Entries open for La Crosse County Amateur Golf Championships

Entries officially open today for the 31st annual La Crosse County Amateur Golf Championships as presented by Pepsi-Cola of La Crosse.
“Speaking for the entire board, we are extremely pleased to return  to a normal County Amateur this year, one that should be bigger and better,” said longtime tournament director Bob Lamb. “While the majority of festivals and sporting events were canceled in 2020 because of the coronavirus pandemic, we were still able to present all three events – the men’s, women’s and seniors tournaments.”
Lamb said that is a testament to the support from the tournament courses, Board of Directors, sponsors, players and fans.
Recognized as the most popular golf tournament in the Coulee Region, the County Amateur is offering expanded entry eligibility this year by allowing former County Amateur winners into the men’s, women’s and seniors tournaments under certain restrictions.
Previous eligibility rules stated all players must be amateur golfers and meet at least one of the following:
1. Resident of La Crosse County.
2. Employed in La Crosse County.
3. Player with active membership at a golf course within La Crosse County.
However, beginning this year, past winners qualify despite where they currently reside, but under these two conditions:
4. Past champion (must play in championship flight only).
5. Must be a graduate of a La Crosse County high school or university/college (must play in championship flight only).
Past champions from other flights may also return if they meet these requirements but must declare and play in championship flight.
Ryan Quinn, five-time Championship Flight winner who now resides in Bloomington, Ill., with his wife and twin sons, is taking advantage of the new eligibility rule after regaining his amateur status a few years ago.
“Meghan and I talked and that weekend works for us. Plan on me playing. I’m super excited for it,” Quinn said.
Ross Wilhelm, who won the 2009 County Am, said it sounds like a great change moving forward. 
“However, I’m not sure if this busy life will allow me to play this year, but I’ll keep you posted. I’m currently living in Oklahoma City with 1- and 3-year-old boys,” Wilhelm said.
Leon McNutt, longtime County Amateur participant, is keeping his streak alive. Although McNutt lives in Houston, Minn, and is a member at Valley High Country Club in Houston, he previously qualified because he worked at Trane Co., in La Crosse. McNutt, now retired from Trane and the 2016 Men’s Third Flight champion, is planning to play again this year despite being required to play in Championship Flight in both the Men’s and Seniors tournaments.
“Having the County Am expand the eligibility was a welcome event for me,” he said. “Living in Minnesota and a long-time member of Valley High Country Club, my only eligibility was my employment with Trane Company. I started playing in the County Am in 2010 and the Senior County Am the following year. I won the County Am Third Flight finally in 2016, which is my IN to the tourney this year since I retired in December.
“Even though I will need to enter Championship Flight, I am going for it,” he said.
McNutt said retirement has allowed him more practice time to fine tune his game.
“Hopefully, I will not hinder my fellow Championship Flight partners, but knowing the type of players that participate in the County Am, I am sure we will have a great time,” he said. “I’m looking forward to a great 2021 County Am and hanging out with fellow golfers.”
The Women’s County Amateur kicks off the tournament series on Saturday, July 31, followed by the Seniors event scheduled Sunday, Aug. 1, and the 36-hole Men’s County Am on Saturday, Aug. 7, and Sunday, Aug. 8.
Entry deadlines are midnight July 20 for the Seniors and Women’s tournaments, and midnight July 27 for the Men’s County Amateur.
Entry forms are available at boblamboutdoors.com as well as on the three participating golf course websites. The courses also have entry forms available in their golf shops.

2021 LA CROSSE COUNTY AMATEUR GOLF CHAMPIONSHIPS

SATURDAY, JULY 31: 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, AUG. 1: 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. 7: 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. 8: 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..