Entry deadlines approaching for 29th annual La Crosse County Amateurs

Entries are streaming in for the 29th annual La Crosse County Amateur Golf Championships as presented by Pepsi-Cola of La Crosse.
Entry deadline for the Kwik Trip Seniors County Amateur and the Pepsi Women's County Amateur is midnight on Monday, July 15.
Entry deadline for the 36-hole Men's County Amateur as presented by Pepsi-Cola of La Crosse is midnight on Monday, July 22.
Players are reminded of a change in the USGA handicap index for the Men's Championship Flight this year. Players with a 5.0 index are now required to play in Championship Flight. The previous index was 5.8.
Golfers are also reminded that the Super Seniors Low Net Division is for players age 70 and older, who compete from the forward tees. However, Super Seniors-eligible players with a USGA index of 8.0 or less must continue to play in the Seniors Championship Flight.
Tournament dates are:
SATURDAY, JULY 27: La Crosse County Seniors Amateur Golf Championship as presented by Kwik Trip, at Forest Hills Golf Course in La Crosse.
SATURDAY, JULY 27: La Crosse County Women's Amateur Golf Championship as presented by Pepsi-Cola of La Crosse, at The Golf Club at Cedar Creek in Onalaska.
SATURDAY, AUG. 3: 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.
SUNDAY, AUG. 4: 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.
Entry forms are available at http://www.boblamboutdoors.com/, the official website of the 2019 County Amateur, as well as on the websites of all three participating golf courses:
* The Golf Club at Cedar Creek - http://www.cedarcreekonalaska.com/
* Forest Hills Golf Course - http://www.foresthillsgolf.org/
* Drugan's Castle Mound Country Club - http://www.drugans.com/golf/
For more information, contact Lamb at 608-781-4408, or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or associate directors Jackie or Bruce Kaiser at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Sam, I'll be disappointed if you don't enter 2019 County Am

HAYWARD, WI - How would you feel about getting your first hole in one on a par-4 hole?
Well, that's exactly what Holmen High School's Sam Evenson accomplished while playing with his grandfather, Paul Dunham, recently.
However, allow me to let his grampa tell the complete story.
"My grandson and Ryan (Quinn's) nephew had quite a golf happening just recently," Paul sent in a recent email.
"Sam and I were playing Hayward Golf Club on Tuesday, June 25, for a practice round before his Junior WPGA Tournament on Wednesday. We were playing the blue tees, way past my ability, and on No. 16 , a par-4, 283-yard hole, he hit a driver over the trees for a hole in one!
"We did not see it go in and I thought it was short in the rough or the trap," his grampa added. "Sam was going to look over the green and was going to check out the hole first. He spotted a divot mark before the hole and sure enough, his ball was in the hole.
"It was not only Sam's first career hole in one, but on a par-4!. Sam finished with a 73.
"The next day, Sam shot an 81 and took third place in the 16-18 year old bracket," his grampa said.
Congrats Sam!!
I just hope longtime Vikings' coach Paul Laxton, pushes Sam, who just turned 16 and will be a junior at Holmen High School this fall, to enter the La Crosse County Amateur Golf Championships as presented by Pepsi-Cola of La Crosse.
Remember, champions are born from youth.

Church believes his time has arrived for County Am title

It was about 14 years ago (2005) when I first met Tyler Church.
We had just finished the awards ceremony for the La Crosse County Amateur Men's Golf Championship. Tyler's uncle, Brian Banasik,  and other past champions were present at the awards ceremony  donning their emblematic sport coats that went along with winning the prestigious championship. Brian won the 1998 Men's County Amateur.
Tyler, about 8 years old, was in attendance with his family, but didn't really understand what was going on other than he wanted to have a sport coat just like the other past champions were wearing.
One of the past champs grabbed my sport coat hanging on a chair. The next thing I noticed was Tyler wearing my jacket proudly while friends and family snapped photos of him, Brian, and two other past champions, Tim Thompson and Paul Williamson.
Now, in 2019, Tyler is among the top five favorites for this year's 29th annual La Crosse County Amateur Men's Golf Championship as presented by Pepsi-Cola of La Crosse.
Tyler, 22, has certainly elevated his game through the years. From a stellar four-year career at Holmen High School before graduating in 2015, to another four years of all-star golf for Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee, Tyler has been on top of his game, although he understands he has more work to do.
"My longer irons need a little work, but my wedges and driver have been really good lately," he said in a phone interview recently. "My putting has been pretty good, too," adding that he had only 25 putts during one 18-hole round this spring.
Oh, by the way, Tyler has played in the County Amateurs for a few years and has shown he can play with the very best La Crosse County offers. Need more proof?
Tyler finished third in 2016, second in 2017 and tied for third last summer.
Tyler lettered all four years at Holmen and four more years at Cardinal Stritch. He made the All-Mississippi Valley Conference team all four years at Holmen, including Player of the Year his junior and senior seasons. Tyler also advanced to the state meet all four years individually with his best finish being ninth in his sophomore season. The Vikings advanced to state as a team his freshman and junior years, finishing second his freshman year.
Although his parents live in the Town of Onalaska, he was in the Holmen School District.
As a member of the Cardinal Stritch Wolves, Tyler starred four more years, playing No. 1 all season his senior year, gaining All-Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference honors and being named Player of the Year this spring.
Unfortunately, Tyler and the Wolves did not qualify for the NAIA National Tournament, although he placed third individually, shooting 73-71-144 at the conference tournament. The tourney was shortened from 54 holes to 36 due to weather conditions. Cardinal Stritch finished second to Holy Cross College, just missing a trip to nationals due to a NAIA rule change. In past years, any conference with more than 10 teams sent both the first- and second-place teams to nationals, but the NAIA decided to add more at-large bids, so it only accepted the winning team from each conference tournament this year.
Tyler did make the All-Tournament team with his third-place finish, as well as being unanimously voted Conference Player of the Year by the coaches. He finished his college career ranked 57th nationally by the NAIA.
Tyler graduated on May 19, with an accounting major and a sports management minor. He has already been hired as a business analyst for Kwik Trip in La Crosse.
Tyler, a member at the La Crosse Country Club in Onalaska, is extremely familiar with the County Amateur courses - The Golf Club at Cedar Creek in Onalaska, and Drugan's Castle Mound Country Club in Holmen.
"Of course I'm playing in the County Am this year. Why wouldn't I," said Tyler, laughing. "Sure, I think I can win it. At least, that's the plan. I've been close, so hopefully, I can close it out this year."

Send your comments to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Entries open now for La Crosse County Amateur Golf Championships

Entries open today for the 29th annual La Crosse County Amateur Golf Championships as presented by Pepsi-Cola of La Crosse.
"The tradition continues as the purse grows each year," said Bob Lamb, tournament director. "This is all possible thanks to Pepsi, Kwik Trip and all of our other community sponsors.”
Last year's total purse was almost $9,000, according to Lamb.
Kwik Trip retains its longstanding title sponsorship of the Seniors County Amateur.
Several other community partners also continue their longtime sponsorships of the tournaments, including the Women’s County Amateur.
Tournament officials urge players to submit entry forms well before entry deadline.
A change has been made in the USGA handicap index for the Men's Championship Flight in 2019. Players with a 5.0 index are now required to play in Championship Flight. The previous index was 5.8 for several years.
"The tournament is a highlight of the summer for local golfers and local golf fans. We're looking forward to another great field for this summer's event," said Bruce Kaiser, associate tournament director.
Entries are also expected to rise in the Men's Super Seniors Division, now in its third year.
The Super Seniors Low Net Division is for players age 70 and older, who compete from the forward tees. However, Super Seniors-eligible players with a USGA index of 8.0 or less must continue to play in the Seniors Championship Flight.
Entry deadlines are July 15, for the Seniors and Women's tournaments, and July 22, for the Men's 36-hole event.
Tournament dates are:
SATURDAY, JULY 27: La Crosse County Seniors Amateur Golf Championship as presented by Kwik Trip, at Forest Hills Golf Course in La Crosse.
SATURDAY, JULY 27: La Crosse County Women's Amateur Golf Championship as presented by Pepsi-Cola of La Crosse, at The Golf Club at Cedar Creek in Onalaska.
SATURDAY, AUG. 3: 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.
SUNDAY, AUG. 4: 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.
Entry forms are available at http://www.boblamboutdoors.com/, the official website of the 2019 County Amateur, as well as on the websites of all three participating golf courses:
* The Golf Club at Cedar Creek - http://www.cedarcreekonalaska.com/
* Forest Hills Golf Course - http://www.foresthillsgolf.org/
* Drugan's Castle Mound Country Club - http://www.drugans.com/golf/
Sponsors, donors, players and fans requesting more information may contact Lamb at 608-781-4408, or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or associate directors Jackie or Bruce Kaiser at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


2019 County Amateur golf dates set

Dates have been established for the 2019 La Crosse County Amateur Golf Championships.
The 29th annual La Crosse County Men's Amateur as presented by Pepsi-Cola of La Crosse is set for Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 3-4.
The Women's County Amateur as presented by Pepsi-Cola of La Crosse, will once again be played Saturday, July 27, at the Golf Club at Cedar Creek in Onalaska.
Meanwhile, the Kwik Trip Seniors County Amateur also will be held on Saturday, July 27, at Forest Hills Golf Course in La Crosse.
The ever popular Super Seniors Low Net Division, as part of the Seniors tourney, is growing in entries each year and should include another legendary host of players. The Super Seniors Low Net Division is for players age 70 and older, who play from the gold tees. However, Super Seniors-eligible players with a USGA index of 8.0 or less must continue to play in the Seniors Championship Flight from the white tees.
Super Seniors Low Net Division gold tees are 5,240 yards compared to 5,729 yards from the white tees for Championship and Flighted players. Entry deadlines are July 15, for the Seniors and Women's tournaments, and July 22, for the Men's 36-hole event.

2019 LA CROSSE COUNTY AMATEUR GOLF CHAMPIONSHIPS
SATURDAY, JULY 27: 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, JULY 27: 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..
SATURDAY, AUG. 3: 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; 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. 4: 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; 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..