Dirks sizzles in Lawn Care Specialists Open victory

HOLMEN, WI - The only thing that was hotter than the weather on Saturday was Josh Dirks.
La Crosse's Dirks carved his way to a 6-under par 64 after a 2-over 72 on Friday for a two-day, 136 total and his second straight victory in the amateur portion of the Lawn Care Specialists Open at Drugan's Castle Mound Country Club in Holmen.
PGA professional Max Hosking of Madison claimed the Pro Division with 68-69-137 giving Dirks the overall title in Championship Flight. Dirks finished sixth in the 2017 La Crosse County Amateur Golf Championships and like first-round co-leader and two-time County Am champ Joe Weber, is considered one of the top contenders for this year's title on Aug. 4-5. After shooting 68 on Friday, Weber finished 10 strokes higher on Saturday for 146 and an 11th place tie.
Andrew Steinhofer and Holmen's Keegan Drugan, both pros, tied for third place with 139 while Jake Dunn and Connor Frawley shared fifth at 143.
Meanwhile, Bob Geary captured First Flight honors with 149, one stroke lower than Bruce Lindseth.
Tim Peterson's 164 took the Second Flight crown, while Bob Roers claimed the Third Flight title with 169.

2018 LAWN CARE SPECIALISTS OPEN

At Drugan's Castle Mound Country Club
In Holmen, WI
Saturday's final results

CHAMPIONSHIP FLIGHT
Josh Dirks 72 64 136
Max Hosking (Pro) 68 69 137
Andrew Steinhofer (Pro) 72 67 139
Keegan Drugan (Pro) 70 69 139
Jake Dunn 71 72 143
Connor Frawley 71 72 143
Mike Drugan 72 72 144
Matthew Dunn 72 72 144
Paul Williamson 72 72 144
Tyler Church 71 74 145
Joe DeRosa (Pro) 72 74 146
Joe Weber 68 78 146
Andrew Cobb (Pro) 76 71 147
Mike Bistodeau 74 73 147
Drew Schroeder 72 75 147
Chris Mithelman 72 76 148
Joel Preeshl 77 72 149
Paul Zarek 74 75 149
Nick Anderson 78 72 150
Greg Johnson 76 76 152
Derek Iverson 74 78 152
Kevin Loeffler 76 77 153
Eric Olson 76 78 154
Eric Haug 74 80 154
Andy Tomashek 73 81 154
Tony Roberts 79 78 157
Chuck Haug 82 76 158
Marcus Williamson 81 78 159
Will Sibenaller 81 78 159
Jack Litsheim 80 88 168
Brady Strangstalien (Pro) 82 94 176
Tom Wilson 80 DNF

FIRST FLIGHT
Bob Geary 74 75 149
Bruce Lindseth 78 72 150
Ben Korger 77 78 155
Tim Darwin 74 81 155
Mitch Gault 73 82 155    
Troy Brovan 78 78 156
Trevor Schultz 79 78 157
Steve Hulme 80 78 158
Terry Thienes 80 81 161
Jim Socha 80 81 161
Bill Feehan 81 81 162
Tony DeRosa 83 80 163
Ethan Phelps 88 77 165
Roger Martinez 89 77 166
Joe Loomis 78 89 167
Randy Olson 84 84 168
Kelly DeMarino 81 87 168
Dave Cayler 86 83 169
Steve Franke 87 DNF

SECOND FLIGHT
Tim Peterson 86 78 164
Jeremiah Shimshak 82 83 165
Dan Breeden 85 82 167
Tim Jones 83 84 167
Emery Healy 88 80 168
Justin Scheel 87 83 170
James Freng 82 88 170
Tim Ratajski 85 86 171
Paul Franke 87 85 172
Mike Feldner 85 88 173
Scott Hackworth 88 87 175
Gene Faga 92 85 177
Greg Espenes 86 92 178
Thomas Grapes 86 93    179
Kent Drugan  89 91 180
Steve Wineski 85 99 184
Leon McNutt 92 98 190
Jeff Osgood 105 90 195

THIRD FLIGHT
Bob Roers 83 86 169
Damian Bork 83 87 170
Marv Davis 88 85 173
Steve Crogan 87 90 177
Steve Fellenz 93 88 181
Rich Schultz 95 88 183
Kyle Koske 93 93 186
Jon Mueller 84 102 186
John Frei 100 87 187
Keith Seidel 94 93 187
Andrew Lindseth 91 96 187
Ebe Bosse 95 93 188
Jack Glennie 95 94 189
Patrick Rice 96 95 191
Marty Gora 95 100 195
Jay Hagen 100 98 198
Mike Rosenau 99 100 199
Ronald Puestow 99 101 200


Weber, Hosking share Lawn Care Specialists Open lead

HOLMEN, WI - Joe Weber is peaking at the right time.
Weber, the La Crosse County Amateur champion the past two years, is tied with PGA professional Max Hosking after Day 1 of the annual Lawn Care Specialists Open.
Weber and Hosking each carded 2-under 68, while Holmen pro Keegan Drugan is two strokes back with 70. Tyler Church, Jake Dunn and Connor Frawley are in a three-way tie for fourth place with 71.
Frawley, Drugan, Weber and Hosking form today's final group of Championship Flight players at 11:30 a.m.
Weber is seeking the $750 first-place amateur gift card, while Hosking hopes to win his second straight pro title and the $2,500 winner's check.
Weber won the 2016 and 2017 County Am titles and is a solid favorite for this year's championship scheduled Aug. 4-5.
In other first-round action, Mitch Gault's 73 is one shot ahead of Tim Darwin and Bob Geary in the First Flight. James Freng and Jeremiah Shimshak share the Second Flight lead with 82, while Damian Bork and Bob Roers top the Third Flight with 83.
This year's field opened with 87 players including 32 Championship Flight.

2018 LAWN CARE SPECIALISTS OPEN

At Drugan's Castle Mound Country Club
In Holmen, WI
Friday's first-round results

CHAMPIONSHIP FLIGHT
Max Hosking (Pro)68
Joe Weber 68
Keegan Drugan(Pro) 70
Tyler Church 71
Jake Dunn 71
Connor Frawley 71
Josh Dirks 72
Joe DeRosa(Pro) 72
Andrew Steinhofer (Pro) 72
Chris Mithelman 72
Drew Schroeder 72
Paul Williamson 72
Mike Drugan    72
Matthew Dunn 72
Andy Tomashek 73
Mike Bistodeau 74
Paul Zarek 74
Eric Haug 74
Derek Iverson 74
Andrew Cobb(Pro) 76
Eric Olson 76
Kevin Loeffler 76
Greg Johnson 76
Joel Preeshl 77
Nick Anderson 78
Tony Roberts 79
Jack Litsheim 80
Tom Wilson 80
Marcus Williamson 81
Will Sibenaller 81
Brady Strangstalien (Pro) 82
Chuck Haug    82
        
FIRST FLIGHT
Mitch Gault 73
Tim Darwin 74
Bob Geary 74
Ben Korger 77
Troy Brovan 78
Joe Loomis 78
Bruce Lindseth 78
Trevor Schultz 79
Terry Thienes 80
Jim Socha 80
Steve Hulme  80
Bill Feehan 81
Kelly DeMarino 81
Tony DeRosa 83
Randy Olson  84
Dave Cayler  86
Steve Franke 87
Ethan Phelps 88
Roger Martinez 89

SECOND FLIGHT
James Freng  82
Jeremiah Shimshak 82
Tim Jones 83
Steve Wineski 85
Mike Feldner 85
Dan Breeden 85
Tim Ratajski 85
Tim Peterson 86
Thomas Grapes 86
Greg Espenes 86
Justin Scheel 87
Paul Franke 87
Emery Healy 88
Scott Hackworth 88
Kent Drugan    89
Gene Faga 92
Leon McNutt 92
Jeff Osgood 105

THIRD FLIGHT
Damian Bork 83
Bob Roers 83
Jon Mueller 84
Steve Crogan 87
Marv Davis 88
Andrew Lindseth 91
Steve Fellenz 93
Kyle Koske 93
Keith Seidel 94
Jack Glennie 95
Ebe Bosse 95
Marty Gora 95
Rich Schultz 95
Patrick Rice 96
Ronald Puestow 99
Mike Rosenau 99
John Frei 100
Jay Hagen 100

Healy, Schumacher tie for 22nd place in WSGA event

KOHLER, WI - Emery Healy of Galesville and Kevin Schumacher of Holmen finished in a three-way tie for 22nd place in the Wisconsin State Golf Association Net Partners Tournament No. 4 at Blackwolf Run on Thursday.
The local duo finished with 98-120--218 with 106 points.


Damon Gnewikow picks up first TRGA victory

TOMAH, WI - Damon Gnewikow of Warrens, WI, posted his first Three Rivers Golf Association VPP Group/Big Sky Cattle victory on Sunday.
Gnewikow notched a 2-under par 70 over the Hiawatha Golf Club layout to capture the Championship Flight in the TRGA Hiawatha Open. Tomah's Trey Hewuse finished with 76 for second place.
La Crosse's Jeff Pigorsch took First Flight honors with an even-par 72 for a five-shot victory. Keith Seidel of Holmen also posted a five-stroke win in Second Flight with 80.
Onalaska's Kevin Drewiske captured Third Flight with 85 and Jim Kelly from Chaseburg won Gold Flight with 88.
La Crosse's Terry Ziegelbauer won Women's Flighted with a low net 74.

TRGA HIAWATHA OPEN

At Hiawatha Golf Club
In Tomah, WI
July 8, results

Men's Championship
Gnewikow, Damon 36-34 70
Hewuse, Trey 36-40 76
Roth, Austin 37-42 79
Stees, Matt 38-41 79
Schultz, Trevor 42-39 81     
Gnewikow, Trey 42-41 83      
Bauer, Jacob 41-52 93     

Men's First Flight     
Pigorsch, Jeff 37-35 72     
Olson, Randy 38-39 77     
Blank, Randy 38-41 79     
Loomis, Joe 39-40 79     
Weiss, Chris 41-39 80
Stewart, Rick 44-40 84
Hoehn, Matt 41-45 86
Werner, Mark 44-42 86     
Friedl, Tony 46-43 89         
Servais, Jonathan 43-48 91

Men's Second Flight     
Seidel, Keith 38-42 80
Shimshak, Jeremiah 42-43 85
Hansen, Rob 43-43 86
Smieja, Tim 44-42 86     
Roers, Bob 46-42 88          
Schoen, Robert 44-45 89     
Hackworth, Scott 46-46 92      
Miller, Jeff 47-45 92          
Breeden, Dan 44-51 95      
Burns, Robert 46-49 95      
Jacobson, Monte 49-46 95      
Beerkircher, Kory 44-53 97      

Men's Third Flight     
Drewiske, Kevin 42-43 85
Bork, Damian 43-44 87     
Davis, Marvin 43-44 87     
Hunter, Joe 42-48 90     
Gilbertson, Jim 43-48 91     
Rice, Patrick 46-45 91          
Mayer, David 46-46 92         
Sciborski, Bob 47-46 93          
Kleifgen, Nick 49-46 95         
Luethe, Josh 45-52 97         
Crogan, Steve 51-51 102

Men's Gold Flight
Kelly, Jim 41-47 88
Wall, Richard 47-46 93     
DeYoe, Michael 47-47 94     
Puestow, Ronald 45-50 95          
Fortin, Mike 47-49 96          
Loken, Van 49-47 96     
Krueger, Jeff 49-49 98

Women's Flighted
Ziegelbauer, Terry 42-48 90 74     
Drewiske, Krista 40-46 86 76      
Baus, Cathi 45-44 89 76    

La Crosse area players qualify for State Am Championship

The 117th Wisconsin State Amateur Championship is getting a greater taste from what west-central Wisconsin offers, thanks to a pair of Wisconsin State Golf Association Qualifiers on Monday.
Quinn Schultz of Chaseburg, Josh Dirks from La Crosse, Onalaska's Joel Preeshl and Jordan Wachowiak of Fountain City qualified at the La Crosse Country Club in Onalaska.
Quinn led all qualifiers with a 2-under par 70. Dirks shot 71, while Preeshl and Wachowiak followed with 75.
Meanwhile, Bennett Hutson of Onalaska fired a 1-under 72 to finish runner-up and qualify for the State Am at Fox Valledy Golf Club in Kaukauna.
The 117th Wisconsin State Amateur Championship is at the Minocqua Country Club in Minocqua, Monday July 23, through Thursday, July 26.