Viroqua Hills tests TRGA Players

Once again, Viroqua Hills provided a strong TRGA field with a challenging test of golf.  Players were greeted by nearly perfect conditions for the TRGA's second event of the season.   However, comfortable weather and the well-conditioned layout didn't result in very many low scores.

For the third year in a row, Viroqua native Troy Dobbe captured the men's championship flight title.  Dobbe had to go an extra hole to do it, beating Scott Erickson on the first hole of a sudden-death playoff.   Both players finished 18 holes at four-over-par 75.  John Anderson was one shot out of the playoff at 76.

In the men's first flight, Joe Loomis proved that he still has a lot of game.  Loomis shot a 2-under-par 32 on the back nine to go with a 41 on the front side for a 2-over-par 73.  Loomis had nothing but 3's and 4's on his back nine.  Kevin Groth, who won at Fox Hollow two weeks ago finished in second place with a 76.

Steve Clemment's 77 was two strokes better than Steve Sjolander in second flight.  "Making that birdie on the par-4 third hole really got me going in the rigtht direction" said Clemment.  Clemment and Dobbe were the only players in the event to birdie number 3, which is one of the most demanding par-4's in the area.

In the third flight, Trevor Schultz came from behind to beat his dad.   While the aging Rich Schultz was 6 over-par on the last three holes finishing with and 81, Trevor finished par, par, par for 80 and the win.   Word was that the older Schultz told the younger Schultz he would have to walk back to La Crosse after the round!

Bob Cagle was the winner in fourth flight.  Cagle had a two stroke lead through nine holes.  He finished with an 85 to hold off the hard-charging Tim Peterson who was second with an 87.

In the fifth flight,  Robert Byrne played what he called "the best round I've played in a long time."  Byrne's 83 included a 38 on the back nine.  Scott Hackworth finished second with an 86.

Chelsea Dunnum played a fantastic round of golf, winning the women's championship flight with a 77.   Dunnum shot a one-under-par 36 on the front nine.

Cathi Baus was the winner in the women's flighted division.  Her net 71 was two strokes better than Terry Ziegelbauer.


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