The Three Rivers Golf Association VPP Group Big Sky Cattle Tour kicks off its 2017 season campaign with a pair of tournaments this weekend.
Saturday's opener is scheduled at Valley High Golf Club in Houston, MN, while Sunday's tournament is at Fox Hollow Golf Course in Barre Mills, WI.
Bret Richert carded a 3-over par 74 to capture the TRGA Valley High Open last year. James DeBoer shot a 1-under 69 one day later to win the TRGA Fox Hollow Open.
Eight other regular-season, 18-hole tournaments are scheduled in addition to the 36-hole, two-day TRGA Championship in August.
The winner of the Championship Flight at the TRGA Championship earns an exemption to the 2018 WSGA Wisconsin Amateur. Mike Drugan of Holmen won last year's TRGA Championship will play in the Wisconsin State Amateur this summer.
2016 TRGA VPP Group/Big Sky Cattle Championship
At The La Crosse Country Club
In Onalaska, WI
Sunday, Aug. 28, results
Drugan, Michael 74-73 147
Smaby, Ben 77-73 150
Pendleton, Jason 75-75 150
McClintock, Tom 73-78 151
Dobbe, Troy 80-75 155
Preeshl, Joel 81-75 156
Schroeder, Drew 80-76 156
Dunn, Matt 79-79 158
Olson, Eric 81-78 159
Dunn, Jake 80-79 159
Tomlinson, Nick 84-80 164
Bakken, Anthony 83-85 168
Blaken, Brett 94-85 179
Men's First Flight
Feehan, Bill 78-79 157
Olson, Randy 79-80 159
Lindseth, Bruce 80-80 160
It took 10 weeks to break the streak as Ben Skogen became the first-two-time champion on the 2016 Three Rivers Golf Association VPP Group/Big Sky Cattle Tour.
Skogen, a former Onalaska High School standout and now a member of the University of Wisconsin men's golf team, shot a blistering 2-under par 69 in the TRGA Forest Hills Open on Sunday. It was Skogen's final TRGA tournament of the season as he returns to school in Madison.
Despite bogeys on the 16th and 17th holes, Skogen held off runner-up Troy Dobbe by one stroke. Jason Pendleton and Bruce Simones shared third place with 72, while Drew Schroeder rounded out the top five with 73.
Meanwhile, Scott Knothe picked up his first victory of the season in First Flight with 75, while Paul Jackson notched his initial triumph in Second…
Will the streak continue?
Will another new winner be crowned in the Championship Flight on the Three Rivers Golf Association VPP Group Big Sky Cattle Tour on Sunday?
The first nine tournaments has featured nine different winners.
Sunday's final regular-season event moves to La Crosse for the TRGA Forest Hills Open at historic Forest Hills Golf Course. A strong 16-player Championship Flight field features the day-long tournament.
2016 TRGA VPP Group/Big Sky Forest Hills Open
At Forest Hills Golf Course
In La Crosse, WI
Sunday, Aug. 21, pairings
8:30 a.m. - Huegel, Len, La Crescent, MN; Wall, Richard, Onalaska.
8:40 a.m. - Fairey, Dave La Crescent; Taylor, Paul J., La Crosse; Kelly, Jim, Chaseburg.
Men's Fourth Flight
8:50 a.m. - Bork, Damian, Holmen; Davis, Marvin, La Crosse.
9 a.m. -…
SPARTA, WI - Bruce Simones notched his first victory of the season on the 2016 Three Rivers Golf Association VPP Group/Big Sky Cattle Tour with a one-shot victory in the TRGA River Run Open on Aug. 13.
Tom McClintock was runner-up in Championship Flight with 76.
2016 TRGA VPP Group/Big Sky River Run Open
At River Run Golf Course
In Sparta, WI
Sunday, Aug. 13, results
Men's Championship Flight
Simones, Bruce 37-38 75
McClintock, Tom 37-39 76
Skogen, Scott 40-38 78
Dunnum, Jeff 38-45 83
Blaken, Brett 46-39 85
Dunn, Jake DNS
Dunn, Matt DNS
Men's First Flight …
TREMPEALEAU, WI - Tom McClintock picked up his first victory of the season on the 2016 Three Rivers Golf Association VPP Group/Big Sky Cattle Tour on Sunday.
"Mac" McClintock shot a 1-under par 70 at Trempealeau Mountain Golf Club in the annual TRGA Trempealeau Mountain Open.
McClintock earned a two-shot victory over Matt Dunn. Jake Dunn finished third with 73.
Other winners were: Randy Olson, First Flight, 72; Steve Sjolander, Second Flight, 80; Paul Jackson, Third Flight, 79; Keith Seidel, Fourth Flight, 89; Len Huegel, Net Division, 100-68; and Carly Clay, Women's Championship Flight, 75.
2016 TRGA VPP Group/Big Sky Hiawatha Open
At Trempealeau Mountain Golf Club
In Trempealeau, WI
Sunday, July 24, results
McClintock, Tom 33-37 70
Dunn, Matt 36-36 72
Dunn, Jake 36-37 73
TOMAH, WI - Eric Olson posted his first Championship Flight victory of the season and that isn't unusual, considering there hasn't been a repeat winner in that flight during the first seven tournaments on the 2016 Three Rivers Golf Association VPP Group/Big Sky Cattle Tour.
Olson carded 37-37-74 for the victory, six shots lower than runner-up Damon Gnewikow.
However, Randy Olson and Mike Feldner became repeat winners so far this season. Olson won First Flight with a 77, while Feldner captured Second Flight with 80.
In other men's action, Eric Flack won the Third Flight plaque with 80, while Mike Huegel was the Fourth Flight champ with 87. Ronald Puestow won the Net Division with 86-61.
Carly Clay also won her first Women's Championship Flight title of the TRGA season with 78.
2016 TRGA VPP…
ONALASKA, WI - Paul Williamson appears to be ready for the La Crosse County Amateur Golf Championships.
The veteran left-hander won the Three Rivers Golf Association VPP Group/Big Sky Cattle Cedar Creek Open in dramatic fashion on Sunday with a sudden-death victory over Tom McClintock at The Golf Club at Cedar Creek in Onalaska.
Williamson, the only seven-time winner of the prestigious County Am, is a member at Cedar Creek, which also happens to be one of the County Am host courses. Williamson knows the course as well as anyone and proved it with an even-par 71. However, that was the same score McClintock shot, forcing a playoff. Williamson only took one hole to dispose of McClintock, another perennial contender for the County Am sport coat.
Williamson's round included one…
ONALASKA, WI - Paul Williamson attempts to defend his title in the Three Rivers Golf Association VPP Group Big Sky Cattle Cedar Creek Open at The Golf Club at Cedar Creek in Onalaska on Sunday.
Willliamson, the only seven-time winner of the La Crosse County Amateur Golf Championships, has captured the County Am three times within the last four years. He also won last year's TRGA Cedar Creek Open with a 1-over par 72.
The left-handed Williamson faces 14 other players in this year's Championship Flight which begins at 7:30 a.m., on Sunday. A total field of 88 players is scheduled to compete on Sunday.
2016 TRGA VPP Group/Big Sky Cattle Cedar Creek Open
At The Golf Club at Cedar Creek
In Onalaska, WI
Sunday, June 26, pairings
7:30 a.m. - Blaken, Brett, Mindoro; Tomlinson, Nick,…
HOLMEN, WI - Josh Dirks shot an even-par 72 to collect his first Three Rivers Golf Association VPP Group/Big Sky Cattle title of 2016 at Drugan's Castle Mound Country Club in Holmen, WI, on Sunday.
Dirks and 89 other players waited out a 21/2-hour rain delay to begin the day, but it was well worth it for the veteran golfer. Dirks was even par on the front nine as well as the back nine for a one-shot victory over James DeBoer and Joel Preeshl. Tom McClintock and Eric Olson rounded out the top five with 74.
Chris Weiss secured the First Flight championship with 79, Bruce Nordstrom captured Second Flight with 82, Steve Wineski grabbed Third Flight with 86 and Monte Jacobson won Fourth Flight with 80. Richard Wall shot a low gross 94, coupled with a low net 66 for the Low Net Division crown.