91 Players arrived at Forest Hills Golf Club in LaCrosse for the TRGA's fourth event of the season. They were treated to one of the best weather days of the year.
In the men's championship division, Troy Dobbe made it two wins in four events. But Dobbe had to go extra holes to get the win. He and Jason Pendleton both finished at 2-over-par 73 after 18 holes. Dobbe's incredible recovery shot on the second playoff hole (number 11) led to the winning par. "I hooded a 4 iron which bounced through the trees and over the bunker to 25 feet. It was kind of lucky, but I'll take it" said Dobbe.
Lynn Lenz won the women's championship division by two strokes over Terry Thomas. "I was complaining about all my three-putts, and then I made a 45-foot birdie putt on number 17!" said Lenz. Maybe she should complain more often!
In women's flighted play, Ronda Parr, motivated by a sand-save on number 15, shot a net 72. Parr arrived early to work on her bunker play. The hard work paid off.
Curt Greeno from La Crosse didn't hit the ball very well, but putted very well, making four putts over 10 feet to make up for only hitting 3 greens in regulation. Greeno's two-putt birdie on number 18 was the difference as he beat Jim Nelson by one shot.
Mike Feldner continued his solid 2014 play winning the second flight with an 83, which was two shots better than Robert Burns. Feldner was unavailable for a post-round interview. He reportedly was already practicing for the River Run Open next Sunday in Sparta!
In the day's other playoff, long-hitting Troy Schmitz beat Mark Werner on the second playoff hole. Schmitz hit a monster drive which led to an easy par for the win in the third flight.
Bruce Nordstrom overcame a case of "old nerves" to win the fourth flight. "I was just steady all the way around today" said Nordstrom. "Usually I play tournaments kind of tight, but I was a little more relaxed." He finished with 85. Second place finisher Michael DeYoe shot an 87.
Bill Schmitt had a low-stress win in fifth flight. Schmitt's 91 was 5 strokes in front of Ted Knudson and Patrick Rice who both shot 96. "The greens were faster than what I'm accustomed to. It took me three or four holes to get comfortable with the pace" said Schmitt.
Players agreed that Forest Hills was in fantastic condition.
On Sunday, the TRGA travels to Sparta for the River Run Open.