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.


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.

PDC's Farrell sets pace in WSGA senior event

LAKE GENEVA, WI - Tom Farrell of Prairie du Chien, WI, dominated the Super Senior Division in the Wisconsin State Golf Association Senior Tour Event No. 1 at Geneva National Golf Club in Lake Geneva, WI, on Wednesday.
Farrell won the Super Senior Division low gross title with an even par 72 (32 points), and followed with a low net 68 (40).
Greg Johnson of Black River Falls, WI, Larry Dziak of Trempealeau, WI, and Jim Socha of Onalaska, WI, shared ninth place in the Seniors gross division with 84 (24) each.[
Socha finished eighth in the net division with 74 (34) while Dziak tied for 12th (32). Johnson shared 30th place with 27 points.

Miller wins annual TRGA Viroqua Hills Open

VIROQUA, WI - Mark Miller posted a 6-over par 77 that neither Troy Dobbe nor Jake Dunn could match in the annual Three Rivers Golf Association VPP Group/Big Sky Cattle Viroqua Open at Viroqua Hills Golf Course in Viroqua, WI, on Sunday.
It was Miller's first Championship Flight victory since winning the TRGA River Run Open in Sparta, WI, late last year.
In other men's competition, Jeff Pigorsch won First Flight with 79, while Gary Parr captured Second Flight with 80. Damian Bork paced Third Flight players with an 84, while Michael DeYoe won the Men's Gold Flight with a low net 89.
Terry Ziegelbauer won Women's Flighted Flighted with a low net 77.


At Viroqua Hills Golf Course
In Viroqua, WI
May 6, results

Men's Championship     
Miller, Mark 40-37 77
Dobbe, Troy 42-38 80     
Dunn, Jake 47-35 82

Men's First Flight     
Pigorsch, Jeff 39-40 79
Hewitt, Cole 40-40 80
Moore, Chuck 40-40 80
Brovan, Troy 43-41 84
Gault, Mitch 43-41 84
Seidel, Keith 47-40 87     
Roth, Jeff 40-48 88     
Werner, Mark 49-39 88      
Dobbe, Tom 43-47 90      
Friedl, Tony 47-47 94     

Men's Second Flight     
Parr, Gary 41-39 80
Shimshak, Jeremiah 46-37 83
Hansen, Rob 42-43 85
Beerkircher, Kory 47-39 86
Burns, Robert 46-45 91         
Ewing, Michael 49-42 91          
Breeden, Dan 46-47 93          
Luethe, Josh 49-44 93          
Roers, Bob 53-43 96      
Hunter, Joe 47-50 97      
Grant, Boyd 53-47 100     

Men's Third Flight     
Bork, Damian 45-39 84     
Cagle, Bob 45-40 85     
Miller, Jeff 46-41 87     
Schroeder, Jeff 49-41 90
Mayer, David 48-45 93         
Berg, Bjorn 50-46 96         
McNutt, Leon 54-42 96     
Crogan, Steve 53-47 100     
Rice, Patrick 50-50 100          
Kelly, Jim 53-48 101     

Men's Gold     
DeYoe, Michael 43-46 89
Puestow, Ronald 55-40 95     
Luce, Bob 51-45 96     
Shingleton, Larry 53-43 96     
Wall, Richard 51-45 96     
Fairey, Dave 52-46 98          
Loken, Van 53-50 103     
Cram, Roger 57-48 105          
Loken, Shadow 60-46 106      

Women's Flighted     
Ziegelbauer, Terry 51-43 94 77     
Baus, Cathi 50-47 97 82      
Parr, Ronda 54-46 100 82
Moore, Sue 51-49 100 83

Peterson wins pair of TRGA events on same weekend

BARRE MILLS, WI - Matthew Peterson is off to a fast start on the 2018 Three Rivers Golf Association VPP Group/Big Sky Cattle tour.
The Rockford, IL, golfer won his second TRGA event in as many days, sweeping the TRGA Fox Hollow Open at Fox Hollow Golf Course in Barre Mills, WI, on Sunday. Peterson also won the TRGA Valley High Open on Saturday.
Peterson posted a 4-over par 70 at Fox Hollow. Michael Drugan, co-owner of Drugan's Castle Mound Country Club in Holmen, WI, finished runner-up with 76, while Troy Dobbe of Viroqua, WI, snared third with 78.
Mitch Gault of Holmen won the First Flight with 72. Chuck Moore of La Crosse, Tom Desjarlais of Onalaska, and Tony Friedl of La Crosse finished in a tie for Second Flight honors with 80 each. Moore won the playoff. Desjarlais also lost in a playoff the day before. Holmen's Jeff Osgood won the Third Flight with an 81.
Low net Gold Flight honors went to Jim Kelly of Chaseburg, WI, with


At Fox Hollow Golf Course
In Barre Mills, WI
April 29, results

Men's Championship Flight
Peterson, Matthew 37-37 74
Drugan, Michael 39-37 76
Dobbe, Troy 39-39 78
Hoehn, Matt 38-42 80
Bablitch, Casey 45-36 81
Miller, Mark 38-46 84

Men's First Flight
Gault, Mitch 35-37 72
Korger, Ben 41-36 77
Pigorsch, Jeff 39-38 77
Groth, Kevin 38-40 78
Loomis, Joe 41-37 78
Kopski, Geoffrey 41-38 79
Brovan, Troy 37-43 80
Mulholland, John 40-42 82
Howland, Jeff 39-44 83
Werner, Mark 42-43 85
Amann, Brandon 42-46 88
Ewing, Michael 38-50 88
Servais, Jonathan DNS                

Men's Second Flight
* Moore, Chuck 38-42 80
Desjarlais, Tom 37-43 80
Friedl, Tony 42-38 80
Roers, Bob 40-42 82
Breeden, Dan 43-43 86
Burns, Robert 43-43 86
Nordstrom, Bruce 45-45 90
Shimshak, Jeremiah 53-39 92
Hunter, Joe 47-49 96
Jacobson, Monte 44-54 98
Peterson, Tim 48-50 98
Smieja, Tim 45-56 101
Seidel, Keith 53-54 107     

Men's Third Flight
Osgood, Jeff 40-41 81
Berg, Bjorn 41-42 83
Peterson, Mark 40-45 85
Hansen, Rob 43-44 87
Beerkircher, Kory 46-42 88
Schultz, Rich 45-44 89
Kleifgen, Nick 46-45 91
Mayer, David 41-50 91
Davis, Marvin 48-44 92
Miller, Jeff 48-45 93
Cagle, Bob 52-47 99
Luethe, Josh 45-55 100
Wineski, Steve     DNS            

Men's Gold Flight    
Kelly, Jim 43-43 86
Fortin, Mike 46-43 89
Fairey, Dave 45-45 90
Shingleton, Larry 44-48 92
Cram, Roger 45-50 95
Wall, Richard 45-51 96
Luce, Bob 49-48 97
Loken, Van 48-55 103
Puestow, Ronald 49-55 104
Krueger, Jeff 52-54 106
Loken, Shadow 68-55 123

Total Field: 56
* - Won sudden death playoff