Russ Hiser Memorial
Supporting Youth Golf in the Coulee Region Since 2010
We had an amazing event in 2022. Thank you to all our sponsors, participants, volunteers, and Cedar Creek. We’ll see you in 2023!
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 2021 and what we have planned for this year.
Coming “out” of the COVID-19 pandemic to play again in 2021, and after missing the 2020 tournament, we were not one bit surprised at the incredible support we received from Russ’ family, tournament participants, sponsors, volunteers, and Cedar Creek.
We were blessed with a beautiful, sunny day last May that was only made better by the laughs and stories being shared on and off the course by dozens of golfers, young…and young at heart.
The board of directors, in partnership with local courses and leaders in the golf community, continued our work throughout the year to promote youth golf in the Coulee Region.
We continued the expansion of our Free Golf Program and will support it again in 2022. If you have not heard about this program yet, 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 is available at Forest Hills and kids can then play for free at Forest Hills, Walsh Golf Center, Coulee Golf Bowl, Drugan’s Castle Mound, and Fox Hollow. Given that our goal is to expose as many kids to golf as possible, having all these local courses on-board has proven to be extremely valuable when it comes to growing the game.
Speaking of growing the game, the La Crosse Middle School Golf program continues to excel and is showing signs of helping the golf program at the high school level. At the time of this writing, the high school team has 4 times the number of young adults involved than it did just one year ago. Board Vice President, and La Crosse Middle School Golf Coach, Bennett Laxton reports “We are getting more and more kids every year. And not only that, but they are also playing well and coming back year after year.”
Finally, we are working on supplying local elementary schools with a fun, easy-to-use golf “package” that will serve as a great introduction to the game. More to come on this later.
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 and donors.
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 2022 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