County Am defending champion Weber silences young guns

HOLMEN, WI - Forget about the "young guns" of the La Crosse County Men's Amateur Golf Championship as presented by Pepsi-Cola of La Crosse. Joe Weber has plenty of bullets in his own holster.
Weber, a West Salem dentist, was hot as a pistol at Drugan's Castle Mound Country Club in Holmen on Sunday, firing birdie after birdie to the oohs and aahs of more than 100 fans following the last group. In the end, it was all Weber, the defending champ. Weber, 33, shot a blistering County Am record 6-under par 64 for a 36-hole, 135 total to beat 20-year-old Tyler Church by three strokes. Jake Dunn, 30, finished third with 142, and then 22-year-old Ben Skogen fourth at 143 and Drew Schroeder, 21, fifth at 145.
Church and Dunn each shot 2-under 68 and Skogen 3-under 67, but it wasn't enough. Sunday, despite a 95-minute rain delay before the back nine, belonged to Weber, who tallied 7 birdies, 10 pars and 1 bogey on his memorable scorecard.
"The first one was special last year, but this title, the way I did it, was even more special," Weber said moments after his victory.
Weber, a member of the La Crosse Country Club, was not only pleased with his second straight victory, but also proud of his name being emblazoned on the prestigious County Am traveling trophy again.
"That feels real good," he said with a big smile.
Other winners among the 95-player field were:
First Flight - Trevor Schultz, a member at Forest Hills Golf Course in La Crosse, 154.
Second Flight - Tom Desjarlais, from The Golf Club at Cedar Creek in Onalaska, 163.
Third Flight - Monte Jacobson, Fox Hollow Golf Course in Barre Mills, 171.
Fourth Flight - Joel LaPlount, Drugan's Castle Mound Country Club, 167.
 


2017 La Crosse County Men's Amateur final results

2017 LA CROSSE COUNTY MEN'S AMATEUR GOLF CHAMPIONSHIP  
AS PRESENTED BY PEPSI-COLA OF LA CROSSE    

Sunday Final Results  
Drugan's Castle Mound-Holmen  

CHAMPIONSHIP FLIGHT   
Joe Weber 71-64 135
Tyler Church 70-68 138
Jake Dunn 74-68 142
Ben Skogen 76-67 143
Drew Schroeder 71-74 145
Josh Dirks 75-73 148
Paul Williamson 76-73 149
Tom McClintock 76-73 149
Nick Tomlinson 77-72 149
Nate Smith 78-71 149
Michael Drugan 79-71 150
Marcus Williamson 79-73 152
Tony Roberts 79-74 153
James DeBoer 78-76 154
Eric Olson 79-75 154
Scott Skogen 78-78 156
Nick Anderson 76-81 157
Andy Tomashek 80-78 158
Joel Preeshl 80-78 158
William Sibenaller 80-79 159
Bruce Lindseth 83-76 159
Connor Frawley 83-76 159
Rick Stewart 80-80 160
Casey Bablitch 81-79 160
Bennett Hutson 85-76 161
Jon Wilson 88-73 161
Cody Dirks 83-80 163
Mitch Gault 85-79 164
Blaine Mason 83-82 165
Bill Feehan 85-81 166
Eric Haug  87-82 169
Larry Peterson 88-81 169
Kelly DeMarino 89-82 171
Ricky Speltz 91-83 174
Benjamin Korger 94-84 178
Dayne Malesytcki 95-86 181
Zach Schams 102-90 192
Brett Schwanke DNS
Montana Stewart WD
Brian Banasik WD
Mike Bistodeau WD
Joe Loomis WD

FIRST FLIGHT    
Trevor Schultz 81-73 154  
Jim Socha 80-76 156
Jon Strangstalien 77-81 158   
Terry Thienes 79-79 158   
Jeff Pigorsch 82-76 158  
Jason Brockmeyer 80-80 160
Rahn Pischke 85-75 160
Matt Euler 81-81 162
Jim Nelson 81-81 162
Kevin Groth 87-75 162
Jim Jenkins 80-83 163
Randy Olson 83-80 163
Tom Wilson 86-78 164
Tony DeRosa 83-87 170
 
(Par-35-36-71)  
SECOND FLIGHT  
Tom Desjarlais 84-79 163
Thomas Grapes 82-83 165
Randy Blank 85-84 169
Paul Franke 85-86 171
Roy Brock 91-81 172
Derek Canady 88-87 175
Scott Emerich 91-84 175
Tony Friedl 92-84 176
Joseph Nguyen 87-90 177
Scott Swanson 98-83 181
Tim Peterson 94-88 182
Jeff Meyer 96-87 183
Jeremiah Shimshak 93-91 184
 
THIRD FLIGHT  
Monte Jacobson 89-82 171
Daron Schmitz 86-86 172
Tim Ratajski 91-83 174
Robert Schoen 88-88 176
Daniel M. Breeden 89-89 178
Dan Leis 90-90 180
Scott Hackworth 92-88 180
Andy Senn 94-88 182
Keith Seidel 98-91 189
Jeff Osgood 92-98 190
Bob Sciborski 93-97 190
Marv Davis 107-88 195
Greg Espenes WD

FOURTH FLIGHT  
Joel LaPlount 85-82 167
John Nichols 92-85 177
Jack Glennie 96-84 180
Marty Gora 92-90 182
Bob Roers 92-92 184
Michael DeYoe 92-92 184
Thomas Johnson 97-87 184
Rich Schultz 92-98 190
Steve Crogan 100-90 190
Jim Dolesy 99-93 192
Leon McNutt 96-98 194
Tom Morris 99-98 197
Ronald Puestow 101-100 201
 

2017 La Crosse County Men's Amateur first-round results

2017 LA CROSSE COUNTY MEN'S GOLF CHAMPIONSHIP  
AS PRESENTED BY PEPSI-COLA OF LA CROSSE    

Saturday's First-Round Results  
At The Golf Club at Cedar Creek  
In Onalaska, WI  
(Par-36-35-71)    

CHAMPIONSHIP FLIGHT   
Tyler Church 35-35 70
Drew Schroeder 38-33 71
Joe Weber 36-35 71
Jake Dunn 37-37 74
Josh Dirks 39-36 75
Nick Anderson 37-39 76
Paul Williamson 39-37 76
Tom McClintock 36-40 76
Ben Skogen 39-37 76
Nick Tomlinson 37-40 77
Scott Skogen 39-39 78
Nate Smith 39-39 78
James DeBoer 39-39 78
Marcus Williamson 40-39 79
Eric Olson 36-43 79
Michael Drugan 40-39 79
Tony Roberts 40-39 79
Rick Stewart 40-40 80
Mike Bistodeau 38-42 80
William Sibenaller 40-40 80
Andy Tomashek 39-41 80
Joel Preeshl 41-39 80
Joe Loomis 39-42 81
Casey Bablitch 40-41 81
Blaine Mason 40-43 83
Bruce Lindseth 40-43 83
Cody Dirks 43-40 83
Connor Frawley 46-37 83
Mitch Gault 44-41 85
Bill Feehan 46-39 85
Bennett Hutson 39-46 85
Eric Haug 42-45 87
Larry Peterson 46-42 88
Jon Wilson 43-45 88
Kelly DeMarino 43-46 89
Ricky Speltz 48-43 91
Benjamin Korger 46-48 94
Dayne Malesytcki 46-49 95
Zach Schams 47-55 102
Brett Schwanke DNS
Montana Stewart WD
Brian Banasik WD

FIRST FLIGHT   
Jon Strangstalien 40-37 77
Terry Thienes 40-39 79
Jim Jenkins 39-41 80
Jim Socha 40-40 80
Jason Brockmeyer 41-39 80
Trevor Schultz 41-40 81
Matt Euler 36-45 81
Jim Nelson 40-41 81
Jeff Pigorsch 43-39 82
Randy Olson 43-40 83
Tony DeRosa 42-41 83
Rahn Pischke 42-43 85
Tom Wilson 44-42 86
Kevin Groth 45-42 87
 
SECOND FLIGHT  
Thomas Grapes 40-42 82
Tom Desjarlais 43-41 84
Paul Franke 41-44 85
Randy Blank 41-44 85
Joseph Nguyen 41-46 87
Derek Canady 43-45 88
Roy Brock 39-52 91
Scott Emerich 45-46 91
Tony Friedl 44-48 92
Jeremiah Shimshak 48-45 93
Tim Peterson 47-47 94
Jeff Meyer  49-47 96
Scott Swanson 46-52 98

THIRD FLIGHT  
Daron Schmitz 41-45 86
Robert Schoen 45-43 88
Monte Jacobson 42-47 89
Daniel M. Breeden 44-45 89
Dan Leis 45-45 90
Tim Ratajski 43-48 91
Scott Hackworth 41-51 92
Jeff Osgood 44-48 92
Bob Sciborski 42-51 93
Andy Senn 43-51 94
Keith Seidel 48-50 98
Marv Davis 54-53 107
Greg Espenes  WD

FOURTH FLIGHT  
Joel LaPlount 43-42 85
Bob Roers 42-50 92
Marty Gora 46-46 92
Rich Schultz 46-46 92
John Nichols 46-46 92
Michael DeYoe 40-52 92
Jack Glennie 44-52 96
Leon McNutt 51-45 96
Thomas Johnson 46-51 97
Jim Dolesy 53-46 99
Tom Morris 49-50 99
Steve Crogan 52-48 100
Ronald Puestow 51-50 101


2017 second-round pairings for La Crosse County Amateur Men's Championship

Sunday's Final Round Pairings      
At Drugan's Castle Mound-Holmen      
(Par-35-35-70)            

Men's Third Flight - 1st Tee
7 a.m.
Marv Davis
Keith Seidel      
Andy Senn            

7:09 a.m.
Bob Sciborski      
Scott Hackworth      
Jeff Osgood            

7:18 a.m.      
Tim Ratajski      
Dan Leis      
Daniel M. Breeden            

7:27 a.m.      
Monte Jacobson      
Robert Schoen      
Daron Schmitz      

Men's Fourth Flight - 10th Tee      
7 a.m.     
Ronald Puestow      
Steve Crogan            

7:09 a.m.      
Jim Dolesy      
Tom Morris            

7:18 a.m.      
Thomas Johnson      
Jack Glennie      
Leon McNutt            

7:27 a.m.       
Rich Schultz      
John Nichols      
Michael DeYoe            

7:36 a.m.       
Bob Roers      
Marty Gora      
Joel LaPlount      

SECOND FLIGHT - 10th TEE      

11:03 a.m.   
Scott Swanson   
Jeff Meyer      

11:12 a.m.   
Tim Peterson   
Jeremiah Shimshak      

11:21 a.m.   
Tony Friedl   
Roy Brock   
Scott Emerich      

11:30 a.m.   
Derek Canady   
Joseph Nguyen   
Randy Blank      

11:39 a.m.   
Paul Franke   
Tom Desjarlais   
Thomas Grapes   

FIRST FLIGHT - 10th TEE  
(Par 35-35-70)  
11:48 a.m.    
Kevin Groth  
Tom Wilson    

11:57 a.m.  
Rahn Pischke  
Randy Olson  
Tony DeRosa    

12:06 p.m.  
Jeff Pigorsch  
Matt Euler  
Jim Nelson    

12:15 p.m.  
Trevor Schultz  
Jason Brockmeyer  
Jim Socha    

12:24 p.m.  
Jim Jenkins  
Terry Thienes  
Jon Strangstalien       

CHAMPIONSHIP FLIGHT - 1ST TEE     
10:36 a.m.     
Zach Schams     
Dayne Malesytcki     
Benjamin Korger          

10:45 a.m.     
Ricky Speltz     
Kelly DeMarino     
Jon Wilson          

10:54 a.m.     
Larry Peterson     
Eric Haug     
Bennett Hutson          

11:03 a.m.     
Bill Feehan     
Mitch Gault     
Connor Frawley          

11:12 A.M     
Bruce Lindseth     
Cody Dirks     
Blaine Mason          

11:21 a.m.     
Joe Loomis     
Casey Bablitch     
Andy Tomashek          

11:30 a.m.     
Mike Bistodeau     
William Sibenaller     
Joel Preeshl          

11:39 a.m.     
Rick Stewart     
Michael Drugan     
Tony Roberts          

11:48 a.m.     
Marcus Williamson     
Eric Olson     
James DeBoer          

11:57 a.m.     
Nate Smith     
Scott Skogen     
Nick Tomlinson          

12:06 p.m.     
Nick Anderson     
Ben Skogen     
Tom McClintock          

12:15 p.m.     
Paul Williamson     
Josh Dirks     
Jake Dunn          

12:24 p.m.     
Drew Schroeder     
Joe Weber     
Tyler Church

Past champion returns to County Amateur

A past champion and longtime friend of the La Crosse County Men's Amateur Golf Championship as presented by Pepsi-Cola of La Crosse is returning after a five-year absence.
Brian Banasik, the 1998 Championship Flight winner, last played in the County Am in 2011.
The 1998 County Am was a memorable one, especially the final day when the tournament was called after 28 holes.
"I remember I was putting on the 11th hole when that storm came through," said Banasik, of the storm and heavy rain that drenched Castle Mound, leaving it unplayable.
Banasik shot 68 the opening round for a five-stroke lead entering Sunday. He finished with a 28-hole score of 110 and a three-stroke victory over Paul Williamson. Eric Haug and Josh Dirks finished in a tie for third place with 115, while Ryan Quinn was fifth with 118.
Banasik skipped the 2012 and 1013 County Amateurs to help his wife begin raising three young children, who are now 11, 8 and 3.
"With kids and their activities, I just took some time off from golf," he said. "We do lots of fishing with them. They all really like to fish."
Banasik, now 40, planned to return to golf and the County Am eventually, but three years ago, he had his appendix removed. It was the beginning of a long road to recovery. While removing the appendix, surgeons also discovered cancer in the appendix and thought it had spread. They removed 10 inches of Banasik's colon followed by 12 rounds of chemotherapy.
Banasik lost lots of weight, became extremely weak from the side effects of chemo, and had a tough uphill climb. He also developed a hernia that required surgery in 2015.
He eventually returned to work full time, and began swatting golf balls and fishing with his wife and children. He said he is not considered cancer-free for another two years. Meanwhile, he returns for routine CT scans, blood work and follow-up exams.
Banasik feels good about returning to the County Am and admits there may be some butterflies on Saturday when he steps to the first tee at 11:39 a.m.
"It's going to feel good, but I'm not expecting a lot," he said earlier this week. "I'm just going to have fun and see the guys."
Banasik echoes what all past County Amateur champions say.
"Once you have that County Am jacket, no one can take it away no matter what happens," he said.
"Realistically, I don't know if I can win it this year, but there's always a chance," he added. "My wife said to just go out and have fun no matter what happens. Yet, once a competitor, always a competitor."
Banasik, like Quinn and 2017 strong contender Josh Dirks, were all considered "young guns," in 1998.
While Banasik doesn't include himself in this year's list of top contenders, he did list a few top names.
"Willie (seven-time champion Paul Williamson) has won the most and always seems to be there at the end," Banasik said. "Mac (Tom McClintock) won the Seniors County Am last week, and Dirks, who I played with in high school, won the Lawncare this year. Joe Weber is the defending champ and has played well the last couple years."
Banasik intentionally left one person off his top list until the end.
"There's my nephew, Tyler Church, but I want to beat him so much. I've been talking smack to him," he said with a big laugh.
Banasik looks forward to his return and said the whole family will attend the County Am on Sunday. He said his two oldest children will try to follow him both days. According to Banasik, his 3-year-old son, who is left-handed, is the golfer in the family.
The doctors said the cancer I had is normally found in 50-70 year olds. They said I won the wrong lottery," Banasik said. "Now I feel good, the best I have in a long time. And I'm playing in the County Am again."