Stricker, Mickelson, Cink grouped together first two days of U.S. Open

Steve Stricker, Phil Mickelson and Stewart Cink are grouped together for the first two days of the 117th U.S. Open Championship at Erin Hills in Erin, WI, next week.
Stricker, from Madison, WI, Cink, of Duluth GA, and Mickelson, from Rancho Santa Fe, CA, leave the No. 1 tee at 2:20 p.m. On Thursday, June 15. Their tee time on Friday, June 16, is 8:35 a.m., on hole No. 10.
Jordan Niebrugge, from Mequon, WI, and the only other entrant with Wisconsin ties, kicks off the four-day event from the first tee at 6:45 a.m., Thursday along with Talor Gooch, of Choctaw, OK, and Kevin Dougherty, from Murrieta, CA. The threesome starts at 12:30 p.m., from hole No. 10 on Friday.

2017 U.S. OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP
June 15-18, 2017At Erin Hills in Erin, WI.
All Times CDT

Thursday (June 15), hole No. 1 / Friday (June 16), hole No. 10
6:45 a.m. / 12:30 p.m. – Jordan Niebrugge, Mequon, Wis.; Talor Gooch, Choctaw, Okla.; Kevin Dougherty, Murrieta, Calif.
6:56 a.m. / 12:41 p.m. – Andres Romero, Argentina; Brice Garnett, Gallatin, Mo.; TBD
7:07 a.m. / 12:52 p.m. – Yusaku Miyazato, Japan; J.T. Poston, St. Simons Island, Ga.; Aaron Rai, England
7:18 a.m. / 1:03 p.m. – David Lingmerth, Sweden; Paul Dunne, Republic of Ireland; Haotong Li, Chinese Taipei
7:29 a.m. / 1:14 p.m. – (a) Stewart Hagestad, Newport Beach, Calif.; Chez Reavie, Scottsdale, Ariz.; Gene Sauers, Savannah, Ga.
7:40 a.m. / 1:25 p.m. – Brandt Snedeker, Nashville, Tenn.; Alex Noren, Sweden; Tyrrell Hatton, England
7:51 a.m. / 1:36 p.m. – Rafa Cabrera Bello, Spain; Thomas Pieters, Belgium; Brooks Koepka, West Palm Beach, Fla.
8:02 a.m. / 1:47 p.m. – Gary Woodland, Delray Beach, Fla.; J.B. Holmes, Campbellsville, Ky.; Jason Kokrak,Charlotte, N.C.
8:13 a.m. / 1:58 p.m. – Russell Knox, Scotland; (a) Scott Gregory, England; Martin Laird, Scotland
8:24 a.m. / 2:09 p.m. – Kevin Kisner, Aiken, S.C.; Billy Horschel, Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.; Branden Grace, South Africa
8:35 a.m. / 2:20 p.m. – Webb Simpson, Charlotte, N.C.; Ernie Els, South Africa; Lucas Glover, Tequesta, Fla.
8:46 a.m. / 2:31 p.m. – Tyson Alexander, Gainesville, Fla.; (a) Christopher Crawford, Bensalem, Pa.; Max Greyserman, Boca Raton, Fla.
8:57 a.m. / 2:42 p.m. – Matthew Campbell, Rome, N.Y.; Garrett Osborn, Birmingham, Ala.; (a) Walker Lee, Houston, Texas

Thursday (June 15), hole No. 10 / Friday (June 16), hole No. 1
6:45 a.m. / 12:30 p.m. – TBD; Ted Potter Jr., Ocala, Fla.; Daniel Chopra, Sweden
6:56 a.m. / 12:41 p.m. – Shugo Imahira, Japan; TBD; Matthew Wallace, England
7:07 a.m. / 12:52 p.m. – Charley Hoffman, San Diego, Calif.; Jason Dufner, Auburn, Ala.; Hideto Tanihara, Japan
7:18 a.m. / 1:03 p.m. – Jeunghun Wang, Republic of Korea; Thomas Aiken, South Africa; Bradley Dredge, Wales
7:29 a.m. / 1:14 p.m. – (a) Scott Harvey, Greensboro, N.C.; Jamie Lovemark, San Diego, Calif.; Michael Putnam, University Place, Wash.
7:40 a.m. / 1:25 p.m. – Brian Harman, Sea Island, Ga.; Tommy Fleetwood, England; Bud Cauley, Jupiter, Fla.
7:51 a.m. / 1:36 p.m. – Hideki Matsuyama, Japan; Rickie Fowler, Murrieta, Calif.; Jon Rahm, Spain
8:02 a.m. / 1:47 p.m. – Lee Westwood, England; Ross Fisher, England; Graeme McDowell, Northern Ireland
8:13 a.m. / 1:58 p.m. – Danny Willett, England; Zach Johnson, Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Angel Cabrera, Argentina
8:24 a.m. / 2:09 p.m. – Matt Kuchar, Sea Island, Ga.; Francesco Molinari, Italy; Patrick Reed, Houston, Texas
8:35 a.m. / 2:20 p.m. – Martin Kaymer, Germany; Jordan Spieth, Dallas, Texas; Dustin Johnson, Myrtle Beach, S.C.
8:46 a.m. / 2:31 p.m. – (a) Joaquin Niemann, Chile; Stephan Jaeger, Germany; Joel Stalter, Luxembourg
8:57 a.m. / 2:42 p.m. – Daniel Miernicki, Portland, Ore.; (a) Sahith Theegala, Chino Hills, Calif.; TBD

Thursday (June 15), hole No. 1 / Friday (June 16), hole No. 10
12:30 p.m. / 6:45 a.m. – Jack Maguire, St. Petersburg, Fla.; Corey Conners, Canada; Ben Kohles, Sea Island, Ga.
12:41 p.m. / 6:56 a.m. – Eddie Pepperell, England; Chan Kim, Gilbert, Ariz.; TBD
12:52 p.m. / 7:07 a.m. – Jhonattan Vegas, Venezuela; Yuta Ikeda, Japan; Sean O'Hair, Chadds Ford, Pa.
1:03 p.m. / 7:18 a.m. – Andrew Johnston, England; Brian Stuard, Jackson, Mich.; George Coetzee, South Africa
1:14 p.m. / 7:29 a.m. – Marc Leishman, Australia; Pat Perez, Scottsdale, Ariz.; Si Woo Kim, Republic of Korea
1:25 p.m. / 7:40 a.m. – Russell Henley, Charleston, S.C.; (a) Scottie Scheffler, Dallas, Texas; Harris English, Sea Island, Ga.
1:36 p.m. / 7:51 a.m. – Bubba Watson, Bagdad, Fla.; Adam Scott, Australia; Sergio Garcia, Spain
1:47 p.m. / 8:02 a.m. – Henrik Stenson, Sweden; Charl Schwartzel, South Africa; Louis Oosthuizen, South Africa
1:58 p.m. / 8:13 a.m. – Jimmy Walker, Boerne, Texas; Justin Thomas, Goshen, Ky.; Paul Casey, England
2:09 p.m. / 8:24 a.m. – Jason Day, Australia; Justin Rose, England; Rory McIlroy, Northern Ireland
2:20 p.m. / 8:35 a.m. – Steve Stricker, Madison, Wis.; Stewart Cink, Duluth, Ga.; Phil Mickelson, Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.
2:31 p.m. / 8:46 a.m. – Ryan Brehm, Traverse City, Mich.; John Oda, Honolulu, Hawaii; Jonathan Randolph, Oxford, Miss.
2:42 p.m. / 8:57 a.m. – (a) Mason Andersen, Chandler, Ariz.; Derek Barron, Tacoma, Wash.; Roman Robledo, Harlingen, Texas

Thursday (June 15), hole No. 10 / Friday (June 16), hole No. 1
12:30 p.m. / 6:45 a.m. – Wade Ormsby, Australia; Oliver Bekker, South Africa; Kyle Thompson, Greenville, S.C.
12:41 p.m. / 6:56 a.m. – Brandon Stone, South Africa; Troy Merritt, Meridian, Idaho; TBD
12:52 p.m. / 7:07 a.m. – Satoshi Kodaira, Japan; Daniel Summerhays, Fruit Heights, Utah; Alexander Levy, France
1:03 p.m. / 7:18 a.m. – William McGirt, Moore, S.C.; Keegan Bradley, Woodstock, Vt.; Kevin Na, Las Vegas, Nev.
1:14 p.m. / 7:29 a.m. – (a) Brad Dalke, Oklahoma City, Okla.; Wesley Bryan, Augusta, Ga.; Brendan Steele, Idyllwild, Calif.
1:25 p.m. / 7:40 a.m. – Nick Flanagan, Australia; Richie Ramsay, Scotland; Bryson DeChambeau, Clovis, Calif.
1:36 p.m. / 7:51 a.m. – Daniel Berger, Jupiter, Fla.; Roberto Castro, Atlanta, Ga.; Bill Haas, Greenville, S.C.
1:47 p.m. / 8:02 a.m. – Adam Hadwin, Canada; Emiliano Grillo, Argentina; Cheng-Tsung Pan, Chinese Taipei
1:58 p.m. / 8:13 a.m. – Scott Piercy, Las Vegas, Nev.; Shane Lowry, Republic of Ireland; Jim Furyk, Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.
2:09 p.m. / 8:24 a.m. – Matthew Fitzpatrick, England; Peter Uihlein, Jupiter, Fla.; Byeong Hun An, Republic of Korea
2:20 p.m. / 8:35 a.m. – Kevin Chappell, Fresno, Calif.; (a) Maverick McNealy, Portola Valley, Calif.; Bernd Wiesberger, Austria
2:31 p.m. / 8:46 a.m. – Xander Schauffele, San Diego, Calif.; Trey Mullinax, Birmingham, Ala.; (a) Cameron Champ, Sacramento, Calif.
2:42 p.m. / 8:57 a.m. – Sam Ryder, Longwood, Fla.; (a) Alex Smalley, Wake Forest, N.C.; Andy Pope, Orlando, Fla.
(a): amateur

SOURCE: USGA


Dirks returns for TRGA Castle Mound Open on Sunday

HOLMEN, WI - Josh Dirks seeks his second victory in a row at The Three Rivers Golf Association VPP Group/Big Sky Cattle Castle Mound Open on Sunday.
However, Dirks will have strong competition with a top-notch field of 21 players in Championship Flight at Drugan's Castle Mound Country Club in Holmen, WI.
Dirks won last year's event with an even-par 72. Par may not be good enough this year. among other favorites are pro Keegan Drugan, Tom McClintock, who won in 2012 and 2014, and Jake Dunn, the 2015 champ. Also, don't count out Paul Williamson, a seven-time winner of the La Crosse County Amateur Golf Championships.
Sunday's field features 95 players in eight flights.
Tee times begin at 7:30 a.m., with the final tee time 1 p.m.

TRGA VPP Group/Big Sky Cattle Castle Mound Open

At Drugan's Castle Mound Country Club
In Holmen, WI
Sunday, June 11, pairings

Men's Championship
7:30 a.m. - Graf, Jordan, La Crescent, MN; Roberts, Tony, West Salem, WI.
7:40 a.m. - Peterson, Matthew, Rockford, IL; Cayler, Dave, Holmen, WI; Williamson, Marcus, Holmen, WI.
7:50 a.m. - Dunn, Matt, Galesville, WI; Preeshl, Joel, Onalaska, WI; Drugan, Keegan, Holmen; Leis, Jeremy, Caledonia, MN.
8 a.m. - Friedl, Evan, La Crescent; Litsheim, Jack, La Crosse; Hewuse, Trey, Tomah, WI.
8:10 a.m. - Dunn, Jake, Galesville, WI; Frawley, Connor, Holmen; Smith, Nate, Duluth, MN.
8:20 a.m. - Speltz, Ricky, Winona, MN; Dirks, Josh, La Crosse; Drugan, Michael, Holmen.
8:30 a.m. - Williamson, Paul, Holmen; Roth, Austin, Viroqua, WI; McClintock, Tom, Onalaska, WI.

Men's First Flight
8:40 a.m. - Phelps, Ethan, Holmen; Fremstad, Arne, De Soto, WI.
8:50 a.m. - Darwin, Tim, La Crosse; Olson, Randy, Onalaska; DeRosa, Tony, Onalaska.
9 a.m. - Lindseth, Bruce, Onalaska; Feehan, Bill, La Crosse; Loomis, Joe, La Crosse.
9:10 a.m. - Evenson, Tom, Middleton, WI; Franke, Steve, La Crosse; Schmalzriedt, Damon, La Crosse.
9:20 a.m. - Hewitt, Cole, Viroqua, WI; DeMarino, Kelly, La Crosse; Stewart, Rick, Onalaska.

Men's Second Flight
9:30 a.m. - Peterson, Mark, Grantsburg, WI; Brovan, Troy, Rochester, MN.
9:40 a.m. - Feldner, Mike, Germantown, WI; Shimshak, Jeremiah, Holmen.
9:50 a.m. - Pigorsch, Jeff, La Crosse; Johnson, Derek, La Crescent; Hoehn, Matt, Onalaska.
10 a.m. - Drugan, Brennan, Holmen; Osgood, Jeff, Holmen; Desjarlais, Tom, Onalaska, WI
10:10 a.m. - Hageness, Doug, Eau Claire; Knothe, Scott, La Crosse; Schoen, Robert, Holmen.

Women's Flighted
10:20 a.m. - Oliver, Megan, Holmen; Olson, Sher, La Crosse.
10:30 a.m. - Baus, Cathi, La Crosse; Ziegelbauer, Terry, La Crosse.

Women's Championship
10:40 a.m. - Lenz, Lynn, La Crosse.

Men's Gold
10:40 a.m. - Luce, Bob, Stoddard, WI; Frei, John, Holmen.
10:50 a.m. - Stapleton, Tony, Tomah; Wall, Richard, Onalaska.
11 a.m. - Rice, Patrick, Fountain City, WI; Knudson, Ted, La Crosse; Loken, Van, La Crosse.
11:10 a.m. - Shingleton, Larry, La Crosse; Taylor, Paul J., La Crosse; Kelly, Jim, Chaseburg, WI.
11:20 a.m. - Puestow, Ronald, Onalaska; Huegel, Len, La Crescent; Cram, Roger, Brownsville, MN.
11:30 a.m. - Fairey, Dave, La Crescent; Sanchez, David, Holmen; Gora, Marty, Onalaska.

Men's Fourth Flight
11:40 a.m. - Berg, Bjorn, La Crosse; Banse, Mitchell, Caledonia.
11:50 a.m. - Huegel, Mike, Winona; Davis, Marvin, La Crosse; Bork, Damian,     Holmen.
Noon - Hackworth, Scott, Onalaska; Feldner, Don, De Soto, WI; Kleifgen, Nick, Wisconsin Rapids, WI.
12:10 p.m. - Cagle, Bob, La Crosse; Schultz, Rich, La Crosse; Gilbertson, Jim, Durand, WI.
12:20 p.m. - Hansen, Rob, West Salem; DeYoe, Michael, La Crosse; Crogan, Steve, Onalaska.

Men's Third Flight
12:30 p.m. - Leis, Dan, Holmen; Smieja, Tim, Galesville; Roers, Bob, Onalaska.
12:40 p.m. - Sciborski, Bob, La Crosse; Hunter, Joe, La Crosse; Friedl, Tony, La Crosse.
12:50 p.m. - Werner, Mark, West Salem; Burns, Robert, La Crosse; Breeden, Dan, La Crescent.
1 p.m. - Jacobson, Monte, West Salem; Seidel, Keith, Holmen; Paine, Randy, Onalaska.

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.


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.

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 www.7riversbbbs.org 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 www.usga.org/womensopen.
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.