32nd annual La Crosse County Amateur Golf Championships set

Dates are set for the 2022 La Crosse County Amateur Golf Championships as presented by Pepsi-Cola of La Crosse.
For the first time since it began 31 years ago, the Men’s County Amateur was postponed three weeks in 2021 due to unplayable course conditions resulting from more than 5 inches of rain and heavy flooding on Aug. 7-8. The 36-hole tournament was quickly rescheduled to Aug. 28-29.
“We were closed for four days,” said Dave Cornelius, longtime PGA professional and general manager at The Golf Club at Cedar Creek in Onalaska, one of the tournament courses. “We pumped more than 15 million gallons of water off the course and that’s conservative.”
Drugan’s Castle Mound Country Club in Holmen, the other tournament site, also suffered major flooding.
The three-week delay caused changes in the original 96-player field, with some disappointing player withdrawals but also some bright additions. Joe Weber eventually collected his third Championship Flight title.
“We were forced to make some changes in 2020 because of the pandemic. And then this year, although the Seniors and Women’s County Amateurs went off without a hitch one week earlier, we had to postpone the Men’s tourney because of the heavy rainfall and major damage to the courses,” said Bob Lamb, longtime tournament director. “Hopefully, we will have a more normal 2022 County Amateur.”
The 36-hole Men’s County Amateur will utilize Cedar Creek and Castle Mound both days in 2022.
Championship and First Flight golfers will open at Cedar Creek on Saturday, Aug. 6, while Second, Third and Fourth Flight players will be at Castle Mound.
Championship and First Flights will finish at Castle Mound on Sunday, Aug. 7, with Second, Third and Fourth Flight players finishing at Cedar Creek.
Tee times begin at 7:30 a.m. both days at Cedar Creek and 8 a.m. both days at Castle Mound, to allow players at Cedar Creek sufficient time to attend the annual awards ceremony at Castle Mound after the final round.

2022 LA CROSSE COUNTY AMATEUR GOLF CHAMPIONSHIPS

SATURDAY, JULY 30: La Crosse County Women's Amateur Golf Championship at The Golf Club at Cedar Creek in Onalaska, WI; Contact Bob Lamb at 608-781-4408, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or Jackie and Bruce Kaiser at 608-783-0979 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
SUNDAY, JULY 31: La Crosse County Seniors Amateur Golf Championship as presented by Kwik Trip at Forest Hills Golf Course in La Crosse, WI; Contact Bob Lamb at 608-781-4408, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or Jackie and Bruce Kaiser at 608-783-0979 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
SATURDAY, AUG. 6: La Crosse County Men's Amateur Golf Championship as presented by Pepsi-Cola of La Crosse at The Golf Club at Cedar Creek in Onalaska, WI, and Drugan's Castle Mound Country Club in Holmen, WI; Contact Bob Lamb at 608-781-4408, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or Jackie and Bruce Kaiser at 608-783-0979 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
SUNDAY, AUG. 7: La Crosse County Men's Amateur Golf Championship as presented by Pepsi-Cola of La Crosse at Drugan's Castle Mound Country Club in Holmen, WI, and The Golf Club at Cedar Creek in Onalaska, WI; Contact Bob Lamb at 608-781-4408, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or Jackie and Bruce Kaiser at 608-783-0979 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


La Crosse County Am flight winners have their own stories to tell

The four flight winners in the recent La Crosse County Men’s Amateur Golf Championship as presented by Pepsi-Cola of La Crosse are unique stories in their own right.
The gruelling 36-hole tournament was postponed by heavy rain and flooding when the host courses - Drugan’s Castle Mound Country Club in Holmen and The Golf Club at Cedar Creek in Onalaska - were deemed unplayable on Aug. 7-8. It was the first time in the 31-year history of the revived tournament that it was postponed.
The event was eventually held Aug. 28-29 and had plenty of drama with Joe Weber grabbing his third Championship Flight title and the $750 gift card and plaque.
Brandon Uffelman won Fourth Flight, Eric Davidson Third Flight, Rahn Pischke Second Flight and Trevor Schultz First Flight. All four First through Fourth Flight champions won a $400 gift card and a plaque commemorating their titles.
Uffelman, 55, made his tournament return a memorable one with 87 on the final day for a two-round 85-87-172.
Uffelman believed he played in one previous County Am, probably 20 years ago.
“I was just hoping to be competitive going in. It felt great to win,” said Uffelman, adding that he certainly intends to return.
It was Davidson’s very first County Amateur as he came from behind to win with 91-80-171. Davidson’s 80 allowed him to move ahead of Keith Seidel and Andrew Lindseth, who were tied

after Day 1. Seidel (85-90, 175) and Kevin Drewiske (88-87, 175) tied for second, while Lindseth (85-93, 178) shared fourth with Leon McNutt (90-88, 178).
“It feels great to be a County Am champion,” Davidson said. ”I am humbled by the great level of competition I faced and it was just my day on Sunday. I was happy to rebound from the poor Saturday score on my home course at Drugan’s.”
Davidson, 50, also plans to return.
“I do plan on competing in future County Am tournaments and getting into some TRGA events next year. This was my second tournament ever, but I enjoy the competition,” he said.
“I really enjoyed meeting other golfers, and it is a good bunch of guys who enjoy golf and have a fun time playing… and a good sense of humor too,” Davidson added.
Pischke, a longtime entry, won First Flight in 2014 as well as finishing runner-up several times.
He also fared well in his first Kwik Trip Seniors County Amateur in 2014.
“I tied for first place in the Seniors Championship Flight, but lost in a playoff on the third hole,” he said.
Bruce Simones defeated Pischke.


“I have been playing in the County Am for many, many years and always enjoy the competition and camaraderie,” said Pischke, who is also a longtime sponsor with Pischke Motors. “Of course it is a great feeling to win and it is very satisfying, but it’s fun to have the pressure of competing with other great golfers.”
Pischke, 65, and Gavin Olson finished first and second, respectively, after holding those positions entering Sunday’s final round.
Pischke shot 84 for a two-round score of 160, while Olson finished at 164 after his 85.
“I had a three-shot lead after a good round of 76 at Drugan’s on Saturday, but Cedar was playing tough on Sunday and I shot a 44 on first nine while Gavin shot a 42,” said Pischke, recalling his final round. ”So, with a one-shot lead going into the second nine, I knew I had to do better. I got five pars on the first six holes and one bogey, faltered on 16 with a double bogey and bogeyed the last two holes to shoot a 40 which ended up being a four-shot lead in the end.”
Win or lose, Pischke is assured to return in 2022.
“Yes, I plan to keep playing in both the Seniors and regular County Amateurs for the foreseeable future,” he said.


Schultz built on his first-round lead by posting 77, which was tied for the low score in his flight.
Schultz’s two-round 73-77-150 total was six strokes lower than defending champion Mitch Gault, who also shot a 77 after carding a 79 on Saturday. It was Schultz’s second triumph in First Flight, having also won four years ago.
“It felt awesome to get to my second County Am title,” he said. “I played very solid golf and was proud of myself for mentally keeping it together and winning the tournament after having the Day 1 lead.”
The 27-year-old Schultz, who has played in eight County Amateurs now, is definitely planning on more.
“My goal is to compete in the Championship Flight,” he said.
Sixteen-year-old Ethan Kramer also made a successful County Am debut by winning the Low Junior Award in Championship Flight with 79-83-162.

 

 

 

 

 

Men’s County Am golf finale should be a dandy

HOLMEN, Wis. - Sunday’s 31st annual La Crosse County Men’s Amateur Golf Championship as presented by Pepsi-Cola of La Crosse is shaping up to be one of the best in tournament history.
Drew Schroeder, Joe Weber and Jake Dunn make up the final group and fans can certainly expect a spectacular finish. Lurking behind are upstart Eric Olson, all-time champion Paul Williamson and perennial favorite Tom McClintock. More drama!
Schroeder (pictured) capitalized on three straight birdies on his final holes for a 2-under par 68 on Saturday at Drugan’s Castle Mound Country Club in Holmen. The final round moves to The Golf Club at Cedar Creek in Onalaska on Sunday.
Weber, the 2016 and 2017 champion, posted 69 as well as defending champion Dunn. Olson shot 70, seven-time champion Williamson and McClintock managed 71 each.
The tall, lanky Schroeder, whose best finish was runner-up in 2016, said his putting was poor on the front side, but picked up on the back nine. His 30-foot birdie putt on No. 17 was but one example.
“I had two 3-putts on the front, one for a double bogey,” the affable Schroeder said. “But it got better on the back nine.”
Schroeder shot a 3-over 38 on the front nine, but a 5-under 30 on the back. Weber managed 36-33, while Dunn carded 34-35.
All three players know each other well and look forward to match their games in the last group of the day on Sunday.
“That’s what it’s all about, right,? Be in the last group,” said Weber.
“Oh, yeah. I’m happy to be in the last group,” said Dunn. “That’s always the goal. I’m just happy to be in the hunt.”
Schroeder said he is also excited to be in the final group, especially with Dunn, course superintendent at Forest Hills Golf Course in La Crosse.
“It will be exciting because I always play every Monday with Jake. We always have a lot of fun,” Schroeder said.
In other men’s action Trevor Schultz has a one-stroke lead in First Flight with 73, while Rahn Pischke is atop Second Flight with 76. Keith Seidel and Andrew Lindseth share the Third Flight lead with 85, while Monte Jacobson shot one of his best scores of the season with 82 and a three-stroke advantage heading into the final round.

2021 LA CROSSE COUNTY MEN'S GOLF CHAMPIONSHIP                                                                                                    
AS PRESENTED BY PEPSI-COLA OF LA CROSSE                                                                                                       
                                                                                                        
Saturday, Aug. 28, First-Round Results                                                                                                   
At Drugan's Castle Mound Country Club                                                                                                
In Holmen, WI                                                                                               
(Par-35-36-71)                                                                                              
                                                                                                        
Men's Fourth Flight                                                                                                                                                  
 
Monte Jacobson  39-43     82                                                                      
Brandon Uffelman 42-43   85                                                                      
Rich Schultz         40-47     87                                                                      
Steven Hubbard  45-44     89                                                                      
Robert Schoen     46-45     91                                                                      
Marv Davis           43-49     92                                                                      
Patrick Rice          44-50     94                                                                      
Todd Werwinski  47-49     96                                                                      
Tim Ratajski         47-50     97                                                                      
Steve Crogan        49-51     100                                      
Larry Shingleton  50-50     100                                                   
Jeffrey J. Miller    52-51     103                                                   
Ed Malone III                      WD
 
Men's Third Flight                                                                         
 
Keith Seidel          43-42     85                                        
Andrew Lindseth 42-43     85                                        
Jeremiah Shimshak            45-41     86                                        
Kevin Drewiske    44-44     88                                        
Curt McIlquham  44-45     89                                        
Jeff Schroeder      46-44     90                                        
Jim Dolesy            42-48     90                                        
Leon McNutt       42-48     90                                        
Eric Davidson       43-48     91                                        
Bob Roers             46-45     91                                        
Mark Millis           43-48     91                                        
Eric Flack              44-47     91                                        
Greg Espenes       45-48     93                                        
Ebe Bosse             50-48     98                                        
Tom Morris                         WD        
 
Men's Second Flight                                                                      
                                                                            
Rahn Pischke        36-40     76                                        
Gavin Olson         43-36     79                                        
Paul A. Bruha       42-38     80                                        
John Munson       40-41     81                                        
Brent Diehm         43-38     81                                        
Brock Morris        39-46     85                                        
Steve Wineski      42-47     89                                        
Jeff Osgood          45-44     89                                        
Joe Hunter           44-46     90                                        
Will Hundt            46-44     90                                        
Rob Hansen          47-44     91                                        
Jordan Rudolph   51-40     91                                        
Jamie Eklov                         WD
 
Men's First Flight                             
                                            
Trevor Schultz      36-37     73          
Nick Dobbins        36-38     74          
Bruce Lindseth     34-41     75          
Sam Przywojski   37-40     77          
Mitch Gault          42-37     79          
Jon Strangstalien 38-41     79          
Jeff Pigorsch        39-42     81          
Scott Strozinsky   43-39     82          
Kyle Larkin            42-42     84          
Cory Jacobson      36-48     84          
Jared Gendron     44-41     85          
Tony Friedl           41-44     85          
Christopher Colgan            46-43     89
 
Men's Championship Flight
(Par 35-35-70)                                  
                                            
Drew Schroeder   38-30     68          
Joe Weber            36-33     69          
Jake Dunn             34-35     69          
Eric Olson             34-36     70          
Paul Williamson  37-34     71          
Tom McClintock  36-35     71          
Jack Litsheim       35-38     73          
Brendan Smick     37-37     74          
Nick Knepper       39-36     75          
Ben Skogen          37-38     75          
Mason Milner      39-37     76          
Marcus Williamson            40-37     77          
Michael Drugan   36-42     78          
Ethan Kramer       40-39     79          
Blaine Mason       40-39     79          
John Anderson     42-37     79          
Nick Anderson     39-40     79          
James DeBoer, Jr. 39-40     79          
Jim Socha             39-41     80          
Samuel Bowman 38-42     80          
Tony Roberts       42-39     81          
Mike Bistodeau   39-43     82          
John Percy            39-43     82          
Quinn Schultz      41-41     82          
Aaron Miller         42-41     83          
Sam Dobbins        41-44     85          
Drew Ericson        42-44     86          
Almann Brague    41-45     86          
Larry Peterson     45-41     86          
Brennan Dirks                    DNS       
Jordan Graf                         WD        
Jon Wilson                          WD        
Cody Drks                            WD        
Ben Korger                         WD        
                                            
                                            
                                            
2021 LA CROSSE COUNTY MEN'S GOLF CHAMPIONSHIP                                                                      
AS PRESENTED BY PEPSI-COLA OF LA CROSSE                                                                         
                                                                          
Sunday, Aug. 29, Final Round Pairings                                                                      
The Golf Club at Cedar Creek                                                            
Onalaska, WI                                                                   
(Par-36-35-71)                                                                
                                                                          
Men's Fourth Flight                                                                       
7:30 a.m.
Jeffrey J. Miller                                                               
Steve Crogan                                                                   
Larry Shingleton                                                             
                                                                          
7:39 a.m.                                                                         
Tim Ratajski                                                                    
Todd Werwinski                                                             
Patrick Rice                                                                     
                                                                          
7:48 a.m.                                                                         
Marv Davis                                                                      
Robert Schoen                                                                
Steven Hubbard                                                             
                                                                          
7:57 a.m.                                                                         
Rich Schultz                                                                     
Brandon Uffelman                                                         
Monte Jacobson
 
Men's Third Flight             
 
8:06 a.m.             
Ebe Bosse            
Greg Espenes      
              
8:15 a.m.             
Bob Roers            
Mark Millis          
Eric Flack             
              
8:24 a.m.             
Eric Davidson      
Jim Dolesy           
Leon McNutt      
              
8:33 a.m.             
Jeff Schroeder     
Curt McIlquham
Kevin Drewiske   

8:42 a.m.             
Jeremiah Shimshak           
Keith Seidel         
Andrew Lindseth
 
Men's Second Flight          
              
8:51 a.m.             
Rob Hansen         
Jordan Rudolph  
Will Hundt           
              
9:00 a.m.             
Joe Hunter          
Steve Wineski     
Jeff Osgood         
              
9:09 a.m.             
Brock Morris       
John Munson      
Brent Diehm        
              
9:18 a.m.             
Paul A. Bruha      
Gavin Olson        
Rahn Pischke
 
Men's First Flight                                                           
                                                                          
9:27 a.m.                                                                         
Christopher Colgan                                                                       
Tony Friedl                                                                      
                                                                          
9:36 a.m.                                                                         
Jared Gendron                                                                
Cory Jacobson                                                                 
                                                                          
9:45 a.m.                                                                         
Kyle Larkin                                                                       
Scott Strozinsky                                                              
Jeff Pigorsch                                                                   
                                                                          
9:54 a.m.                                                                         
Mitch Gault                                                                     
Jon Strangstalien                                                            
Sam Przywojski                                                              
                                                                          
10:03 a.m.                                                                       
Bruce Lindseth                                                                
Nick Dobbins                                                                   
Trevor Schultz     
 
Men's Championship Flight                                                                        
                                                                          
10:12 a.m.                                                                       
Drew Ericson                                                                   
Larry Peterson                                                                
                                                                          
10:21 a.m.                                                                       
Almann Brague                                                               
Sam Dobbins                                                                   
Aaron Miller                                                                    
                                                                          
10:30 a.m.                                                                       
Mike Bistodeau                                                              
John Percy                                                                       
Quinn Schultz                                                                 
                                                                          
10:39 a.m.                                                                       
Tony Roberts                                                                  
Jim Socha                                                                        
Samuel Bowman                                                            
                                                                          
10:48 a.m.                                                                                                                    
John Anderson                                                                
Nick Anderson                                                                
James DeBoer, Jr.                                                           
                                                                          
10:57 a.m.                                                                       
Ethan Kramer                                                                  
Blaine Mason                                                                  
Michael Drugan                                                              
                                                                          
11:06 a.m.                                                                       
Marcus Williamson                                                                       
Mason Milner                                                                 
Ben Skogen                                                                     
                                                                          
11:15 a.m.                                                                       
Nick Knepper                                                                  
Brendan Smick                                                                
Jack Litsheim                                                                  
                                                                          
11:24 a.m.                                                                       
Paul Williamson                                                             
Tom McClintock                                                             
Eric Olson                                                                        
                                                                          
11:33 a.m.                                                                       
Joe Weber                                                                       
Jake Dunn                                                                        
Drew Schroeder                

 


Weber wins 3rd La Crosse County Men’s Amateur Championship

ONALASKA, Wis. - Joe Weber’s return was a memorable one after a 3-year absence.
Weber (pictured) collected his third La Crosse County Amateur Golf Championship as presented by Pepsi-Cola of La Crosse on Sunday at The Golf Club at Cedar Creek in Onalaska.
Weber, who won the 2016 and 2017 titles, skipped the last three years, but the local dentist reaffirmed he is back.
Weber defeated Drew Schroeder and defending Jake Dunn in the 36-hole final beneath sunny skies and a strong north wind on Sunday. Weber carded 69-73-142 for a two-shot victory of Schroeder with 144 and Dunn with 147. All-time champion Paul Williamson, with seven titles, finished fourth with 148 and Tom MClintock fifth with 150.
Weber didn’t begin his round as he envisioned it, double bogeying the first hole and entering the water on the par-5 second. However, he regained his composure the rest of the way.
“After the first couple of holes, I made a couple of birdies and hung around long enough until the back nine,” said Weber, a member at La Crosse Country Club in Onalaska. “I thought if I could get to 15-16-17-18, I’d have a good chance to play well.”
Weber believed he could keep within 1-2 strokes of the lead, and indeed he did, including the shot of the day on the par-5, 17th hole. Deep in a fairway bunker 65 yards from the green, Weber hit a highlight reel shot to the green.
How far from the hole?
“Like an inch,” he chuckled.
Weber walked to the 18th tee with a three-shot lead over Schroeder, but still wasn’t convinced he sealed another title. Nonetheless he won by two shots.
“Anytime you win a tournament is wonderful. They all rate the same equally,” said the three-time winner.
Weber wouldn’t commit to the 2022 County, only saying, “I hope so. I’ll just check my schedule and go from there.”
In other men’s action, Trevor Schultz posted a 6-stroke victory in First Flight with 150. Rahn Pischke captured Second Fight honors with 160, while Eric Davidson, playing his first County Am, won Third Flight with 171. Brandon Uffelman won Fourth Flight with 172.

2021 LA CROSSE COUNTY MEN'S GOLF CHAMPIONSHIP                           
AS PRESENTED BY PEPSI-COLA OF LA CROSSE                            

Sunday, Aug. 29, Final Round Results                        
At The Golf Club at Cedar Creek                  
In Onalaska, WI                
(Par-36-35-71)                  

Men's Championship Flight                           
Joe Weber            69-73     142
Drew Schroeder  68-76     144
Jake Dunn            69-78     147
Paul Williamson 71-77     148
Tom McClintock 71-79     150
Eric Olson            70-81     151
Marcus Williamson           77-74     151
James DeBoer, Jr.              79-72     151
Nick Knepper      75-79     154
Ben Skogen         75-81     156
Jack Litsheim      73-84     157
Mason Milner      76-81     157
Brendan Smick    74-85     159
John Anderson    79-80     159
Samuel Bowman 80-79     159
Tony Roberts       81-78     159
Michael Drugan  78-84     162
Ethan Kramer      79=83    162
Jim Socha            80-82     162
Nick Anderson    79-84     163
John Percy           82-83     165
Aaron Miller       83-83     166
Mike Bistodeau   82-85     167
Drew Ericson      86-81     167
Blaine Mason      79-93     172
Sam Dobbins       85-90     175
Almann Brague   86-89     175
Quinn Schultz                    82-WD
Larry Peterson                    86-WD
Brennan Dirks                    DNS
Jordan Graf                         WD
Jon Wilson                         WD
Cody Dirks                         WD
Ben Korger                         WD

Men's First Flight              
Trevor Schultz    73-77     150
Mitch Gault         79-77     156
Bruce Lindseth    75-82     157
Sam Przywojski  77-81     158
Nick Dobbins      74-85     159
Jon Strangstalien 79-80     159
Jeff Pigorsch       81-85     166
Tony Friedl          85-81     166
Cory Jacobson     84-83     167
Scott Strozinsky  82-87     169
Kyle Larkin         84-90     174
Jared Gendron     85-91     176
Christopher Colgan            89-90     179

Men's Second Flight                        
Rahn Pischke       76-84     160
Gavin Olson        79-85     164
Paul A. Bruha      80-86     166
Brent Diehm        81-88     169
John Munson       81-91     172
Brock Morris       85-90     175
Will Hundt           90-88     178
Rob Hansen         91-87     178
Jeff Osgood         89-91     180
Joe Hunter           90-94     184
Jordan Rudolph   91-96     187
Steve Wineski                    89-WD
Jamie Eklov                       WD

Men's Third Flight                           
Eric Davidson     91-80     171
Keith Seidel         85-90     175
Kevin Drewiske  88-87     175
Andrew Lindseth 85-93     178
Leon McNutt       90-88     178
Jeremiah Shimshak            86-96     182
Bob Roers            91-92     183
Jeff Schroeder     90-94     184
Mark Millis         91-93     184
Curt McIlquham 89-96     185
Greg Espenes      93-93     186
Jim Dolesy           90-97     187
Eric Flack            91-96     187
Ebe Bosse            98-111   209
Tom Morris                       WD

Men's Fourth Flight                         
Brandon Uffelman             85-87     172
Rich Schultz        87-88     175
Monte Jacobson  82-100   182
Marv Davis          92-95     187
Tim Ratajski        97-90     187
Steven Hubbard   89-99     188
Todd Werwinski 96-95     191
Patrick Rice         94-98     192
Robert Schoen     91-102   193
Jeffrey J. Miller   193-97   200
Larry Shingleton 100-110 210
Steve Crogan                      100-WD
Ed Malone III                     WD

Men’s County Amateur to give it another try this weekend

The first-ever postponed version of the 31st annual La Crosse County Amateur Golf Championships as presented by Pepsi-Cola of La Crosse has a new look this weekend.
The 36-hole tournament was originally scheduled for Aug. 7-8 but was postponed after more than 5 inches of rain and heavy flooding on opening day. Both host courses were forced to close. Tournament officials quickly changed the tournament dates to Saturday, Aug. 28, and Sunday, Aug. 29, hoping for better weather.
“We were closed for four days,” said Dave Cornelius, longtime PGA professional and general manager at The Golf Club at Cedar Creek in Onalaska, one of the tournament courses. “We pumped more than 15 million gallons of water off the course and that’s conservative.”
Drugan’s Castle Mound Country Club in Holmen, the other tournament site, also suffered major flooding.
The three-week delay caused changes in the original 96-player field, with the new field featuring some disappointing withdrawals but also some bright additions.
For example, five-time Championship Flight winner Ryan Quinn and perennial contender Tyler Church withdrew. So did last year’s runner-up Jordan Graf from La Crescent, Minn.
“Unfortunately, I will not be able to come back for the County Am. I have a couple of friends flying in for the Illinois and Nebraska football game,” said Quinn, who resides in Bloomington, Ill., with his family. “You can count on me being back next year on its regular date.”
Church and Graf also have conflicts this weekend, as do several other players.
However, two-time winner Ben Skogen, formerly of Onalaska and now living in Franklin, Wis., along with local golfer Tom McClintock, often regarded as the best player to have not yet won a County Am title, have joined this weekend’s field.
“I'm probably gonna be a field filler this weekend, but I'm looking forward to playing and seeing everyone,” McClintock said. ”It's County Am weekend. Great atmosphere and good people.”
The 56-year-old McClintock said he is always disappointed with a tournament rainout, but is looking toward this weekend.
McClintock, the 2020 Kwik Trip Seniors County Amateur champion, was forced to withdraw on July 31, because of an injury. Three weeks of rest has allowed him to re-enter the Men’s tourney this weekend. He tied for second place in the Men’s County Am last year and is a familiar face in the top 10.
“I'm gonna take advantage of the opportunity to get one more event in. Not sure if my time has passed me by to win,” he said. “But that's why we play, to see what we can do.”   
Skogen, who won back-to-back title in 2018 and 2019 and finished fifth last year, is a manager at Festival Foods in Lake Mills, Wis. Job commitments prevented him from entering the County Am on the original dates. His busy work schedule has also left little time for golf this summer.
“I haven’t been playing much this summer,” Skogen said. “I joined Tuckaway Country Club about two weeks ago, so I have been able to practice and play a little more. I’m going to compete and do everything I can Saturday and Sunday to hopefully have a chance at another title.
“Tuckaway has been great. My fiance's parents are members out there. It’s a great golf course with a lot of good players. I am looking forward to getting out there more,” he added.
Skogen wouldn’t pick a favorite considering the strong field every year.
“There are a lot of good players, but I really haven’t looked at the field,” he said. “I really look forward to coming back this weekend. I look forward to seeing everyone in the La Crosse golf community again.”
Defending champion Jake Dunn (pictured) is the heavy favorite this weekend after winning last weekend’s Three Rivers Golf Association Championship.
Other returning past winners of the Championship Flight in this weekend’s field are Mason Milner, Paul Williamson, Joe Weber and Michael Drugan.
Holmen’s Williamson, Quinn’s uncle, is the all-time County Am winner with seven titles. He also has won five Seniors championships, including his latest this year.
“It’s going to be a lot of fun,” said Williamson.  
When reminded that no one has ever won the Men’s and Seniors County Am titles in the same year, Williamson chuckled about his chances.
“You have to remember I’m playing courses 6,200 to 6,300 yards long. Cedar will be 6,500 and Drugan’s will be stretched out to 6,500, maybe 6,600,” he said.
“These college kids will be bombing the ball 50 yards past me, but my equalizer is my wedge game. They’ll knock it on in two on all the par-5’s. I have to hit within 100 yards away and then try to get up and down for birdie.”
Dunn, the defending champion, admits this year’s County Am will be an emotional two days. Dunn’s 61-year-old mother recently died from pancreatic cancer.
Dunn said last year’s victory was “sweet,” but he doesn’t expect any added pressure.
“No, it’s the same pressure with every tournament. I’m going in like always with expectations that I’m going to play well and hit shots I know I can hit and hope everything works out,” he said.
If Dunn is fortunate enough to win again this weekend, he expects it to be emotional, especially because his mother’s funeral was July 31.
“Yeah, I’d probably start crying if I won,” he said.
Dunn shot 70-73-143 last year for a one-stroke victory over Graf and McClintock.
Weber, who lives in West Salem, won back-to-back titles in 2016 and 2017 and returns after a three-year absence.
Drugan, co-owner of Castle Mound in Holmen, is one of only four players to appear in every County Am since it was revived in 1991. He captured the 2005 championship.
Meanwhile, Eric Flack, Jordan Rudolph and Mitch Gault are flighted champions returning for another title run. Flack captured the Fourth Flight crown in 2020 but moved into Third Flight this year. Rudolph won the Second Flight title in 2020 and returns in the same flight. Gault attempts to defend his 2020 First Flight championship.
A new winner is assured in Third Flight as last year’s champ, James Freng, did not enter this year.

2021 LA CROSSE COUNTY MEN'S GOLF CHAMPIONSHIP    
AS PRESENTED BY PEPSI-COLA OF LA CROSSE    
    
Saturday, Aug. 28, First-Round Pairings    
At Drugan's Castle Mound Country Club    
In Holmen, WI    
(Par-35-36-71)    

Men's Fourth Flight     
8 a.m.    
Steve Crogan
Patrick Rice

8:09 a.m.    
Larry Shingleton
Monte Jacobson

8:18 a.m.    
Brandon Uffelman
Tim Ratajski
Robert Schoen

8:27 a.m.    
Jeffrey J. Miller
Rich Schultz
Todd Werwinski

8:36 a.m.    
Steven Hubbard
Marv Davis
Ed Malone III

Men's Third Flight    
8:45 a.m.    
Jeff Schroeder
Jim Dolesy
Tom Morris - WD

8:54 a.m.    
Curt McIlquham
Kevin Drewiske
Eric Davidson

9:03 a.m.    
Bob Roers
Ebe Bosse
Mark Millis

9:12 a.m.    
Keith Seidel
Jeremiah Shimshak
Greg Espenes

9:21 a.m.    
Andrew Lindseth
Eric Flack
Leon McNutt

Men's Second Flight    
9:30 a.m.    
Steve Wineski
John Munson
Rob Hansen

9:39 a.m.    
Joe Hunter
Will Hundt
Jeff Osgood

9:48 a.m.    
Jordan Rudolph
Brock Morris
Jamie Eklov - WD
Paul A. Bruha

9:57 a.m.    
Brent Diehm
Rahn Pischke
Gavin Olson

10:06 a.m.    
Starters Time

Men's First Flight    
10:15 a.m.    
Kyle Larkin
Sam Przywojski

10:24 a.m.    
Christopher Colgan
Jared Gendron

10:33 a.m.    
Scott Strozinsky
Tony Friedl
Trevor Schultz

10:42 a.m.    
Mitch Gault
Cory Jacobson
Jon Strangstalien

10:51 a.m.    
Bruce Lindseth
Jeff Pigorsch
Nick Dobbins

Men's Championship Flight    
11 a.m.    
Jordan Graf - WD
Jon Wilson - WD
Drew Ericson
Sam Dobbins
Aaron Miller

11:09 a.m.    
Ethan Kramer
Mike Bistodeau
Brennan Dirks
    
11:18 a.m.    
Jim Socha
Almann Brague
Michael Drugan

11:27 a.m.    
Mason Milner
Larry Peterson
Tony Roberts

11:36 a.m.    
Cody Dirks - WD
Blaine Mason
Ben Korger
Samuel Bowman

11:45 a.m.    
Marcus Williamson
Brendan Smick
John Anderson

11:54 a.m.    
Jack Litsheim
Nick Anderson
John Percy

12:03 p.m.    
Quinn Schultz
Eric Olson
Paul Williamson

12:12 p.m.    
Drew Schroeder
Tom McClintock
Joe Weber

12:21 p.m.    
James DeBoer, Jr.
Nick Knepper
Ben Skogen
Jake Dunn