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.