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.

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.

Dobbe collects second TRGA victory of season

WINONA, MN - Another poor miserable weather day didn't seem to bother Viroqua, WI, native Troy Dobbe.
Dobbe picked up his second win of the season, firing a 2-over-par 74 in the Three Rivers Golf Association VPP Group/Big Sky Cattle Cedar Valley Open at Cedar Valley Golf Course in Winona, MN, on Sunday.
Dobbe's 35 on the back nine held off second-place finisher Mike Palen of La Crosse, who also was gunning for his second victory of the season. Michael Drugan finished third with an 80.
In the First Flight, Randy Olson continued his solid early-season play, finishing first with an 81. Andrew Lamprecht, playing in only his second career TRGA tournament, won the Second Flight with an 84. Bob Roers won Third Flight with 88.
Damian Bork, Marv Davis and Don Feldner tied with 93 in Fourth Flight.   Bork's par on the first playoff hole sealed the victory.
Patrick Rice won the Men's Gold division with an 87.

2017 TRGA VPP Group/Big Sky Cattle Cedar Valley Open

At Cedar Valley Golf Course
In Winona, MN

Men's Championship Flight    
Dobbe, Troy 39-35-74
Palen, Mike 37-40-77
Drugan, Michael 38-42-80
Olson, Eric 41-41-82          
Speltz, Ricky 43-39-82      
Friedl, Evan 43-40-83      
Preeshl, Joel 43-40-83      
Dunnum, Jeff 44-42-86     
Litsheim, Jack 44-46-90      
Men's First Flight     
Olson, Randy 41-40-81
Hoehn, Matt 41-42-83
Feldner, Mike 45-40-85     
Stewart, Rick 43-44-87      
Loomis, Joe 41-47-88      
Shimshak, Jeremiah - WD     

Men's Second Flight     
Lamprecht, Andrew 44-40-84  Leis, Dan 42-45-87         
Werner, Mark 47-41-88
Brovan, Troy 40-49-89
Burns, Robert 44-48-92    
Friedl, Tony 49-45-94      
Hunter, Joe 49-47-96      
Osgood, Jeff 51-46-97      
Seidel, Keith 48-49-97      
Drewiske, Kevin 58-45-103


Men's Third Flight     
Roers, Bob 42-46-88
Breeden, Dan 41-49-90
Lewis, Michael 48-45-    93
Hackworth, Scott 46-48-94      
Miller, Jeff     47-47-94         
McNutt, Leon 47-48-95     
Smieja, Tim 53-42-95     
Huegel, Mike 49-52-101     
Kleifgen, Nick - DNS
Men's Fourth Flight     
* Bork, Damian     45-48-93     
Davis, Marvin 50-43-93     
Feldner, Don 50-43-93     
Hansen, Rob 48-51-99          
Berg, Bjorn 47-54-101          
Crogan, Steve - DNS             
Banse, Mitchell - WD/Inj   
Men's Gold     
Rice, Patrick 45-42-87
Sanchez, David 47-45-92     
Shingleton, Larry 47-45-92
Frei, John 45-48-93     
Fairey, Dave 49-46-95    
Taylor, Paul J. 47-48-95      
Huegel, Len 45-54-99      
Cram, Roger 48-53-101      
Wall, Richard 47-55-102      
Loken, Van 54-60-114
Women's Championship Flight
Drewiske, Krista 47-44-91
Ziegelbauer, Terry - WD     


Memorial weekend special set at Forest Hills Golf Course

Forest Hills Golf Course in La Crosse is offering a Memorial weekend special Saturday through Monday.
Green fees and cart fees are $40 per person for for 18 holes.
Veterans receive free cart rental, too.
Forest Hills staff is also re-gripping clubs with tour wrap grips for only $8 per club.
GOLF FOR KIDS' SAKE: The annual Golf for Kids' Sake fund-raiser for the Big Brother Big Sisters of the 7 Rivers Region is scheduled June 7, at Trempealeau Mountain Golf Club in Trempealeau, WI.
Entry fee for the four-person scramble is $75 per player. Players must register at by June 1.
U.S. WOMEN'S OPEN: The United States Golf Association has accepted 1,709 entries for the 72nd U.S. Women’s Open Championship scheduled July 13-16, at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, NJ.
This marks the fourth consecutive year the U.S. Women’s Open has received more than 1,700 entries. The 2015 championship at Lancaster Country Club in Pennsylvania holds the entry record with 1,873.
Ten U.S. Women’s Open champions are among the 97 players who are currently fully exempt into the championship.
“In what has become a hallmark of this championship, we are excited to see such a strong group of entrants from around the world for the 72nd U.S. Women’s Open Championship,” said Stuart Francis, chairman of the USGA Championship Committee. “We also look forward to welcoming the U.S. Women’s Open back to New Jersey for the first time since Laura Davies of England captured the 1987 championship at Plainfield Country Club.”
To be eligible for the U.S. Women’s Open, a player must have a Handicap Index not exceeding 2.4, or be a professional. Sectional qualifying will be conducted over 36 holes between May 22 and June 12.
More information about the U.S. Women’s Open, including a variety of ticket options, is available at
BISTODEAU AND SOCHA SHINE: Mike Bistodeau of Holmen, WI, and Jim Socha of Onalaska, WI, fared well in recent Wisconsin State Golf Association Senior Tour events.
Bistodeau tied for second place in the Senior Tour Event No. 7 at the Kenosha Country Club in Kenosha, WI, earlier this week.
Bistodeau fired a 5-over par 75 with 31 points in the Senior Gross Divison. He tied for sixth place in the Senior Net Division with 71 and 35 points.
Socha tied for fourth in the Senior Low Gross Division and was runner-up in the Senior Net Division in the Senior Tour Event No. 5 at the Beloit Golf Club in Beloit, WI, last week. Socha managed a 4-over par 76 with 32 points in the Gross event, and a low net 68 with 40 points in the Net Division.
Socha also played well one day earlier in the Senior Tour Event No. 4 at the Janesville, Country Club in Janesville, WI. Socha tied for ninth in the Gross Division with a 11-over 83 and 26 points. He shared fourth place in the Net Division with 74 and 34 points. Bistodeau finished in a three-way for second place with a 79 and 30 points. He tied for eighth place in the Net Division with 75 and 33 points.

Erin Hills certainly attracting to U.S. Open entrants

The United States Golf Association has accepted a total of 9,485 entries for the 2017 U.S. Open Championship at Erin Hills, in Erin, WI.
The U.S. Open will be held in the state of Wisconsin for the first time on June 15-18.
The number of entries is fifth-highest, behind the record of 10,127 accepted for the 2014 U.S. Open at Pinehurst Resort & Country Club’s Course No. 2. Among this year’s total are 51 players, including 11 past champions, who are fully exempt into the field (see list below).
The USGA accepted entries for the 117th U.S. Open from golfers in all 50 states, including 150 from Wisconsin, as well as the District of Columbia and 66 foreign countries.
“The number of entries received underscores the worldwide interest in competing in the U.S. Open Championship and on golf’s grandest stage,” said Stuart Francis, USGA Championship Committee chairman. “We look forward to conducting local and sectional qualifying and to hosting the U.S. Open at both Erin Hills and in Wisconsin for the first time on June 15-18.”
To be eligible, a player must have a Handicap Index not exceeding 1.4, or be a professional. Local qualifying, which will be played over 18 holes at 113 sites in the United States and one in Canada, is set May 2-18.
Sectional qualifying, played over 36 holes, will be conducted on Monday, May 22, in Japan; on Monday, May 29, in England; and on Monday, June 5, at 10 sites in the United States, ranging from New Jersey to California. This will be the 13th year with two international qualifiers, which were established in 2005.
Dustin Johnson, the 2016 champion, and 10 other champions are fully exempt from having to qualify for the championship. They are: Angel Cabrera (2007), Ernie Els (1994, 1997), Jim Furyk (2003), Lucas Glover (2009), Martin Kaymer (2014), Graeme McDowell (2010), Rory McIlroy (2011), Justin Rose (2013), Webb Simpson (2012) and Jordan Spieth (2015).
In addition to being the first U.S. Open hosted in Wisconsin, the championship returns to the Midwest for the first time since 2003 when Furyk won at Olympia Fields (Ill.) Country Club. Erin Hills is hosting its third USGA championship, including the 2011 U.S. Amateur when Kelly Kraft defeated Patrick Cantlay, 2 up, in the 36-hole final. This year, Erin Hills will be the first par-72 U.S. Open course since 1992 and the ninth since World War II.
For the seventh consecutive year, only online entries were accepted. The USGA received 561 entries on the last day applications were accepted (April 26), including 125 applications in the final hour. Lance Richards, a 40-year-old professional from Saratoga Springs, Utah, submitted his entry just 11 seconds before the deadline of 4 p.m. CDT. David Zeisse, a 38-year-old professional from Milwaukee, Wis., who works as a caddie at Erin Hills, was the first entrant when entries opened on March 8.
The number of fully exempt players will increase with the inclusion of the top 60 point leaders and ties from the Official World Golf Ranking, as of May 22 and June 12. The winners of The Players Championship (May 11-14) and European Tour BMW PGA Championship (May 25-28) will also earn exemptions.
In 2017, the USGA accepted more than 9,000 entries for the U.S. Open for the ninth time overall and the sixth consecutive year. The first time was in 2005, when 9,048 entries were accepted for the championship at Pinehurst No. 2. A total of 9,086 golfers entered the 2009 championship at Bethpage State Park’s Black Course, in Farmingdale, N.Y. In 2010, 9,052 golfers entered the championship at Pebble Beach (Calif.) Golf Links. The USGA accepted 9,006 entries for the 2012 U.S. Open at The Olympic Club (Lake Course), in San Francisco, Calif., and 9,860 for the 2013 U.S. Open at Merion Golf Club, in Ardmore, Pa. The 9,882 entries accepted for the 2015 championship at Chambers Bay, in University Place, Wash., is the second-most behind the 2014 championship at Pinehurst No. 2.
More information about the 2017 U.S. Open at Erin Hills, including local and sectional qualifying, is available at