Russ Hiser Memorial
Supporting Youth Golf in the Coulee Region Since 2010
We had an amazing event in 2021. Thank you to all our sponsors, participants, volunteers, and Cedar Creek. We’ll see you in 2022!
Youth Golf Summer Program
FREE golf for kids in La Crosse this summer.
La Crosse Golf Team
FREE competitive golf program for La Crosse area youth.
The Russ Hiser Memorial Fund, Inc. was created to honor the memory of our friend and golfing buddy Russell “Bullet” Hiser. As a 501(c)3 non-profit charitable organization, its purpose is to raise funds to support and advance youth golf in the La Crosse area.
Currently, the youth golf programs being supported and funded by the Russ Hiser Memorial Fund, Inc. are the La Crosse Golf Team, a fall competitive program, FREE golf clinics at Forest Hills, and FREE golf at 5 area courses – Forest Hills, Walsh Golf Center, Coulee Golf Bowl, Drugan’s Castle Mound, and Fox Hollow.
These programs are offered FREE of charge to all participants.
Russell "Bullet" Hiser
On behalf of the Board of Directors for the Russ Hiser Memorial Fund, Inc. I wanted to give you an update on what we did in 2020 and what we have planned for this year.
Given COVID-19 we had to cancel last year’s tournament. 2020 was poised to be our 10th Annual “Bullet” Memorial Golf Tournament and everyone involved, from the golfers, team at Cedar Creek, Russ’ family, sponsors, and board, were extremely disappointed that we were not able to gather for this yearly celebration of Russ Hiser and all that he represented.
Although the tournament did not take place, the board of directors continued our work throughout the summer of 2020 to keep promoting youth golf in the Coulee Region.
At the top of our list was the expansion of our Free Golf Program. For those not familiar with the program, the Russ Hiser Foundation covers the cost for youth in the Coulee Region – those going into 6th, 7th, and 8th grade – to play golf at local courses once they go through a golf fundamentals class. Those that pass the fundamentals class are given a card that allows them to play golf without an adult. Those that do not pass the fundamentals class are given a card that allows them to play golf with an adult and are provided information for youth golf clinics.
The fundamentals class was available at Forest Hills and kids can then play for free at Forest Hills and Walsh Golf Center.
These two courses continued to support our mission in 2020 and we were happy to add the following courses to our free golf program, all of which will be continuing in 2021:
- Coulee Golf Bowl
- Drugan’s Castle Mound
- Fox Hollow
Given that our goal is to expose as many kids to golf as possible, the addition of these courses should prove to be extremely valuable when it comes to expanding our reach.
Due to COVID-19, the La Crosse Middle School Golf program had to cancel their season. The program is scheduled to be back this fall and is open to all La Crosse area 6th, 7th, and 8th graders at no charge.
None of this would be possible without your on-going support of the Russ Hiser Memorial Foundation and the support that we get from our wonderful sponsors.
We look forward to seeing you at this year’s tournament to celebrate Russ and all the great things he has inspired this foundation to do for golf, and youth golfers, in the La Crosse area.
President, Russ Hiser Memorial Fund, Inc.
Thank You To Our 2021 Sponsors
“Russ had a great passion for the game of golf. He felt fortunate to have been introduced to the game at an early age and understood the importance of passing the game on. The Russ Hiser Memorial Fund will carry on Russ’ legacy as a passionate golf enthusiast. It will offer a wonderful opportunity to pass the game onto the next generation. Russ would have truly embraced this mission.”
– Russ’ lifelong friend, Chris Weiss