Russ Hiser Foundation comes through for junior golfers again

All sixth, seventh and eighth grade students in the School District of La Crosse are eligible for free golf at Forest Hills Golf Course and Walsh Golf Center this year.
That's right. It's "FREE GOLF," thanks to the Russ Hiser Foundation.
The program also includes free golf lessons and etiquette training at Forest Hills. However, students must pass a basic skills test to be eligible for free golf.
"Each kid will go through an individual test," said Keith Stoll, PGA pro and general manager at Forest Hills. "It's very basic, simply a skills and fundamentals test."
Once golfers pass the test, they receive a card entitling them to free golf at Forest Hills or Walsh's.
For those juniors who do not pass the test or who are not ready to take the test, clinics will be offered to help them get golf course ready, according to Stoll. The first clinic filled quickly. Future clinic dates will be posted at, or on June 19.
Stoll said juniors without clubs can also use junior clubs housed in a new middle school clubhouse/storage unit at Forest Hills.
LA CROSSE COUNTY AMATEUR: Competitors are reminded that entries open on Thursday, June 15, for the 27th annual La Crosse County Amateur Golf Championships. Information sheets and entry forms can be found at
WSGA MATCH PLAY QUALIFIERS: Five players from the La Crosse area qualified for the annual Wisconsin State Golf Association Match Play Championship this year.
Joel Preeshl, a member at the La Crosse Country Club in Onalaska, led all entrants in the Match Play Qualifier No. 4, at Lake Arrowhead Golf Club in Nekoosa, WI, recently. Preeshl carded an even-par 72.
Montana Stewart, also from the La Crosse Country Club, tied for fifth place with 75. Drew Schroeder and Tony Roberts, also members at the La Crosse Country Club, along with Eric Olson from Drugan's Castle Mound Country Club in Holmen, shared 12th place with 79 and also gained spots in the championship.
Ted Brown Thunder and Lael Hall, both from Skyline Golf Club in Black River Falls, failed to qualify with 90 and 99, respectively.
ANYTIME FITNESS OUTING: The second annual Anytime Fitness of La Crosse "Putt for Pets" golf outing and fundraiser is scheduled July 22, at Forest Hills.
Entry fee is $240 per foursome, including 18 holes of golf with carts. All proceeds benefit the Coulee Region Humane Society.
For more information, contact Mike Fisher at 608-519-5990.
WSGA SENIOR TOUR: Greg Johnson, from Skyline Golf Club tied for 12th place in the WSGA Senior Tour Event No. 10, at The Club at Strawberry Creek in Kenosha, WI.
Johnson finished in a three-way tie for 12th place and earned 27 points in the Senior Gross Division. Jim Socha, a member at The Golf Club at Cedar Creek in Onalaska, tied for 17th place with 83 and managed 25 points.
Johnson snared a tie for 19th place in the Net Division with 75 and 33 points. Socha tied for 22nd place with 76 and 32 points.
MOORE OUT OF U.S. OPEN: Ryan Moore withdrew from the 2017 U.S. Open Championship because of an injury.
Moore, who was fully exempt and has competed in 10 U.S. Opens, will be replaced in the field by Michael Putnam, of University Place, WA, the first alternate from the Columbus, OH, sectional qualifying site.
Putnam, a 34-year-old, shot 70-66--136 at Brookside Golf & Country Club and The Lakes Golf & Country Club on June 5. He is playing in his fifth U.S. Open.