Viroqua's Dobbe captures TRGA Cedar Valley Open

WINONA, MN -  Troy Dobbe of Viroqua, WI, colllected his first Three Rivers Golf Association VPP Group/Big Sky Cattle victory of the season with a 73 in the TRGA Cedar Valley Open at Cedar Valley Golf Course in Winona, MN, on Sunday.
Dobbe's 1-over par was three strokes lower than Joe DeRosa, a PGA pro at the La Crosse Country Club in Onalaska, WI.
Other flight winners were: Matt Hoehn, 80, First; Randy Paine, 84, Second; Bjorn Berg, 82, Third; Mike Fortin, 92, Gold; and Terry Ziegelbauer, 93-77, Women's Flighted.


At Cedar Valley Golf Course
In Winona, MN
May 20, results

Men's Championship Flight
Dobbe, Troy 37-36 73
DeRosa, Joe 36-40 76     

Men's First Flight
Hoehn, Matt 39-41 80
Korger, Ben 39-42 81
Loomis, Joe 38-43 81
Brovan, Troy 38-45 83
Stewart, Rick 42-41 83
Peterson, Tim 44-42 86      
Werner, Mark 46-43 89     
Friedl, Tony 43-47 90      
Seidel, Keith 44-50 94     
Breeden, Dan 46-51 97     

Men's Second Flight     
* Paine, Randy     39-45 84
Burns, Robert 44-40 84
Ewing, Michael 43-42 85
Beerkircher, Kory 42-45 87
Hunter, Joe 41-47 88
Nordstrom, Bruce 42-46 88
Drewiske, Kevin 44-45 89    
Luethe, Josh 46-43 89      
Osgood, Jeff 43-46 89     
Huegel, Mike 45-47 92    
Roers, Bob 43-50 93    
Schoen, Robert 47-46 93     
Shimshak, Jeremiah 47-46 93     
Jacobson, Monte 49-48 97

Men's Third Flight     
Berg, Bjorn 42-40 82
Kleifgen, Nick 41-44 85
Davis, Marvin 42-45 87
Hackworth, Scott 43-45 88
Mayer, David 45-45 90    
McNutt, Leon 45-45 90    
Miller, Jeff 44-46 90     
Bork, Damian 46-46 92
Rosenow, John 48-44 92     
Rice, Patrick 48-45 93      
Schultz, Rich 47-49 96    
Schroeder, Jeff DQ             

Men's Gold Flight     
* Fortin, Mike 46-46 92
Wall, Richard 46-46 92
Loken, Van 51-44 95     
Loken, Shadow 54-56 110      

Women's Flighted     
* Ziegelbauer, Terry 46-49 95 77
Drewiske, Krista 49-39 88 77     
Baus, Cathi 48-45 93 77     

* - Won sudden death playoff

Bryan Dyck memorial golf outing set

Robins Nest 12th annual Bryan Dyck memorial golf outing is scheduled June 9, at the Arcadia Country Club in Arcadia, WI.
The event begins with breakfast at 9 a.m., at Robins Nest on French Island with the bus leaving at 10 a.m., for Arcadia. The nine-hole golf tournament begins at 11 a.m., and the bus returns by 5 p.m.
Cost is $30 per person.
For more information, contact Robins Nest at 608-784-4847.

USGA increases commitment to PLAY9 program

LIBERTY CORNER, NJ - As part of its ongoing efforts to grow the game within local golf communities, the United States Golf Association on Wednesday announced plans to celebrate the fifth year of its successful PLAY9TM program.  
Since its debut in 2014, PLAY9 has focused on encouraging more people to play more golf, more often. The program aims to showcase the nine-hole round as an ideal solution for both avid golfers and newcomers alike to get out and play in a time-friendly and engaging way.
This year, in collaboration with its Allied Golf Association network, the USGA will host and invite local communities to participate in dedicated regional PLAY9 days each month, beginning on May 9. Golfers can find a golf course in their community that offers a nine-hole rate at course finder identifies nine-hole facilities as well as 18-hole golf courses that offer a nine-hole rate.
Community PLAY9 events will also be held in markets associated with the USGA’s championships, including Middle Island, NY (near the site of the U.S. Open); Colorado Springs, CO (U.S. Senior Open); Wheaton, IL (U.S. Senior Women’s Open); Pebble Beach, CA (U.S. Amateur); and Charleston, SC (next year’s U.S. Women’s Open).
“The PLAY9 program offers a fun entry point into the game for newcomers while providing a way for golfers to balance their love of the game with their demanding schedules,” said Mike Davis, USGA CEO. “We have seen the impact to date and the awareness it has built around enjoying nine holes with friends and family. Together with our friends in golf, we’re finding new ways to welcome more golfers and support a positive future for the game.”
Since the program’s inception, PLAY9 has continued to positively impact golf communities and engage golfers nationwide:
* Nearly 24 percent of golfers reported that they participated in a PLAY9 program in 2017, a significant increase from 2015 (17 percent).
* 54 percent of single digit handicappers reported that they participated in a PLAY9 program in 2017, up from 32 percent in 2015.  
* 70 percent of golfers agree with the statement, “Nine-hole rounds are a great way to try golf.”
 “As all of our lives get busier, I’ve become a huge fan of the USGA’s PLAY9 initiative,” said Mark Button of the Texas Golf Association, which hosts a fun staff/community PLAY9 event each year. “Everyone here at the TGA feels the same. Getting out with some of our members to play nine holes on a summer afternoon is one of my favorite things to do. We had so much fun, and I look forward to doing it again soon.”
According to the National Golf Foundation, 88 percent of all public golf courses in America currently offer a nine-hole rate, averaging less than $30 per round. Nine-hole scores made up around 8 percent of all scores posted to the USGA GHIN system over the past four years (2014-2017), an increase from an average of 6 percent from 2010-2013.The portal will serve as a convenient and dedicated destination for golfers, including opportunities to share stories and information on posting nine-hole scores.
The USGA will also continue to support the PLAY9 initiative and communicate its message with a broadcast public service announcement that has already reached more than 180 million viewers nationwide.


BRF's Johnson ties for 11th place in Senior Tour Event No. 4

OCONOMOMOC, WI - Greg Johnson of Black Rivers Falls, WI, tied for 11th place in the Wisconsin State Golf Association Senior Tour Event No. 4 at the Oconomowoc Golf Club in Oconomowoc, WI, on Monday.
Johnson shot a 9-over par 79 and managed 27 points in the Gross Division. He tied for 39th place in the Net Division with 76 and 30 points.
Jim Socha, Three Rivers Golf Association executive director, tied for 34th place in the WSGA Senior Tour Event No. 3 at the same course earlier in the day.
Socha, from Onalaska, finished with an 87 in the Gross Division with 19 points, and then managed a 39th place tie in the Net Division with 78 and 28 points.

Onalaska's Puestow third in Super Seniors low net event

OREGON, WI - Ronald Puestow of Onalaska, WI, fared well in the Wisconsin State Golf Association Senior Tour Event No. 2 at the Legend at Bergamont in Oregon, WI, on Tuesday.
Puestow finished third in the Super Seniors Net Division with 67 and 41 points. He also tied for 28th in the Gross Division with an 18-over par 90 and 19 points.
Greg Johnson of Black River Falls, WI, tied for 18th place in the Seniors Gross Division with 80 and 28 points, while Onalaska's Jim Socha shot 86 and 22 points to share 41st place. Larry Dziak of Trempealeau, WI, finished 52nd with 91 and 17 points.
Socha finished in an eight-way tie for 36th place in the Seniors Net Division with 76 and 32 points. Johnson tied for 44th place with 77 and 31 points. Dziak shared 56th place with 82 and 26 points.