Take advantage of fall golf now

Hey, golfers. Don't put away those clubs yet.
Leaves are changing color, daylight hours are getting shorter and another front has moved through the Coulee Region, so get out and play some golf.
Before your schedule fills up with all the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, make sure to get a few more leisurely days out on your favorite course, including Forest Hills Golf Course below Grandad Bluff in La Crosse.
Keith Stoll, Forest Hills general manager and PGA professional, said the first 13 days of October were terrible, although 60 players toured the historic 18-hole course on Saturday.
Several sunny days with temperatures in the mid-50s are forecast into next week and that's the best news Stoll and other course managers have heard so far this year.
"It's been a horrendous year," Stoll said. "Everything came in buckets. There were buckets of dryness and buckets of rain.
"We also started the season a month late, September was definitely not a great month and and now the first half of October has been poor," he added. "It's been a tough year for all area courses."
On a scale of 0-10 with 10 being supreme, Stoll rated this year as about a 6, although quickly adding that fall has been like a 3 so far.
"We're hoping for that nice fall warm-up," he said. "At least we're praying for it. We could definitely use it. And we think that our Uno program will certainly help."
To book a tee time at Forest Hills, call 608-779-4653.


3 La Crosse area teams fail in USGA Amateur Qualifier

WAUKESHA, WI - Three La Crosse area teams just missed qualifying for the United States Golf Association (Four-Ball) Championship at The Legend at Merrill Hills in Waukesha on Tuesday.
The team of Josh Dirks of La Crosse and Joe Weber of Onalaska came closest with a fifth-place finish with a 3-under par 69. Onalaska's Bennett Hutson and his partner, George Kneiser from Oconomowoc tied for sixth with 70, while Montana Stewart and Jim Walkley, Jr., both from Onalaska, shared 11th place with 71.
The qualifying cut-off was 67 for the two teams that advanced.

Forest Hills features fall golf specials

Have you noticed a hint of fall in the morning air?
Leaves are beginning to turn. Fall fishing is swinging into high gear, squirrels are busy gathering nuts for winter and daylight hours are getting shorter.
Fall also triggers specials at Forest Hills Golf Course in La Crosse.
Fall rates are now in effect at the historic 18-hole course below Grandad Bluff on La Crosse's east side. Fees are nine holes for $13, nine holes with cart for $22.50, 18 holes for $18, or 18 holes with cart for $34.
Better yet, purchase your 2019 season pass and play the rest of the 2018 season for FREE!
For more information, call the golf shop at 608-779-4653.


Former Onalaska star Kaiser finishes 6th in state PGA Championship

WAUKESHA, WI - Jeffrey Kaiser, formerly of Onalaska, finished sixth in the annual Wisconsin PGA Professional Championship earlier this week.
Kaiser (pictured), a former standout at Onalaska High School and the University of Wisconsin, collected $1,250 for his efforts at The Legend at Merrill Hills in Waukesha.
Kaiser carded a 3-over par 219, 54-hole total with rounds of 73, 74 and 72. Kaiser, a PGA teaching professional, is manager of the TaylorMade Player Development Center in Madison.
Joe Leonard, head pro at The Oaks Golf Course in Cottage Grove, was crowned champion with 72-70-71-213 and collected $4,325.

Onalaska's Weber finishes fourth in Mid-America Championship

SHEBOYGAN, WI - Onalaska's Joe Weber finished fourth in the Wisconsin State Golf Association Mid-Amateur Championship at Pine Hills Country Club in Sheboygan, WI, on Tuesday.
Weber (pictured) posted a 2-over par 73 for a 5-over 147, two-day total. Ryan Schmus of Brookfield won the title with 73-69-142.
Trempealeau's Jake Dunn and Scott Skogen of Onalaska tied for 16th place. Dunn posted 76-78-154, while Skogen managed 80-74-154.
Greg Johnson of Black River Falls tied for 53rd place with 82-82-164. Holmen's Michael Drugan shared 55th place with 81-84-165.
La Crosse's Bill Feehan, Jr., managed 85-81-166 for a share of 61st place, while Onalaska's Montana Stewart carded 86-81-167 to tie for 65th place.
Marcus Williamson of Onalaska tied for 79th place with 82-90-172.