BEMIDJI, Minn. -- Bemidji State University greats such as Joel Otto, Andrew Murray and Matt Read will be among the alumni, friends and fans of the BSU men’s ice hockey team who gather at the Bemidji Town and Country Club Friday, July 12 to participate in the 16th Annual Galen Nagle Memorial Golf Tournament.
The 7:35 a.m. and 12:35 p.m. shotgun starts are nearing, but there is still time to get in on the fun and support BSU men’s hockey by registering for one of the July 12 flights. Your $110 registration fee includes: 18 holes of golf, tournament packets, door prizes, food and beverage on the course as well as a chance to win several course contests including a hole in one contest sponsored by Dondelinger GM.
Following play (at approximately 6:30 p.m.), a dinner will be served, awards announced and attendees will have an opportunity to participate in a live auction. Auction items include: items autographed by Matt Read, a canvas photo featuring all BSU alumni that have played in the NHL, a Rapid City Rush jersey autographed by Riley Weselowski, Bob Dylan autographed guitar and a BSU/North Dakota hockey weekend hotel and ticket package.
Additional dinner tickets can be purchased for $15 each.
All proceeds from the Texas scramble tournament and auction will directly benefit the BSU’s men’s hockey program and the endowment fund set up in Nagle’s name.
“It means a lot for me to be able come back to Bemidji, a community that has done so much for me, and help the Bemidji State hockey team,” said Read, a 2011 BSU graduate and current member of the Philadelphia Flyers. “An event like this helps generate scholarship funds to afford young hockey players the opportunity to gain a scholarship and attend Bemidji State University, while it allows the program to continue to compete in the WCHA and on a national level.”
The tournament got its start in 1998 in an effort to build the Galen Nagle Endowment Fund, which was established to benefit BSU men’s hockey in 1997.
Nagle, who was a goaltender for the Beavers from 1980-84, went on to serve as a coach and teacher in Minnesota for several years before losing his life to cancer Oct. 18, 1994 at the age of 34.
Nagle was a member of the historic 1984 national championship team at BSU. He earned an 8-1 victory between the pipes to cap off the perfect 31-0 season.
“Galen exemplified Beaver hockey,” said former BSU men’s hockey coach and athletic director R.H. “Bob” Peters. “Hard work, dedication and loyalty were inherent to his character, and through his efforts, he became a vital part of our team.”
Nagle, a native of Baudette, Minn., graduated from BSU in 1984 and was a 1980 graduate of Bemidji High School.
For more information about how to give to the Galen Nagle Endowment Fund, call the Jake Bluhm in the Beaver Pride Office at 218-755-2827 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Nestled in Northern Minnesota’s wooded region and located on the shore of Lake Bemidji, Bemidji State University sponsors 15 varsity athletic programs with NCAA Division I men’s and women’s hockey membership in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, while its 13 NCAA Division II programs hold membership in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).