Fourth Flight Miller, Jeff 88-86 174 Bork, Damian 94-91 185 Crogan, Steve 92-94 186 Davis, Marvin 92-94 186 Kleifgen, Nick 96-96 192 McNutt, Leon 97-96 193 DeYoe, Michael 103-95 198 Fortin, Mike 105-107 212
Men's Gold Flight Rice, Patrick 89-89 178 Shingleton, Larry 93-91 184 Fairey, Dave 97-88 185 Puestow, Ronald 94-94 188 Gora, Marty 98-91 189 Luce, Bob 98-101 199 Taylor, Paul J. 99-104 203 Kelly, Jim 101-103 204 Wall, Richard 100-105 205 Loken, Van 106-103 209 Cram, Roger 107-104 211 Huegel, Len 106-112 218
Women's Flighted Baus, Cathi 87-99 186 142 Ziegelbauer, Terry 102-99 201 154
* - Won sudden death playoff
Holmen golfers tie for 32nd in WSGA Senior Amateur Championship
A pair of Holmen golfers fared well in the annual Wisconsin State Golf Association Senior Amateur Championship at the Ozaukee Country Club in Ozaukee, WI, earlier this week. Paul Williamson and Michael Drugan, both from Holmen and also former La Crosse County Amateur Golf Championship winners, tied for 32nd place with 7-over par 77. Ramiro Romo of Burlington, WI, won the title with a 1-under 69. Greg Johnson of Black River Falls, WI, tied for 50th place with 79, while Bill Feehan, Jr., of La Crosse tied for 69th with 82. Rick Stewart of Onalaska tied for sixth place in the Super Seniors age 65-69 Division with 77. Joe Loomis of La Crosse shared 19th place with 82 in the Legends Division for age 70 and older. DRUGAN SETS PACE: Drugan and Bill Schneider of Appleton, WI, each shot 3-over 75 to set the pace in the WSGA Senior Tour Event No. 17 at the West Bend Country Club on Wednesday. Drugan and Schneider were also the only two qualifiers from the event, earning 33 points each. Jim Socha of Onalaska finished 18th with 85 and 23 points in the Low Gross Division. Drugan tied for sixth place with 74 and 34 points in the Low Net Division, while Socha finished in a five-way tie for 16th place with 76 and 32 points. Black River Falls' Johnson tied for second place, but failed to qualify for the season-ending championship during the WSGA Senior Tour Event No. 18 at the West Bend Country Club in the afternoon. Johnson finished with 77 and 31 points in the Low Gross Division. He tied for 13th place in the Low Net Division with 74 and 34 points.
TRGA Championship caps 2017 season
Can Michael Drugan claim his second straight Three Rivers Golf Association VPP Group/Big Sky Cattle Championship this weekend? We'll find out in the next two days as Drugan headlines the 59-player field for the annual TRGA Championship. The 36-hole event opens at the Bridges Golf Club in Winona, MN, on Saturday, then switches to the La Crosse Country Club, in Onalaska on Sunday for the final 18 holes. Drugan won last year's Championship Flight with 74-73-147. Chelsea Dunnum captured the 2016 Women's Championship Flight title with 84-85-169.