Trempealeau Mountain offering holiday specials, winter hours

La Crosse area golf courses continue to find ways to keep their cash registers ringing... even in the offseason.
Chad and Amy Landis, at Trempealeau Mountain Golf Club in Trempealeau, WI, are offering limited bar and grill service throughout the winter, including a unique holiday idea this month.
The bar and grill is open from 3 p.m.-8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday throughout the winter, with a two-week closing from Dec. 24-Jan. 5, for the Christmas holidays.
Trempealeau Mountain also has gift cards valid towards golf next year or for use in the bar and grill. Buy a $50 gift card and get a $10 bonus, or buy a $100 gift card and get $25 bonus dollars.
The Landis couple is also offering a new “No Peeking” holiday special. Dine at Trempealeau Mountain in December for great perks in January.
“Come join us in December to receive a Red Envelope with the purchase of each entrée for your opportunity to win prizes,” said Chad Landis. “No peeking! Bring the UNOPENED envelope back in January to have staff open for discounts and give-a-ways!”
For more information, go to www.GolfTheMountain.com, or call 608-534-7417.


Field set for final 2020 major women’s championship

LIBERTY CORNER, N.J. – The United States Golf Association announced the field for the 75th U.S. Women’s Open Championship is complete with the addition of 28 players who earned their way into the championship through the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings.
The final major championship of the 2020 golf season will be contested Dec. 10-13 at Champions Golf Club in Houston, Texas. The 156-player field for the championship is composed entirely of exempt players due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The historic 75th anniversary field boasts nine U.S. Women’s Open champions, while 42 players will be making their championship debuts in Houston. The field will also have seven Texas residents, including 2016 champion Brittany Lang, who grew up in McKinney.
The 28 players who gained entry via the Rolex Rankings are: Hae Ran Ryu, Sophia Popov, Ayaka Furue, Yuka Saso, Sakura Koiwai, Na Rin An, Song Yi Ahn, Erika Hara, Yuna Nishimura, Ji Hyun Kim, Anne van Dam, Alena Sharp, Lala Anai, Eri Okayama, Cristie Kerr, Pornanong Phatlum, Jun Min Lee, Ji Hun Oh, Emily Kirstine Pedersen, Mi Jeong Jeon, Maria Fernanda Torres, Bo Ah Kim, Teresa Lu, Wei-Ling Hsu, Ye Rim Choi, Asuka Kashiwabara, Sarah Schmelzel, and So Yi Kim.
Hae Ran Ryu won the Jeju Samdasoo Masters in 2019 to earn her LPGA of Korea Tour card and successfully defended her title in August. The 19-year-old also has two runner-up finishes among her six top-10s this year. She will be making her U.S. Women’s Open debut.
Popov will be making her second U.S. Women’s Open start. Since turning professional in 2014, Popov has mainly played on the Symetra Tour, but she earned three tournament wins on the Cactus Tour during the COVID-19 break before earning her first major victory at the AIG Women’s Open at Royal Troon in August.
Kerr is one of the nine U.S. Women’s Open champions set to compete in Houston. The seasoned veteran earned her first major title in the 2007 U.S. Women’s Open at Pine Needles, finishing two strokes ahead of the runners-up. Kerr has 20 LPGA Tour wins, including a second major championship title at the Women’s PGA Championship in 2010. This is Kerr’s 22nd straight Women’s Open appearance, with seven top-10 finishes in addition to her victory.
The USGA announced on April 3 that the 75th U.S. Women’s Open, initially scheduled for June 4-7, would be moved to Dec. 10-13. To account for reduced daylight, the Jackrabbit Course at Champions Golf Club will be used in Rounds 1 and 2 along with the Cypress Creek Course, which was originally slated to host all four rounds of championship play. In June, the USGA announced that the championship would be conducted without traditional qualifying and on Oct. 21, the USGA announced that the championship would not have fans on-site due to health and safety concerns resulting from the ongoing pandemic.
Considered the world’s premier women’s golf championship, the U.S. Women’s Open is one of 14 national championships conducted annually by the USGA. The championship began in 1946 and its winners include Babe Didrikson Zaharias, Betsy Rawls, Mickey Wright, Hollis Stacy, Amy Alcott, Meg Mallon, Annika Sorenstam, Se Ri Pak, Juli Inkster, Cristie Kerr, Paula Creamer, Inbee Park and Michelle Wie.

SOURCE: USGA

Nicklaus hosts military veterans during PGA National Day of HOPE

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – The 4th annual PGA National Day of HOPE is celebrated on Veterans Day, highlighted by all-time major champion Jack Nicklaus recently hosting three military veterans at The Bear’s Club in Jupiter, Fla., for an experience of a lifetime.
Nicklaus thanked each veteran for their service, shared instructional tips and even introduced them to 2017 PGA champion Justin Thomas, before sending them out for an exciting round of golf on the championship golf course.
Among the golfers were Navy veteran Carl Wolf, of Cape Coral, Fla.; and Army veterans Christina Olivarez of Atlantis, Fla., and Dave Thomas of West Palm Beach, Fla. All three are graduates of the PGA HOPE (Helping Our Patriots Everywhere) program, the flagship military program for PGA REACH. Joining them for instruction and a round of golf was 2020 South Florida PGA Section Patriot Award recipient Allen Manguson, PGA, General Manager at Coral Oaks Golf Course in Cape Coral. Manguson conducts the course’s PGA HOPE program.
“We had great fun at The Bear’s Club with the three veterans and PGA professional Allen Manguson, a very deserving recipient of his Section’s Patriot Award for his work with PGA HOPE,” said Nicklaus. “We talked a little about their lives and the game of golf, shared some laughs, hit a few golf shots, offered a tip or two they could take with them on the course, and just had a great time. Hopefully, they all enjoyed playing the course.
“I was just delighted we could open The Bear’s Club and our hearts to this group of PGA HOPE veterans, offer them an enjoyable day as we neared Veterans Day, and, most importantly, thank them. Although for these veterans and those who have sacrificed life and limb for our freedom, ‘thanks’ just never seems quite enough.”
The PGA National Day of HOPE celebration has two goals: Commemorate our nation’s heroes who protect our freedom, and raise awareness and support for PGA HOPE.
“PGA National Day of HOPE is an opportunity to honor and celebrate military heroes who have sacrificed so much, while highlighting the life-changing golf programming that is available for veterans across the country through PGA HOPE,” said PGA president Jim Richerson. “It’s truly inspiring to have Jack Nicklaus participate and deliver a once-in-a-lifetime experience for these veterans.”
PGA HOPE introduces the game of golf to veterans with disabilities through a developmental six-to-eight week curriculum, taught by PGA professionals trained in adaptive golf and military cultural competency. All programs are funded by PGA REACH and supplemented by the foundations of PGA Sections across America, so the cost of programming is free to all veterans. PGA Foundation Inc. d/b/a/ PGA REACH, is the 501(c)(3) charitable foundation of the PGA of America.
Currently, there are 132 active PGA HOPE program locations nationwide, positively impacting more than 2,500 military veterans each year. More than 350 PGA members have been trained to specifically train veterans.
The HOPE program is also championed by 20 PGA HOPE veteran ambassadors who have graduated from local PGA HOPE programs and participated in the four-day advanced golf instruction and wellness training program at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Md., as part of the 2019 PGA HOPE National Golf & Wellness Week.
“PGA HOPE makes a tremendous impact on veterans lives,” said PGA HOPE Military & Veteran Liaison Chris Nowak, a Marines Corps veteran. “It’s a special opportunity and a moment in time for veterans to utilize golf for physical and emotional rehabilitation. Today, we celebrate all of America’s servicemen and women on Veterans Day, as well as PGA HOPE for making a difference through the game of golf for our veterans nationwide.”  
To further support PGA National Day of HOPE, PGA REACH launched a campaign through the GoFundMe Charity platform, where individuals and organizations can contribute to meaningful fundraising events in support of veterans and PGA HOPE programming.
For more information on PGA HOPE, visit PGAREACH.org.

SOURCE: PGA of America


Forest Hills Golf Course closing for 2020 season

Forest Hills Golf Course in La Crosse is closing for the season on Thursday.
In a statement issued from the course today, Veterans Day, course officials said, “First and foremost, we would like to thank our veterans for their service and making America the greatest place on earth to live.”
Forest Hills will be walking only today. Thursday will be the final day of play for the 2020 golf season and carts will be available for use on the front 9 only.   
“Thank you for making the best of a crazy year,” the statement said. “We look forward to seeing everyone in the spring. Please be safe!”

Hernandez wins Autumn Scramble Series overall title

Nick Hernandez (pictured) defeated Justin Young in a nine-hole playoff last week for the overall title in Autumn Scramble Series at Forest Hills Golf Course in La Crosse.”
Hernandez played in all three scrambles, finishing 2nd, 4th and 5th, respectively, in each event, according to Josh Larsen, pro shop manager.
For winning the player of the year title, Larsen said Hernandez received a custom Volkey SM8 wedge from Titleist, Footjoy and Under Armour Apparel and a dozen Bridgestone golf balls.