Patrick Mason of La Crosse posted the first hole-in-one of his career while playing at Forest Hills Golf Course in La Crosse. Mason's ace came on the 152-yard, 10th hole. He used a 7-wood. It was the second Uno hole-in-one of the year at Forest Hills. Mason receives a four-night, five-day vacation in Mexico compliments of KemperSports, Vidanta and Forest Hills Golf Course.
Drugan ties for 10th in U.S. Open Qualifier
Keegan Drugan finished in a tie for 10th place in the USGA U.S. Open Qualifier at the Bull at Pinehurst Farms in Sheboygan Falls, WI, on Thursday.
Drugan shot a 3-over par 75, but was three strokes short of gaining one of the four spots to the U.S. Open Sectional Qualifier.
Leading the way with a 5-under 67 was Richard Todd of Milwaukee, WI. Austin Kendziorski of Germantown, WI, was runner-up with 71, while Jordan Niebrugge of Mequon, WI, and Vince India of Deerfield, IL, also advanced with 72 each.
SUNNY OPEN SET: The 18th annual Sunny Open four-person scramble is scheduled Sunday, June 4, at the Coulee Golf Bowl in Onalaska, WI.
All proceeds go to the Onalaska American Legion Post 336 baseball team. Entry fee is $30 per player, which includes nine holes of golf, a gift packages and event prizes.
Call 608-781-1111 to register. Call Paul Sampson at 507-261-1856 for hole sponsorship information.
BISTODEAU FINISHES FIFTH: Mike Bistodeau, playing out of the Golf Club at Cedar Creek in Onalaska, finished fifth in the Wisconsin State Golf Association Senior Tour Event No. 2 at Tuckaway Country Club in Franklin, WI, recently.
Bistodeau carded a 6-over par 78 in the Senior Gross Division. Jim Socha, also a member at Cedar Creek, tied for 22nd place with an 86.
Bistodeau tied for 16th place in the Net Division with 75, while Socha shared 27th place with 77.
Ronald Puestow, another Cedar Creek member, tied for 44th place in the Super Senior Gross Division with 101. He finished 45th in the Super Senior Net Division with 82.
U.S. SENIOR OPEN: The United States Golf Association has accepted 2,680 entries for the 38th U.S. Senior Open Championship, scheduled June 29-July 2, at Salem Country Club in Peabody, MA.
Twelve past champions are among the 83 players who are currently fully exempt into the championship.
“We look forward to bringing the U.S. Senior Open Championship to Salem Country Club for the first time since 2001 and adding another chapter to the club’s storied history,” said Stuart Francis, USGA Championship Committee chairman. “The U.S. Senior Open is considered senior golf’s most coveted championship. The number of entries demonstrates the great interest in competing for the Francis D. Ouimet Memorial Trophy.”
The U.S. Senior Open is open to professional golfers, and amateurs with a Handicap Index not exceeding 3.4, who are 50 years of age at the start of championship play.
Sectional qualifying will be played over 18 holes at 34 sites across the United States between May 15 and June 12. There are qualifying sites in 27 states, including five in California and three in Florida. In addition, places in the 156-player field are reserved for eligible winners of official PGA Tour and PGA Tour Champions events in the weeks remaining before the 2017 U.S. Senior Open.
LA CROSSE AREA GOLF SCHOOLS: Mike Palen, a native of La Crosse, is offering La Crosse Area Golf Schools at Trempealeau Mountain Golf Club in Trempealeau, WI.
Palen, a PGA teaching professional, has been playing golf 40 years and teaching the sport for 20 years.
Palen is offering adult golf schools, including two for women only. He is also offering junior golf camps in June, July and August, in addition to a private golf school.